Is it worth upgrading really cheap skates if they're comfortable?
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12-12-2011, 01:54 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
Also, those skates will likely start to fall apart soon.
My first skates were $70 Bauers and they lasted six months before they broke down and were unusable. Basically the outsole was made of rubber and the boot material was flimsy, so they would twist instead of digging into the ice.
Skates today typically use materials that are stiffer and lighter at the expense of durability. Older skates (and Grafs) use more material to achieve stiffness, which makes the skates heavier but more durable.
That's different than cheap skates which use inexpensive materials and feel like shoes with blades. They will fall apart once you are on them regularly. At that time, spending $200-300 is a great investment in your sport.
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