Every wonder how Connor McDavid makes opposing defenders look like swiss cheese as he hangs them out to dry, yet again? Combined with his speed, McDavid has some of the best hands in the game of hockey. The ease at which he dekes left before going to his right and back to the starting point before tucking the puck in on the short side.. all while we didn’t have time to blink because of his superior hands.
Hockey gloves can be some of the most underrated pieces of gear that a player will wear. It’s not until you upgrade into a top of the line glove that you realize the night and day difference between an entry level hockey glove and the same things McDavid wears. McDavid current wears CCM, by the way.
These are the best hockey gloves we recommend for 2021.
|Glove Name||Ranking||Hockey Monkey||Pure Hockey|
|CCM JetSpeed FT4 Pro||#1 Best Overall||Hockey Monkey Price||Pure Hockey Price|
|Bauer Supreme Ultrasonic||#2 Most Popular in NHL||Hockey Monkey Price||Pure Hockey Price|
|Warrior Covert Pro||#3 Best Value||Hockey Monkey Price||Pure Hockey Price|
|Bauer Vapor X2.9||#4 Most Affordable||Hockey Monkey Price||Pure Hockey Price|
Our mission when testing which hockey gloves are the best is simple. Shoot tons of pucks, wear them for more than 5 games, and gather feedback from our athletes. We train several hundred elite D1 and pro hockey players each and every year, and polling the guys wearing the best of the best gives us an edge unlike any other.
We’ll recommend a product when we’ve personally worn or used it, and won’t add anything unless it fits that mold. Because of this, we’ve personally spent hours testing and researching hockey gloves. We wanted to create the best list that we possibly could come up with and this is the result… but before we get to the entire list of gloves, here are the top three we recommend.
A couple things that we really want to stress when getting new gloves is durability, wrist mobility, comfort and protection. If you can find a pair of gloves that cover all of these bases, you’re going to be dialed on the ice. You don’t want your gloves to be holding you back while you are shooting, passing and stick handling.
The Best Hockey Gloves
Ever wonder what gloves NHL players wear?
We’ve covered a handful of gloves on the market in this article, most of these are worn by players currently in the NHL. Of course, Bauer, CCM and Warrior dominate the professional market.
With that being said, these are higher end hockey gloves. You’re going to spend a bit more on the product, but in return, you’ll get performance unlike any other. Choosing the most comfortable glove for your hand, and one that offers great mobility is crucial to picking something that works well for you.
CCM JetSpeed FT4 Gloves (Best Hockey Glove on the Market)
So, what IS the best glove for hockey players this year?
The CCM JetSpeed FT4 hands down outperforms anything else in this class. The glove is simply more comfortable, more mobile, and has lasted longer than any other model we’ve tested.
|Product||CCM Jetspeed FT4 Pro|
One of the things I’ve never understood about other gloves is, why don’t they follow the same anotomical hand shape guidelines that CCM does? These gloves are built to reduce weight (as if that matters these days, all hockey gloves are light) and reduce material used by following the shape and general contour of your hand.
Of course, CCM keeps their 3 piece index finger and adds a new twist to the thumb design of this glove for this year.
If you’re the type of player that needs the most lightweight hockey glove, or one who needs to have something with maximum mobility, you can stop your search here, the FT4 gloves check all the boxes.
Say hello to some of the most comfortable, high performance hockey gloves you'll ever wear. These blew competitors out of the water in every category during our testing early in the winter of 2020/2021.
Bauer Supreme Ultrasonic (Best Pro Value)
The Bauer Ultrasonic hockey gloves are new for 2021. While these will definitely cost you an arm and a leg, the price can be considered “worth it” for many reasons.
|Product||Bauer Supreme Ultrasonic|
For one, these are very comfortable. However, there are plenty of comfortable gloves out there, so this alone doesn’t make them super special.
They feature high end protection that is designed for elite level of hockey. The cuff rises a bit taller than other gloves, offering better wrist protection. This doesn’t inhibit mobility, but you are less likely to take a puck off the wrist. Which as well know, can be extremely painful.
Let’s dive into the design of the Ultrasonic gloves a little bit. It features a three layer design of high density foam for protection. The shell is made of Pro Lite Tex which is material that decreases the weight of the gloves. The back of the hand Poron XRD foam as well, designed to increase protection.
The palm is another top feature in these hockey gloves. They have Max Connekt Palms which induce better puck feel. Stick handling and shooting feels better controlled and comfortable.
Lastly you get top of the line wrist mobility in the Ultrasonics. These are meant for the pros so if you aren’t in need of gloves this hard core, go with another option. But, if you can afford it, you likely won’t regret it.
Warrior Covert Pro (Best For The Money)
The Warrior Covert Pro gloves aren’t the latest and greatest to hit the market, but they’re still a quality pair of gloves. They’re the gloves that are going to get the job done and last a long time… at a reasonable price.
|Product||Warrior Covert Pro|
They feature a taper fit which is ideal because it makes it a natural fit in your hand, as all hockey gloves should be. They also feature a lightweight build for additional comfort, while stiff offering the protection you need.
