How to Fit a Hockey Goalie Mask

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Without the right fit up top, you might as well rock an old leather cap like hockey players did back in the early days. If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, a smart first step is to use a tape measure to figure out the circumference of your head. The sizing breakdown for most major hockey brands is typically:

  • Youth (ages 5-7)
  • Junior (ages 8-12)
  • Senior (ages 13+)

Once your helmet arrives, try it on to determine if it’s the correct fit. It should feel snug, but not uncomfortable. If you’ve got a gap between your cage and backplate, or between your chin and chin strap, your helmet is probably too big.

Keep in mind that most masks today will come with some form of an adjuster along the sides. Use the adjuster to make sure the cage isn’t wobbling up and down or side to side when you’re making your motions in net.

Other Tips

  • No matter what helmet you choose, make sure it aligns with the rules and regulations of your local league. If it’s not HECC and/or CSA certified, check with your league officials to make sure you are ready to go.
  • Cages are generally easy to swap, with a few exceptions. Not sure which cage you like? Shop tendy cages on SidelineSwap for deals as low as $15.
  • If you have questions about the sizing and fit of a mask you’ve been eyeing on SidelineSwap, feel free to reach out to the seller, or our team of experts, to get all the helpful info you need.

Related Resources

SidelineSwap Hockey Goalie Mask Buying Guide
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