Need your opinion on inline hockey skates

Need your opinion on inline hockey skates

Post by sh2.. » Mon, 03 Jan 2000 04:00:00


I spent the entire day browsing the inline hockey equipment dealers in
my area for hockey skates, but I find it very difficult to make a
decision. Mission and Bauer seem to be very popular. Which line is
better? Which model out of either line would you choose? Why? Although
I'm a beginning inline hockey player, I hope to progress to higher
levels quickly. For that reason, I'd like to invest in equipment that
is going to perform well and last. Most of the time, I'll be playing
outside on concrete or asphalt surface. I'm not sure whether that
makes a difference in choosing the right skates. Today I tried on a
pair of Proto V skates by Mission. They are not comfortable (compared
with my fitness skates) but they seem to offer a lot of stability and
the price is reasonable too (about $200). What's your opinion on this
particular model? Also, I noticed there are at least 10 major
manufactures that make protective gear. Which is your favorite? Any
help in making an educated decision would be highly appreciated.

Zed
Houston, TX

 
 
 

Need your opinion on inline hockey skates

Post by Barry Burke Jr » Mon, 03 Jan 2000 04:00:00

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> I spent the entire day browsing the inline hockey equipment dealers in
> my area for hockey skates, but I find it very difficult to make a
> decision. Mission and Bauer seem to be very popular. Which line is
> better?

Simple.  Which skate fits your unique foot the best?

Quote:
> makes a difference in choosing the right skates. Today I tried on a
> pair of Proto V skates by Mission. They are not comfortable (compared
> with my fitness skates) but they seem to offer a lot of stability and
> the price is reasonable too (about $200).

I have the same skates.  Hockey skates (ice or inline) will NOT be
comfortable when new.  They need serious break-in time.  I lace mine up
around the house and under my desk at work to help speed this along.
Compare the skates in the same ways you would compare fitness skates,
such as bearing and wheel quality, etc...  Then choose the model that
fits the best.  Don't forget to kick your heel into the back of the
boots before lacing them up.  My local shop was willing to even-swap for
the wheels I needed for my local sport court once I picked out a skate,
which in my case were the white Volcanix 73A's.  

Buy your skates from a reputable dealer with a qualified staff to make
sure that you are fitted correctly.  There is much less leeway for an
improper fit in a hockey skate than there is in a fitness skate.  A
hockey skate that is too small will never be comfortable, while an
oversize skate will give you blisters and hot spots.  With these skates,
try to wear them barefoot, or at least with very thin socks.  You will
have much better control.

Quote:
> What's your opinion on this
> particular model?

Mine are fine, no complaints.

Quote:
> Also, I noticed there are at least 10 major
> manufactures that make protective gear. Which is your favorite?

Once again, fit in a similar price range is more important than brand
name.  CCM, Bauer, Koho, Itech, Rawlings, Mission, and others all make
good equipment.  Try it on!

Have fun,
Barry
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