Lacrosse – Cold Weather Gear

Lacrosse Cold Weather Gear

Here is a variety of cold weather lacrosse gear. As you know, the outdoor lacrosse season can start in freezing March and many lacrosse club teams finish playing outdoors in late November. This means playing in cold temperatures and even occasionally snow. In turn, this can result in below average performance because players are freezing. Moreover, parents can be even colder than the kids during cold weather lacrosse games… as they are the ones standing around for the entire game. 🙂

Therefore, here is a list of equipment that lacrosse players can use while playing in cold weather conditions. This gear will help to make playing in the cold more bearable and hopefully help their cold weather performance. We have also added some equipment to make the cold weather more bearable for parents too! If you are looking for summer gear, please visit our section on Hot Weather Lacrosse Gear. At no extra cost to you, we make a small commission if you buy products via the links below. Your purchase helps keep this website free for all visitors. Thank you for your support!

List of Cold Weather Lacrosse Equipment

  • Breakaway Sports Pants – Instead of wearing compression pants or sweatpants, some players use breakaway pants in cold weather. This allows them to easily take off the pants if they are getting too hot or the weather warms up later in the day (versus struggling to pull sweats over cleats, etc).
  • Cold Weather Socks – Get “winterized” athletic socks in order to keep feet warm during the cold days of early spring lacrosse.
  • Compression Pants – Long compression pants are a great way to keep legs warm in cold weather. If it is very cold, they can be worn under sweatpants.
  • Compression Shirts (Long Sleeve) – Long sleeve compression shirts help to keep their upper body warm and still allows them to sweat (versus wearing a non-wicking cotton sweatshirt under their lacrosse equipment).
  • Glove Liners – Often lacrosse players have freezing hands when it is very cold and this can make it difficult to catch and throw. To combat this problem, some players use sports glove liners under regular lacrosse gloves in order to keep their hands warm.
  • Instead of glove liners, some lacrosse players use plastic “surgical” gloves when it is cold. These plastic gloves retain some heat and are very flexible thus not impacting your shooting ability. Just make sure to find one that fits you properly (i.e. the fingers are not too long or the glove is too tight) before trying them for the first time in a game. Also be aware that some players dislike surgical gloves because they trap sweat inside the glove.
  • Hand Warmers (Electronic) – These electronic rechargeable hand warmers are super high tech. Depending on the model, they can provide heat for at least 6 hours and can be recharged by a regular USB cord. Even traditional lighter companies such as Zippo make electronic rechargeable hand warmers.
  • Headbands (Wicking) – Many players wear lightweight headbands that wick away sweat in order to keep sweat from running into their eyes. They pull the headband down over their ears to help keep their ears warm during the cold weather. These headbands are also useful for summer lacrosse.
  • Heat Packs – If it is really freezing, consider breaking open some heat packs. Players can use these heat packs when they are on the sidelines in order to keep warm.
  • Skull Caps – Many lacrosse players wear thin skull caps under their helmet to keep warm in the cold days of spring.
  • When it is REALLY freezing, some players use thin ski “ninja” masks or better known as a Balaclava face mask. These ski masks can warm a player’s head, ears, neck and even their lower face.
  • Thermal Headbands – Thermal headbands are a great way to keep ears warm, especially if a player can not fit a thin skull cap inside his helmet.
  • Wicking Sweatpants – Look for warm sweatpants that also “wick” away sweat. Cotton sweatpants can retain sweat… and being soaked in cold sweat is not fun.

Cold Weather Gear for Lacrosse Parents – Here are some cold weather lacrosse essentials for parents.

  • Blankets – Camping or stadium blankets are great for keeping young kids (and parents) warm on the sidelines when sitting in a freezing stadium or in a non-insulated camping chair.
  • Cold Weather Mitts – Cold weather mitts often work better than gloves for keeping your hands warm on the sidelines while watching your son play.
  • Hand Warmers (Electronic) – These electronic rechargeable hand warmers are super high tech. Depending on the model, they can provide heat for at least 6 hours and can be recharged by a regular USB cord. Even traditional lighter companies such as Zippo make electronic rechargeable hand warmers.
  • Insulated Stadium Seats – Insulated stadium seats are essential when sitting on freezing aluminum stadium stands. You can also use less expensive stadium cushions.
  • Thermos – Lacrosse parents need large thermos to hold hot coffee, chocolate, etc. Hot drinks will help warm up your kids during half-time or in between lacrosse games.
  • Wind Pants – If it is cold but not cold enough for snow pants, many parents use wind pants. Consider getting waterproof wind pants in order to block the wind and any potential rain that might occur during lacrosse games. Moreover, these pants should be large enough to be put over your existing “regular” pants (i.e. jeans).