How to Size a Goalie Chest Protector

how to fit and size a goalie chest protector with sizing charts

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There is a lot that goes into ensuring a chest protector fits a goalie properly. Fortunately, chest protectors are one of the most adjustable pieces of equipment that a goalie wears. Each chest protector offers varying levels of mobility and protection, so finding the right balance will come down to goalie preference. Make sure the following boxes are checked to ensure the least amount of exposed body that a puck could hit.

Ensure the neck opening does not hang down too low. The neck opening should be an inch or two below the neck line to allow proper head mobility. A lot of the time, there are straps near the back of the shoulders that allow the front of the chest protector to pull up closer to the neck. If the straps are adjusted to be as short as possible and the chest protector still hangs too low, there may be other areas that need to be adjusted as well, or the chest protector is just too big. The neck opening should rest overtop of the collar bones. It is highly recommended that additional coverage of the neck opening be provided by a goalie neck guard as a chest protector is not designed to provide full neck coverage. Ensure there are no gaps showing the neck/collar bone when the helmet and the chest protector is on.

how to size and fit a goalie chest protector with sizing charts chest protector neck hangs down too low
The chest protector hangs too low and shows a large opening of the neck and collar bones. This chest protector is either too big or needs to be adjusted to sit higher.

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The arms need to be adjusted so that the cuff of the arm rests approximately 0.5 – 1.5″ up the arm from the point the hand meets the wrist. An arm that sits too long on the arm will not allow for proper mobility and could leave gaps in the upper arm for pucks to hit. And arm that sits too short will leave a gap between the glove or blocker and the chest protector that a puck could hit. The arm can be adjusted to be longer or shorter using straps or laces where the arm connects to the body portion of the chest protector. If after adjusting the arm to the maximum it can be adjusted, and the arm is still too short or too long, the chest protector does not fit properly. The chest protector arm should also move fairly well with the goalie’s arm, so if the goalie’s arm turns loosely inside the chest protector and the chest protector is not snug on the arm, it is too big. On the other hand, if the chest protector is too small, there will be a lot of the goalie’s arm exposed beside the arm padding of the chest protector and the chest protector will feel abnormally tight. Some custom manufacturers offer the ability to build a chest protector with a different size arm and body to provide a better fit (for example an XL sized body with L size arms for people with shorter arms).

How to size and fit a goalie chest protector with sizing charts - chest protector arms too short
A large gap between the wrist and the chest protector indicates that the arms of the chest protector are too small.

The body portion of the chest protector should overlap with the pants along the waistline to provide seamless protection. Each goalie’s preference will be different, with some goalies wanting to wear their chest protector overlapping over their pants, and others wanting their pants to overlap over their chest protector. Either way, the goalie should not have a gap between the pants and the bottom of the chest protector. This can be adjusted using the straps by the back of the shoulders, but be careful that the neck opening is not hanging too low.

Each chest protector is built differently, and each one has different areas that may not be as protective. Once the chest protector is on and fitted properly, take a general look over to see if there are any spots that look like a puck might miss the chest protector and hit the body. If there are gaps that are noticed, it would be better to try another model or manufacturer. Although mobility is important, protection is the number one priority.


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Bauer Chest Protector Sizing Chart

Category Size Age Weight Height
Youth S/M 5-7 Years 40-53 lbs 3’5″ – 3’11”
L/XL 6-8 Years 46-57 lbs 3’8″ – 4’2″
Junior S/M 8-10 Years 55-68 lbs 4’1″ – 4’8″
L/XL 9-11 Years 62-79 lbs 4’4″ – 4’11”
​ Intermediate ​ S 11-12 Years 77-90 lbs 4’10” – 5’2″
M 12-13 Years 88-99 lbs 5’1″ – 5’5″
L 13-14 Years 97-130 lbs 5’4″ – 5’7″
​Senior S 13+ Years 99-150 lbs 5’5″ – 5’9″
M 14+ Years 130-170 lbs 5’7″ – 5’11”
L 15+ Years 150-190 lbs 5’9″ – 6’1″
XL 15+ Years 180+ lbs 5’11″+

CCM Chest Protector Sizing Chart

Category Size Arm Span (measured wrist to wrist)
​ Youth ​ S/M 36″
L/XL 37.5″
OSFA 37.5″
Junior S/M 39 – 40.5″
L/XL 40.5 – 42″
​ Intermediate ​ S 45.5 – 47″
M 47 – 48.5″
L 48.5 – 50″
​ Senior ​ S 51.5 – 53″
M 53 – 54.5″
L 54.5 – 56″
XL 56 – 57.5″
​ Pro ​ S 51.5 – 53″
M 53 – 54.5″
L 54.5 – 56″
XL 56 – 57.5″

Brian’s Chest Protector Sizing Chart

Category Size Height
​ Junior ​ ​ S 4′ – 4’5″
M 4’6″ – 4’11”
L 5′ – 5’2″
XL 5’2″ – 5’5″
​ ​ Senior ​ ​ XS 5′ – 5’2″
S 5’3″ – 5’5″
M 5’6″ – 5’9″
L 5’10” – 6′
XL 6’1″ – 6’5″

Vaughn Chest Protector Sizing Chart

Category Size Height
Youth, Junior (V9) S/M 4′ – 4’5″
M/L 4’6″ – 4’9″
Junior (SLR3) S 4′ – 4″3″
M 4’4″ – 4’7″
L 4’8″ – 4’11”
XL 5′ – 5’2″
​Intermediate M 4’4″ – 4’7″
L 4’8″ – 4’11”
XL 5′ – 5’1″
XXL 5’1″ – 5’3″
​ ​ Adult ​ ​ XS 5′ – 5’2″
S 5’3″ – 5’5″
M 5’6″ – 5’9″
L 5’10” – 6′
XL 6’1″ – 6’5″

Warrior Chest Protector Sizing Chart

Category Size Arm Span (fingertip to fingertip)
Youth S/M 39″ – 49″
L/XL 45″ – 55″
Junior S/M 51″ – 56″
L/XL 54″ – 61″
​ Intermediate ​ S/M 60″ – 65″
L/XL 63″ – 68″
XXL 64″ – 69″
​ Senior ​ S 64″ – 69″
M 66″ – 72″
L 69″ – 74″
XL 72″ +
​ ​ ​ Pro ​ ​ ​ S 67″ – 70″
M (Body), S (Arms) 67″ – 70″
M 70″ – 73″
L (Body), M (Arms) 70″ – 73″
L 73″ – 76″
XL (Body), L (Arms) 73″ – 76″
XL 76″ +

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