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Hockeyforlife10 07-19-2013 12:42 PM

I have to get new skates for next season and I am trying out for bantam AA so the performence has to be their. I can get skates around 500 dollars. I am a fast player and like skates that can give me the best advantage to get to the puck first. Any ideas on what skates I should get and what skate shops I should get them at in Calgary, AB?

Cepec 07-19-2013 07:22 PM

Don't know about shops in Calgary, but as for skates it really depends on your foot size and shape as well as your overall build and how you like your stance. Each manufacturer has their own "fit" and each line from each manufacturer fits different.

Bauer and CCM/RBK seem to be wider in the front foot...but even in Bauer, the heal and arch support are much different in the 3 different lines. Do some research on the web to start and go to a good shop.

Myself, I like the Bauer Nexus line, but I have caveman feet that are wide and thick so I need the fit they give. Vapors tend to be more narrow while I know a lot of guys I play with swear by Graf's.

The Expert 07-19-2013 07:45 PM

If you can find a pair of Bauer Vapor X7.0's in your size, I'd go with them as it'd be a high/top end skate for a good, lesser price.

I just recently purchased a new pair of skates. Tried on the APX2 and Total One NXG's, but the 7.0's were my favourite because of the awesome liner (by far my favourite) and tongue (also by far my favourite).

Not a fan of CCM or RBK skates and the CCM RBZ has done nothing to change that.

AIREAYE 07-19-2013 07:55 PM

Read the skate guide and get fitted at the store, no need to ask around here. All you'll read is what other people like and not what is best for you.

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