Best Ice Hockey Skates of 2018 (and Hockey Skate Sizing Guide)


best hockey skates 2018It is essential to find the best hockey skates for you.

They say you date your sticks but marry your skates.

So choose wisely…

This hockey skate buying guide will introduce you to the best overall skates on the market and help you choose the skates that will work for you and our hockey skate sizing guide will get you fitted correctly.

No engagement ring required.

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Contents

Top 10 Best Hockey Skates of 2018
1. Bauer Nexus 1N
2. Bauer Vapor 1X
3. Bauer Supreme 1S
4. CCM Ribcore 70K
5. CCM Super Tacks
6. Graf Peakspeed PK7700
7. CCM Jetspeed FT1
8. Bauer Nexus N9000
9. Bauer Nexus N8000 (Best Value For The Money)
10. Bauer Vapor X600 (Best Budget Option)

Hockey Skate Buying Guide

Choosing the Right Skate For You
Skate Sizing Guide


Top 10 Hockey Skates Of 2018

Top Pick – Bauer Nexus 1N Skatesbauer nexus 1n hockey skates

Let’s face it, any list of the best ice hockey skates is going to begin and end with Bauer. They dominate the skate market. Bauer has three “families” of skates, the Nexus (for standard shaped feet), Vapor (for slimmer, more narrow feet), and Supreme (for deeper, wider feet). The Nexus, being the all around standard fit, with a more traditional feel, gets our top spot. These work especially well for someone with a high instep and somewhat wider forefoot. The boot is a little more flexible than other Bauer skates and this allows for it to wrap a little more over the top of the foot.

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 The Company Line:

The 1N gives you everything you need to turn split-second decisions into game changing plays. An improved, closer fit with a deep heel pocket to comfortably lock your foot in place. Game-changing speed with ultra-lightweight CURV® composite. And optimal balance and stability with the SPEED PLATE footbed. Be the playmaker with the skate built for ultimate control.

Fit Profile:

Classic with wide volume fit from toe to heel, deep heel pocket, soft feel

Features:

  • Weight – 787g*
  • Runner – TUUK LS4 stainless steel
  • Holder – TUUK Lightspeed Edge
  • 37.5 Polyester Liner for moisture management
  • Bauer Speed plate
  • Form-fit lite 52 oz. felt tongue with Curv insert

Pros:

These skates take less breaking in than most. They feel great right out of the box. Good alternative to the Supreme 1s for those with wider feet.

Cons:

Deep heel pocket may be too cumbersome for some skaters with smaller profile feet.

Our Verdict:

Perfect skate for the all around player that wants a classic fit.

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bauer vapor 1x hockey skatesBauer Vapor 1X Skates

The Vapor family of Bauer skates are made for a more shallow heel and narrow forefoot. The design of these skates is more focused on agility. The latest skate tech from Bauer usually shows up in the Vapor family before the Nexus or Supreme line as well, so if these fit your foot profile, then you’ll know you’re wearing the latest and greatest. The Vapor boot has more of a straight sidewall and a stiffer profile as well. Although they are among the most expensive hockey skates on the list, they are worth it.

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The Company Line:

There’s straight-ahead speed, and then there’s VAPOR 1X speed — the kind of speed that can close the distance in any direction. With a winning fit and feel, you’ll get more go. And the more go you have, the better you play. Every detail, every technology is designed to keep your foot locked in place — so your last stride is as fast as your first. From the LOCK-FIT PRO facing and liner to the slow-molding FLEX-LOCK PRO tongue, the 1X will fit like an extension of your foot. So, go. And leave the competition in a cloud of ice dust.

Fit Profile:

Standard width through the toebox and forefoot with a low-volume, narrower fit in the heel and ankle.

Features:

  • Weight – 780g*
  • Runner – TUUK LS4 stainless steel
  • Holder – TUUK Lightspeed Edge
  • Lock Fit Liner for moisture management and locking foot in place
  • Bauer Speed plate
  • Lock-Fit Pro facing integrated into lacing system
  • Ventilated Composite Outsole

Pros:

Very light skate while keeping a relatively stiff boot for more speed and agility.

Cons:

Might be a little narrow for wider feet, although the EE width can still accommodate most wide foot players.

Our Verdict:

If this skate fits your foot right then you can’t go wrong. Although it is stiffer than the Nexus 1N, it still breaks in quickly, especially with thermal molding. This could really be 1B instead of 2nd on the list.

