Tips on Purchasing the First Pair of Ice Skates

For the second part of our new “Beginners” series, we’re going to discuss purchasing your child’s first pair of skates. Why? Two reasons. One, because it’s a logical choice after last week’s blog. Two, because I said so. Ha!

Where?

Where, you say? That’s easy. There are likely ice skates available for purchase at your rink! Rink pro shops usually stock a great selection of skates for youths and adults. They also offer a knowledgeable staff you will help you choose the right ones for you. If yours is one of the few rinks that doesn't sell skates, talk to a manager or staff member. They can recommend the best place to shop in your area.

Size?

Sizing hockey skates isn’t difficult. But it IS different than shoes. Generally, skates measure one size smaller than your shoe size. So, if you wear size 9 shoes like me, you need size 8 skates. I know, my feet are small. Get over it.

Of course, even this “rule” isn’t fool proof. Depending on the brand of skate you’re buying, this method may not apply. So, to make things a little easier, here’s a link to a SIZING CHART featuring all the most popular brands and how they size: http://www.americanhockeycenter.net/hockey_skates.cfm

How Much?

Brand new ice hockey skates start around $50 and can go as high as $800. As a beginner, you obviously don’t want the most expensive pair on the market. I mean, the priciest pair of skates won’t make you skate like Ovechkin any more than the priciest set of golf clubs will make you swing like Tiger. However, you don’t want the cheapest piece of junk you can buy either.

Lace up and go!

Hopefully the info above will help you select some skates for your child and maybe even yourself! But, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to buying skates. Ultimately, follow your gut. Look for what’s in your price range, try them on, see what’s most comfortable, and go from there. It’s really not rocket science. Having said that, new skates tend to be quite stiff. Obviously, through use they’ll break-in over time. But, if you don’t want to wait, or if you just want to get a more comfortable and custom fit, check out my blog “Totally Baked” from last session. It deals in how to use the technique of Heat Molding to get a great fit from your skates.

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