Think of hockey girdles as the inside protective part of a pair of hockey pants. These compression-fit pants allow you to purchase different color hockey pant shells on the outside, particularly helpful if you play for multiple teams that wear different colors. If you play for three teams, for example, you can wear a girdle and just switch out between three shells. Girdles are a great alternative to hockey pants, in that the protection feels a little more sturdy - traditional hockey pants tend to be a little more loose. This is really a matter of personal preference - pants and girdles will offer equal protection. Pure Hockey offers girdles from major brands such as Bauer, Mission, Warrior and more and we also offer a Low Price Guarantee and hassle-free returns.