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07-04-2008, 08:44 PM
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Which Kind of Skates?

I am a 16 year old referee and I currently wear Mission L4 skates (pretty cheap). I do not play so my skates are strictly for reffing.

I am looking to buy a new pair of skates but I am not sure what the best kind would be. Right now I have it narrowed down to Grafs or Reeboks. What would you guys recommend? Also, what kind of Grafs would be best suited, or what is the main difference between 5 and 9K Reeboks? I wear a size 9-10 with a E-EE width.

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07-04-2008, 10:31 PM
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Reeboks and Grafs will fit VERY differently than your Missions. If the L4 feels like the right fit for you, why not stick with Missions but just upgrade to higher-end Missions so that you're getting a stiffer skate?

The most significant difference between the 5K and 9K RBKs is the stiffness of the skates.

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Reeboks and Grafs will fit VERY differently than your Missions. If the L4 feels like the right fit for you, why not stick with Missions but just upgrade to higher-end Missions so that you're getting a stiffer skate?

The most significant difference between the 5K and 9K RBKs is the stiffness of the skates.
Right now, the Missions are not feeling overly great on the foot. My foot arch is high, but that may only be fixable through custom skates. I am not really looking for the same fit, but for an overall better skate. Are there other models of skates that may be good to take a look at other than Grafs or Reeboks?

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Best advice is to go to a store and try on different brands since each brand really fits different (wide heel, narrow heels, wide forefoot, narrow....). Other than the arches, do the Missions fit alright? The arch issue can be easily remedied by buying SuperFeet.

There's Easton, Graf, Kor, Bauer, RBK, Mission, CCM. Try them all on.

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The two main problems with the Missions are that the arch isn't high enough and the top of my foot is extremely wide in terms of my big toe and the joint at the base of the toes. It sticks out and rubs the edge of the skate making me very uncomfortable.

I will have to check out a variety and see if any have extra wide toe caps or anything similar.

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Best advice is to go to a store and try on different brands since each brand really fits different (wide heel, narrow heels, wide forefoot, narrow....). Other than the arches, do the Missions fit alright? The arch issue can be easily remedied by buying SuperFeet.

There's Easton, Graf, Kor, Bauer, RBK, Mission, CCM. Try them all on.
Best advice you will ever get.

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Best advice you will ever get.
I'll second that motion.. can't beat a Skate Fitting especially if you drop $400 on a pair of skates...

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Right now, the Missions are not feeling overly great on the foot. My foot arch is high, but that may only be fixable through custom skates. I am not really looking for the same fit, but for an overall better skate. Are there other models of skates that may be good to take a look at other than Grafs or Reeboks?
I have heard really good things about Grafs for high arches. You have to get the right pair though

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The 609, 709 and Ultra G70 models were designed for players with high arches and insteps. I skate with the 709's now as I have that kind of foot shape. Make sure you try them on first though as the heel sizes are different. A 705 or Ultra G5 won't be as deep a boot, but is still deeper than the 703 or Ultra G3.

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best skates right now (price vs quality) are either the new reebok 5k,easton's stealth s11 or nikebauer one 70's, last year i had a 9k pair and i just bought 08 version 5k pair and i think that they are better, and very cheap at 300$ compared to 800$ for the 9k's

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Just go to the damn store, stop asking for what kind of skates to get.
You may here oh Skate A has great durability or Skate B is cheap and much better quality, neither of those matter if your foot doesn't fit in them properly.

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i have a pair of graf goalie skates and i love them. they werent molded to my foot but the conform to it after a while. i love grafs. imo they make the best skates

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best skates right now (price vs quality) are either the new reebok 5k,easton's stealth s11 or nikebauer one 70's, last year i had a 9k pair and i just bought 08 version 5k pair and i think that they are better, and very cheap at 300$ compared to 800$ for the 9k's
So, you're basically saying buy skates that are second from top of the lines?

Great advice, tips.

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The two main problems with the Missions are that the arch isn't high enough and the top of my foot is extremely wide in terms of my big toe and the joint at the base of the toes. It sticks out and rubs the edge of the skate making me very uncomfortable.

I will have to check out a variety and see if any have extra wide toe caps or anything similar.
Grafs have a very small toe box height wise. Pay attention to that when you try them on.

As Delorme stated, go try them all on and see what fits the best. It's really the only way you'll be comfortable and happy.

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The two main problems with the Missions are that the arch isn't high enough and the top of my foot is extremely wide in terms of my big toe and the joint at the base of the toes. It sticks out and rubs the edge of the skate making me very uncomfortable.

I will have to check out a variety and see if any have extra wide toe caps or anything similar.
It sounds like you and the same foot as I do - high arches, wide foot.

I bought a pair of Graf's and I had to have them customized to great lengths to fit my foot.
They had to stretch them out quite a bit as well as modify the Graf insoles to make sure the foot fit right.

Up till now, I've been skating in CCM's but I always had to get them bigger to accommodate my arch and width.

Chances are you'll have to spend between $350-450 to get skates that fit properly.

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So, you're basically saying buy skates that are second from top of the lines?

Great advice, tips.
what i'm trying to say is that in the end except for the name the difference of price isin't worth the skates, the only thing that the dollars are worth are custom skates

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what i'm trying to say is that in the end except for the name the difference of price isin't worth the skates, the only thing that the dollars are worth are custom skates
Tell that to a 170 lb midget player that breaks down the 5K in just a few months of hockey. Depending on how often you skate and your level of skating, going up a price point is actually worth it.

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Tell that to a 170 lb midget player that breaks down the 5K in just a few months of hockey. Depending on how often you skate and your level of skating, going up a price point is actually worth it.
I agree. It's also not a bad idea when you are someone who's feet won't be getting any bigger.

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