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.
You might be in a bit of a hurry, so here are our featured best hockey gloves for every budget.
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.
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.
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!
Best Hockey Gloves Of 2020
1. Warrior Alpha DX
2. Bauer Vapor 1X Lite
3. Bauer NSX Gloves
4. Bauer Nexus 2N
5. TRUE A6.0 Pro
6. Warrior Covert QRE
7. Bauer Vapor X900
8. CCM Tacks 4R Lite
9. Bauer N2900
10. Sher-Wood M90
So let's get into the top ten best hockey gloves.
1. Bauer Vapor 1X Pro Hockey Gloves
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.
The first thing we noticed was the fit. It takes a few go's before they are broken in but once they are, they have a snug feel with great protection all around. The glove like feel also converted into a better feel with my stick. Price wise, they are a little on the higher end but it's worth it due to the quality and durability of these gloves.
2. Bauer Nexus N9000 Hockey Gloves
We were impressed with how these Bauer Nexus N9000 hockey gloves are available in a wide variety of colors. These include orange/black, navy, red, blue and more. Therefore you’re provided with more choice to select from.
Hockey players have been liking how the gloves have been implemented with high quality foam materials. They’ve been implemented into the gloves with a fantastic double density feature. This is awesome for enabling you to have double the foam protection.
It works effectively to absorb any impact while you’re playing to keep your hands safe. In addition to this, the exterior of the gloves has been made with high grade pro nylon materials. These materials are super strong and can withstand a beating.
Therefore, you can expect the gloves to last you for a while. In addition to this, there’s a unique 2-piece flex lock thumb feature available. This provides hockey players with more flexibility in their thumbs to let them grip the stick better.
THERMO MAX materials have been used for the liner. It’s great for enabling your hands to remain cool and dry while you’re playing.
People with large hands have been liking how well these gloves fit as well.
These are currently the top sellers online and that's not only because of the massive discount on these! They are super light to put on and will keep your hands super dry out on the ice. Definitely a highly recommended purchase.
3. Warrior Alpha QX4 Hockey Gloves
We noticed that these Warrior Alpha QX4 hockey gloves has managed to find a way of combining the more modern technical advancements with the old school style. The design of these gloves is something that hockey players have been loving.
These are 4-roll gloves that have been made with an anatomical design. As a result, you can expect them to fit your hands with a more narrow fit. If you were looking for gloves that feel like they fit nice and snug on your hands, these ones could be a fantastic choice.
Not only do they have a more tapered fit, they’re also excellent at being able to contour to the natural shape of your hand. Therefore, you’re able to wear the gloves and feel comfortable. This is an excellent benefit that also means you’re provided with more mobility while playing.
There are some excellent foam materials available in the padding of these gloves. These are great for keeping your hands protected from impact. In addition to this, the shield on the exterior is incredibly solid to take the brunt of big hits.
Your hands are able to remain dry, even during the most intense games. This is because of the Strike Yellow liner that has been implemented. It’s effective at wicking away moisture.
There's pretty much nothing between the top three gloves and quite easily these QX4's could of been top of the pack. The palms feel unbelievably soft on your hands and are game ready straight out of the box.
4. True A6.0 Hockey Gloves
The True A6.0 is one the most famous glove style available in the market today. From relaxed fit to great mobility to full range of motion to great protection there are so many amazing features in this product. So, you are going to get really good flexibility, breathability and high-level durability out of this product.
Now if we talk about the construction then the exterior of the gloves is loaded with a pro nylon exterior so it will provide you really good flexibility and comfort.
Pro Grade EPP Foam – the best part about this product is the FOAMS. There are thicker foams used in it as compared to the traditional hockey glove construction. If we compared it with the industry standard of 20mm then the TRUE Pro Grade EPP is 24mm Foam with the PE inserts. So, you can definitely see that the overall comfort and protection of the True A6.0 is way better than the other gloves out there.
You are also going to see medium density foams everywhere in the gloves and it makes the gloves really protective and comfortable to wear as well. The product is lightweight as well and this is where the True A6.0 outsmarts its competitors because it is providing great comfort, durability and protection without compromising on being lightweight.
The top three fingers also feature the triple segmentation design so it will give you really great flexibility and comfort. The construction of the gloves is really amazing and that is why you will get a great fit on the stick and a great fit means more power going into your shots which will result in more scoring opportunities.