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Bauer Supreme 1s Skatesbauer supreme 1s hockey skates

Rounding out the Bauer family is the Supreme 1s (also rounding out the most expensive hockey skates). This skate is designed for a deeper heel and wider forefoot. So if you have wide feet that are always getting pinched by more traditional skates, these are for you. We put all three variations of Bauers right at the top because finding the right fit is far more important than any technology in the skate design.

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The Company Line:

Ignite your game with the most explosive skate in hockey. The customizable tongue and tendon guard of C-FLEX technology lets you create the range of motion needed for your most explosive stride ever. Skate faster, harder, and stronger with the ultra-lightweight TITANIUM CURV® COMPOSITE boot that anatomically wraps your foot for maximum energy transfer and increased power with every stride.

Fit Profile:

Anatomical fit, natural close fit around the entire foot with slightly wider forefoot.

Features:

  • Weight – 776g*
  • Runner – TUUK LS4 stainless steel
  • Holder – TUUK Lightspeed Edge
  • 37.5 Polyester Liner for moisture management
  • Bauer Speed plate
  • Lock-Fit Pro facing integrated into lacing system
  • Ventilated Composite Outsole

Pros:

Very light while also accommodating a larger volume foot.

Cons:

Unique feel that may not be right for every player.

Our Verdict:

This is a feel thing. Some players LOVE the Supremes, others hate them. If they work well with your foot shape then you will probably end up in that first group.

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ccm ribcor 70k hockey skatesCCM Ribcor 70K Skates

If Bauer is the king of ice hockey skates than CCM is the queen. Finding the right skates for you is more important than finding the “best” skates, so even though we consider the Bauer skates a step above, we also encourage you to try out some other brands like CCM and figure out if they are a better match. Though they are slightly on the narrower build side, the Ribcore skates offer a more flexible boot which confirms nicely to your foot and offers that more traditional, less stiff feel of the other CCM lines. This was our favorite CCM skate.

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The Company Line:

The Ribcor 70K features the innovative FlexFrame Technology, which offers excellent forward flexion and next-level lateral stability. Players like Sidney Crosb, Matt Duchene and Filip Forsberg have all chosen the Ribcor 70K to help them generate the most optimized skating stride in hockey.

Fit Profile:

Flexible, classic feel and a close comfortable fit with low volume boot and narrow forefoot area.

Features:

  • Weight – Not available
  • Runner – Speedblade Black Steel (designed to help stop corrosion)
  • Holder – Speedblade 4.0
  • 3D-lasted Composite with forward flexion and lateral stability design
  • FlexFrame Technology
  • TOTALDRI Liner with Durazone Abrasion Protection
  • Multi Density Memory Foam
  • Felt Tongue with Molded Lace-Bite Protection
  • Extra Stiff Composite Outsole with Exhaust System

Pros:

They are nice and light. Promo materials say 70g lighter than previous generations but no information was available as to the specific weight. Keep in mind that the prior generation had The Pump so getting rid of that automatically shaves weight.

Cons:

Might be a little too narrow for some feet.

Our Verdict:

This is a great overall skate and it beats out the other CCMs on the list based on it being significantly less expensive yet still high-end skate quality. We are glad they got rid of the pump, no one ever used it.

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CCM Super Tacks Skates

ccm super tacks hockey skates

The Super Tacks line of skates from CCM offers a more standard fit (similar to the Bauer Nexus). It is made with a 1-piece carbon fiber bootframe which gives it a lot of stability and responsiveness. It also takes advantage of an asymetrical design which is supposed to match that of the players left and right feet for a more secure fit. This is a great skate, especially for those who are used to or prefer a stiffer feeling boot for more control on the ice.

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The Company Line:

Featuring MonoFrame 360 technology, CCM’s innovative Super Tacks skates feature a one-piece boot frame, providing a fully anatomical heel-lock with a 360° fit around and under the foot that is molded to the player’s DNA. With greater foot-to-skate contact, the Super Tacks will help you generate maximum power.

Fit Profile:

Anatomical heel-lock fit and medium volume boot that fits a slightly wider forefoot.

Features:

  • Weight – Not available
  • Runner – Speedblade Black Steel (designed to help stop corrosion)
  • Holder – Speedblade 4.0
  • One piece boot frame
  • ADV Pro molded tongue with injected lace-bite protection
  • TotalDri Liner with Durazone Abrasion Patch

Pros:

The heel lock is very popular. Some players have described it as almost a suction cup feeling for your heel that keeps it in place. We also love the Speedblade 4.0 which (according to CCM) is higher than their last blade and allows for more aggressive turns.

