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How to Size Hockey Shoulder Pads

Shoulder pads are useless if they don’t fit correctly. If you can’t even practice your windmill celly in the mirror because your shoulder pads are the wrong size, how do you think that’s going to play out on the ice? To avoid this embarrassment, here’s how we recommend sizing your next pair of shoulder pads.

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The first step in estimating your shoulder pad size is to get an idea of how big your chest is.

To get this, take a soft tape measurement around your torso (right under the armpits). This should give you a rough idea of where to start. Here’s how chest measurements usually play out in relation to age groups on SidelineSwap:


Any pair of shoulder pads, when fitted correctly, should cover not just your shoulders, but also your rib cage, upper biceps/triceps, and collarbone. Your chest and back protectors should meet at the top of your hockey pants (or within three inches). Your bicep pads should meet as close as possible to your elbow pads; lastly, your collarbone shouldn’t be exposed. If your shoulder pads are overlapping any of your other pads, consider a smaller size.

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  • Like everything in hockey, the fit you get varies from model to model, brand to brand.
  • The straps around your midsection should feel snug, not like they are suffocating you or dangling loosely in the wind.
  • If you have questions about the sizing and fit of a pair 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 might need.

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