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How to buy hockey pads?

TwoQuestionsTwoQuestions Registered User regular
edited May 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
I'm a member of the SCA, which recreates medieval battles with rattan sticks instead of steel. In order to do this, we need armor so we get bruises instead of broken bones. Most people make what they call 'period' armor, as in if you went to 1066 and looked at the modern fighter next to the medieval one, there would be very little difference.

However, I'm a bit too lazy for that :P

I just wanna buy some hockey pads and cover it up with crusader robes (Teutonic Knight robes to be exact). Problem is, I live in the middle of bumfuck nowhere, and the nearest sports store has like 3/4 of a set of pads. I already have my own helm, gorget (neck armor), and knee pads, I just need the rest. Now being the huge nerd I am, I've never went to buy sport armor of any kind before. Are hockey pads one-size-fits-all/adjustable, as in can I buy them over the Internet, or should I try them on first before buying?

tl;dr version: I need hockey pads to fight in. How do I buy them?

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  • 3v3v Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    http://www.hockeymonkey.com

    http://www.hockeygiant.com

    They should have measuring guides on the site. I'm a pretty thin guy and I use adult smalls so it really depends on your build.

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  • truck-a-saurastruck-a-sauras Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?t=86274&highlight=hockey

    my thread was about skates, but there are good websites there that cover all hockey

    and check the sizing charts on the websites as most aren't one size fits all.

    trying on in person is great to get size and feel, but online usually provides better prices.

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  • tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Also, play it again sports or other used sports stores will have hockey pads soon as hockey season is coming to a close.

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  • EskimoDaveEskimoDave Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Hockey gear is quite adjustable. It shouldn't be a problem buying it over the internet.

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  • LaonarLaonar Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    EskimoDave wrote: »
    Hockey gear is quite adjustable. It shouldn't be a problem buying it over the internet.

    Just having been to an SCA event in York, PA. I would have to say even with pads that hurts a lot. Those guns run full speed into each other than beat the crap out of each other with 5 lb rattan stick.

    To the topic though the two sites listed are good sites and usually have some type of clearance deals going on. You can also google hockey equipment to bring up quality sites as well.

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  • LaonarLaonar Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    EskimoDave wrote: »
    Hockey gear is quite adjustable. It shouldn't be a problem buying it over the internet.

    For what he needs, gloves, shinguards, elbow pads, girdle and chest guard probally. You can only adjust most of these so far. Shinguards are a certain length to fit how tall/short you are. Hockey gloves work the same way and you can not adjust them.

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  • TwoQuestionsTwoQuestions Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Thanks for all the advice guys! H/A is as helpful as ever.

    @Laonar, I used to fight without any shoulder protection, other than my shield. It doesn't hurt at all on the initial charge, cuz you're too full of adrenaline to feel anything at all. Later you get cool bruises to impress people with!

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