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01-06-2009, 12:18 PM
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Lower price skates (under $100) have probably skimped in one or more of these areas:

padding (comfort)
stiffness/ankle support -- better skates boots are stiffer and need time to break in, and will last much longer
blade -- cheaper metal won't hold an edge/stay sharp

You should be able to get a good pair of skates for about $150-200. If that's more than you can afford I'd opt for a good pair of used skates rather than a cheap pair of new ones. You'll have a miserable time playing if your skates are uncomfortable.

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