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03-29-2008, 05:15 PM
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What type of Skates would you buy?

If your three choices of skates to buy were a pair of Graf Ultra G35, Graf Ultra G5, or the new Nike/Bauer 195's what pair of skates would you buy. I have narrowed my choices down to these three pairs of skates, and am planning on buying one of them. Would like to hear different opinions on each.

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this is kind of a preference thing.
depends on your foot. i have a bit wider foot so id buy the grafs over the nike bauers. on the other hand i would force my foot into the bauers just to say i got bauer 195s haha

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grafs. done.

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Whichever fit my foot the best.

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One95's. Because Bauer fits me better.

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one95's are beautiful skates.

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Graf G5's are unreal

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there's really no different between the two grafs except for boot shape. The grafs are also IMO the top notch skate right now. However, when all is said and done, just get the skate that fits the best.

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Keep in mind Graf's can last you a decade and then some if you don't abuse them.

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Did you try them all on?

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I have G35s, expensive as ****. But by far the best skates I have ever had. Once I grow out of them I'm buying the same pair.

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I had a pair of G5s...they performed great but were a bit too narrow for my foot and caused some forefoot pain. That said, my situation sucks because my foot is too wide for a regular width, but too narrow for a wide width. I sold them. If decide to get into Grafs again, I'll have to get into a model with a wider forefoot, or go custom fit and drop the extra coin. At any rate, I sold the G5s for some brand new 8Ks plus cash, and am awaiting on the 8Ks to arrive. In the end, it all depends on what fits your foot better. Also, just because something fits in the pro shop and feels good, doesn't mean it will feel good on the ice. The G5 felt like slippers in the store, and the pain didn't show up until I was skating in them. Make sure that when you lace them up, there are no areas that bulge out, and that the eyelets are almost parallel all the way up unless you deliberately leave a few looser.

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Keep in mind Graf's can last you a decade and then some if you don't abuse them.
That can't really be said about the G series skates considering they just came out a year ago. That can be said, however, about the 700 series skates because they are proven to be tanks. The G series have actually had some durability issues with the outsole, although in the pair I owned for a few months I didn't notice any.

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Try out some Kor's. Either the Shift 1's or 2's. Incredibly skates and will really mold to your fit when you bake them. I personally have the Shift 1's and came from Bauer Vapor 6's. Have used them only twice and have felt no discomfort at all. They have also been baked twice.

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Get the Grafs they will most likely last you for a good decade.

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04-03-2008, 04:19 PM
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Graf Canada were good skates 3-4 years ago. They've hit the skids as of late with the quality of their outsoles. And their customer service is shoddy imho. If they fit you, by all means, get them -- but make sure the store you buy them from is there to help you out in case of trouble.

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That can't really be said about the G series skates considering they just came out a year ago. That can be said, however, about the 700 series skates because they are proven to be tanks. The G series have actually had some durability issues with the outsole, although in the pair I owned for a few months I didn't notice any.
I agree, the 703's I had were tanks. I skated on them for 5+ years and they were still in great shape.

In my experience with Graf's. They are a great skate if they fit you correctly. The 703's were a touch to narrow for me and my feet paid the price.

I've heard some very knowledgeable people rave about the One95's they are wearing.

Either way, you are looking at skates that haven't been on the market very long. There is no telling how they well they will hold up. If it were me and they all fit me great. I'd probably go with the One95's.

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i had a pair of 703 and they lasted me a decade and thats with playin junior hockey.i bought the g35's last year playing mens hockey and tournies and they have already worn down.i love the g35s but the durability isnt as close as the 703's.i will only wear grafs but i may have to get another pair in a year or 2 and i will be lookin at the 703s again.

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i had a pair of 703 and they lasted me a decade and thats with playin junior hockey.i bought the g35's last year playing mens hockey and tournies and they have already worn down.i love the g35s but the durability isnt as close as the 703's.i will only wear grafs but i may have to get another pair in a year or 2 and i will be lookin at the 703s again.
I have the same experience. I don't think it's so much the G-series line of skate, but moreso that their quality control has dropped the ball the past couple of years. I see my 705's from 10 years ago holding up beautifully, but the latest 700-series are doing so hot either.

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