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5 Tips for Buying Used Equipment

Are you looking to get some new gear for next season? Buying used hockey equipment is a great way to save money, but keep the following tips in mind.

1. Skates: When buying used skates, make sure the blade isn’t worn down or rusted, and that it hasn’t bent or warped out of alignment.  You also want to check the boot to ensure it is firm, supportive and free of cracks.

2. Gloves: Make sure used gloves don’t have any holes or tears and that the lining isn’t thin or worn out. It’s also smart to try holding and maneuvering a hockey stick to ensure you have the correct grip.

3. Pads: Never buy used elbow, shin or shoulder pads without trying them on first to ensure they fit properly and protect the correct areas. If the padding is brittle, thin, worn out, or has any cracks or tears, move on and look elsewhere.

4. Helmet: This is one piece of equipment you don’t want to buy used. When it comes to protecting yourself from concussions or other head injuries, it is worth investing in a new helmet. No matter where you decide to shop, always make sure the helmet you buy has been certified with a valid CSA sticker. 

5. Pants: When buying used pants, make sure they are free of rips or tears, and always try them on with your shin pads.  The pants should sit comfortably above your hips and slightly overlap your shin pads.

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