How to Buy Roller Hockey Pants
Buying roller hockey pants is pretty easy. Be sure to know your waist size—but order a size larger, and think through the benefits of the premium materials, features, and performance you get from top-end pants. Pants at the upper price points
are still very affordable relative to high-end skates, helmets, and sticks.
Roller Hockey Pant Construction
Inline hockey pants are breathable and lightweight, designed not to constrict a skater's stride. Most inline pants are made from a combination of nylon, polyester, mesh, and spandex. They usually include an adjustable or elastic waistband and reinforced
high-wear areas, like the knees and the seat.
When shopping for roller hockey pants, don't make the mistake of thinking you're getting a piece of equipment that provides substantial protection. Roller hockey pants,
while reinforced in the knees, are not typically padded and thus are not designed to protect you in the event of a fall or collision. To protect your mid-section, tailbone, and legs, you'll need to wear an inline girdle and shin guards. The pants
are intended to cover the actual protective gear, not replace it.
While not all inline hockey pants are made the same, most have the same basic features. When shopping, consider these options:
Reinforced Knees and Seat
Just about every pair of inline pants will have some reinforcement in the knees and seat. Again, the reinforcement is not protection. At least, not for you—pants cover your protective equipment and save it from getting torn or abraded when you fall.
A general rule of thumb is the higher the price point, the heavier the reinforcement and the more durable the pant.
The Inline Pant Waistband
You're most likely to find pants that stay secured with a belt. However, some players appreciate the flexibility and mobility of an elastic waistband. With a little research, you should be able to track down a pair to your liking.
As mentioned, most inline hockey pants are made with a belt. Belts generally have a wider fit-range than elastic waistbands. Some pants come with a dual-belt system that can be cinched over either hip for a more custom fit.
Inline Pant Ventilation
Stretch mesh is now a common material used on the majority of inline hockey pants. It's typically used in areas that trap heat and/or require flex, like the calf, thigh, and groin areas. Again, the higher the pant price point, the more breathable
and durable the ventilation.
Roller hockey pants often come with shin straps. Also known as "shin slings," these straps are tightened around the shin guards and secured by Velcro. They're a nice
added feature on some, but not all, pants, and save the time and expense of using tape.
How to Fit Inline Hockey Pants
The fit for inline pants depends on whether you plan to wear a girdle beneath them. We recommend wearing an inline hockey girdle, because pants provide little-to-no protection to your upper legs, tailbone, and mid-section.
When buying, use your waist size as a guide rather than your inseam or weight, for the best fit. That said, it's smart to order a size larger than your typical pant size, especially if you prefer a loose fit, as inline pants are made to fit over
your protective equipment.
Are you new to inline hockey or buying a pair of inline hockey pants for your child? Pure Hockey carries a wide selection of inline pants and girdles for players of every age and at every level of play. And our Low-Price Guarantee promises the most