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01-19-2014, 07:30 PM
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Modern goalie skates, especially the newest Bauers and Reebok, have higher ankle support, now, so that's not as big of a deal.

And in modern times, goalies get sharper cuts. No longer do most goalies get dull skates to slide around. Most go with 3/8" up to 1/2" now.

The biggest reason why I would learn to skate in goalie skates over regular skates is that goalie skates are (with few exceptions in the Bauer product line) 4mm width, which is EXTREMELY smooth and stable. I learned to ice skate in goalie skates, and I'm glad I did. When I moved to player skates, with 3mm blades, it was rocky, and you felt every cut and divot in the ice. Goalie skates are like Cadillacs while player skates are like 1982 Ford trucks. Go with the Cadillac and your learning will go much more quickly.

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