Buying Equipment For The First Time
Hockey is one of the most expensive sports to get into. The big difference between shopping for kids hockey equipment and adult hockey equipment is that and adult won’t outgrow everything in a year. With that said, an adult who starts to learn the game will soon want to upgrade their equipment, whether it’s a lighter, more expensive stick, or the $600 skates the pros wear, hockey upgrades can get expensive. This guid will walk you through how much your first bag of equipment will cost you (including the bag) as long as you don’t need the most expensive everything, which most beginner level skaters don’t.
Helmet and Cage combo – $70
Wear a full cage!! Everyone has to work in the morning and nobody wants to go to work with teeth missing or a black eye. If you’re starting out in hockey, chances are you are playing with people around the same skill level, this means people who can’t control their shots, sticks or skates. Keep yourself protected. You can get a combo helmet/cage set at most hockey stores.
Skates – $200
You can find adult skates for much less than $200, and you can certainly find them for much more. $200 will be good enough for your skill level and should be much more comfortable than the $99 adult skates. You can also go more expensive, get a pair of $400 or even $700 skates and there is a big difference (although as a beginner you might not notice). The big problem is, once you do notice the difference, you can never go back and then you’re stuck buying $700 skates the rest of your life. Start at around $200 and a year or two later you can always upgrade. Also, make sure you get an extra pair of laces or one day you’ll be half dressed to play and end up standing on the other side of the glass watching the game.
Gloves – $80
You can get a good set of gloves for $80. No need to go any higher then that.
Stick – $80
Much like skates, you don’t want to get to crazy with the amount you shell out for your first stick (or two) because once you go expensive, you can’t back. If you really want to get a feel for a great quality stick but don’t want to spend $260 to try it out, get a Pro Stock (sent to a pro player for use, probably never used and then sold). Most hockey stores have them and you could spend $120 on what should be a $260 stick. Make sure to get a flex around 85-90, you’ll find lots of Pro Stock sticks with flexes over 110 which is too stiff for us regular players.
Hockey Pants – $60
Look for comfort over anything else and make sure they fit properly. No need to buy the $200 hockey pants, just get what fits and you could find a set for around $60
Shoulder pads, shin guards, elbow pads, jock/jill – $150 total
You should be able to find good starter of shoulders, shins and elbows and a cup for less then $150
Jersey and Socks – $50
We’re not talking about a custom team jersey here, just a plain black or white jersey and socks for your bag. You can properly find both for around 420-$25 each.
hockey Bag – $50-100
If you’re like me, you want a bag with wheels. That will be more around the $100 (and more) range. you can go really simple and get a plain carry bag for less than $50