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Revisiting Conquest Hockey
- Updated: December 18, 2018
Last time we checked in with James Pursell, the founder of Conquest Hockey, the company was just getting off the ground. They launched with a small line of premium and comfort sportswear specifically for hockey players who identify as champions and are willing to endure the journey to achieving their personal greatness.
Since then, Conquest has continued to introduce new products which fit the premium and comfort mold, all the while building a brand, a movement, and inspiring follows to Play to Win.
Similar to when we checked in at launch time, Pursell was eager for us to check out some items from the new line. He sent over a few of his newer products for us to take a look at, including The Chosen One and The Marksman shirts, The Prodigy lid, and The Warm-Up knit hat.
The Chosen One is a shirt designed for those looking to up their style game. It features a cotton/elastane blend with split side seams and an elongated rear. It also has a slim fit design, although, this was much more slim fitting than I expected. It’s also short, obviously moreso in the front than in the elongated rear. If you’re a fit guy, you should look to size up on this particular piece. If you’re a beer leaguer and carrying a few extra pounds, size up twice or maybe skip this design. I wear a large in most shirts and have a long torso, but this piece was nowhere close to fitting me properly. In fact, I’ll be doing a giveaway soon on social media and you can win one of these shirts in a size large.
Next up is The Marksman shirt in aqua green. This is a stretchier shirt made with anti-static nylon blended with spandex for a comfortable feel while hitting the gym or wearing out and about. The Marksman also features the same split side seam and elongated rear found in The Chosen One, and offers a slim fit tapered mid section. While the fit was not quite as snug as the The Chosen One, it was still trim as described. Despite the extremely snug fit on the large I received, the shirt is still wearable for the most part. I train in my garage gym and wear this one underneath my hoodie. It works as a nice base layer, but the fit is still way too tight for me to consider this one for daily wear.
Overall I’m very impressed with the quality of the shirts. The man behind Conquest Hockey is definitely doing a great job picking nice materials and building a quality product. Unfortunately, the fit leaves much to be desired for a guy like me. If you’re in great shape, are playing junior hockey or spending a ton of your time in the gym, these garments should work out nicely. On the other hand, if you’re a beer leaguer with a dad bod, much like myself, these probably aren’t going to be the right shirts for you.
Moving onto the hats, I continue to be impressed with the quality. The Prodigy cap is a nice lightweight snapback style lid made from 100% cotton jersey. It’s soft and comfortable, and one you can easily wear to and from the rink with no fuss. The Warm-Up knit hat is made from acrylic knit, and is a perfect companion for the outdoor rink, or just tossing on to go outside on those frigid winter days. I’ve started wearing mine while working out in my cold garage gym at night. It’s perfect for keeping my melon warm and keeping me comfortable while I train.
While my experience with the shirts I received this time around left a bit to be desired in terms of fit, I continue to be impressed by the dedication that founder James Pursell has put in towards making high quality products. He’s considered all of the details, and is creating excellent custom products to fit a specific niche. It’s awesome that the hockey community has another outstanding small brand to choose apparel from, especially one that seems to be putting quality and design above all else.
I encourage you to check out ConquestHockey.co. and browse through their selection. Hockey World Blog readers can use the coupon code “hockeyworld15” to receive 15% off your first order with Conquest. They are adding more and more new products as time goes on, including a couple of hoodies for the winter. There have also been rumblings of pants and shorts being added to the mix. I’m hoping to see an awesome pair of joggers and maybe training shorts, but time will tell what Pursell and Conquest Hockey have up their sleeves for the future.