Cons:

Stiff boot needs to fit perfectly or else you will experience some pain points. Not really a knock on the skate itself, but use caution if you are going for a stiff boot from any company.

Our Verdict:

The CCM Super Tacks have one of the stiffest boot frames out there, which could be a negative for some players (or a huge positive…your call).  Overall, this is a great skate for those that want a stiff and responsive boot.

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Graf Peakspeed PK7700 Skates

graf peakspeed pk7700 hockey skates

Graf Canada used to be the pro’s choice for buying skates. If you saw someone wearing Graf skates, you knew they were serious about the game because you couldn’t get these skates at just any sporting goods store. Graf retailers spent time with you making sure you had the right fit and the right feel before they sold you the skates. Unfortunately, they recently went our of business, but Vaughn Hockey bought most of their assets, so this incredible brand may yet be revived. We had to have one pair of Grafs on this list. The Peakspeed PK7700 are a great all around skate. With Graf’s attention to detail and dedication to getting a comfortable yet high performing fit, it is worth giving these a shot.  

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The Company Line:

GRAF skates are designed with a Fit-First concept known as SPEED FIT. Because the boot is built around the actual anatomical shape of the foot. The break-in time is reduced while comfort is increased and performance enhanced.

Fit Profile:

Classic, Medium fit that most players will find suitable.

Features:

  • Weight – 780g
  • Holder – GRAF 5000 holder with replaceable runner
  • Runner – Cobra 2.0 Ti is a titanium nano-coated runner with a 10ft radius
  • Ultra light 2-piece heat moldable composite quarter panels
  • Heat-moldable, heel-locking, stay dry liner

Pros:

Possibly, but hopefully not, the last pro-level skate from a great company with a great history of skate making.

Cons:

They don’t hold up to the big boys Bauer and CCM in the technology department.

Our Verdict:

Worth a try. They are pro caliber skates without a doubt and some players fall in love with Grafs.

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CCM Jetspeed FT1 Skatesccm jetspeed ft1 hockey skates

The CCM Jetspeed FT1 skates are CCM’s more narrow build skate. Unlike the SuperTacks, they are symmetrically built for a narrow tight heel lock. They also have a more narrow toe box and forefoot area. If this profile fits your foot, then these may be perfect for you. They are designed to lock the heel in place for quicker responsiveness and agility while skating. But be careful, if your foot is too wide for this boot profile than these can be a little painful.

 

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The Company Line:

Experience the one-piece benefit of the JetSpeed FT1 skate. A truly customized fit and better wrap around the entire foot. Ultra-Lightweight structure makes it the lightest JetSpeed skate to date.

Fit Profile:

Tapered fit with a stiff feel. Medium volume boot with medium/narrow forefoot area.

Features:

  • Weight – Not available
  • Runner – SpeedBlade HyperGlide
  • Holder – Speedblade 4.0
  • TotalDri Pro liner with durazone abrasion protection
  • 1 piece design
  • Ultralight boot

Pros:

One piece construction allows you to feel really connected to the ice. Decent lace bite guard.

Cons:

Tends to dig into the ankles on a lot of players and the narrow forefoot area is something to watch out for if your feet aren’t narrow.

Our Verdict:

Great skate for a very specific type of foot and player. If you have relatively narrow feet and you like the feel of a stiff boot then this skate is definitely worth a try. It is quite light and let’s you feel every bit of the ice. Good skate for the fast and agile player.

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Bauer Nexus N9000 Skatesbauer nexus n9000 hockey skates

Skates are expensive! The ones at the top of this list are really expensive.
So lets talk about some of the less expensive, but still incredible, skates out there like the Bauer Nexus N9000. The N9000 shares the more traditional fit and feel of the N1. The N9000 replaces the N7000. It is lighter than its predecessor.

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The Company Line:

Lace up and take control with an improved, closer fit and a deep heel pocket that locks your heel in place for ultimate control and power in every stride. And with the ultra-lightweight CURV® composite, and HYDRA MAX 2 liner to keep your feet dry and locked in place, your last stride will be just as fast as your first.

Fit Profile:

Classic fit, wide volume fit from heel to toe with deep heel pocket.

