Envision yourself on the ice with your hockey stick nudging the puck along as the adrenalin pumps through your veins like a freight train and you’re pushing your feet against the ice with a force that reminds you you’re out there to win. You’re in possession of a pair of skates that are ultimately on your side.
Now imagine a pair that lets you down; a pair that won’t allow you to stop when you need to in order to avoid that train wreck you’re going to feel like when you’re smashed into the wall by a competitor. It’s not a pleasant plan and it’s not going to occur because you’re going to find the best skate for you.
It’s all about the best skate for your skill level, the way you play hockey, the size and depth of your foot and even your weight is taken into account when choosing the right skate. The following reviews will reveal the styles, the construction i.e. boot, holder and runner, and the performance you’re looking for.
1. Bauer Junior Supreme 140 Skate
The Bauer Supreme is an ankle-hugging boot that has been constructed with an open top weave material that allows the feet to breathe. Recommended for the beginner and for growing feet, the price ranges between $38 and $60 depending on the side of the foot. Sizes are available from youth all the way to senior so there’s a pair of skates for all ages. Reportedly a comfortable fit in a fully lined boot that requires no heat moulding.
2. CCM Tacks 3052 Senior Ice Hockey Skates
Reduced in price, these skates start at an affordable $140. Made to last, the liner is a microfiber comfort sole and the tongue is of high density felt with a 7mm thickness for comfort. An anatomical response footbed is positioned on the speed blade which is a stainless steel runner is on a 4.0 holder. Crossovers are reportedly effortless in these skates and after the first few strides, you’ve left the defence spinning full circle.
3. CCM Jet Speed 250 Senior Ice Hockey Skates
Jet speed on the hockey rink is what it’s all about and these skates deliver. Built from a synthetic material, the outer boot is durable and has been fitted with a heavy duty microfiber insole. Low profile for maximum energy transfer, the footbed is designed for complete support and comfort. These boots don’t however, allow for a replaceable runner which is constructed of stainless steel.
4. SR CCM TACKS 2092
Tracks are a synthetic boot allowing durability in the outer shell and are made for ultimate support and comfort with a microfiber liner. The outer casement is an attractive brushed microfiber and the boot offers a 5mm felt tongue that combines comfort and ankle support. These skates are delivered with non-replaceable stainless steel blades and an elevated heel holder for improved takeoff striding and cornering. Prices for these skates begin at $80.
5. Vapor X500 SR Skate
Made by Bauer, the Vapor X500 is one of the mid-line models built with the V-fit that means they’re narrow in the heel and wider at the toe. Delivering tighter turns and quick stoppage, these skates have the ability to be baked for a custom fit and the tongue is a 2 piece felt with metatarsal padding offering greater comfort preventing lace bite. Durable, the holder is upgraded to the TUUK edge holder and includes the TUUK stainless steel runner. Around $200 will get you a pair of these.
6. CCM Jet Speed 250 Youth Ice Hockey Skates
Prices for these skates range from the mid $40’s to $50. Built with a synthetic embossed shell, they’re an attractive skate with a durable outer shell. Fully lined and created with comfort and support, they have a low profile injected outsole that provides maximum energy transfer. With long lasting edge for long term durability and performance, they also have a non-replaceable stainless steel runner.
7. Bauer Supreme S140 Ice Hockey Skates Youth
Streamlined and elegant, these skates range in price from $45 to $85 depending on size. Synthetic upper with an embossed ankle support, ankle padding and a microfiber inner lining, they’re built for a smooth transition, comfort, and speed. The runner is a TUUK super stainless steel and the footbed is anatomical with a TPR outsole and TUUK blade holder.
8. Bauer Supreme 160 Senior Ice Hockey Skates
Reported as ‘Awesome’ these are the skates that will improve your game. Padded for comfort and support, the lining is hydrophobic microfiber with ankle padding and a form fit 2 piece felt tongue that is made from high-density metatarsal guard. Lightweight, they deliver perfect cornering, transition and speed on a TUUK super stainless steel runner. The boot is moulded with an integrated heel support designed for premium comfort.
9. Bauer Supreme S140 Ice Hockey Skates Senior
Built for performance, the Supreme S140’s delivered comfort and support. With plenty of microfiber padding and comfort foam, there are ankle pads for support and an anatomical Constructed for longer, more powerful strides, they have an anatomical 30 oz tongue. With ankle and heel support these skates have a TPR outsole, a TUUK lightspeed pro blade holders together with the TUUK stainless steel runner. These skates were designed to take the player to a powerful new level in their game.
10. Tour Hockey Fb-225 Senior Ice Hockey Skates
From everything like reinforced quarter panels, a Tricot inner lining, and loads of foam padding, these skates offer ample firm ankle support and have a carbon steel, edge hardened blade. At an affordable $66 the deliver comfort and support via ankle stabilisers and comfort padding. Infused with a quick dry inner lining they’re the kind of skates that can be outfitted to beginners through to the seasoned hockey player.
Just remember, you do not figure or speed skating; you’re an ice hockey player and the skates are going to be totally different. If you’re offered ‘recreational skates’ these are not suitable even though they might resemble hockey skates. They’re not safe for a game.
Your size of skates will probably be one or two sizes smaller than your shoe size so don’t count on wearing four of five pairs of woolly socks because you’re bound to hinder your skating technique. Just look for a reinforced toe, plenty of support and comfort and invest in the best skates you possibly can. Your game will thank you.