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04-03-2009, 12:58 PM
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Easton skates have gotten a lot better in terms of durability in recent generations. And they feel and perform great.

But as for the bucket, the 5500 is a gel padding, the 4500 is a traditional foam. It's really a matter of preference. Personally I like the gel, so I have a Bauer 5000 (predecessor to the 5500) and it works great for me.

And try those skates on BTW- all brands will have shape and sizing differences. I wear a 7 in easton, but would probalby wear a 6 or a 6.5 in a bauer.

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