Features:

  • Weight – 848g
  • Holder – TUUK Lightspeed Edge
  • Runner – TUUK LS3 stainless steel
  • 3-D lasted Curv composite upper
  • HydraMax 2 mesh liner

Pros:

Pro level skate at a few hundred dollars less than the N1.

Cons:

Those with narrower lower volume feet may want to look at the Bauer Vapor X900 at this price point instead.

Our Verdict:

Perfect skate for those that are competing at a high level but are not ready to spend the money on the latest and greatest. Don’t be fooled by the fact that these are not at the top of the list, they could stand up to NHL level play.

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Bauer Nexus N8000 Skates – Best Valuebauer nexus n8000 hockey skates

This might be the perfect skate for the younger player or those playing at a less intense level. At less than half the price of the Nexus N1 with a lot of the same tech, it is the best value on this list. Keep in mind, we are looking at the skates a little farther down in the Nexus line but there are also some great values in the other Bauer lines as well, just click the link below and search “Bauer Vapor or Supreme.”

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The Company Line:

Be the playmaker with a pro-level tech mesh boot and perform your best with the comfort and protection of a three-piece tongue and protective insert. And never miss a shift with the quick-release trigger system of the LIGHTSPEED EDGE holder.

Fit Profile:

Very similar to the N9000. Classic fit, wide volume fit from heel to toe with deep heel pocket.

Features:

  • Weight – not available
  • Holder – TUUK Lightspeed Edge
  • Runner – TUUK LS3 stainless steel
  • HydraMax liner
  • Pro level tech mesh nylon
  • Able to be heat molded (the next lower level Bauer Nexus skate, the Nexus N7000 is not)

Pros:

A lot of skate for the price. Even at the lower price point, it still has a removable runner.

Cons:

May not stand up to the most aggressive skaters at higher levels of play.

Our Verdict:

If budget is a concern but you still are playing at a relatively high level then this is a great skate. If you are looking for a lower volume skate at this same relative price and quality level then check out the Bauer Vapor X700.

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 Bauer Vapor X600 – Budget Optionbauer vapor x600 hockey skates

Another great value from the Bauer line of skates. Even at the lower price points, the Vapor line is a great skate.

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The Company Line:

The only thing your opponents will see is a blur as you skate past them in your new X600 skates. The sleek fiber composite upper with X-rib pattern and the 1-piece injected heel and ankle core are built for speed. Literally.

Fit Profile:

Anatomical fit that is snug and conforming.

Features:

  • Weight – 882g
  • Holder – TUUK Lightspeed Edge
  • Runner – TUUK EDGE Super stainless steel
  • Tech mesh nylon with OD1N-inspired thermoformed X-rib pattern
  • Hydrophobic microfiber lining

Pros:

Inexpensive compared to the rest of the list with still high quality.

Cons:

May not be enough skate for better more aggressive players.

Our Verdict:

Great skate for beginning players and those at the lower levels such as recreational leagues.  Another great skate to check out at this level is the Bauer Supreme S170.

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Hockey Skate Sizing and Buying Guide

Choosing the right hockey skate can be a difficult task.

Unlike sticks, your skates are going to be with you for a long time.

Pick the right skates and they will give you a significant advantage…but pick the wrong skates and you’ll spend every game in pain and potentially cause foot injuries.

Don’t worry, follow the process below and you will end up with the right skates.

What Are Hockey Skates Made Of?

In order to find the right skate it helps to know what components make up hockey skates.

Parts Of The Skate

Hockey skates are made of three major parts, the boot, the holder, and the runner (or blade).

Hockey Skate Boot

The boot itself is made up of the quarter package, ankle padding, heel support, tongue, outsole, footbed, and liner.

  1. Quarter package – this is the shell of the skate boot itself and generally the most important part you’ll be looking at when deciding if the skate is made for your shape foot and to determine its stiffness and stability.
  2. Ankle padding – different skates have different ways to pad the ankle so take a look at this when buying skates.
  3. Heel support – the heel support helps to lock the rear of the foot into the skate and should be a good match for your foot shape.
  4. Tongue – same as the tongue of any shoe…different models have differnt styles of tongue to help with support, protection, and to prevent “lace bite” (or the feeling of the laces cutting into the top of your foot).
  5. Outsole – bottom of the boot where the holder is attached.
  6. Footbed – this is where your foot sits…many skates have the option to replace the footbed after it wears down or so you can add a custom shaped footbed for added comfort and fit.
  7. Liner – outside of the boot that serves to protect the foot from sticks, pucks, and skates.
Holders and Runners

The holder and runner form the part of the skates that let you actually skate on the ice. The runner (or blade) is the metal blade part of the skate that makes contact with the ice. The holder is, you guessed it, what holds the blade to the boot.

