Your Football Guide to Girdles, Pants, and Tops.
What to look for when shopping for football girdles.
- A standard girdle has 5 pockets where you can insert your own pads (2 thigh pads, 2 hip pads, and 1 tailbone pad).
- Remove pads before washing.
- *Note: Pads should be removed before washing.
- Integrated girdles have a full set of pads (2 thigh pads, 2 hip pads, and 1 tailbone pad) permanently sewn into the girdle. The pads can not be removed as they are part of the garment.
- These are a combination of an integrated girdle and a standard girdle. They have permanently sewn in pads, typically 2 hip and one tailbone, and pockets for inserting thigh pads. This allows the player to customize the bulk and feel of the thigh pad while offering permanent hip and tailbone protection.
Please review this sizing chart to see what size girdle you might need. This is based on average sizes and could be different depending on brands of girdles.
What to look for when shopping for football pants.
- The necessary pads can be slipped into built-in slots.
- Knee and hip pads are built into the pants.
- The necessary pads can be slipped into built-in slots and additional hip pads snap in place.
- Similar to integrated but the pads are sewn in place.
What to look for when shopping for football tops.
Padded Compression Tops:
- Tight-fitting material that is worn under the jersey and pads. Helps provide extra protection in areas such as the ribs, shoulders, and spine. Extra padding is generally built in.
- Jerseys that are meant to be worn during drills and practice. They are generally made of a light breathable mesh that is lighter and thinner than most game jerseys. They generally come in solid colors to distinguish positions.
- Are meant to be word during sanctioned games and are generally made of a higher quality, lightweight, polyester material.