The palm of the glove is very durable so you can expect to use these for a long time. Ideally a pair of higher end gloves should last you a couple years.
And lastly, the Covert Pro gloves have a Wartech FNC liner which are designed to keep your hands dry and comfortable as possible.
Anonymous Review: “These Warrior gloves are fantastic. I have worn NHL player worn gloves and these are every bit as good.”
Overall it’s hard to go wrong with a pair of gloves like these. Reasonable price, highly protective and should last you multiple seasons.
Bauer Vapor X2.9 (Most Affordable Gloves)
The Bauer Vapor X2.9 hockey gloves are the best budget gloves on the market. Here’s what we did and didn’t like about them.
- Solid budget pair of gloves
- Very popular amongst high school level players
- Wrist mobility
|Product||Bauer Vapor X2.9|
The Bauer Vapor X2.9 gloves were originally released in 2020. So they aren’t the latest gloves to hit the market, but that doesn’t take away from their ability to perform today.
The biggest positive in getting these gloves is that they don’t cost a whole lot of money – relative to the most expensive gloves on the market. You can get these for less than $120ish. Which is super nice, considering that gloves aren’t exactly the most exciting piece of gear you will need (still important though).
They’re a comfortable set of mitts. They feature a Taktile palm that is designed to last a long time, while also providing a nice feel with your stick in hand.
There’s nothing worse than a pair of gloves that you can’t get broken in and never really feel natural. That isn’t the case here.
Mobility-wise this glove is special. The fingers are a 3-piece while the thumb is split into 2. This allows for better stick handling, passing and shooting. The open cuff in the wrist area also has an important part to play in this.
Lastly, the moisture wicking technology helps increase the speed at which your gloves dry out. Obviously, it’s nearly impossible to keep your gloves dry during a game or practice, but technology like this helps!
A couple of downfalls would be that these gloves likely aren’t the same quality as the elite level gloves, but good enough for the price. You also are losing a little bit of protection in the hands compared to those gloves.
Overall though, the Bauer Vapor X2.9 gloves are stellar for those of you that want to scoop a great deal. Can’t go wrong with that!
CCM Tacks AS1
The CCM Tacks AS1 hockey gloves are popular for a multitude of reasons. One, the CCM brand in hockey is just a high end brand. Two, these are elite gloves.
|Product||CCM Tacks AS1|
These were the best CCM hockey gloves before the latest FT4 lineup was released. Probably the best aspect of these gloves were the protection up near the wrist. Highly protective.
Other than that, they are super comfortable and have the classic old school look.
Price-wise they are a bit up there, but other than that these are top pair of gloves, despite getting dethroned by the FT4 Pros.
Warrior Alpha LX Pro
The Warrior Alpha LX Pro are the latest and greatest hockey gloves from Warrior. Brand new for 2021, they feature a pro palm + that is designed to improve the lifespan of the gloves. Here’s the rating that we gave these gloves.
|Product||Warrior Alpha LX Pro|
The Hybrid taper fit makes for a natural fit in the hand and the Pro Cuff increases the range of motion when you pass, shoot or stick handle.
The most impressive aspect of these Alpha LX Pro gloves is the overall feel of them. They don’t restrict the movement of your hands and really that’s one of them most important aspects of a pair of gloves.
Bauer Vapor 2x Pro
The Bauer Vapor 2X Pro Hockey Gloves were our top pick for last year, and while being dethroned by the new CCM FT4 gloves, it doesn’t mean these should fall off the list. Actually, these gloves are a very comparable second choice behind the new FT4 line. I’ve already noticed them knocked back a bit at Pure Hockey and I’m hoping they’ll go down in price at Hockey Monkey as well.
- Elite level gloves
- Lightweight (265 Grams)
- Protective (Shock Lite Foam)
- Ultra Sensitive feel with your stick (CONNEKT+ PALM)
|Product||Bauer Vapor 2X Pro|
Last season, these were some of our favorite gloves. Like everything, we’re on to bigger and better things and we’re not into playing brand favorites. The new CCM gloves are legit, but for those of you looking to sneak into something perhaps at a bit of a discount, check the Bauer 2X Pro gloves out.
They’re super comfortable with Thermo Core and Hypersense lining in both the palm and fingers. They’re super protective with Shock Lite Foam making up most of the glove. The quality of the gloves is very good, and they’re super durable. Not only that, but these gloves are super lightweight. The price hits a little hard, but you won’t find a better pair of hockey gloves on the market.
The Bauer Vapor 2X Gloves are no slouch when it comes to buttering up your mittens. These are a very comparable choice to the new CCM Jet Speed gloves.
True Catalyst 9x
Over the last several years, True has been dramatically improving the quality of their equipment. Their gloves are different.
The True Catalyst 9x gloves are the top of the Catalyst lineup.
|Product||True Catalyst 9X|
Definitely one of the most underrated hockey gloves on the market. While they aren’t the best looking, and you’ll pay a premium to have these, they do offer a lot of high end qualities.
For one, wrist mobility. While it’s difficult to say that one glove has a tremendous advantage in mobility compared to the next, the Catalyst 9X deserve to be near the top.
