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Hurling Buying Guide

Hurling is a rigorous, fast and physical game and, as such, requires protective equipment to be worn by all players. The following is some useful information about buying the equipment necessary for hurling:


  • Only choose hurleys made out of good quality ash
  • Choose the right length hurley, they come in a wide range of sizes. A general rule for choosing the right hurley for your height is that when you stand the hurley beside your leg, the top should reach your hip

Hurling Helmets

Hurling helmets are primarily designed to avoid head injury after colliding with an opponent. You should bear the following in mind:

  • Helmets must be worn by all players
  • Your helmet should comply with NSAI I.S.355 Safety standards
  • Ideally your helmet should be covered under the GAA Insurance Scheme
  • Try on a few different helmets to find one that you find compact and comfortable
  • The helmet must completely cover the head and have a faceguard


  • A sliotar has a diameter of between 69mm and 72mm (not including the rib) and weighs between 110g and 120g. The rib height is between 2mm and 2.8mm, and width between 3.6mm and 5.4mm. The leather cover can be between 1.8mm and 2.7mm and is laminated with a coating of no more than 0.15m
  • Available in sizes 3, 4 (for children's hurling and Camogie) and 5 (adult and match size)
  • Buy GAA approved sliotars


Hurling gloves provide padding to protect the back of the hands while exposing the palm to enable grip. They should be:

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Have grips
  • Have velcro straps to keep them on

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This Buying Guide gives general advice on Hurling equipment. It is intended as a guide only and we always recommend visiting one of our stores and talking to the experts in our sales team if in any doubt about what to buy.