Goalie Leg Pad Guidance
By DJ DelBuono, Pure Goalie Manager
There is no universal sizing guide for the various brands and models of goalie leg pads. The internal/external breaks and boot design/construction will affect the overall sizing. NOTE... Reebok leg pads tend to fit larger than the other major brands. For the best fit, leg pads should always be fitted with goalie skates and goalie pants on.
- For children, position the knee towards the bottom of the knee cradle to allow for growth.
- For adults and children who have stopped growing, position the knee in the center of the knee cradle.
- If the goalie's knee is below or above the knee cradle, he or she runs the risk of missing the knee risers when going down into a butterfly position, possibly resulting in injury.
When in the butterfly position, the thigh risers should come into contact, or slightly overlap to seal the five-hole completely. Thigh rise is preference, but you want to be sure you provide yourself with adequate coverare area.
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Goalie Leg Pad Sizing
Goalie leg pad sizing can vary based from one manufacturer to the other. If you do not have an opportunity to get professionally fitted at one of our Pure Goalie locations. Here is a great guide to estimate your ideal size.
Sizing is based on three (3) things;
1: Your skate size. You can find the size of your skate one of two ways;
- Grab your skate, the tag or size is usually located right on the tounge. The size should be the same size or smaller than your shoe size, based on if you are growing or not.
- If you have had your skate for a while, and your foot has not grown, Take your shoe size and go a full size to a size and a half down. Since skate sizing is smaller than shoe sizing, this would be your ideal size. REMINDER: This is just a guage, for appropriate fitting, be sure to head into one of our retail locations to get professionally sized.
2: The length from your midfoot (floor) to the center of your knee. This is also commonly known as “ATK” (Ankle-To-Knee) measurement.
3: The thigh rise height. This is the measurement from the center of your knee to your desired length. This is generally half way to ¾ of the way up your thigh.
The estimated size of pads would then be (1) + (2) + (3).
If you have followed the above steps properly, the your knee should rest directly behind the center knee roll or in the center of the landing area with the pad properly strapped up and with skates on. If you are a growing goalie, or you are sizing for a growing goalie, you can have the knee land between the lower and middle knee roll. This should line up roughly an inch or so below the center of the knee landing inside the leg channel. This will ensure that the pad breaks (bends) at the knee, shin and ankle as designed for optimal performance.
If you are able to shop at one of our retail locations, it is recommended that you bring your skates and pants when sizing leg pads. This will allow our professionally trained goalie specialists the most accurate way of getting you into your true size. Also, what this will do is give you a similar to game ready feel, so not to have any surprises arrise during your first use.
What does the "+" sizing mean on the Leg Pad?
The “+” sizing on goalie leg pads specifies that added height to the pad from the knee cradle to the top of the pad (section 3 on the above diagram). This is also called the “thigh rise.” The idea on the additional height is to help cover the five hole while in the butterfly position.
- Someone that would utilize the added height is a goalie with a wider stance/butterfly.
- Someone with a tighter or narrower butterfly would probably use the standard or lower height.
*Most goalie leg pads are desgined with a +1 sizing even if it is not specified directly on the pad.