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Your hands are one of your greatest assets in the sport of hockey, if not the most important asset. The stick will be the most important piece of equipment you buy, but what about your gloves? The one thing between you and your stick right? The gloves you wear are extremely important!
Knowing what your right size is is important so you feel comfortable and confident. So we here at What All The Pros Use have invested a lot of time in finding the best hockey gloves on the market for player’s on a budget and also those who want to take their game to next level.
If you are looking for junior hockey gloves, then save yourself heaps of time and check out our Ultimate Junior Hockey Equipment Buying Guide for 2019.
But before we get into that we want to go ahead and show you how to go about fitting hockey gloves and what options are out there. NHL hockey gloves are the best in the business, but not every player can afford hockey gloves pro stock. The thing is if we can get our glove to the closest customized attributes to ourselves, it will make up for it. So, here is what we will cover in this article:
The Overall Feel Of The Glove
Every glove has its own unique feel to it. The things that go into this are the weight, materials used, padding, flexibility, The ‘roll’, and the protection. All these things go into the overall ‘feel’ of the gloves and how they perform. Everyone has their own opinion on what feels the best so that’s why we’re going to show you how to get it right the first time.
Many things go into this, There’s so many factors that go into weight whether its padding, material, or even the gloves ability to wick sweat. When choosing a glove, it’s important to take these into consideration because if your gloves are heavy, it’s going to wear your wrist down over time. This will decrease your speed in your hands and your ability to score. So when you go to the store or you’re looking online, be sure to look into weight… very simple as well as important.
Hockey Glove Sizes
When player’s are shopping for gloves, they usually don’t measure for their size which can be a problem. I’ve heard a lot of my team mates complain about how their glove is too big or too small. It’s only because they didn’t take the time to measure for their gloves. You may be asking the question what size gloves do I need? or how are hockey gloves measured? It’s very simple actually to find the right gloves to fit your needs. So we’ve created a go to guide on how to find the right size. We also have another review that goes into this more in depth here; Hockey Glove Fitting.
Hockey Glove Size Guide
Using this guide will help you find the right size glove. This isn’t the only thing you want to consider though, companies also different fits. I’m sure you’ve heard of Bauer’s Vapor, Supreme, And Nexus. Each fit is unique and carries it’s own perks and drawbacks. Let’s look at an example of what you will see with companies different fittings.
You will notice there is generally 3 different fittings, Now i’m going to go into what these mean and match them up to the companies that present them. The traditional fit is going to be you more relaxed fit, in other words made for bigger hands. The Tapered fit is the tightest of the three, more for your smaller hands or anyone who likes a snug fit. The contoured fit is the most natural, more for average sized hands. these are the most worn of the three.
We hope this chart helped you in choosing the right hockey gloves, we try to make it as effortless as possible here at What All The Pros Use so you can get all your info from one source.
Best Hockey Gloves Of 2019
Now we will get into what you’ve been waiting for, we have set up our stats for each glove that will help you choose exactly what your looking for in a glove. We will show you the most important features of each one. Some are on the higher end of the price spectrum but we have tried to pick out from different price points.
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You can also save yourself a heap of time by clicking on the name of the glove in the table below which will take you down to the review instead of scrolling all the way down!
So these outperforming gloves are good enough to make it to our list of the Best Hockey Sticks 2019:
|Glove Name||Fit Profile||Construction||Weight||Price|
|1. Bauer Vapor 1X Pro||Tapered||XRD® Foam tech||316g||Check Price|
|2. Bauer Vapor X800 Lite||Tapered||Pro Cable Mesh||254g||Check Price|
|3. STX Stallion HPR 1.1||Traditional||Cable-knit nylon||286g||Check Price|
|4. Warrior Covert QRL||Tapered||Phantom foam||309g||Check Price|
|5. Bauer Nexus 800||Traditional||Pro Nylon||294g||Check Price|
|6. CCM Super Tacks||Contoured||D30® Smart||183g||Check Price|
|7. Bauer N2900||Traditional||Pro Nylon Mesh||299g||Check Price|
|8. Easton Pro 10||Pro Volume||Dual Shox™ layered||318g||Check Price|
|9. True A4.5||Classic||TRUFLEXX lock||297g||Check Price|
|10. CCM Tacks 6052||Contoured||Pro level PE foam||294g||Check Price|
1. Bauer Vapor 1X Pro
As soon as these are unboxed, you can’t help but noticed the cool graphics and colors which are reinforced with a 3D embroidered Bauer logo across the cuff and a rubberized 1X logo on the thumb.
