Want to get your first pair of hockey gloves? I hope you have a good idea of what you want and what you should be looking for!
But even if you have a good idea of how much padding or airflow you need in gloves, the size may throw you off a lot.
For me, the worst part of shopping for clothes online is choosing the right size. This is true not only for sports but also for the everyday clothes I wear. I hate picking sizes because some brands have bad instructions or even wrong size charts.
Still, it’s very important to get the right size. Today, I’m going to talk about how to measure hockey gloves so that you can spend your money wisely.
How To Size Hockey Gloves?
To find the right hockey glove size, you need to measure your hands in a certain way.
As a general rule, the right glove size would be twice the distance between the base of your palm (where your palm meets your wrist) and the top of your middle finger.
For example, if you measure the distance and get 7 inches, 14 inches would be the right size for you.
If you get a number that is not an integer, like 13.23 or 9.77, you should round it to the nearest integer. This is because gloves come in whole-inch sizes.
If the difference between your measurement and a whole inch is less than 0.5 inches, round the number down. 13.40 inches would be rounded down to 13 inches, for example.
And if the measurement is more than 0.5 inch over a whole inch, round it up, like from 13.55 to 14 inches.
If the brand doesn’t tell you how to choose the right size, you can use this rule of thumb. Instead, if there is a size chart, follow its suggestions.
Hockey Glove Sizing Chart
Most hockey glove makers have size charts to help you choose the right size.
Sizes are mostly the same between brands, but not always. If you wear a 10″ Bauer glove and want to switch to a 10″ CCM glove, don’t assume that 10″ will be the right size for you again.
Sizes of gloves may be defined differently by different manufacturers, so you should always check the size charts.
Anyway, here is a size chart for hockey gloves that should work for most of them:
|Generic Hockey Glove Size Chart|
|Glove size||Age||Player Weight||Player Height||Glove length|
|8 inches||4 to 7||40 to 60 pounds||3’3” to 4’1”||7-8 inches|
|9 inches||6 to 9||50 to 70 pounds||3’9” to 4’7”||8-9 inches|
|10 inches||8 to 11||60 to 90 pounds||4’3” to 4’8”||9-10 inches|
|11 inches||9 to 12||70 to 100 pounds||4’7” to 5’0”||10-11 inches|
|12 inches||11 to 14||80 to 110 pounds||4’11” to 5’4”||11-12 inches|
|13 inches||14+||120 to 160 pounds||5’5” to 5’9”||12-13 inches|
|14 inches||14+||140 to 180 pounds||5’7” to 5’11”||13-14 inches|
|15 inches||15+||160 to 200 pounds||5’9” to 6’1”||14-15 inches|
Bauer and CCM are two brands that I know use this size chart or one very similar to it. If you look at one of the gloves on the Bauer website, you’ll see that you can choose the right size by entering your age, height, weight, and the distance between the tip of your middle finger and the base of your palm.
Other brands, like Warrior, have a different way of sizing:
|Glove Size||Finger Base To Elbow|
|Youth||8 inches||7-8 inches|
|9 inches||8-9 inches|
|Junior||10 inches||9-10 inches|
|11 inches||10-11 inches|
|12 inches||11-12 inches|
|Senior||13 inches||12-13 inches|
|14 inches||13-14 inches|
|15 inches||14-15 inches|
The main reason I don’t like Warrior’s size guide is that it’s harder to measure the distance between the base of the finger and the elbow. But if you are shopping for gloves and find a size chart like this, you have no choice but to use it.
Now, it’s nice to be able to look at a size chart when choosing gloves. All of these charts have one problem, though: they don’t take into account what people like. And from an outsider’s point of view, they can’t do this. This is as good advice as you can get.
Some people like their gloves to be tighter around their fingers, while others like them to be looser. Also, some people may have middle fingers that are too long or too short, which can also throw off measurements.
In these situations, it’s clear that size charts might not be very accurate. So, if you have special needs or likes, don’t forget about them.
How Should Hockey Gloves Fit?
Some people like gloves that fit loosely, while others like gloves that fit tightly around their hands. This is just a matter of taste; the only thing that matters when choosing glove size is that your gloves shouldn’t get in the way of your game.
If your gloves are too big, they may cover your elbow pads, making it hard to move your wrists and driving you crazy. Too long fingers can also flap around and make it hard to move your hands.
On the other hand, gloves that are too small will feel tight and may even stop blood flow. Small gloves might not protect you well enough either.
First, make sure your glove isn’t so small that it hurts your hands or so big that it makes you look like a clumsy mess.
Once you’ve figured this out, you can also try out tighter and looser fits and pick the one you like best.
You should know that some brands are bigger than others. Bauer, Easton, and CCM usually make gloves that fit better. Easton Pro, Sher-Wood, and Eagle gloves, on the other hand, tend to be looser.
What Size Hockey Gloves Should I Get? Consult The Size Chart
So, before you buy gloves, check the size chart the seller gives you. If you haven’t used a certain brand of hockey gloves before and don’t know how they fit, there’s nothing better to do.
For simplicity’s sake, I would also suggest that you stick to one brand of gloves if you can.
Sizes of gloves tend to stay the same within a brand, so if you want to buy new gloves from the same maker, you should be fine going with the size you’re already wearing. Even so, there are always exceptions.