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01-04-2011, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by mbeam View Post
Hey I'm hoping some of you equipment experts could lend a hand: I've been using Easton Synergy 555's now for a couple seasons (about 200 bucks canadian at the time), and was wondering if I would feel a noticable difference in my skating if I upgraded? I have been talking to a few people at the rink and the general response seems to be that the most noticable thing with a price increase will be the fit of the boot. My Easton's aren't a terrible fit right now, but compared to my last skates (a couple sizes too big), anything feels good. I'm not sure if I should splurge and upgrade? Would I even notice a difference between my 200 dollar skates and say, a 350 or 400 dollar pair?

Thanks for the insight.
I made a similar upgrade very recently. I went from Bauer One55 (MSRP $230) to Graf 705 (MSRP $500). The difference was I went from a skate that was the right size for my foot to a skate that was made for my foot. It fits way better and it's way more comfortable. I feel that I skate much better on my new skates.

And as firegarrett said, expensive skates are stiffer. When a skate is stiffer, less energy is being absorbed by the skate and more energy is transferred to the edges.

I think the jump from a $200 skate to a $400 skate is a pretty substantial upgrade. If you're willing to spend the money, you'll definitely get some bang for your buck.

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