You can feel the nylon and cable mesh on the exterior of the glove which provides a clean look with excellent durability and breath-ability. The synthetic leather protects the high wear areas and helps extend the life of these gloves.
Getting to the most important part… the protection! There is a triple density design in the backhand of the glove where they have this high tech PORON XRD Foam baselayer. This is a type of foam you usually see in the top line helmets that Bauer make and is known for reacting differently to different levels of impact. This helps protect against 90% of force incurred during impact out on the ice.
We then have the medium density foam reinforced with air light foam which is a high tech material designed to be lighter without compensating protection levels. The three-piece index finger and thumb improves flexibility that’s going to allow you to get a really good wrap on your hockey stick and offer fantastic range of motion while not sacrificing any protection.
In the palm, Bauer uses a pro-level AX Suede Quattro Grip palm with a durability patch where holes typically begin to form. This significantly enhances the durability of the palm, while still giving players amazing stick feel. As an added feature, the AX Suede fingers will match the color of the glove.
The Bauer 1X gloves feature a 37.5™ liner, which uses a player’s body heat to speed up the evaporation process 5 times faster than other performance fabrics. To enhance protection and comfort, the 1X glove also has a thin XRD® backhand pad complemented by comfort foams. The interior of the glove opens up to a very mobile Free Flex Cuff that flares out in a segmented design to move with the player’s wrist movements, providing great wrist mobility and ensuring that the protection stays in place.
2. Bauer Vapor X800 Lite
Don’t you want really cool, durable, comfortable and supportive gloves for your game? Well, if you do then the Bauer Vapor X800 Lite Senior Hockey Gloves are there for you. These gloves are durable and you will get a great grip on your stick as well.
The Super Cool Features of Bauer Vapor X800 Lite Hockey Gloves
If we talk about the outlook or the external look then they have used the Cable Mesh with the lightweight PU overlay. So, you are going to feel very comfortable, easy breathing and above the cable mesh material is abrasion resistant as well.
The flexibility of the mesh material is really amazing as well. You are going to get amazing feel and fit. On the other hand, the synthetic PU overlay in the gloves will provide you with great durability.
On the fingers and on the backhand the Bauer team has used dual density foams with PE inserts. So, the key areas of your hands will get amazing protection and you can make your shots with full strength. All the high density foams used will save you from different dangerous things like the hypertension.
This product is one of the best and the great durability is the main highlight of this product. You can easily flex your hands and can make any sort of short in any condition. Their two-piece flex-lock thumb is there to give you an extra edge as well. The construction of the gloves is very good and that is why the airflow and breath-ability is at its peak.
The liner features a dual zone material and the brushed nylon with the microfiber is also there. So, now what it does? Well, it will save you from getting wet and you will remain nice and dry while playing the game. It will do a great job of wicking away moisture.
The Sanitized Technology
Well, this year they have introduced something new that is their Sanitized technology. Its directly embedded into all the fabric so it never washes out and it will also help to control odor by preventing that odor causing bacteria.
The Sanitized Actifresh keeps gear smelling fresh by preventing odor causing bacteria from forming.
The overall look of the gloves is very cool as well the embroidered logo of Bauer looks really good. The nice printing makes the gloves stylish and eye-catching.
3. STS Stallion HPR 1.1
If you are looking for a set of gloves that are high-end but fantastic value for money…. Then look no further! Besides being impressed with the bright red colour when we got these, for how much these are worth, they are worth every penny and here is why….
