NHL Jersey Guide
It's definitely not easy to choose what size NHL jersey you should order when purchasing a jersey online. It's especially if you've never bought a jersey before or if you're buying the jersey for someone else. The first thing you need to be aware of is that whether you're buying from us or someone else, it's usually not possible to return a jersey once customized. That's what makes the decision so important.
The easiest way to choose the right size would be to go to a local store, try different jerseys and choose the size that fits best. If you're buying the jersey as a gift or if you don't want to bother that's not an ideal solution. An alternative solution would be to look at forums online and a lot of people say their height and weight along with the jersey size they wear. It's a good solution but it can be time consuming and you do need to be careful when doing that. There are a lot of fake jerseys on the market so a lot of people will say they wear say a size 50 which would be the equivalent of a Medium but if their jersey is a fake it could be a Small or a Large.
The quickest and most efficient way is probably to take a look at our NHL jerseys size chart based on height and weight (See below). We did a lot of research which included searching online as well as asking friends and relatives to try on jerseys. Once we had enough data we completed the chart and from all the feedback we've received, it is quite accurate. Remember that if you plan to wear the jersey on the ice (over equipment) or over a winter coat you should get one size larger.
The last thing to remember is when in doubt, contact us. We get a lot of e-mails about size and we're always happy to help.
Fake NHL Jerseys are an issue that Reebok and all us licensed retailers have had to deal with for the past few years. As a retailer, it's usually pretty easy to spot all the fake jerseys when going to an NHL game and the percentage of fake jerseys is astonishing. They're part of the market and there isn't a whole lot that can be done about it. A lot of people that are buying fake jerseys are fully aware that they're buying a fake, they're fine with it and there isn't much we can do about it. The one thing that is bothering is that there are a lot of people that buy an NHL jersey online whether its for themselves or as a gift for a friend or family member and they're unaware that they're buying a fake. The best we can do is educate people and get articles out there that show the difference between the two so here we go.
Here are four easy ways to know if a website is selling fake or real jerseys:
1. Price: The easiest way to spot a fake jersey is the price. Manufacturers of fake jerseys will try to reproduce the RBK Edge Authentic Jerseys which have sewn-on logos and patches as well as a fight strap. With customization, these jerseys retail for about $360 on NHL Shop and other retailer websites. You MIGHT find one on sale for about $200 if Reebok is coming out with a newer version or if a store has some stock to get rid of but even with a great deal you won't find a real jersey with sewn-on logo and fight strap for under $100.
2. Players Available: Reebok does not sell RBK Edge Authentic Jerseys with names and numbers. Retailers will buy the jerseys blank from Reebok, maybe pre-customize jerseys for a few players but most will have them customized on order. All licensed retailers will therefore be able to put any name and number you want at the back of a jersey. If they only have 4 or 5 players available and won't put another name, it is very likely that they're selling a fake.
3. Products Available: Licensed retailers will have access to all of Reebok's NHL licensed products. Some, like us, will choose to focus on jerseys for various reasons but all licensed retailers will at least have access to both RBK Premier and RBK Edge Authentic Jerseys and most likely sell youth and women's jerseys as well. If a site is selling only men's jerseys and selling only one kind of men's jerseys, they are most likely selling fakes.
4. Sizes Available: As far as we know all the fakes replicate the RBK Edge Authentic jerseys which have sizes 46,50,52,54,56 and 60. If a jersey has sizes S through XXL, it's an RBK Premier Jersey and it's real. If the sizes are numbers, you have to be very careful but one way to tell is if a site is selling a size 48, it's a fake jersey. Reebok doesn't have a size 48, we don't know why but they just don't.
There are a number of other ways to see if a jersey is real or fake when you have it in hand (colours, font, fight strap, stitching etc.) but pictures can be tricked when you're shopping online. The four things I mentioned don't lie. I don't know of any fake jerseys site that will respect any of these criteria and there's no way that a fake jersey store will respect all four. If you have any doubts about another website, feel free to contact us and we'll be glad to help.
One of the most common questions you ask yourself before you buy a jersey is what player you should choose? A lot of people choose to put their own name and their favourite number on the jersey because they don't want to pick a player who will be traded or sign with another team. It's a good option but most prefer to have a player jersey so here are a few things to consider before choosing a player:
1. How common is the jersey? : It's always nice when you're going to a hockey game or to a bar to be one of the few who have the same jersey as you. There are always more jerseys out there of players that have been on the same team for the past few seasons so you might want to consider choosing a rookie player or a recently acquired player.
2. Player Age: If you want to wear your jersey for awhile, you probably want to favour players who are under 30 years of age. Players start slowing down in their early to mid thirties and change teams more often.
3. No Movement Clause & Contract Length: There's a great website out there called Cap Friendly that will tell you every player's contract and if they have a no trade / no movement clause. Players who have a multi-year deal and a no movement clause will be with that team for awhile and are safe bets. Players who will be "RFA" at the end of their current contract are usually pretty good bets as well because they'll have to be traded or receive an offer sheet (very rare) to change teams.
This decision is always a personal one but there are a couple of things you might want to consider. First, the away (white) jerseys get dirty very easily. A lot of times there are small marks on jerseys when they get here from Reebok or can get a little dirty with the sewing machine and so on so imagine when you actually wear it. Most of the time stains will go away but if you plan on wearing the jersey often, white might not be your best bet.
The other thing to consider is that third jerseys will tend to change more often than the home jersey. Some third jerseys are very nice but teams often like to test things with third jerseys, use a special edition or other things like that. If you want to make sure that your jersey is still clean and that your team still wears it five years from now, the dark home jersey is probably the safest bet. Then again, it's not always the nicest one and in some cases the third jersey is so popular that it will become the home jersey so just go with the one you like the best.