If you are an aspiring hockey goaltender, or if you have a child who is thinking that they might want to give goalie a try, you probably cringe when you think about what it will cost in order to buy all of the protective gear needed to play goalie safely. The fact of the matter is that many people who try goalie become instantly addicted to the position, but also many completely dislike it and decide to quite after playing goaltender for a year or less. For this reason it is a good idea to not buy brand new and instead buy used hockey goalie equipment for yourself or your child.
It is true that playing goalie can literally cost a fortune, but if you know how to go about buying used hockey goalie gear you can really save money and avoid spending an arm and a leg to play a position that you are not even quite sure if you are serious about yet, you need to try some cheap goalie equipment while you are feeling out whether or not goalie is right for you. Luckily many goaltenders sell the goalie gear that they have outgrown to their local hockey equipment store or online at some of the popular auction websites. I should mention that buying used goalie equipment is always a better idea when you can try it on first. A lot of hockey players and goalies make the mistake of buying the wrong piece of equipment online because they never got to try on the gear prior to spending their hard earned money on their goalie equipment.
Many hockey players won’t settle for any thing less than brand new hockey equipment, but if you can’t afford to do that buying used hockey goaltender equipment is not anything to be ashamed of. Obviously you will spend less money on the used pieces of equipment that you buy, but you will also be able to avoid the dreadful breaking in of the pads you buy. When you buy used hockey goalie equipment there are also some things you can do to repair or recondition the pads to make them more durable and less likely to break down on you.
If you want to buy used goalie gear, you should do some research on what exactly you are looking for and the going rate for a brand new version of the piece of equipment you are going to buy so that you know how much you should offer for the used hockey goalie equipment if you have the option to barter.