Upgrades, upgrades and more upgrades
So, these gloves have seen some big upgrades starting in the exterior of the gloves. We have PU overlays on the outside even up into the cuff roll and the finger block as well. This is to give you better durability.
Then the nylon itself has been upgraded. This is a cable knit nylon and so it’s still going to be breathable and have that broken in feel. But more importantly be more durable and abrasion resistant too.
High level protection without having to pay a premium
Now going into the protection of the gloves, STS have introduced big upgrades designed to give you elite level protection without having to pay a real big price tag.
You’ll find premium foam package all the way throughout the glove which is topped with plastic inserts throughout which is important when it comes to absorbing those impacts out on the ice.
In terms of dexterity, we found triple segmented finger panels except for the pinky. You’ll notice straightaway out of the box how awesome it feels and the flexibility you get around your fingers.
Now their thumb protection is the signature Cable-Flex thumb which is a two-piece layout offering tons of mobility and protection.
Going into the palm, you’ll see the triple-layered grain-nash material which is really well vented. Couldn’t help but feel like I had awesome feel on the hockey stick against this material. There’s this stretch lycra stuff at the end of your fingertips which is also super soft and allows you to move better out there.
Going up towards the end of the liner, you’ll see more upgrades from STX as there’s moisture wicking microfiber instead of the brushed nylon. This makes it way more softer and way more comfortable.
To top it all off, the graphics are pretty cool as well, there is a two-tone stitch STS logo in the cuff role and we think the borders look pretty sharp against the writing itself.
4. Warrior Covert QRL
For protection, I noticed the phantom foam technology which are lightweight layers of EPP foams and plastic inserts for great lightweight impact protection. For the bottom three fingers, we see a two piece design while the index finger has a three piece design to provide good grip on your stick. On the thumb, we see Warriors Axi Flex thumb which is a two piece design giving you go flex and great grip on your stick while plastic reinforcements prevent against overextending your thumb ensuring great slash protection as well.
When taking a look at the palm, you see the Smart Palm Plus technology which is a reinforced Nash construction which will offer great stick feel combined with excellent durability as well. The technology is placed only where it is needed in the palm so it does not dampen the stick feel and enhance the life of your glove. Another neat bit of protection is the foam extending into the side of the glove which is an extension of that nash which gives you good overall protection.
Inside the glove, we have Wartech FNC which is a comfortable high tech microfibre liner which is very well ventilated providing a nice cool comfortable fit. Infused with Polygiene which is going to prevent odors from building up inside the glove. This extends out towards Axyflex Glove which is a flexible design for free wrist mobility for easy stick handling and shooting.
5. Bauer Nexus 800
This one has made our list because we feel this is great for anyone getting into Hockey and wants a decent starting pair! Here is why…
Elite level protection for great value
We think for the price-point, you get a nice level of protection with the double density foam re-enforced with plastic inserts on top. We noticed that at the top of the pads it’s very tough but it gets softer as you get closer to the hands.
There’s pro nylon material throughout the glove which means it’s going to be very durable. Great airflow as well giving you great breath-ability in the glove.
Plus, the fingers are nice and segmented, great for mobility and real comfortable feel on the stick
You’ll see Bauers Freeflex two-piece thumb protection which we noticed gives you great mobility but also some tough protection against over-extending your thumb.
Super Soft Feel
The palm is made up of what they call Clarino Ivory Nash and Bauer have layered these in areas where there is usually quite high wear to increase the durability and give you really nice feel.
Also going into the liner, you’ll see Thermomax which is there extremely soft material designed for comfort but also great moisture wicking properties.
In terms of the fit for the glove, it is a traditional fit which means it’s ideal for someone looking for volume without comprising on protection and looking for better mobility in the wrist.
We particular like the ones in light blue as shown in the picture, they stand out but just look great out on the ice.
6. CCM Super Tacks
The CCM Super Tacks Glove is the top of the line model in the second generation of this Tacks Line. It boasts some of the best protection on the market with its D3O smart foam that is one of the most impact-absorbant materials around. CCM then layered it with pro-level PE foam and plastic inserts, taking protection to the next level.
