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05-24-2014, 09:50 PM
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I'm a reasonably advanced skater who has been off the ice for over a year and only sporadically over the past several years...I've currently got a pair of old Bauer Vapors (VI), size 9 EE...I'm about 6' 225lbs and nothing resembling a speed demon. I've tried on several pairs of skates in the $400 range but a lot of the places I've been to don't carry EE sizes, they only bring them in as a special order. I've been leaning towards either the Reebok Ribcor 30K or the Bauer Nexus 1000...just looking for some advice or insight into these skates. I've tried the 30K's in a 9D and they weren't wide enough, but otherwise felt good and there were no Bauer 1000's only 800's and they were in a 9D as well...so I'm not sure what is the best suited to me....appreciate any advice.

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This should go in the skate thread.

Reeboks are now narrower skates so you should try EE. Have you tried CCM or Supreme?

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This should go in the skate thread.

Reeboks are now narrower skates so you should try EE. Have you tried CCM or Supreme?
Sorry, you are right...this should have gone in the skate thread. My bad.

I tried a pair of CCM RBZ 90's in a size 9D but they also didn't feel wide enough and I didn't get a good heel lock, I never got to try a pair of supremes though. It's frustrating that I don't have much access to wide sizes around here (North Dallas).

I'm not sure how much discomfort I should chalk up to having tried the wrong size in a boot and how much should be acceptable due to needing to break them in.

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In that case, I always recommend people find time to make a day trip to go to their nearest large store to try on a few pairs.

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Sorry, you are right...this should have gone in the skate thread. My bad.

I tried a pair of CCM RBZ 90's in a size 9D but they also didn't feel wide enough and I didn't get a good heel lock, I never got to try a pair of supremes though. It's frustrating that I don't have much access to wide sizes around here (North Dallas).

I'm not sure how much discomfort I should chalk up to having tried the wrong size in a boot and how much should be acceptable due to needing to break them in.
I don't normally advise buying skates online, but I would definitely order 9EE than settle for a narrower boot that you know is not right.

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I appreciate the input.

We have a new Hockey Giant near where I live and they didn't carry any 9EE skates...or they were sold out. I've also tried the local Players Bench...they were the ones who only brought in EE sizes on special order.

I think I'm either going to order the Reebok 30K's or the Nexus 1000's in a 9EE...right now I can get the 30K's for $399 (regular price), or get the Bauer 1000's on clearance + 25% off ($352) from Hockey Monkey. Any recommendations as to which is the better quality/performing skate?

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I don't understand your thinking right now. Neither should feel like a Vapor, though the Reebok might be closer, and both fit very different from each other...

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I don't understand your thinking right now. Neither should feel like a Vapor, though the Reebok might be closer, and both fit very different from each other...
I'm not expecting them to feel like the Vapor, although I'd hope they'd feel better than my old POS Vapors if i were going to spend over twice as much money on them. I'm just hoping to buy a good skate that isn't going to kill my feet and that would be a good upgrade on my old skates. I'd love to be able to try on a slew of different skates in my proper size but thats not possible so I have to go in somewhat blind, thus why I'm looking for advice.

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Reebok EE will be much closer to your Vapor EE than Nexus. That Nexus EE would be like a true EEE or EEEE.

So at this point before trying them on, your question of better quality/performance is irrelevant unless you figure out which skates fit you best, as you are ignoring the penultimate rule when buying skates.

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Reebok EE will be much closer to your Vapor EE than Nexus. That Nexus EE would be like a true EEE or EEEE.

So at this point before trying them on, your question of better quality/performance is irrelevant unless you figure out which skates fit you best, as you are ignoring the penultimate rule when buying skates.
Ok, that makes my decision a whole lot easier....Reeboks it is. Thanks for your help.

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