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The Lookbook: Pickup Ice Hockey

The list of outdoor winter activities isn’t that long. Running basically require crampons to navigate the ice and snow. It’s not exactly a natural stride. Skiing and snowboarding are awesome, but expensive and usually mean extensive travel.

There is one thing that checks off a lot of boxes. Ice skating, and more specifically, pond hockey. It’s a great workout. It’s something that you can do outside with a group of friends. All you need is a body of water and temperatures cold enough to make it freeze (something that’s been in abundant supply this year). Also, you can drink afterward.

To get you prepped to take the ice, our first Lookbook has all the equipment, clothes, and accessories you’ll need. Time to put the biscuit in the basket. Just don’t get a Barry Melrose mullet.


1. NIKE TECH FLEECE PANTS
$100, nike.com
Don’t be the guy who shows up to the pond guy in hockey pants. That’s the equivalent of the ex-jock who wear shoulder pads at a flag football game. Instead go for Nike’s top-of-the-line sweatpants. They are built to trap heat inside and an extra panel in the knees allows for greater range of movement.

2. MITCHELL & NESS OATMEAL HEATHER KNIT HAT
$24, mitchellandness.com
Most NHL fan gear can get a little over-the-top when it comes to logos and designs. These heather knit hats are a little more subtle, with a combination of ribbing and waffle stitching and a smaller logo. Plus, there’s just something about ice skating that demands a pom pom hat.

3. BAUER SUPREME TOTALONE MX3 SKATES
$849.99, bauer.com
Finding the right skates is everything. An uncomfortable pair will ruin your day whether you’re tooling around holding hands with a date or captaining a power play. These skates have an anatomical design that can be molded to create a truly customized fit. The tongue flexes naturally to allow you to take longer strides and thus skate faster.

4. REEBOK 28K KFS GLOVES
$114.99, reebokhockey.com
Since you’re not going to be dropping the gloves, you want a pair that will be comfortable and allow for deft stickhandling. The high-impact areas on the Reebok 28K gloves are coated with a special polyurethane material that makes them extra durable and the thumb articulates for better grip.

5. HERSCHEL LONSDALE DUFFEL BAG
$89.99, shop.herschel.com
Even if you’ve got a full-size hockey bag, don’t bring it. For starters, that thing stinks. Even outside. This Herschel bag will fit everything you need (except for your stick) and has a special compartment to hold your shoes for after the game.

6. HOCKEY PUCK
$1.79, hockeymonkey.com
There is nothing worse than rallying all your friends to skate and not having a puck to play with when you get there. You don’t want to make do with a twig, so make sure to have a puck in your bag before you leave the house. This small act of responsibility should also be enough to get you out of paying for the first round of drinks after the game.

7. EASTON V5E COMPOSITE HOCKEY STICK
$134.99, eastonhockey.com
Every pond hockey player is looking to put the puck between the pipes (or, as is often the case, between the two sneakers serving as a goal). The V5E has a tapered blade design that improves the velocity of shots launched off the toe. Whether your main weapon is a slapshot, wristshot, or snapshot, you’ll find the responsiveness you’re looking for.

8. EBBETS FIELD FLANNELS HOCKEY SWEATER
$225, ebbets.com
Ebbets Field Flannels has recreated the jerseys of now-extinct hockey franchises and built them to the same standards as the players who originally wore them. The vintage jerseys have doubled elbows so they can stand up to the demands of a game and a tapered body style that will look just as good off the ice.

9. STANLEY VACUUM BOTTLE
$38, shopstanley-pmi.com
Long underwear insulates your body from the outside in, hot liquids keep you warm from the inside out. The classic Stanley thermos keeps your coffee or hot chocolate warm for 24 hours, and if you want to mix a little whiskey in for some liquid courage on the ice we won’t be mad at you.

10. BAUER PREMIUM PERFORMANCE SOCK
$21.99, totalhockey.com
Even though they’re built for a cold-weather activity, you don’t want the socks you wear inside your skates to be too bulky. Otherwise you won’t be able to to feel the ice when you skate. These socks are thin enough to give you that feel, but also have some extra padding around the ankles to keep your skates from pinching.

11. SMARTWOOL BASE LAYERS
$105 (shirt), $100 (pants); smartwool.com
The one universal truth about pond hockey is that it’s cold. Water has to freeze over and all that. Smartwool’s base layers are made of incredibly warm merino wool and the seams are designed to reduce chafing and placed to avoid key pressure points when you’re moving around.


Justin Tejada is a writer and editor based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter at @just_tejada.


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