The True A6.0 is very advanced when it comes to the technology. The ZPalm interchangeable palm technology will allow the players to easily change the glove’s palm with any of True Hockey’s four additional palm options within no time. You will also get great range of motion with the TRUEFLEXX lock thumb and it will also provide amazing protection to your thumb as well.
Solid gloves with great protection! When you put these on, straight away they will feel pretty comfortable and fit nicely on your hands. Considering how much they cost, they perform as well if not better than some of the premium options. You should give this product a try and the interchangeable palms helps with keeping them dry and disinfecting.
5. Bauer Vapor X800 Lite Hockey Gloves
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.
The gloves really amazing and you will definitely love the product. They have provided great durability and amazing fit. The tapered fit on fingers (snug), backhand (snug) and cuff (relaxed).
6. Bauer NSX Hockey Gloves
The Bauer NSX is an excellent product from top to bottom it has really cool to features to offer. It easily meet the professional standards and from comfort to protection level to durability to construction of the material the Bauer team has done a great job with this product.
Now if we start with the exterior of the gloves then there is a very nice poly mesh material used. So, this will provide your hands very nice breathability and it will make you stay nice and fresh all the time during the games. The Bauer NSX glove also offers really good durability and it does a great job by resisting the wear and tear.
The gloves do have really good flexibility properties as well. Now if we talk about the protection then the Bauer team has focused heavily on providing great protection. The dual density foams have been used to ensure great protection. The backhand also has medium density foams.
Furthermore, the plastic inserts have been used in different sections of the gloves to take that protection to a whole new level. For the thumb protection, you are going to see a two-piece design so this will give you a really good flexibility which will allow you a good hold on the stick and also it will provide you really good dexterity out of the box.
Apart from this, there is ivory nash material used for the palm as well and it will increase the comfort and protection of this section. The dynamic flex technology will give you great mobility and an extra range of motion. So, overall the Bauer NSX is a really good product and it offers great comfort, amazing durability and reliable protection.
You'll see Bauer does get a quite a few mentions on the list and you probably know they have quite a lot of choice available on the market especially these NSX's. One thing we noticed with these is the great mobility in the fingers which helped with the stick handling. We have also heard that they are very durable and will hold up nicely.
7. Warrior Dynasty AX2 Hockey Gloves
The Warrior Dynasty AX2 is offering you really great fit, durability, elite level protection and amazing comfort. So, if we see the exterior of the gloves then you will see a variety of materials being used by the Warrior to make it a top quality product. As compared to the AX3 the nylon mesh used in this product is a little bit tougher nylon mesh. So, this will really increase the overall durability of the gloves.
Now if we talk about the protection of the gloves, then I don’t think that there are better products available than the Warrior’s. because the Warrior team uses top level technology when it comes to the protection. Their WARLITE Impact Protection technology is really amazing and it literally takes the protection to a whole new level.
The performance foam blend offers a protective, comfortable and light protection package. Furthermore, there are plastic inserts used in this technology as well which has provided defense against pucks and sticks.
The mediums density faoms used in this technology has really taken the protection level to new heights. Now all these density foams have been combined with the plastic inserts which work really nicely to dissipate the impact energy like slashes or pucks.
Now for the palm, you are going to see Authentic Pro Palm which will offer you great comfort, mobility and great feel as well. You will get a really good stick feel and the breathability factor is really good as well. The polygiene used in the Warrior Dynast AX2 are really good when it comes to giving you fresh feel all the time as it will move moisture away from your hand quickly because the evaporation process is real quick in it.
Warrior has always been proper for hockey gloves and these are honestly a great pair of gloves. They are so lightweight on your hands yet feel so safe and protective out on the ice. Don't need very long to break in either to feel very comfortable.
8. CCM Super Tacks Hockey Gloves
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.
Great fitting glove! These gloves so well designed and offer such good feel. Admittedly, they are on the premium end in terms of prices, but they are so good at protecting your hands with the D30 technology.
9. Warrior Covert QRL Hockey Gloves
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.
We did an in-depth review on these, if you'd like to check it out click here 'Warrior Covert QRL Senior Glove Review'. These are overall probably the best gloves out there on the market. I mean it has every advantage you would want in a hockey glove! It's flexible and lightweight while having some of the best protection out there. Overall these are one hell of a pair of gloves.
10. Bauer Nexus N2900 Hockey Gloves
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.
So, you are going to get almost everything in the Bauer Nexus N2900 Gloves for a very reasonable price.
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!!!