So since I know nothing of ice skates I have a ? for you guys. I play roller and have since I was 11 (I am 26 now) minus a couple years break after high school. I am looking to play ice hockey (haven't ice skated very much but get the hang of it pretty quickly considering all the roller hockey I played, I know there will still be a lot to learn however). I use Mission roller hockey skates and was just wondering any recommendations on skates that you guys might have for a beginner. Thanks in advance
Well, Bauer doens't have much midrange in the supreme line. The one 75 is the lowest level composite skate, and that's a 400 dollar skate. Most of Bauer's midrange stuff is just a nice nylon construction skate, you're in a low end nylon skate. It's still traditional construction. Most of the better skates are composite, that's the big leap in skate quality.
Reebok is all traditional nylon, but the 5k is the beginnings of their good stuff, their big thing is that's the starting level for the pump. $250 ish on hockeymonkey.
Easton you'd want the SE 10. One piece composite boot, but it's glass fiber, so cheaper then the higher end carbon/ telaxium boots. $240 on HM.
However, Hockey Monkey has the Synergy 800, which is the same skate more or less (they renumbered the line), for $119. I fthey have it in your size, worth a look.
Actually, I found the SE10’s online for 172$ and free shipping. I’m gonna go try ‘em on somewhere than will most likely buy them online or see if the store does price matching. Does anybody have any experiences with the SE10’s?
After some back and forth with Gunnar Stahl last week I decided to take the plunge and pick up a pair of Bauer Supreme One75s. I wanted the One55s because I couldn't see much of a difference between them and the 75s, but unfortunately the shops I went to weren't carrying them. I decided to bite the bullet and try on the One75s and fell in love immediately.
- 27 year old male, 6'0" 190lbs.
- on the ice 2-3 times a week.
- "normal" to narrow feet, semi-high arch, size 12 shoe (10.5 N/BH)
The fit in these skates is absolutely unbelievable. I always just bought closeout skates online (past years higher end stuff), never bothered to try skates on before I bought them. I will never make that mistake again. These skates fit me almost perfectly out of the box, and after baking they were like gloves. I spent three hours on the ice with them yesterday and felt like a brand new skater. I hate to exaggerate the effect of equipment on play, but these things have had a serious impact. I was a decent skater already, but with these I felt "glued" to the ice, and after a 3 hour session I was as fatigued as I normally would be in half that time. Also, I have ZERO break-in pain, which is in my opinion amazing given the stiffness of this boot. I am incredibly happy with these skates and no longer have any reservations about dropping the extra $200 I would have saved with One55s.
Now, I am expecting these to last 5+ years, so we'll see if my happiness is tempered a bit over time. But for now I couldn't think of words to sell these skates any better.
I had a pair of CCM 852 Super Tacks I bought on clearance in 2004, and I loved them. It broke my heart when I had to replace them because they're the only skates that ever fit me the way I liked, but they were finished. I went out and bought CCM V08s back in the fall, and I don't regret it at all. I got them for under $300, and they feel as good as any skates I've ever owned. I had no issues breaking them in, never had to deal with blistering or anything of that sort. My only issue is with the rocket runners, it's easy to lose your edge when you're trying to make a sharp cut because of the low profile runner (not to mention the decreased lifespan after about 12 sharpenings). All in all, I'd recommend the V08s, especially if you have canal boats instead of feet like I do.
Hoping for some similarly helpful advice/analysis --
I'm finally replacing my Vapor 7s, and after trying on a few skates I really like the feel of the RBK 5K Pumps. Before I purchase them, three quick questions:
1. I've heard/read stories of the lack of durability of 5ks, and RBK skates in general. Are these accurate? I'm an adult rec player, skating maybe 2-3 times a week max, 6'3" 215 so probably a little hard on my skates.
2. Are there any issues specific to the 5ks and/or pumps? I know that there were problems with the pumps themselves earlier, but those supposedly have been worked out.
3. Is there much of a difference between the 5ks and the 4ks? I've seen the latter online for significantly less, and if they're relatively the same I'd just as soon save the $ and use the difference towards, say, skating lessons.
im not too big into rbks but i think the main difference between the 5ks and 3ks, cause i dont think they make 4k, is the 3ks dont have the pump
the 5k can be baked, for a mid line skate, its pretty durable, its a nylon material, it has a few modifications i think around the heel so it doesnt wear down as fast. that being said its not the lightest skate, but not bad for a mid liner
its a pretty nice skate. it should get the job done for a mens leaguer, even for a guy your size
you are already wearing vapors, did you look into the vapor XXVs? they are a real nice skate, probably the best mid line skate imo. i would give them a look, and try each pair on if possible
I own a pair of Graf G3's. I find this skate to have alot of movement around the ankles, which is exactly what Graf is known for. If you are not the strongest skater or an "ankle-biter" I would not reccommened.
I believe if you were to ask most proshops they would confirm that Graf's offer the most movement around the ankle. Other skate manufacterers design their skates to lock the ankle and not provide as much movement. This will prevent ankle injuries but also limit movement. I have found once or twice that I would have to lace my skates back up on the bench as they have not been tight enough for me (my fault for not tying tight enough in the first place).
The G series in Grafs are pricey but they offer numerous models designed to fit the correct foot. The G3, G5, G35 are all the same skate but have different looks and insoles. The upside to be G series is the boot will easily outlast the stainless steel blade; due to wear and tear and sharpenings.
I would suggest to try a Graf skate on one foot and something different on the other. Have a walk around the store and determine which is best for you.