For two, comfort. Playing hockey in comfortable gloves is a game changer. Everything depends on how well each moving piece fits together, and the less friction possible, the better. That’s where True really elevated their game for this year.
Overall, there are definitely higher ranked gloves that might suit you better, but if you want to step away from the crowd a little bit, you can’t go wrong with some True gloves.
Warrior Covert QRE10 (Most Innovative Glove)
The Warrior Covert QRE10 gloves are next on the list. Here’s what we did and didn’t like about them.
|Product||Warrior Covert QRE 10|
The Warrior Covert QRE10 hockey gloves are super lightweight. They’re designed with Convert Taper Fit that allows for maximum protection of the wrist area. They also feature AxyFlex V2 Cuff technology which helps out with the protection of the wrist, while also keeping it mobile. Warrior also implemented The AxyFlex Thumb which provides supreme flexibility in the thumbs.
The gloves as a whole are made of Warrior’s first class protective EXO+Foam. It’s some of the most protective foam that you can get for your gloves right now. Not only is it protective, but it doesn’t weigh a whole lot.
Finally, the durability of these gloves are top of line. They’re made very well with quality materials. The only problem with the gloves is the price tag, they’re not cheap. But otherwise they protect the hands very well, are mobile and lightweight. There’s not much more to look for in a high quality pair of hockey gloves.
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CCM Tacks 4R Lite Pro
The CCM Tacks 4R Lite Pro gloves are the best gloves that you can get for the money. Here’s what we did and didn’t like about them.
- Break in quickly
- Lesser performance compared to the first two gloves
The CCM Tacks 4R Lite Pro gloves are a quality pair of hockey gloves for a reasonable price. They’re comfortable and quite mobile. These gloves are nice because it didn’t take long for them to break in. The protection of 4R Lite Pro’s is good. They feature dual-density foams in the fingers and backs of the hand. The wrist has a mobile design with an open segmented cuff and PE inserts.
The palms of the gloves are also reinforced with additional material to increase the life span of the gloves. The thumbs can be flexed forward easily, but they have no give when flexed backwards. This keeps your thumbs protected from hyperextending in collisions.
These are a great pair of gloves, especially for the price. Performance-wise, they might not be as good as the Vapor 2X Pro gloves, but they also cost a lot less. Top pair of gloves here.
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True A6.0 (Most Protective Gloves)
The True A6.0 gloves are are very technologically advanced. Here’s what we did and didn’t like about them.
- Highly protective (Pro Grade EPP Foam)
- Very mobile ergonomical cuff
- Microban technology cleans and dries
- Durable palms
- Like many gloves on this list, they’re expensive
The True A.60 gloves are another awesome pair of gloves for playing hockey. They’re quite expensive, but they’re super comfortable, highly protective and mobile. Not only that, but the palms also are durable. The fit and feel is snug, not too much loose space and not too tight. The stick control in these gloves are one of its biggest pluses. The high grade nylon shell is super lightweight, but keep the hands and fingers protected.
The True A.60 gloves are engineered to absorb impact. Getting slashed in the wrist or taking a shot to the hand isn’t super painful. Finally, maybe the coolest feature in these gloves is the Microban technology. They use antimicrobial properties that kill the growth of bacteria and keep your gloves fresh. Essentially reducing the smell of sweat in your gloves.
Overall the True A6.0 gloves are a great option for hockey players in 2021. They’re durable, protective and have bacterial growth killers to keep them clean and dry.
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Bauer Nexus 2N (Best Looking Gloves)
The Bauer Nexus 2N hockey feature a 4 roll design that looks really cool. Here’s what we did and didn’t like about them.
- Look great
- Highly protective
- Updated for new style of hockey
- Adjustable wide cuff design
- Sensitive touch
The Bauer Nexus 2N gloves look really good. They’re super expensive, but worth it. They feel really good in the hand and the stick to hand connection feels really good. The protection in these gloves are top of the line, and they’re very durable. They’ve been updated with additional material on the palm for longer lasting durability and better comfort.
They also have sanitization technology in these gloves to reduce the smell and keep them clean.
Overall these are a classic style looking pair of gloves that have been very popular in the hockey world.
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CCM Jetspeed Ft1 Youth (Best Youth Gloves)
The CCM Jetspeed FT1 Youth gloves are the best gloves you can get for youth hockey players. Here’s what we did and didn’t like about them.
- Lightweight and comfortable
- Protective PE thumb
- Soft Nash palm
- Not super advanced
The CCM Jetspeed FT1 Youth gloves are the best youth hockey gloves. They’re not very expensive but get the job done for your kid. They’re comfortable, lightweight and comfortable. The thumb is protected and strong. Yes these gloves are super advanced, but youth hockey players typically don’t slash very hard, if it all. Which sort of takes out the need to have an elite pair of gloves. The Jetspeed FT1 gloves will get the job done, and done well. Without breaking the bank.
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Conclusion: Best Hockey Gloves
Hockey gloves are an important yet underrated pieces of equipment. They are the difference between soft or break hands. The difference between going bar down or missing the net. The difference between catching the pass or the puck bouncing off.
Hopefully this helped you out. Thanks for reading.