What is the Difference Between an Ice Hockey Pant and Girdle?

Brandon

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Are you brand new to the game and acquiring your first set of hockey equipment? Perhaps you've come across ice hockey girdles when researching different equipment and have no idea what the difference is between an ice hockey pant. There are a couple of differences between the two so lets get started.

Traditional ice hockey pants are the standard, go-to for the majority of ice hockey players simply because they have been around for so long. In todays game, players are starting to seek equipment that has a much more close-to-the-body feel, and girdles provide that fit. The main difference between a pant and girdle is just that, fit.
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Traditional pants have all the protection integrated into the shell itself, so when players put them on there is volume and space around their legs for a much looser fit. The pants are held up by a waist belt, skate lace closure system, and sometimes players use suspenders. Within ice hockey pants there can be up to three styles of fit; traditional, tapered, and contoured. Traditional has the most volume throughout the pants, tapered is snug around the waist with volume around the legs, and contoured has a fit similar but not as close-to-the-body as a girdle.
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Girdles on the other hand fit much like a compression short. The protection sits directly against the players body, which helps give that close-to-the-body feel and function. Girdle players like the compressed feeling and will usually say they allow for better mobility as the protection moves with their body movements. Girdles also carry adjustment features, so protection can be adjusted to properly cover the area. In order to cover the girdle, nylon shells are worn overtop to complete the hockey pant look. Shells also allow players to switch out colors, perfect for any player who is on more than one team. Shells are also available to put on overtop regular ice hockey pants, so switching out colors is much more affordable than purchasing another pair of pants.
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For even more detailed information regarding specs and features of ice hockey pants and girdles, shoot over to www.icewarehouse.com
 

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