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08-16-2008, 12:14 PM
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Recommend New Skates

I'm looking into buying new ice hockey skates and I was hoping that someone could give me some recommendations as to what to look at.

As of now, I only play drop in hockey a few times a week so I don't need to spend $600 on skates. I've been skating for years and I'm OK at it but not great. I just need a solid intermediate skill skate that will hold up for a while.


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08-16-2008, 12:58 PM
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There is only one answer, the skate that fits the best.

Go to your local hockey shop and try on a bunch of skates and get the ones that fit you feet and your budget. You should be able to find a decent pair of skates between 200-300 bucks US. If you aren't knowledgeable in how to fit a skate properly, make sure you ask for someone to help you.

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After skating with CCM skates for 3 years then Graf 707's for 5 years and going to a Bauer classic cuz someone stole my hockey bag out of the trunk of my car (including my amp and stereo) I'm going to be going back to CCM's

I'm going for the CCM Vector U+ Pro's

I really love the direction CCM is going with their new stuff. I'd prefer the Graf's but I don't like any of their new skates.

Try on a few skates and see what fits you best.


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08-18-2008, 08:35 PM
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The answer is whatever fits your foot the best. NikeBauer makes incredible skates, but if you've got a foot like the hoof of a wildebeast then you might was to try another brand.

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There's probably still a lot of good closeout gear left at your local hockey store, so if you don't mind last year's product you can either save some cash or move up a step. A good store will be willing to spend as much time with you on the closeout stuff as they will to get you into U+ or One95 gear.

I went in for my first set of gear with my heart set on CCMs, but I ended up with a pair of Bauer Supreme 8090s, well after the swoosh had been put on Bauer gear, for something like $270. (I'd love to recommend the Supremes, but they're for a VERY specific foot.)

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