I need new skates and I'm a bit confused with all the different models !!
what should I buy
here in montreal they sell the 8K for 350 cdn, i'd like to know if its a better choice then the One90 that I can have for 600-650 cdn.
Let me start by saying, buy what fits you the best.
Anyway, I love my new 8k's. I was a bit skeptical at first...well until I skated in them. Very low break in period (baked them, wore them in the house for an hour and a half, then skated hard for two hours, no blisters or pain).
The One90 is a better skate then the 8k. However, for the price the 8k's are the better value. Also, I have been reading of people having problems with their One90's.
Go and try them all they all fit differently. Your best value would be last years Vector pros which are basically the 10.0s. The 8k is without pump, 9k is with pump and they are both pro models. Have you also looked at Kors, Grafs, Easton or Mission skates?
I have a pair Bauer XXX. by far the best skates I ever owned. very very light, comfortable. boot is stiff...but the break in time is relatively short. I've had no "break in" pain what so ever with these skates.
check em out at your local sports store
If money is not an issue I would buy the XXX's or the One90's. Just make sure you're properly fitted by someone who knows what they're doing. With skates this stiff it's incredibly important to be properly fitted. A lot of people buy skates that are too big for them and then the widest part of their foot comes before the widest part of the skate creating a hot spot. I had this and had to sell the skates for half of what I paid for them after only using them three times, it was that unbearable.
Personally I have a pair of XX's. I bought 'em because they were cheaper than the XXX's but were the top model prior to the XXX's and I've read there's little difference between the two. They're by far the best skates I've ever used. Very light and comfortable for such a stiff boot.