If you are buying hockey equipment for the first time, you will surely be spending quite a bit of money on brand new or used hockey gear. One thing that often gets overlooked when new hockey players purchase equipment online is that they either forget to purchase a hockey gear bag or the underestimate the amount of hockey equipment that they will have when it all gets delivered and they think they will skip buying a newhockey equipment bag and think they can fit everything in a duffle bag or something. I know it sounds odd, but I have seen this happen to a few brand new hockey players.
A quality hockey gear bag is more important than you might think. First of all, these bags have certain features that are specific to storing ice hockey equipment. The best hockey gear bags have separate compartments for hockey skates as well as other hockey accessories. The reason that it is important to store your ice hockey skates in separate compartments is because it allows for your skate blades to stay sharp and avoid getting nicks taken out of them by certain metal pieces on your other equipment. Also, having your sharpened skates in a separate compartment will prevent damage to your hockey gear that could be prone to ripping and/or tearing.
Another reason why hockey gear bags are necessary is because it allows you to keep your hockey equipment in better condition than if it were just stuffed into a duffel bag that is just too small. A bigger hockey gear bag is always better than one that is too small, more room in the bag allows for your equipment to keep their form. Some hockey bags even have a zipping flap that allow you to air out your hockey equipment without removing it from the bag. Basically underneath the zipping flap is a mesh layer that will allow the air to escape from the smelly hockey bag. Obviously airing out your equipment this way will not be as effective as if you properly removed all of your hockey gear from your bag, but doing this is better than doing nothing.
If you are new to hockey, investing in a quality hockey gear bag is a great way to make sure that you keep your equipment in good shape while you transport your gear from home to the rink and back. Your best bet is to buy a big hockey bag that easily fits all of your equipment and also has plenty of compartments to keep you organized.