Best Hockey Pants 2017
Hockey pants are a vital part of your gear. They protect most of your upper thighs and hips and tailbone. The amount of protection put into pants is amazing while also being able to keep a lot of mobility. Today we’re going to show you what you need to know before going out and buying a pair of pants. I’ll also show you our top ten pants of 2017 in professional grade and beginner grade. Also be sure to check out our home page and feel free to browse the site for more awesome reviews like this one like our last review Best Elbow Pads For Hockey 2017 . We hope this review helps you find the right pair of pants!
Cheap Hockey Pants
If you’re on a budget, you want to buy your pants carefully. There’s lot’s of pants out there with the same price tag, but then there’s a huge difference in quality. We will make sure to cover only the quality pants in the review for the better price so you don’t have to go around struggling in finding the best quality for the best price.
I will say this if you’re on a budget, DO NOT BUY HOCKEY PANTS USED. The amount of germs and bacteria that could be in there is tremendous even if they look newer and clean. You have no idea how long it’s been used or what it’s been through and it could potentially make you very sick and that goes for any protective gear. The only way I would say buy used is if it’s from someone you know and they have barely used it and at the least once.
How To Wash Hockey Pants
We covered this in the Best Hockey Gloves Of 2017 Review, but I’ll go over it again to make it easier. People always ask ‘can you wash hockey pants?’ and yes you can, it’s a lot simpler than you think but you still need to be careful. I recommend you use a front load washer so that it tumble washes it and gets more clean that way. You may want to go to your local laundromat for this.
I’m going to list it here in 2 easy steps:
- Put them in the washer and select regular warm water cycle
- After the wash hang them to dry, avoid putting them in the dryer
Hockey Pants Sizing
A lot of questions come up when it comes to sizing such as:
- How Should Hockey Pants Fit?
- What Size Hockey Pants Do I Need?
- How Long Should Hockey Pants Be?
All these are good questions and i’m going to answer them all right here. So for the first one mostly it preference, but they should hold a good grip on your waist and be flexible enough for you. The second question is answered here in the hockey pants fitting guide for to measure and go off of. And the third is all preference as well, they really shouldn’t be past your whole knee cap and the shortest i’d say is about an inch and a half above the knee cap.
Also another thing to look for depending on your body type and the size of your hips, take a look at the fit type of pants, we will be sure to provide the fit type for every pair of pants we cover in this review.
Hopefully this guide helped you find the right size you need, now let’s get to the review!
Top Eight Hockey Pants Of 2017
The way we like to cover things here now is by giving you the top eight pants in pro stock and the more recreational stock in the top four brands of hockey such as…
Now let’s get started with the review!
CCM RBZ 130
Protection – Comfort foam with PE insert, tailbone protection
Fit – Traditional
Weight – 1020 grams
Conclusion – TheRBZ 130 is a great pair of pants for beginners. It offers amazing comfort and protection in key points so you get the best bang out of your buck. This is also one of the best hockey pants for defensemen because of maneuverability in the pant. You can pick one of these up over at hockey monkey right now for about $60, overall a great pair of pants.
BAUER VAPOR X60
Protection – Medium density foam with plastic inserts in the thigh, hip, tailbone, and spine gaurd
Fit – Tapered
Weight – 930 grams
Conclusion – This is a great set of pants for beer league hockey. They are lightest hockey pants in this stock and give the most flexibility and are some of the most comfortable in this price range. If you are a beginner and fall a lot or are in a high contact league where you will likely get checked, these are not for you because they don’t have a lot of protection. We have a more in depth review on these and i’ve personally used them myself. Check out the review here: Bauer Vapor X60 Pants Review
Protection – Reinforced EPP foam in the thigh, lower back, and hip
Fit – Anatomical
Weight – 1651 grams
Conclusion – This pair of pants is overall engineered for maneuverability with strategically placed pads for the best movement possible. With that said being very flexible, it also offers some great protection. This is great for a beginner or if you’re on a budget and looking for a good quality pair of pants. We definitely recommend these to anyone. Certainly the most protective hockey pants.
WARRIOR COVERT DT3
Protection – Molded plastic thigh guard, medium density foams for hip, tailbone, and kidney
Fit – Tapered
Weight – 1,044 grams
Conclusion – These were designed to follow a player’s skate posture and stride and great flexibility. The material is made for better airflow and stretchiness. With all the flexibility Warrior has not forgotten about protection and does a great job at it. The pants offer a good amount of protection for the amount you pay. These are absolutely great for the price.
Protection – Thick molded PE inserts with firm foams for the hip and kidneys
Fit – Tapered
Weight – 1334 grams
Conclusion – These lightweight hockey pants are the latest in CCM’s Quicklite line offering a snug fit and excellent mobility that let’s you react on a dime. CCM also nailed the protection part of these pants with light weight high quality foams inserted into the pants. The hip and kidney section offers pro protection. These pants overall have a nice wrap around the thighs creating a compression like feel while giving tremendous protection. This pair of pants goes to the top of our list of pants ad we’ve even made an in depth review on them, you can find that right here: CCM Quicklite Sr. Hockey Pants Review
BAUER VAPOR X900
Protection – Molded dome construction, medium density foam with plastic insert in the thighs
Fit – Tapered
Weight – 1451 grams
Conclusion – These pants have the top of the line quality without the top of the line price tag. These are most definitely best for wicking sweat and staying light weight throughout the game. The foams used for protection are 30% lighter than others in its class but provides the same protection as average pads. With a combination of durable and flexible fabrics these pants hold up very well and will last you a long time.
EASTON SYNERGY 850
Protection – E cell foam pads in the kidney, tailbone, and thigh area
Fit – Traditional
Weight – 1360 gram
Conclusion – The 850s are the best in the synergy line. It provides a responsive fit with full range of motion in it’s hyper skin fit system. The A.R.C. system releases air and wicks sweat to keep you dry and cool during a fast game. The E-cell foam provides a significantly lighter protection than regular HD foams as well. Overall a great pair of pants.
WARRIOR COVERT QRL
Protection – Molded plastics with medium density foams found in the hip and thigh pads
Fit – Tapered
Weight – 1542 grams
Conclusion – Warrior really focuses on the player staying mobile as possible while providing pro grade protection. The overall fit is optimized for a hockey player’s crouched stance and getting the best out of strides. The pants have an internal belt that gives way more support than a regular outside belt as well. Overall a flexible stretchy pair of pants while keeping high grade protection.