SKATES - Buying Guide and Advice
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01-11-2013, 06:58 PM
KFQ, ur my hero!
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Gifu, Japan/GR, MI
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You're welcome! It would be so cool to play hockey in Asia.
The Air 50s were before my time so I the only knowledge I have on them is from the always-handy-for-retro-gear-not-as-much-for-current-gear Perani's site:
So they originally retailed for around $200? I would guess that they would be a low end skate then. Not the bottom of the barrel. Skate technology has greatly improved over the years, so you would see an upgrade if you put yourself in a present-day $200 boot. Better performance and much stiffer.
How much are you willing to spend?
See if you can find some Bauer Nexus skates to try, while it might be a little wide, you should be reminded of how those Air 50 skates feel. The Nexus 400 should be right at that pricepoint. For a narrower foot, I would see if I can find some Vapors to try as well. Also see if you can find some Easton Synergy skates (preferably from either EQ series). If those don't work, try Bauer Supreme.
If you get skates that fit right, you should have no problem in the long run on balance.
Thank you so much Aireaye! (And my apologies for misspelling your name in my previous post -- just caught that.)
Yeah, I recall paying about $175 for my skates (maybe not "clearance" after all).
I'm willing to spend about $700 if I have to (being able to do so easily is a different story), but what I've read in this thread has lead me to believe that, due to my skill level and size, I won't need to buy something so high end (stiffness/break-in issues, etc). So being able to find something worthwhile at a lower price range is good news -- especially given the increases in technology.
Thanks, too, for the skate suggestions. Ultimately, fit will be the deciding factor, but I'm glad to see Bauer and Easton on the list. I like to be brand loyal, but don't want that to cause me to pick the wrong skates. We have Bauer, CCM, and Reeboks here (all in very limited quantities and varieties), but Easton is non-existent.
Playing (and learning) here in Japan is interesting. I'm about 6 inches taller than most of the other players, and due to their smaller size, I don't give up nearly as much weight as I would were I playing in North America. A few weeks ago I played against a Canadian guy who was about 6'2", 250lb. That was way different. I need to drastically increase my leg strength to be able to slow a guy like that.
Thanks again! Hopefully I'll be able to find the right pair despite the limited options!
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