SKATES - Buying Guide and Advice
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11-01-2013, 08:41 PM
Join Date: Jun 2013
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Did a search and did not see much about youth skates on the forum - any directions would be great. My specific questions concern skates for a 6 year old who can skate and goe to practice etc 2-3, maybe 4 times skater / player:
1. How big can you go w/o compromise "fit" too much. I am inclined to make fit of skates a prioritty and hence spend more money (or buycheaper skates more oftent, though half sizes are the often not available)
2. When should I get new skates, wait until they say the skateshurt?
3. Go for the most expensive $150-180 or so (don't know where, if at all there is overlap with Junior, which would change the max by a factor of 3-4), intermediate or cheapest (Vapor 1.0 has been just fine I think (and they look like those that Ovechkin and Bäckström had - what else could possibly matter?))?
Finally, great thread, and appreciate all your comments and advice for the 100,000 readers!
I had to answer this as best I can. As the dad of a few players who have come up through those ages, it can be a daunting task to properly fit a kid of that age. Taking the points 1 by 1, your LHS should be able to properly size you son/daughter for a skate allowing for the maximum amount of room for growth without sacrificing the ability to skate (I believe this to be a finger width behind the heel in the boot but ask). You don't want to save a few dollars and find out the skates are too big for you child. I've done this and ended up buying new, smaller skates for my son. As for when to buy new skates, I would say if properly fit, you have about 2 (+-.5) shoe sizes before things get dicey. Again, take the footbed out and measure him that way to get a feel for where he is, but the LHS should help in that regard too. As for the price point to pick, I've generally spent more on skates relatively speaking than the rest of the equipment. That said, even kids skating 3 times a week don't break the skates down, even the lower level skates so you should be fine no matter what. If you're still in youth skates, you're a happy camper, junior skates see a price jump of nearly 100 percent which brings the value of buying the best into focus . Should you bake a skate? Definitely, if its designed to be baked. Youth skates aren't made of the same fibers that a junior or senior skate might be, but still may be designed to be heat molded. Again ask. Having a good LHS that you can trust will go a long way to getting your child in the right skate. Don't feel bad asking many questions and buying when you feel you have someone who is adding value to your buying experience. Good luck, its a daunting task but well worth the effort.
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