What is a Hockey Girdle
Ever wonder what in the world a hockey girdle is used for? As I was preparing my son for his first year of hockey, trying to understand the equipment that would be needed, I heard about hockey girdles. Being I was new to hockey myself at the time, I really didn't know what a girdle would be used for.
Hockey girdles are nothing more then a slightly altered hockey pant. In case you're not familiar with a hockey pant, it's protective gear that goes from a player's waist to the knee's. These pants have pads sewn into the fabric that protect an individuals hips and thighs. The hockey pants are loose fitting and add a layer of protection to the lower body during the game of hockey. The girdle fits a bit more tighter then a pant does, but basically provides the same layer of protection. An outer shell, typically made of nylon, is worn over the girdle and comes in a variety of colors to match a teams uniform.
So if both pieces of equipment are basically the same then what should I get, the pants or the girdle? A girdle seems to be worn by more in-line hockey players, and provides a tighter fit then the pants do. Obviously then the hockey pants are a bit looser and allow more movement while skating. Both the girdle and pants provide protection from falls and slap shots, although I've heard players state that the pants afford slightly more protection. In the end, there is really no right or wrong answer to what you should use, it's all about personal preference.