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11-30-2006, 09:25 PM
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New Ice Hockey Skates

Hey all,

I guess you could say I'm a self-taught player...skating in open skates and beer leagues...but I tried out for and helped create my school's ACHA team, so i figure i've outgrown my CCM Tacks 152 skates from like 15 years ago i got in a used shop in atlanta for 10 bucks...

Anyway, what's the difference between the major brands of skates? What do you guys like/don't like?


Thanks.

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Hey all,

I guess you could say I'm a self-taught player...skating in open skates and beer leagues...but I tried out for and helped create my school's ACHA team, so i figure i've outgrown my CCM Tacks 152 skates from like 15 years ago i got in a used shop in atlanta for 10 bucks...

Anyway, what's the difference between the major brands of skates? What do you guys like/don't like?


Thanks.
You ABSOLUTLEY MUST try on skates and not just pick a nice pair off a website. They all fit different and feel different. Ive wasted a couple hundrd on skates that just didnt have the right fit for me.

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Hey all,

I guess you could say I'm a self-taught player...skating in open skates and beer leagues...but I tried out for and helped create my school's ACHA team, so i figure i've outgrown my CCM Tacks 152 skates from like 15 years ago i got in a used shop in atlanta for 10 bucks...

Anyway, what's the difference between the major brands of skates? What do you guys like/don't like?


Thanks.
Fit... Each brand has it's own unique fit.

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I'll fully back CCM's. Try the 652s. Just be careful, some pairs are way heavuer than others.

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I've always been a CCM guy myself. The RBK's are pretty much a flashy model of the CCM's with a few extras.

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Never buy a pair of skates unless you try them on first. I wear Graf 705s, They are the most comfortable boot I've had. The higher end skates are also quite stiff, they take time to break them in.

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I'll fully back CCM's. Try the 652s. Just be careful, some pairs are way heavuer than others.
I have looked at those in the past but what I found out is that CCM is made more for people with a wide foot. I don't necessarily have a wide foot so I stick with me Bauers.

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I have looked at those in the past but what I found out is that CCM is made more for people with a wide foot. I don't necessarily have a wide foot so I stick with me Bauers.
yeah you need to find your own brand. bauers have allways fit me the best. don't be stingy when it comes to skates. spend the money its worth it.

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http://www.epinions.com/content_3832651908

This guy does a pretty good job talking about the different brands and gives you some idea of what kind of skate you should look at getting.

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Thanks, that website is real helpful.

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Something else you may want to consider about skates is that not only do the boots fit differently, the whole geometery of the skates are different. By changing brands, you may find yourself having to go through a learning curve just to get used to being pitched more forward or back, depending on the skate.

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Something else you may want to consider about skates is that not only do the boots fit differently, the whole geometery of the skates are different. By changing brands, you may find yourself having to go through a learning curve just to get used to being pitched more forward or back, depending on the skate.
That is very true. They will feel akward the first couple times you wear them. But the most important thing is comfort. You can adjust to the different pitch of the skate- but if they are uncomfortable you will never feel comfortable. I would recommend staying away from the Rbk and Nike skates, they are just flashy models of the CCM and Bauer skates respectively.

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I love my CCM champion 90 skates, but they've had they're time and my brother used them and warped them so yeah, I'm also stuck in that situation.

like others have said above, bauer and CCM are probably your best matches, they're more affordable too. Nike and RBK are just the higher class versions of them. and the comfort and fit count too.

but there are other skate brands out there so just go to any sport store and try some on, don't by them online

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Get Grafs!!!!

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