In higher end skates the holder allows you to take off and replace the runner. In less expensive skates they are one piece and cannot be separated.

The ability to replace the runner is very important. If you plan to skate a lot, then you will frequently be re-sharpening your skates. Each time you sharpen a pair of skates, you are wearing away a little of the metal. Over time, the runner will wear down.

Being able to replace just the runner lets you (1) save a lot of money and (2) allows you to keep skates that feel great when the skate blade wears down.

Hockey Skates vs. Figure Skates

Hockey skates and figure skates are completely different.

You can’t use them interchangeably.

Using figure skates for hockey will result in more negative consequences than a few jokes from your teammates. Figure skates do not have the proper ankle support for the type of skating that you will be doing in a hockey game. More importantly, they have virtually no protection from pucks, sticks, or other player’s skate blades (all of which are a concern for ice hockey players).

Bottom line, if you came here to decide if you could get away with using figure skates to play hockey…you can’t!

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Choosing The Right Skate Model

If you read our list of top skates above, then you know that every model of skate has its own unique shape and fit to it.

The good news is that those fit styles tend to stay consistent even through the lower end versions of the skate. For example, the Bauer Vapor 1x will have a similar fit to the Vapor x600. Don’t limit yourself to one brand over another, keep your options open and you may find that a brand you never thought of just happens to fit you best. That’s why we tried to include a good range of brands in the list of the best hockey skates above.

So be sure to check out the skate manufacturer specs and our list above to see what model is most likely to fit you best.

Identify Your Foot Shape

The most important thing you can do to identify the right ice hockey skate for you is to figure out what your foot shape is.

Every model of skate is designed for a specific foot shape.

Skate sizing graphic from Bauer

The areas of the foot you need to look at are your instep depth, mid-foot height/width, and toe width.

This graphic from Bauer skates is a perfect illustration of how their three different models accommodate varying foot shapes.

The instep depth is the darkened triangle you see going from the heel to the laces. Some players have deeper insteps and some thinner. A bigger or smaller size may not be enough to account for this. In that case you need to look at a different model.

Check out the pencil test below to check instep depth.

In addition to the depth, different models have varying width and height at the mid foot area as well as width at the toe. This is one area where there is a world of difference between getting it right and wrong. You don’t want it loose because you will lose control and get blisters, but too narrow and you can cause pain, cramps, and even permanent foot injury.

Price

As always price is a very important factor to take into consideration.

If you are planning on playing any level of competitive ice hockey, you should be prepared to spend at lease $200 on skates.

You can break pricing levels of skates into 3 categories: Cheap skates, Mid-level skates, and High-end skates

  1. Cheap skates ($50-$200) – These skates are generally recreational skates and not really suitable for any type of ice hockey game play. You can identify the cheaper built skates by grabbing them from the back at or just above the ankle and squeezing. If they collapse in and both sides touch, then they are not giving you enough support to play ice hockey.
  2. Mid-level skates ($200-$450) – This is the range that new players should be looking at. Most skates in this range will hold up quite well for less competitive levels of play (in-house leagues, youth games, recreational divisions of adult leagues, etc.). At this range you should be looking carefully at the features of each skate to ensure it has the specific things you are looking for (replaceable skate blades, for example). Some are better than others.
  3. High-end skates ($450-$1000) – These are for competitive levels and where you will find the best hockey skates. If you are playing competitive ice hockey such as higher end youth leagues, junior hockey, high school, or higher, then you will need skates in this range. They have the support and protection to stand up to aggressive skating and abuse from sticks, pucks, and other skates. Most skates in this range also allow for heated molding to your foot for a perfect fit which gives you more stability and control and even helps prevent injuries and blisters that may occur in skates that are not custom fitted.

Style of Play

This is less of a concern than foot shape, build quality, or proper fit but should also be taken into consideration if you have a few options that fit great and you need to narrow it down to one.

Some players are speed players, some players are more agile and use quick turns and maneuvering to avoid checks, and yet others just need stability to mix it up in the crease and deliver heavy body checks on a regular basis.

