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To determine what size elbow pads you should get for hockey, measure the length in inches between the cuff of your glove and the middle of your bicep. Refer to the charts below to find your size.
This measurement should be a good reference point, but does not account for personal preference, so you might end up with a slightly larger or smaller size. Check out our related Pure Hockey Elbow Pad Buying Guide for more information to help you decide. If you’re still unsure which size elbow pads might be best for you, visit a Pure Hockey store near you for a full assessment from our staff.
Our Pure Hockey Elbow Pad Sizing Chart serves as a general guideline for sizing hockey elbow pads. If you know the brand you want, we also offer manufacturer sizing charts below for Bauer, CCM, and Warrior, which will give you a more accurate measurement for their products.
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Hockey elbow pads should be snug enough to stay in place during play, without restricting movement. The elbow should fit comfortably in the center of the cup, and there should be no gaps between the elbow pads and the shoulder pads, or between the elbow pads and the cuff of the glove.
Elbow pads come in shorter and longer styles. Players who wear a shorter-cuff hockey glove should generally opt for a longer elbow pad to ensure sufficient coverage of the arms.
In general, hockey elbow pads come in a few different fit profiles. A traditional fit tends to be a bigger, more protective pad. A contoured fit tends to sit tighter against the body, sacrificing some padding for lighter weight and greater range of motion. A tapered fit combines the two, with a larger top part of the pad that tapers into a smaller bottom half.
Brands such as Bauer and CCM have developed their product lines to reflect these different fit profiles and player needs. The Bauer Vapor and CCM Jetspeed lines, for example, have more of a contoured fit that’s suitable for speed-minded forwards, while the Bauer Supreme and CCM Tacks lines have more of a traditional fit that’s ideal for physical play.
Players new to the game can make the common mistakes of putting their elbow pads on the wrong arms or upside down. To distinguish left from right, the rule of thumb is to have the most protection on the outside of your arm, which is likely to take the most hits. Therefore, to put your hockey elbow pads on the proper arm, make sure the slash guards are on the outside of the arm. To orient your elbow pads, know that the bicep guard flap is connected to the main elbow pad by a hinge. Strap the hinged flap to your bicep. The other flap covers your forearm.
Are you in the market for a new pair of elbow pads? Shop our full selection of hockey elbow pads online, or visit a Pure Hockey store near you.
If you’re shopping for other gear, check out our library of other hockey equipment buying & fitting guides so you can buy with confidence.
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