Ready to suit up and hit the ice, but your gear is full of holes and duct tape? Here’s how to buy hockey equipment on a budget.
Hockey is an important part of our culture. It is also pretty expensive. Some may say that it can be one of the most expensive sports. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t play hockey if money is tight.
Here are some tips on how to buy hockey equipment on a budget.
Used equipment can make it a lot easier for you to play the sports that you want. There are many stores that specialize in selling used gear, and they often offer trade-in deals. You may also find what you need at your local thrift store or through sites like Kijiji.
Unsurprisingly, the best deals can be found off season, so if you can wait a few months until summer, do it.
If you are struggling to find the right used equipment, you may want to organize a swap meet for people in your area. This works well for children’s sports because they outgrow their equipment so quickly. However, you may also be able to find some barely used equipment from someone who just wasn’t interested in the sport.
If your goal is truly to get on the ice, bear in mind that you don’t need the latest, most expensive gear to do it. Last season’s stick work pretty much the same as this year’s will, unless you’re in the NHL. Don’t compromise on durability or quality, but last season’s merchandise can usually be found for much less in clearance sections, both online and in stores.
Are you on the verge of going pro or do you play some minimal-contact 4-on-4 on the weekends? The answer can affect what kind of gear you get. A casual player doesn’t need every piece of equipment you see NHLers wearing on TV. You also wouldn’t need the same level of weight (padding) or durability. Be realistic about what you need or your wallet could see some unnecessary roughing.
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