Base Layer

MANY OF TODAY’S LEADING MANUFACTURERS make base-layer garments to wear under your equipment. When fitting all other hockey equipment, the same base layer clothing or undergarments should be worn to ensure proper sizing.

  • Most base-layer clothing fits like a second skin and helps moderate your body temperature. Snug-fitting base layers will help improve the fit of your pads as well as increase mobility.
  • Base layers that bunch or gather in any area will not enhance your performance; rather, it will hinder it.
  • Some base layers include rubber grip pads that help keep your shoulder and elbow pads in place and prevent them from slipping up or down your arm.
  • Most base layers are made of light-weight fabrics that do not hold moisture and weigh you down.
  • Depending on personal preference, you can choose between long and short base layers in tops and bottoms.
  • The jock strap should be fitted according to waist size and should feel comfortable to the player.
  • If any strap or fabric gets torn, it should be repaired or replaced immediately.

When opting for undergarments, they should be light, cool and comfortable. Players can choose between loose and tight fit for both upper body and lower body undergarments. Selection comes down to personal preference. Garments that are a 50/50 cotton/polyesterblend offer maximum ventilation and comfort.


Question: What is best for players to wear under their pads? I’ve seen everything from nothing to street clothes.
Answer: We, too, have seen kids strip down to literally nothing before donning their pads, and others pile pads on top of their bulky sweatpants. Does it matter? On the one hand, what a player puts on under his or her pads—known as the “base layer”—is a personal preference. On the other hand, there are clear benefits to wearing a snug, lightweight, moisture-wicking, long-sleeve shirt and long pants under pads. The base layer improves the fit of the pads, helps moderate body temperature, and puts a barrier between the skin and any bacteria festering on the pads. A base layer that bunches up under pads, the way street clothes might, can hinder performance.