Every skate model will describe the “player profile” that best fits that skate. Take that description with a little caution. You should be looking at the weight of the skate, the stiffness of the boot, and where the most support is within the boot. Lighter skates are (obviously) going to favor the speed players, more snug fits and good ankle support will favor the agile player that makes quick turns, and a heavier stiffer boot will favor the bigger player that needs more stability.

If you aren’t sure, we recommend leaning towards the lighter boots (so long as you are still getting a mid-level or high-end skate). They still give you great protection and will help with fatigue over a long game or practice.

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Skate Sizing Guide

Once you have decided on the right model skate for you. Skate sizing is critical to ensuring that the skate performs its best for you and helps prevent blisters and other injuries.

The most important part of getting the right size is making sure there are no uncomfortable pressure points. For example, if you have fee that are a little too wide for the skates and you can feel them squeezing your feet a little when you try them on…after you skate on them for 30 minutes your feet will be in terrible pain! If they are too loose, then you’ll have less control and a lot of blisters.

If this is the case then don’t worry, you probably just need a different shape boot for your foot (or just a different width).

Take the time to lace them up and walk around for at least 10-15 minutes just to discover any tight or loose points.

Besides just putting them on and feeling if they are right, we have a few skate sizing tests you can try to make sure they fit the right way.

Age Groups

Ice Hockey skates are divided into three major size groups (same as stick): Senior, Junior, and Youth.

Before starting your skate search, make sure you know what category you fit into. The groups are based on shoe size, but don’t be afraid to jump up or down a category if you aren’t getting the right fit.

In general, the groups are as follows (but it may vary by manufacturer):

  • Senior Skates = Men’s Shoe size of 7 and above
  • Junior Skates = Boy’s Shoe size of 2 to 6.5
  • Youth = Smaller than Boy’s 1.5

Skate Sizing

Generally speaking you want to choose a skate size that is 1-1.5 sizes smaller than you would wear in sneakers. But this is not a hard and fast rule.

Start with this guideline and work from there. This can also be very helpful if you are buying skates online so that you can minimize the chances you’ll need to return the skates or narrows down the range of skate sizes you need to order and test if that is your method. Keep in mind that any online store we link to here has a great return policy and knows that getting the right fit for your gear is important.

Width

Skate widths are similar to that of regular shoes and sneakers. If you know your foot width from buying shoes in general then the same width should apply to skates. Here are the skate width designations so you know what you are looking at when choosing one.

  • C / N = Narrow Fit
  • D/ R = Regular Fit
  • E / W = Wide Fit
  • EE = Extra Wide Fit

Keep in mind, though, that different models have different shapes and a wide in one model may fit a little differently than a wide in another model. That’s why we talk about choosing the right model skate first.

Pencil Test

The pencil test is a great way to ensure that the skates have the right instep depth.

It’s really simple.

Put on your skates without tying them or lacing them (if the laces are in already in then make them very loose). Pull the tongue out all the way to the instep area.

Place a pencil (or pen or any similar shaped object) across the eyelets above your instep about 3-5 eyelets down from the top. There is no exact spot to test this but you should move it around in this range a little.

If the top of your instep touches the pencil, then the skates do not have a deep enough instep for you. If there is a big gap (an inch or so) between your instep and the pencil then you may want to try a shallower instep model.

Finger Test

Lace up your skates like you would if you were ready to play. Now lean into them a little and bend your knees like you are about to skate.

Reach your finger down behind your foot just above the bottom of your heel. It is ideal to have a little less than 1 finger space between the part of your foot just above the heel and the back of the boot. More than 1 finger of space and the skates are likely too big for you.

If you have less than 1 finger of space then move onto the toe test.

Toe Test

After you put your skates on and they feel good and pass the pencil test and finger test, there is one more think you want to make sure of is the heel to toe length of the skate.

If you are standing straight legged in the skates, your big toe should be just barely brushing the inside of the toe cap of the skate. This is a little different than how shoes or sneakers fit because you are rarely standing up straight legged during any important play in a hockey game.

Now get into a skating stance, knees bent and weight a little forward, like you are about to push off and start skating. Your heel should move back and be secure in the back of the skate and your big toe should no longer be brushing the inside of the toe cap.

If your toe doesn’t lightly brush the toe cap while standing, then the skates are too big. If your toe still touches the toe cap when you are in your skating stance, then the skates are too small.

Adjust accordingly, and if you followed our advice up to now, you will have perfectly fitted skates.

* all skate weights determined using a size 8 regular width

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