Fitting Guide - GlovesPosted by Ian Tang on Sep 17, 2014
Picking out new Gloves
The most important factor to consider when deciding on a new pair of gloves is safety. This includes picking out gloves that not only fit right, but also provide enough overall protection. Once safety is established, there are a few other factors to take into consideration. Listed below are explanations of the main differences between these choices.
Nylon or Synthetic Leather
In the past, authentic leather was the material used for hockey gloves. Nowadays, synthetic leather has virtually eliminated the use of leather because it is less expensive, lighter, and has increased water resistance. Another material typically used to line gloves is Nylon. Nylon is lighter and breathes better than synthetic leather, but it does not wear as well. For players that prefer a hybrid glove, it is possible to purchase gloves that utilize both synthetic leather and nylon.
Longer cuffs provide more coverage and protection to the forearm and wrist. Although safety is the primary concern, long cuffs can slightly hinder movement. Shorter cuffs provide less protection and give the player a greater range of motion. Other hybrid cuff lengths will vary depending on the position of the player’s hand. Some gloves will come with an adjustable or removable cuff. Due to the variety of options, players who like the protection and wrist movement of both the long and short cuff have plenty of choices.
Most gloves come in one of the following fit types: Tapered, Anatomical, and Traditional.
The anatomical fit is snug in the fingers and wrist and loosens up a bit in the palm. Resting tightly against the player’s hand, this is the most snug fit of any other glove. Usually the wrist will have a pivot to allow for mobility while remaining protective.
The tapered fit gloves are snug in the fingers but start to taper out. This slightly widens the hand area, while moderately widening the wrist area. This creates a tight fit around the fingers to be able to hold the stick, and a looser fit around the wrist for mobility and greater range of motion.
The traditional fit is going to be any old school glove or 4-roll style glove. These gloves are loose fitting all the way through and offer the greatest range of motion. They have a traditionally shorter and wider cuff and are not snug anywhere.
When buying gloves it is important to make sure they are the right fit and size . Whether the glove is too big or too small, safety and stick handling can be effected. To measure the proper sized glove, measure from the base of the middle finger to the elbow. That length is the size glove needed.
The ideal glove will balance both comfort and protection. You want an ideal fit and a great range of motion without sacrificing padding and coverage. There are many different fits and shapes to choose from be sure to give thought to what you personally like before making a purchase. The size of gloves is just as important as the fit. Too big or too small can be just as much a problem so always use sizing guides and measure your hands to get the best possible size match.