How to Size Hockey Shin Guards

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The first step to ensuring that your shin guards fit is measuring the actual length of your shins. Take a soft tape measure and measure from your ankle to the middle of your kneecap while standing up. This universal chart gives you an idea of where your shin falls in the various size groupings that are categorized as follows (keep in mind sizing varies brand to brand):


Having your skates on is imperative when determining if your shin guards fit once they’ve arrived. A properly-fitted shin guard should sit securely on the center of your knee cap while covering everything above the top of your skate. If it’s too long, your padding will likely be pushed up by the skate’s movement. Likewise, if there’s any noticeable gap between your skate and shin padding, it’s too short. Ask any hockey player: short shin pads are not a good idea. Keep in mind how you wear your shin pads -- if you put them over the top of your skate (which we recommend), you will need a larger size than if you wear your skate tongues outside.

Lastly, like every piece of hockey gear, the best way to determine whether your gear is good to go is by simulating the motion of the game in your new pads. When you do this, your shin pads should feel secure and tight on your legs.

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