Good reasonably priced skates for a 10 year old forward?
October 5, 2005 10:43 PM   Subscribe

I am looking for ice hockey skates for my 10 year old son. He is a forward, 5 feet tall, weighs 100 pounds and wears a size 10 shoe. What is the best skate value for the money, where best means a price tag between $C150 to $250.

We have been burned twice this year in buying the wrong size of skate, once with roller blades and then with ice skates. The pair of ice skates he has now are used Koho 2280. The problem is that their size is 9.5, which is way to big (I have confirmed this).

We have always bought used as he goes through a pair a year or so due to growth, but I am tired of getting skates that are rather the wrong type or wrong size or wrong anything.

If we make the plunge into the purchase of new skates, what is a good intermediate brand/model that has value but will not bankrupt us?
posted by notcostello to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (2 answers total)
first off, be thankful he's not a goalie.

I would recommend getting him fitted in a pro shop to get the sizing right and then ordering online. Each manufacturer seems to have its own ideas about sizing.

It looks like you can find some good deals on new skates from CCM and Bauer with a little googling, even with currency conversion to USD.

keep in mind that it's been more than 6 years since I've actually worn a pair of skates tho
posted by tj at 10:22 AM on October 6, 2005

I always had bauers when I was a kid (24 now) and they suited me very well. Never heard any teammates complaining about them.

The key as mentioned before is to go into a real hockey store (not a pro-shop) and have someone fit him for skates. And get Gel skates, that gives him about an extra half size of growing room as he'll compress the gel inside as his feet get bigger.
posted by slapshot57 at 1:35 PM on October 6, 2005

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