Lacrosse Equipment Buying Guide

Lacrosse is a very fast paced and aggressive sport that requires specific protective equipment to ensure player's safety. Even though the rules of men's and women's lacrosse are very similar, different equipment is used between the two.

What protective gear is required for men?

Choosing the right gear comes from knowing what position you are playing, skill level, and understanding the equipment.

Required equipment for men include helmets, arm & elbow pads, shoulder pads, & gloves. Additional pads are recommended but not required are cup/athletic supporter, cleats, and rib pads.


Lacrosse rules allow for players to get hit in the head by an opponent, making the helmet the most important piece of protective equipment.

Protective pads

Lacrosse Arm Pads

Lacrosse Elbow Pads

Lacrosse Shoulder Pads

Specific types of shoulder pads by position:

Attackmen want more padding protection and a hard shell that can withstand frequently hard hits by the defense

Defense prefer lighter pads that have less padding and shell with minimal protection

Midfielders like average size shoulder pads that offers minimal protection with good range of motion


Lacrosse Gloves

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What protective gear is required for women?

The women's game focuses much less on physical contact and more on body positioning and refined skills. Because of this, less protective gear is required for women's lacrosse. The only two necessary pieces of equipment are eye protection and mouth guards.

Protective eyewear/goggles

Lacrosse Goggles

Mouth guards

Lacrosse Mouth Guard

Gloves (optional)

Lacrosse Womens Gloves

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What protective gear is required for men and women goalkeepers?

Besides wearing different pads and protecion, goalkeepers are required to wear a throat guard, chest protector, and a much different stick in addition to a helmet and gloves.

Throat guards

Chest protectors

Lacrosse Chest Protector


Lacrosse Goalie Gloves

Goalie sticks

Goalies use sticks that have a much larger head, deeper pockets for catching those hard shots, and a shaft that is in between the attackers and defensemen.

Stick length

Lacrosse Stick
  • Men are allowed to have a stick from 40 inches to 72 inches long
  • Women are allowed to have a stick from 35.5 inches to 43.25 inches long


Lacrosse Head
  • The goalkeepers stick head is much larger than other field players making it easier to assist in blocking shots
  • Goalies like a wider stick head, preferably 12 inches wide


There are different types of pockets to consider, like mesh or woven

Lacrosse Pocket
  • Mesh has a looser weave which provides a deeper pocket and is preferred by goalies
  • Woven is more traditional and primarily used by field players

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