So I ripped my NikeBauer One35s yesterday. Here's the damage.
This was from after about year of playing hockey, but I also weigh a lot too and I suppose I was pretty rough with them.
Anyway, I wondering if could get some recommendations on what get now. I'm guessing I should get something more 'top line' since these skates were pretty inexpensive.
I'd like to stick with bauer since I know the size that fits me, but I was wondering what level of skate should I get so that something like this won't happen again? One55, One75, One95 (expensive)? Or should I try out some of the vapor series instead?
I have Bauer Vapor X30s that I really like. Not high end at all, but they are middle ground and I like them a lot. When I was at the local hockey store the guy told me they were a significant step up from the One35s, but still reasonably priced. He could have been blowing smoke up my ass though. I paid 199 for them.
Thanks for the replies. It sucks I have to use some cash for new skates, but I guess I can look at it as some kind of accomplishment.
Anyway, I've been looking for some one95s, but it seems like every place is out of my size (8D). Also seems like like all of the previous vapor series (nikebauer) are out as well (I was looking for some xxxx). I thought about the newer vapors, but since the lastest series (x60, x40, x30) seems to have just come out, there aren't any deals yet. Anyone know of any good, secret deals? I've tried looking at all the big name stores (hockeymonkey, giant, world, etc.).
On another note, since I tend to lean foward and crouch when I skate, do you think I shouldn't have tightened my skates as much near the top? Should I have left the top eyelets untied? But if don't tighten my skates I feel like I'm losing a lot of power and speed.
The Vapors fit different from the Supremes, so if you go that route make sure to get refitted and what not.
With that size, it will be tough to find a One75 or One95, at least on clearance. I'd steer clear of the One55's though, you'd trash those pretty quick too. Might want to head to a few shops and try some stuff on. Go for the $200-300 range.
If you like your Bauers, Id stick with those. Id suggest moving up to a higher end pair. A higher end pair is going to be built a little bit better (more comfortable and more durable materials) and should last you longer.
If you are serious about hockey and its something you intend to do for the foreseeable future, investing in a mid or high-end pair is worth it.
Alright, so I finally found some one95s and went thru with the order. I cound't find any 75 in my size. But thanks for all the opinions.
On a side note, how are you all tying your skates up at the top. Do some of you leave any of the top eyelets open? What kind of skater would do or prefer that? Heres what I'm refering to at 45sec. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUlVfS2qAvk