Buying hockey skates
This guide is for use before, under and after purchase of skates for hockey or ice hockey.
Before you buy hockey skates
There is a big difference in quality, fit and size between the many hockey brands.
Generally price and quality is connected.
Please use this table as a rule-of-thumb for quality and selection of size:
|Brand||Quality||Go after skate size|
|CCM||+++||Approx. ½ size larger than shoe size|
|Bauer||+++||Approx. same size as shoe size|
|Sherwood||++||Approx. ½ size larger than shoe size|
|Final||++||Approx. ½ size smaller than shoe size|
|Mission||++||Approx. 1 size smaller than shoe size|
|Nike||+||Approx. ½ size smaller than shoe size|
|Tour||+||Approx. same size as shoe size|
If you are still growing you may choose to buy your skates ½-1 size larger in order for you to be able to use them a little longer.
But, if you buy them to big they will not give you proper support and you will loose stability and power when skating.
When buying hockey skates
Try on the skates with the socks you are going to use when skating.
Try on more than one skate model in order for you to compare fit and quality.
Be aware of that some of the more expensive hockey skates are heat moldable and can be heat molded to fit your feet after purchase. When buying these skates the skates do not have to fit 100% perfect because the heat molding shapes the skate to fit you feet.
- Losen the laces so much that your foot easily slips in the boot. Press your toes as far forward as you can. The size fits you when are just able to put a finger behind the heel in the boot.
- Put on both skates. Lace the skate firmly, but not to tight. Get up and walk around to feel how the skate is. There can not be any painful pressure points.
- Push the heel all the way back to make sure you have the correct support for the heel. Your heel may not be able to move, when your heel is all the way back in the boot.
- Make sure there is space for the center of the foot and the toes and there is no painfull pressure points.
- Bend your knees. The skate should be flexible and allow you to bend your knees in order for you to maintain a good hockey position.
- Put pressure side wards in the skate. The skate should be stiff and give a lot of support in order for you to skate comfortable and powerfull.