The Super Tacks utilizes a similar Palm Extension previously found in the QuickLite family. The NHL ivory clarino extends further down the base of a player’s palm than most of its competition. It prevents the dreaded scrunching affect that occurs when the wrists are rolled inward which causes discomfort and decreased stick feel. CCM also included clarino overlays in key areas to ensure premium durability to match its comfort and protection levels.
The entire liner uses premium microfiber with a Polygiene additive. The microfiber is buttery soft and comfortable, wick away moisture but the Polygiene prevents odor-causing bacteria from forming for lasting freshness. The two-piece pro thumb, the three-piece index and middle fingers, and the three-piece flared cuff work to provide players with second to none mobility so that this glove feels game-ready right out of the box.
7. Bauer Nexus N2900
The Bauer Nexus N2900 Gloves are really comfortable and will provide you amazing protection. This is the second tier model in the Nexus line and they have used the nylon mesh material in the gloves for better results. For those who don’t know, the Nexus fit is one of the best in the business and it is Bauer’s second most popular fit amongst the professional’s players.
Super Comfortable and Fitting
Well, the gloves are really comfortable to use and the fitting these gloves provide is really good as well. The players will have more volume fit in the fingers and you can make your shots with full strength because the gloves are really good range of wrist dexterity for stick-handling. There is poly knit material uses for the finger gussets. So, the airflow through the fingers will be nice and cool.
They have used the cable mesh for the exterior and it is very breathable and comfortable. The airflow is very impressive and the gloves are also abrasion resistant as well. There is synthetic leather overlay on the backhand two-tone and stitched Bauer logo into the cuff screen-printed graphics on the thumb.
High Density Foams and Super Protection
They have used really good density foams all the way throughout and then there are plastic inserts for better protection as well. The traditional ivory nash material is there to give you that traditional look and it is abrasion resistant too.
There is three cuff design used in the gloves. There is full density foams used in the cuff so better protection overall. So, it will help you move as you want to but the protection remains as it is.
The Thermo Max Liner – well, the thermo max liner is very useful and it is a microfiber like material that is very soft to touch. It also does a really good job of wicking away moisture to keep the gloves dry and cool.
8. Easton Pro 10
Weight – 318
Outer Shell Material – ProLite Tex
Cuff – short
Lining – Bio-Dri moisture wicking two-piece liner with NanoSense fingers
Palm – Nash with pro grip overlay
Fit – Traditional fit
Pros – Bang for your buck, high quality, pro stock
Cons – Some players don’t like traditional fit
Conclusion – These gloves I guess I could say is overall made for your puck handling. They have a relaxed fit and give your hands some room for better flexibility. The price point for these pro level gloves is very good considering what your getting.
9. True A4.5
Weight – 297 grams
Outer Shell Material – Pro Nylon Shell
Cuff – Short
Lining – Microfiber Liner
Palm – Clarino
Fit – Traditional fit
Pros – 4 roll model, flexibility, ultra light weight construction
Cons – price point
Conclusion – These are some great pro level gloves. They give a great amount of flexibility in your hands to do what is necessary to get across the red line. These are great for stick handling, and taking quick shots, also with passing. With these gloves you will feel as if you have total control.
10. CCM Tacks 6052
Weight – 294 grams
Outer Shell Material – Nylon
Cuff – Short Cuff
Lining – Premium mesh nylon on the backhand
Palm – Nash
Fit – Contoured
Pros – Lightweight, good stick feel, and great thumb movement
Cons – Some players don’t like the Contoured fit
Conclusion – Overall the CCM tacks 6052 feel comfortable on the stick and have excellent fitting. Some people may think a hundred dollars is too much but we think it’s very well worth the extra investment. We believe this is the best pair of hockey gloves for a hundred dollars.
We hope our list of hockey gloves helped you understand the best performing hockey gloves on the market right now. Also don’t forget to check out our other articles, we have tons of great information. That’s all from us here today. Have a great day!!!