Friday, December 10, 2010

Hockey Equipment Packages Can Be Good and Bad

Hey everyone I'm going to talk a little bit about hockey equipment packages.  Yeah you read correctly.  We are going to be covering why you both should and should not be on the look out for these so called "deals".  Being that it is the month of December, Christmas is coming up.  What does that mean for hockey players?  well it means that people are going to be looking to buy you some nice hockey gear gifts.  It also means that you probably just got over seeing the whole black friday sales on sports equipment websites.  Am I right?  Of course I am.  How do I know?  I'm a hockey player dummy. I know when and where to buy the latest hockey stuff I've been doing this for over ten years now.

So why exactly are these things good and bad.  Well you know that hockey is an expensive sport and any time you buy alot of equipment, you are probably going to be spending a bunch of money.  If you are like me, you probably aren't super rich and would like to try and get a good deal on some cheap stuff.  Now, I don't know about you, but when I say cheap, I mean cheap in price not in quality.  Unfortunately, there are far too many hockey equipment packages out there that are cheap in quality.  You need to do research and know what you are getting into.  Remember, every single brand out there from a hockey company has different types or levels of hockey gear.

Want an example?  Okay I'll show you one.  Hockey skates are made of different materials.  They are made up of wheels, bearings, and frames.  Now I'm forgetting the boot, but that doesn't matter a whole lot as these three things generally make up the bulk of the price on the skate you choose.  Lets take a skate that has abec 3 bearings, extremely hard outdoor wheels, and a plastic frame.  Now, lets pretend this type of skate comes with a bundle of a wooden hockey stick and plastic/foam shin pads.  Now lets add one more thing to this equation the price.  Lets go ahead and pretend that the price of this equipment package is 380 dollars.  Think, and let that sit in for a minute.

You ready for the next part.  Its a question that should help solve some of our dilema that you should be able to answer.  Is this a good deal?  Someone who doesn't play hockey might think so.  In my opinion, as a hockey player, its not.  Why not?  Well abec 3s are not that expensive.  They are probably the least expensive out of all the abec bearings.  Plastic frames crack easily and aren't meant for advanced players, but rather young beginners to roller hockey.  The hard wheels are usually inexpensive and are meant for outdoor hockey.  Indoor hockey is far more expensive than outdoor and it is what most roller hockey players invest in.

For the quick run down, a good pair of hockey skates range from $170 to $250.  A good stick costs $45 upwards.  Good shin pads cost 30 dollars or more.  So, as you can see, the example price doesn't fit the quality.  Hopefully that will give you a good idea on the good and bad types of hockey equipment packages out there.

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