Getting The Right Fit: Brian’s Goal Pads

We see many customers who are unsure of what size to order or that order leg pads to find out they ordered the incorrect size. Although a sizing guide helps, there are many other factors to consider when determining the correct size for you and your style in order to maximize comfort and performance.

Here are some factors to consider:

What style of play are you?+
Generally, a hybrid style goaltender will prefer a smaller pad or at least smaller thigh rise which allows the goalie to be more mobile and agile in the net. Often, butterfly or ‘blocking’ style goalies will want to get maximum size and coverage out of their pads; where a taller pad with a larger thigh rise would be desired.
Pad style and shape play an important role in how the goal pad fits and sits on the leg. For example, the OPTIK comes in both a FLX and FLY chassis option. The FLX will mimic a double break pad (Like G-NETIk Pro 2) and have more flex and give throughout the pad. While the FLY will mimic a single or no-break pad (Like SubZero Pro 3) and will give a straighter, taller feel.
Growth plays a pivotal role in pad sizing. Often you can purchase a pad slightly larger if you are not finished growing because throughout the season you will shift upward into the knee cradle and will help prevent you from outgrowing a pad too soon. However, if you are done growing, you will want your knee to be the closest to the middle of the knee block/cradle as the Brian’s goal pads are unlikely to shrink much and will maximize the performance and features of the pad.
It is important to know, not all brands fit the same. Brian’s traditionally fits pretty similar to most in the knee, however we are known to have a bit larger of a thigh rise. For example if you are coming from a +1.5” thigh in a Vaughn, you likely will only need a +1 in Brian’s.
Measuring your ankle to the center of your knee is the easiest way to see what size pad will allow your knee to land in the center of the knee block. However, it is important to remember this wont guarantee whether or not a certain thigh rise will feel too tall for you.
If at all possible, we recommend that you visit a Certified Brian’s Dealer to be sized correctly by an employee as well as try on several sizes to ensure you find the right size that you are comfortable with.
Modern pads generally come with a +1, +1.5, or +2 added thigh rise. Due to the style of play of the modern goaltender, pads during the last decade have added additional size to the top of the pad to ensure a complete five-hole closure. For someone with a narrow butterfly, bad hips, or wanting to cover up more net, additional thigh rise could be desired, however it is important to note that the more material added to the top of the pad could lead to less control and mobility as well as a heavier pad. Generally, we recommend between a +1 and +2 thigh rise, but is all on how much you can handle and/or how long your thigh’s are.

Sizing Chart:

Our sizing chart is always a helpful tool. This will find the best general size for you. Also you can measure your current pad to the chart on the right to see how it compares to our pads. Again, to ensure the very best size for your custom pad, we recommend trying the pads on in person, with both your skates and pants on.

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STOCK PAD SIZE ANKLE TO KNEE THIGH RISE SKATE SIZE
21" 12" 6.5" 4
23" 13.5" 7" 4
25" 14.5" 7.5" 4
27" +1 15.5" 9" 5
29" +1 16" 10" 6
30" +1 16" 10.5" 7
31" +1 16.5" 10.5" 8
32"+1 17" 11" 8
33"+1 17.5" 11" 9
34"+1 18" 11" 10
35"+1 18" 12" 10
36"+1 19" 12" 10
37"+1 19" 13" 10
38"+1 20" 13" 10
STOCK PAD SIZE A LENGTH B LENGTH C LENGTH
21" 9" 7" 5"
23" 10.5" 7.5" 5"
25" 11.5" 8.5" 5"
27" +1 12.5" 10" 5.5"
29" +1 13" 11" 6"
30" +1 13" 11.5" 6.5"
31" +1 13.5" 11.5" 7"
32"+1 14" 12" 7"
33"+1 14.5" 12" 7.5"
34"+1 15" 12" 8"
35"+1 15" 13" 8"
36"+1 16" 13" 8"
37"+1 16" 14" 8"
38"+1 17" 14" 8"
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B
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STOCK PAD SIZE A LENGTH B LENGTH C LENGTH
21" 9" 7" 5"
23" 10.5" 7.5" 5"
25" 11.5" 8.5" 5"
27" +1 12.5" 10" 5.5"
29" +1 13" 11" 6"
30" +1 13" 11.5" 6.5"
31" +1 13.5" 11.5" 7"
32"+1 14" 12" 7"
33"+1 14.5" 12" 7.5"
34"+1 15" 12" 8"
35"+1 15" 13" 8"
36"+1 16" 13" 8"
37"+1 16" 14" 8"
38"+1 17" 14" 8"

JUNIOR

SIZE GOALTENDER HEIGHT
SM 4'-4'5"(122cm-130cm)
MED 4'6"-4'11"(141m-150cm)
LG 5'-5'2"(152cm-159cm)
XL 5'2"-5'5"(159cm-166cm) int.

SENIOR

SIZE GOALTENDER HEIGHT
XS 5'-5'2"(152cm-159cm)
SM 5'3"-5'5"(160cm-166cm)
MED 5'6"-5'9"(167cm-176cm)
LG 5'10"-6'(177cm-184cm)
XL 6'1"-6'5"(185cm-196cm)

JUNIOR

SIZE GOALTENDER WAIST SIZE
SM 22"-24"(56cm-61cm)
MED 24"-26"(61cm-66cm)
LG 26"-28"(66cm-71cm)
XL 28"-30"(71cm-76cm)

SENIOR

SIZE GOALTENDER WAIST SIZE
SM 32"-34" (81cm-86cm)
MED 34"-36" (86cm-91cm)
LG 36"-38" (91cm-97cm)
XL 38"-40" (97cm-102cm)
XXL 40"-44" (102cm-112cm)

On domestic product we offer glove palm sizing in standard/senior and Medium/Intermediate. (Needs to be indicated at time of order)

*Note: Import item palms are only available in selected size. Ex. Senior Glove = Senior Palms

Measurement from top of middle finger to base of palm:

  • Standard/Senior - 8"
  • Medium/Intermediate - 7.5"

Intermediate catch glove is 1/8" tighter around all fingers and the intermediate blocker palm is 1/2" shorter on each finger.

Adjustable wrist strap on glove and blocker, adjustable back of hand straps on glove.

Please sect sizing that best suits hand measurement, trial of gloves will give the best result for glove palm fit.

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