Stepping onto the ice, a hockey player's lower body faces a barrage of pucks, sticks, and falls. Choosing the right armor is crucial, and that's where the debate between pants and girdles heats up.
Traditional pants offer a looser fit, with built-in padding and suspenders for stability. They're familiar, comfortable, and provide good all-around protection.
Girdles, on the other hand, hug the body like compression gear. Their padding sits closer, some say enhancing mobility and responsiveness. But they require a separate shell for game action.
It's a matter of personal preference. Pants prioritize comfort and tradition, while girdles focus on sleekness and agility. No matter your choice, one thing's for sure: your legs will thank you for the extra protection.
1. CCM JetSpeed FT6 Pro Pants
The CCM JetSpeed FT6 Pro Pants are designed for high-level hockey players who value speed, agility, and protection.
They are praised for their lightweight construction, breathability, and protection. However, some reviewers have found that the pants fit a bit small.
These pants are a good choice for high-level hockey players who are looking for lightweight and breathable pants that offer excellent protection.
400D nylon exterior
Floating thigh pads
Zippered leg extensions
Anti-twist nylon belt
Velcro closure fly
2. Warrior Alpha LX Pro Senior
Elite-level Warrior pants blend pro-grade protection with top-notch mobility. Impax foam absorbs big hits while floating spine and kidney guards move with you.
Anatomical thigh pads and stretch gussets let you fly on the ice. WarTech liner keeps you cool and dry, and Polygiene fights odor. High-end, yes, but for players demanding the best, Alpha LX Pro delivers.
Molded Kidney and Hip Pads
Floating Spine and Kidney Protection
Alpha Pro Fit
WarTech FNC Liner
Adjustable Nylon Belt and Lace Tie-Up
Durable 400D nylon exterior for long-lasting performance.
Suspender buttons for additional support.
3. Bauer Supreme ACP Pro Ice Hockey Girdle Senior
Elevate your game with the Bauer Supreme ACP Pro Girdle - pro protection packed for mobility. AMP Split Cap hip guards move with you, unlike bulky one-piece designs, for agile strides and turns.
A comfy wrap-around belt with a side-release buckle lets you focus on the game, not your gear.
Extend the fit up to 1 inch for a perfect seal. THERMO CORE liner wicks away moisture, keeping you dry and focused.
A combination of stretch lycra and strategically placed molded plastic provides excellent coverage without weighing you down.
Split cap hip guards and a FreeFlex kidney pad move and flex with your body, keeping you protected without hindering your agility.
Lightweight and flexible
Amplified Mobility Protection (AMP)
Thermo Max Line
9. Bauer Supreme 3S Senior Ice Hockey Pants
Price: $109.99 - $129.99
Designed for the weekly player who wants good protection and comfort at a great value, the Supreme 3S pants offer a classic fit with traditional skate lace closure and a comfortable Thermorex sub liner.
They also feature a 1-inch extension fit through a zipper opening for adjustability to accommodate growth spurts or taller players.
Molded PE and HD foams with removable inserts
Independent spine with Vent Armor foam
One-piece classic hip guard with forward flex kidney protection
20 denier nylon shell with extra reinforcement
Internal adjustable nylon cinch belt
10. CCM Tacks AS-V Pro
Price: $169.99 - $229.99
Unleash your inner power forward with the CCM Tacks AS-V Pro hockey pants! This elite-level gear is built for maximum protection and mobility, letting you dominate the ice without sacrificing speed or agility.