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01-23-2012, 11:03 AM
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Jarick
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20 years ago your feet would hurt when you got new skates, because they were made of leather and took a while to break in.

Today, they are made of composite materials which don't break in, they break down. If your feet hurt, they don't fit right. Baking will help soften the composite materials somewhat that will cool and harden to a new shape. If your feet stop hurting after a few skates, it's you adjusting to the skates, not the other way around.

You want a super snug skate, no pain at all, and skate as long as you can on them before they start to go soft.

$300 is the sweet spot in my opinion. Those are the skates that tend to be very light weight yet stiff and contain most of the technology from the high end models. For your average skater they should last several years. If you're very heavy, skate very frequently, or are a high level skater, you might want to cough up more money for stiffer skates which will last longer.

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