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05-21-2012, 03:59 PM
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I don't think anyone said that stiff skates will hinder development. What I said in my Skate Guide was that beginner skaters should not use stiffer skates (think X:40, One80, anything above mid end) because they cannot control their edges yet and a stiff boot will not have enough give for them to push into and learn their edges and balance. And plus, they don't need a stiff boot regardless. It's not a debate. That being said, I wouldn't put any beginner in broken down entry level skates either. There has to be SOME support. I mentioned that beginners should look at skates one to 2 levels above the very bottom, and more so for older skaters as opposed to little kids.

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