While assembling and putting on all of your goalie gear may seem like a daunting task at first, the process itself is actually quite simple. Looking for the quickest, most efficient method?
Here’s how our pros recommend gearing up for net.
The first step toward making sure your pads are on right is to ensure that your base layers are good to go. Make sure your leggings and shirt feel snug and not overly loose. The last thing you want is to have to readjust your pads on the ice because they’re sliding from the creases in your base layers.
Next, put on your cup / pelvic protector and goalie pants, making sure that they are tight around your hips and extend to your mid to lower thigh. Your knee pads, which go on next, should cover the remaining space once you throw socks over them and attach them to your garter belt.
Now it’s time to lace up your skates. You can learn more about the best way to lace them here. Next, grab your leg pads. To tie them up, follow our instructions in “helpful tips” here.
Once your lower body’s taken care of, it’s time to throw on your chest and arm padding. Use your pad’s adjusters and straps to ensure that your chest and arm padding is secure and in the right place. Your arm padding should cover your arms from shoulder to wrist, stopping right before the openings from your glove. Your chest should be fully covered, in addition to your shoulders, abdomen and kidneys. If you’re into suspenders, make sure to strap them on before putting on your shoulder pads so that they don’t slide around during a skate.
Now, for the easy part. Toss on your favorite jersey, grab your helmet, glove, blocker, and stick, and head out to the ice!