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04-17-2008, 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Improvise View Post
And what are your guys thoughts on buying used skates? I wear a 9.5, but I thin kthe width of the skate makes a pretty big difference, right?
Can you buy from a store and try different brands on? You're right that the width of skates vary depending on brand. But I wouldn't totally discount buying used.

Once you get your own skates, you can get them sharpened and tinker with the skate blade hollow. Most sharpeners sharpen at 1/2", but going shallower to 9/16" or 5/8" might help in learning how to stop. Unfortunately, rentals are usually sharpened at 1/2" which is a bit of a crutch/training wheel so that new skaters feel more stable -- but also make it hard to improve and learn to hockey stop.

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