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02-25-2010, 11:30 AM
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Jarick
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Cleveland got it right on IMO.

As I said elsewhere, the $250-300 range is usually the best for the money. You usually get the same holder/steel, same construction, most of the features, and most of the stiffness of the top end boot, maybe a little heavier and with a different liner.

Expensive skates won't hurt your ability to learn to skate, but they aren't necessary. Higher mid-level skates will usually do just as good a job. The most important thing is to get skates that fit with no gaps or space, especially in the heel/ankle area, because any gap will cause wobble and rob your skating power, make you more prone to fall, and hurt your confidence.

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