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01-20-2007, 09:50 PM
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Definately go to some open skates to get the feel of ice, the skating motion is similar but there are some important differences in the balance and feel that you'll need to adjust to. The pickup games are also a good idea as the feel of an ice puck is notably different than an inline puck.

As for skates, my Bauer Vapors ran be about $140 a few years back and I love them, but you're best off going to a local store (preferably one that specializes in hockey) and get yourself fitted by the staff, it's hard to recommend a general skate for anyone when individiual feet vary so much.

Good luck with the switch. I used to play ice in the winter and inline in the summer, I think you'll find ice to be a much more fun game to play. I play exclusively ice now that my local rink added a spring/summer league a few years ago.

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