Fitting Guide - Shin GuardsPosted by Ian Tang
The first step when fitting shin guards is to find out whether the player prefers to have the shin pad on the outside or the inside of the skate’s tongue. This preference may contribute to whether the pads are an inch too big or small. If the player prefers to put the shin guard outside the tongue of the skate, the length will be one inch shorter than the players who keeps it on the inside. Here at Discount Hockey, it is recommended that players place the shin guard over the tongue for optimal protection.
The next step to properly fitting shin guards is to measure the length needed. This is easily done by placing the player in their skates and having them sit so the knees are bent at a ninety degree angle. Measure the length in inches from the middle of the knee to an inch above the middle of the ankle bone. The number produced by this measurement will be more accurate than attempting to go by height because each skater’s leg is different. The ideal fit would have padding run from the pants to the skates.
Reebok 20K Shin Guards are the preferred shin guards of the Los Angeles Kings and the majority of NHL players.