SKATES - Buying Guide and Advice
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03-10-2013, 01:29 PM
Join Date: Mar 2013
right stiffness of skate
I am 205 lbs w/o equipment and 5 foot 9. I learned to skate as an adult and play once or twice a week in a beer league. I played roller hockey for 2.5 years and am in my first year of beer league hockey.
I understand that the most important thing a skate needs to do is fit.
My current skates are Vapor X skates I bought in 2004. I skated casually in them for 1.5 seasons and am playing my first season of hockey (twice a week). Checking the fit on the foot bed there is anywhere from an extra 1/2-3/4" from my longest toe.
My feet are wide and flat as a board. I bought Vapors in EE width but still had to buy them too big to get the right width. Unfortunately, the Vapors were the only ones that had a nearly zero arch.
I would like a general recommendation on:
1. What brand/model of skate is generally most comfortable for people with wide (normal shoe width: EE) flat feet?
2. How high a grade should I get? I have the option of buying up to APX but from what I read my skating level may be hindered by "too good" a skate?
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