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What pads should I wear?

Postby djones3291 Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:27 pm

Basically this year our University team is competing in a BUCS league for the first time, and although I currently have arm guards and shoulder pads (as well as gloves and helmet obviously) I was wondering what everyone would recommend for an attacking player (not sure if I'll be playing midi or attack yet) with a short stick in terms of what pads to wear? Obviously arm protection is a must but I'm looking to review what I wear on my torso at least. Should I be wearing shoulder pads, rib pads or both and what brand etc would you recommend?

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Re: What pads should I wear?

Postby julius125 Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:38 pm

definitely rib pads, they'll get battered a lot by the long sticks... as for shoulders, some players don't bother, depends how much of a balance you want between protection and freedom of movement, experiment with different pairs like liners/hard capped ones to find what you're happy with...
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Re: What pads should I wear?

Postby djones3291 Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:06 am

Thanks very much mate! Where should I look for rib pads and which do you recommend? I already have shoulder pads so I can experiment with them.
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Re: What pads should I wear?

Postby julius125 Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:25 pm

I'm using the players club ones by Warrior, flexible, protective and haven't let me down at all, about £50 off UkLacrosse... Haven't really tried any others so don't know if the extra cash is worth it, about £20 for the basic ones, but a worthwhile investment when you're getting constantly hit, checked and pushed around the ribs...

Only place I really know to look is UkLacrosse for Warrior/Brine gear, but nothing stopping you having a look around elsewhere...
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Re: What pads should I wear?

Postby Sour37 Fri Oct 01, 2010 4:26 pm

I'd say wear whatever makes you feel comfortable, and confident that you can go into any situation

If you feel you need more pads. Get more. If you don't, then don't bother!
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Re: What pads should I wear?

Postby the pom Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:05 pm

a box is more important than shoulder pads and missing from your list a shot to the nuts is a killer
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Re: What pads should I wear?

Postby kiddo Mon Oct 04, 2010 7:12 pm

Sour37 wrote:I'd say wear whatever makes you feel comfortable, and confident that you can go into any situation

If you feel you need more pads. Get more. If you don't, then don't bother!



I agree, its a personal thing depending on what your comfortable with...However i would say rib pads are pointless but thats just me
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Re: What pads should I wear?

Postby dom#10 Mon Oct 04, 2010 7:29 pm

kiddo wrote:
Sour37 wrote:I'd say wear whatever makes you feel comfortable, and confident that you can go into any situation

If you feel you need more pads. Get more. If you don't, then don't bother!



I agree, its a personal thing depending on what your comfortable with...However i would say rib pads are pointless but thats just me

have to agree with kiddo, ive never worn rib pads, and a box is essential. Plus dont go for bulky shoulder pads IMHO.
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Re: What pads should I wear?

Postby Demus Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:43 am

It's all personal preference but I haven't worn rib pads in about 6 years. I always wear shoulder pads though to prevent the occassional check coming onto my colour bone from doing serious harm and because they offer a little upper arm protection. The type of pads depends on how quick you are, attackmen who like to power through probably need more pads but if you rely on quickness as say a middie you can be OK with less.

If you do get rib pads, I'd say just get whatever you find that's cheap and light but that's because I don't tend to be hit there often.

The same for SPs-I find minimalism is better as IMHO they're only really meant for the odd bad hit. A bit of upper arm protection is cool but otherwise go for pads that aren't too bulky-maybe even just get liners. I have G-Forces and love them.


It can be worth getting a good pair of gloves though and to a lesser extent arm pads (you just want them to be flexible with decent protection) as this is where you need both flexibility and where you'll be hit the most often. I sell Gait APs for around £22 but I only have mediums.

As for brands...I'd just say look at all of them, compare the prices and look for reviews on the internet. Some brands make good models some years and then less so in subsequent years and a lot of it is personal preferenc enayway.

I'd highly recommend a box....all it takes is one bad slash and it normally happens when you forget to wear one.
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