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Looking to pick up ice skates for us. We probably skate a total of three times a year, but places that rent skates usually have huge lines and some local places do not rent.

Anyways, looking at Sports Authority and they have recreational, hockey for seniors, juniors and youth skates. I know I don't qualify for youth, but from which other category should I pick? What is the difference? What should I look for?

I'd like to stay in the $50 ball park for each pair.

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This is from me skating years ago, but I would think you will have a hard time finding hockey skates for 50$, but they will give you a lot more ankle support at the cost of if you don't skate correctly you get a nasty burn/scrape on the back of your calf from the rigid form of the skate. I personally think it is a little easier to learn to skate on figure skates, although most guys think they are girly. Figure skates you can def find for cheaper, and if all you are looking to do is go skating I would go with them.

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This is from me skating years ago, but I would think you will have a hard time finding hockey skates for 50$, but they will give you a lot more ankle support at the cost of if you don't skate correctly you get a nasty burn/scrape on the back of your calf from the rigid form of the skate. I personally think it is a little easier to learn to skate on figure skates, although most guys think they are girly. Figure skates you can def find for cheaper, and if all you are looking to do is go skating I would go with them.

Edit, make sure you buy BLACK figure skates for you LOL
Thanks. Sports Authority has a 25% off most items promo, so quite a few hockey skates are in the ballpark of $50.

Is there anything specific to look for when comparing skates that are in the same price range?

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There is a place in Northbrook that sells used sports equipment . Its in the plaza thats at 94 and waukegan .
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There is a place in Northbrook that sells used sports equipment . Its in the plaza thats at 94 and waukegan .
Thanks Stan. I was looking at places like that until I realized that new skates can be had for fairly cheap.

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Play it again sports is worth a look. You can get expensive stuff for the same price as new garbage stuff if you are lucky.
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I went through this a couple years ago for myself and the kids. PIAS prices for used skates were $20-30 less than I could buy new.

Paid $75 for my decent Bauer kids and $85 for mine.

We bought at Fox Valley Ice Arena as their prices were inline with Dick's and TSA. The other sometimes hidden cost is the blade sharpening which not everyone does for free.
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Thanks. Sports Authority has a 25% off most items promo, so quite a few hockey skates are in the ballpark of $50.

Is there anything specific to look for when comparing skates that are in the same price range?
If you are looking at hockey skates it was what were they lined with, again this is literally 2 decades ago, I needed a lot of padding because I had skinny ass legs and the leather would tear up my calf. The more expensive skates also had better blades that would resist going dull longer, and more durable leather and toe section that took my abuse of falling and tripping people better. If you're not planning on playing hockey, get yourself some figure skates, and find the one's that fit best.

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Greg , just get a snowmobile . Skating is dangerous .
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Greg , just get a snowmobile . Skating is dangerous .
Stan, if my garage could stretch, I'd have one.

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I went through this a couple years ago for myself and the kids. PIAS prices for used skates were $20-30 less than I could buy new.

Paid $75 for my decent Bauer kids and $85 for mine.

We bought at Fox Valley Ice Arena as their prices were inline with Dick's and TSA. The other sometimes hidden cost is the blade sharpening which not everyone does for free.
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If you are looking at hockey skates it was what were they lined with, again this is literally 2 decades ago, I needed a lot of padding because I had skinny ass legs and the leather would tear up my calf. The more expensive skates also had better blades that would resist going dull longer, and more durable leather and toe section that took my abuse of falling and tripping people better. If you're not planning on playing hockey, get yourself some figure skates, and find the one's that fit best.
I am afraid that if I go to PIAS or similar, they will sell me entry level quality skates under the pretense that they are top of the line skates discounted. Any brands to look for? Anything else that will differentiate from entry level?

Shaugdog, I appreciate your advice about the figure skates. I might take you up on it, depending how manly I feel the day I am out shopping for them.

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Stan, if my garage could stretch, I'd have one.
Small storage fees at my place.Just saying.
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Small storage fees at my place.Just saying.
I get offers of "free" storage already, but nobody is offering to pay for the maintencance or gasoline costs.

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Dont waste your time at PIAS. Bauer, NIke, Easton, Reebok are all good brand names but asking which to buy is like asking which jogging shoes to wear.

Nothing is better than trying some on. Here's a decent online site to make sure you dont get pricejacked at the store.


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Dont waste your time at PIAS. Bauer, NIke, Easton, Reebok are all good brand names but asking which to buy is like asking which jogging shoes to wear.

Nothing is better than trying some on. Here's a decent online site to make sure you dont get pricejacked at the store.


http://search.totalhockey.com/search...om&isort=price
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I like the vapors. I have a pair myself. My wife does a shit ton of skating. I never knew how expensive that shit could get. Custom skates can cost as much as a damn mc!, and of course, one pair is never enough!! Then lessons and ice time. on my wallet

Go to PIAS or buy the cheap ones at the ice shop. Just hope someone in the family doesn't get into it too deep.

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This is a very tough question to answer.

I've played hockey for 23 years. From a kiddo through college.

A good pair of skates will run $500+. This is for an advanced level player. I used to go through a pair like this per season. Add in $180 - $220 sticks every other week, cost to play, etc. Get's pricey!! But that's for hockey...not just recreational skating.

So...at $50, I don't think there's going to be much difference between the skates. At the higher price range, there's a difference in material, padding, fit, form, function, weight, etc, etc.

At $50, it will purely be about comfort. Different brands "fit" different feet. Try on several brands, and buy what's most comfortable (though note, they'll still probably feel totally different once you actually wear them, and break them in).

A skate sharpening should run you $7. I don't really see that as a hidden cost, just a cost of skating. Though, skating 3 time per year...once per year will suffice.

Honestly, asking which $50 pair of skates is best is like asking which knock-off brand watch is best. Buy the one that looks nice and ticks. And I'm saying this not as an insult, but as a pure analogy that it really doesn't matter.

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Bauers are def the most comfy, but you def gotta try them on! Play gain sports for cheapo skates or craigslist it! Although I rather buy new ones, unless its for a kid since they wont fit next winter
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Thanks folks! Ended up at SA and picked up a pair of Easton hockey skates ($51) for myself and some figure skates ($40) for the wife. They fit well and should do the trick for the type and frequency of skating we do.

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I've played hockey since I was able to walk. I don't think I've ever owned a new pair of skates in my life. My current skates are basic leather with little or no support. That's just what I bought back in the 80s and never upgraded.

Today they have all this support and padding so I don't think you need to worry about breaking the leather in anymore. But if it were up to me I'd buy used. The only problem with that is PIAS is on everyone's mind this time of year for skates so you may want to call ahead.

No way would I pay $500 on a pair of skates I'd use only 3 or 4 times a season.

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