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11-26-2006, 06:14 PM
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Finding the "right" skate is a process that involves a few factors...

The higher model number you go (Tacks 252, 652, 952 for example) the stiffer the boot, generally. Heavier players will need a stiffer skate.

Everyone wants to buy a "good" pair of skates, but be cautious of buying "too much" skate. Even if you get a good deal on a used pair of high-level skates, buying that pair of Bauer XX's won't do much to help you develop as a skater; they'll be very stiff and uncomfortable.

As a general rule of thumb, stick with lower-level skates like 252's, if you're going for Tacks. The key is to try on models from Bauer/Nike, CCM, Mission and other manufacturers, because all boots fit differently (I'm a hardcore Tacks guy...wide feet). Get a few different models and take your time with them. Don't be pressured by the sales guy -- if he's worth his salt, he'll be a help, and won't try to sell you when you're not ready to buy.

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