While some hockey players prefer a more “natural” fit underneath their padding, the vast majority of players today wear some sort of base layer beneath their protective gear. If you’re looking to keep yourself and your gear clean, here’s what our pros recommend throwing on underneath your pads before taking the ice.
Base Layer Shirt
While you might see some players rocking t-shirts underneath their pads in the locker room, our pros find it much more comfortable to toss on an athletic, sweat-resistant shirt before putting on any upper body protective gear. Short sleeve or long sleeve will work just fine depending on what your preferences are. Looking to keep your padding from moving? A short sleeve shirt will prevent your arm pads from sliding around, but it might not keep you as warm out on the ice.
Base Layer Pants
Base layer pants are always a good idea. Like with shirts, you can either go with a long or short option; either will work, it just depends on what you’re looking for. Base layers also extend the life of your gear by putting a layer between the gear and your sweat.
Cup or Pelvic Protector
For any guy looking to play hockey, wearing a cup on the ice goes without saying. While lots of pants today will come with cups (or a built-in sleeve for your cup), it’s always good to invest in something that’s basic and comfy, but not flimsy. For female hockey players, the same rules apply for wearing a pelvic protector.