April 29th, 2008, 09:56 PM #1
Stick, skates, glove recommendations?
I'm planning on picking up a pair of inlines, gloves and a stick this weekend; The plan was to go to either Hockey Giant or Hockey Warehouse(unless you guys can recommend somewhere better, I just know I'm not going to Sports Chalet or the like ).
Problem is, it's been 10 years since I bought a stick or skates or any gear for that matter and I don't know what to look for anymore and I was just looking for advice on what I should look for, avoid, etc and was wondering if you guys could help.
I have an old Easton stick that has always worked well and bauer inlines that aren't really hockey skates and not really recreational and I'd be looking for hockey inlines.
April 29th, 2008, 11:43 PM #2
Well, it's a rather bland question, you know? Playing style, price range, any preferences, it all comes into play but I'll do my best to help.
Gloves: I currently use Easton gloves. Love em, best I've ever owned. Still, there's a lot of good glove manufactuerers out there. As long as you don't go cheap and get some crappy clothe version, you should be fine. Nike/Bauer, CCM, Warrior, Eagle, Louisville/TPS, Flak, and plenty of others, all good brands.
Sticks: This one really does depend on your style of play so it's really hard to say anything on this one. If you're going with casual play and don't play often, I'd recommend a wooden stick or a shaft with replacable blade. If you're going wooden, Sher-Wood is awesome. If you want to get a shaft, Easton still makes some decent ones at affordable prices. Anything else, you're going to spend a bit of money probably.
Skates: I'm a Bauer guy all the way. I've had my Bauer inlines for 10 years now. They're before Bauer and Nike became one. I'm sure Bauer/Nike is very similar to what it once was though, so I'd give those a shot if I were you. I never liked how CCM skates fit, but of course, that's to my specific foot. I've heard some people like Mission's and some don't, so I really don't know on those. Don't know a whole lot about RBK skates. Same goes for Tour. Tour's been around for quite some time now but I've never tried them. Really, your best bet is to go to a shop and just try on a bunch and get a good feel for them.
Hope any of that helped.
April 30th, 2008, 01:14 AM #3
I went to the hockeymonkey.com physical store as well as Hockey Giant and both stores had pretty cool dudes working there and all kinds of equipment at a rage of prices. They helped me find some gear for my nephew and some stuff for me as well. It is a trek to the OC but worth it.
April 30th, 2008, 02:18 AM #4
if you're going to giant, you might as well go a little further out to monkey too. hawk hockey if you didn't know. it's hockeymonkey's physical store. i like hockeymonkey's selection as far as brands go but that's just my personal preference. but it doesn't hurt to try both and see the selection and price.
April 30th, 2008, 03:15 AM #5
I guess the real question I'm asking is is are there any brands I should shy away from or any I should give a second look?
April 30th, 2008, 08:57 AM #6
I have seen that some of the GEAR equipment is rather poorly made. I had a wheel bag of theirs break on me rather quickly after normal use
April 30th, 2008, 09:08 AM #7
Originally Posted by spjon25
I own some GEAR inline pants and they're fine, but that's all I own of them. Does that company still exist?
April 30th, 2008, 11:53 AM #8
i agree. most of the big brands out there aren't that bad. just depends on how much you want to spend. you can't go wrong with ccm/rbk, bauer/nike, graf, easton, warrior, eagle. i'm probably missing some companies. but those are some of the most popular companies out right now. if you go lower end you may end up with poor quality or life, but performance wise (especially since you haven't played in a while) it shouldn't be too much of an issue.
Originally Posted by spjon25
April 30th, 2008, 05:29 PM #9
I'm a believer in "Buy cheap, buy twice(or more)" and "do it once, do it right", so I wouldn't mind dropping a couple bills on gear that could last me to an intermediate level or some kind of organized league( in the garbage division, haha ). All the bigger companies seem to have positive reviews/vibe, there does't really seem to be anything out there that should be avoided like the plague(at least for the larger companies).
Originally Posted by yipperzz
Right now, it's just myself and two friends, one of which is a goalie and all we do is lace up, setup our PVC net at a local school and shoot around, but if we were to get more serious about playing, I wouldn't want to buy a new pair of skates and essentially have to break them in and get used to their handling during a league or anything of the like( plus, I think it'd be nice to just have a pair of skates that fit properly ).
April 30th, 2008, 05:47 PM #10
make sure you get harder wheels, soft wheels will get torn up on concrete
Originally Posted by Lososaurus