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Captain Awesome 04-01-2008 06:34 PM

Buying skates for a friend
 
Hey guys, I'm buying some hockey skates for a friend of mine but I want to get him something that isn't crap. He's about an intermediate skater on blades so I figured I'll get him something with a pretty decent boot, basically something in that $100 range give or take 20 or 30 bucks. I was wondering if you could recommend me something for him? I snuck a look at his pair of skates and they say 10D, but then again they are nikes. I'd be really really thankful if someone helped me track something down that is decent at a good price, or at the very least give me general attributes on skates, which ones are wide, thin, better built, etc by company.

Thanks for the help, I appreciate it.

MG91 04-01-2008 06:38 PM

buying skates is a real delicate thing. The sizes are tough to judge for each boot. I personally would not try to surprise him or something but actually take him to the store get him to try them on or just give him the money to buy them.

Captain Awesome 04-01-2008 06:41 PM

It's kind of a going away present when he goes off to college, the surprise is the thing. Unfortunately in the area I live in there seriously isn't much to go to, not hockey centric at all. The nearest decent hockey store must seriously be 100 miles away or so.

BillyShoe1721 04-01-2008 06:42 PM

As the guy above me said, it's very tough to buy skates for someone and have them like them without having them try them on beforehand. Even if you get the same size as his others, there is a pretty good chance that they won't fit right or just feel good in general on his feet, because everyone's feel is different.

BillyShoe1721 04-01-2008 06:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Silent Bob (Post 13390262)
It's kind of a going away present when he goes off to college, the surprise is the thing. Unfortunately in the area I live in there seriously isn't much to go to, not hockey centric at all. The nearest decent hockey store must seriously be 100 miles away or so.

You are quite mistaken. If you truly do live in Carlsbad California, there is a pickups only warehouse for the massive hockey equipment superstore called http://hockeygiant.com/, you could just order the skates off of the internet and pick them up wherever that is located in Carlsbad, if that is really where you live.

Edit: You actually just call them, here's the procedure

http://hockeygiant.com/hockey-equipm...locations.html

Captain Awesome 04-01-2008 06:50 PM

I know about hockeygiant, but the guy above me recommended I go someplace with him and try stuff on, you can't do that there.

The Tikkanen 04-01-2008 11:04 PM

If he has a pair of skates now maybe it would be best to stick with the same manufacturer.

deanosaur 04-01-2008 11:16 PM

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i wouldnt recommend buying skates without him there to try em out.

Captain Awesome 04-02-2008 01:38 PM

All right, thanks guys, I'll try and figure something out.

NJDevs430 04-02-2008 01:43 PM

Maybe get him a gift certificate?
}:-)>

JRZ DVLS 04-02-2008 04:42 PM

Plus, if he has Nikes now, $100 may be a little short.
If there is a local Arena he plays at, they may have a proshop inside that has equipment, most do. Otherwise a giftcard to a place near his school would work.

http://www.arenamaps.com/search.php?...eld=arena_name

wildebeest 04-02-2008 06:18 PM

hockey monkey flagship store in santa ana, that's what -- 50 miles?

http://www.hockeymonkey.com/hawsporsanan.html

Captain Awesome 04-04-2008 10:17 PM

Closer to double, actually. There are a couple of sweet hockey stores down there, and, unfortunately, the proshop down here is a joke.


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