Equipment Advice - Skates

How to choose

Skates transfer the player's energy to the ice. While they must be laterally rigid to ensure a smooth transfer of energy, they must also be very comfortable.
 

Questions to ask yourself before purchase

  • How many times a week will I use my skates?
  • What is my level of play?
  • What have I liked and least liked about my current skates?
  • Did I have any problems or injuries with my last pair of skates?
  • What’s my budget?

Features

Tongue

  • Pre-molded and anatomic.
  • Felt is used for most tongues because of the comfort it provides and its attractive look.
  • The outer part protects against pressure from the laces.

Toecap

  • Plastic and, on some models, it’s covered with rubber for greater durability.
  • Protects toes from impact.

Blade holder

  • Made of thermoplastic, the blade holder transfers energy from the boot to the blade.
  • Allows replacement of damaged or worn out blades.
  • Pro and elite skate blades are interchangeable.

Blade

  • Carbon (less expensive than stainless steel) is used for recreational skate blades.
  • Stainless steel is used for elite and pro skate blades because it is more rust resistant than carbon and maintains its sharpness longer.
  • To reduce blade weight, some manufacturers add holes.

Boot

  • The boot is made with synthetic leather and nylon.
  • These materials cover a plastic or composite shell providing increased lateral stiffness and better energy transfer.

Lining

  • The interior lining is Clarino (synthetic leather) or microfibre.
  • Midrange and pro skates are antibacterial treated.
  • Under the lining are strategic areas, particularly at the ankles, with memory foam or thermo-moulded foam for foot comfort.

Insole

  • Thermoplastic is used for recreational skates.
  • A composite is used for midrange and pro skates because it is light and rigid, which promotes energy transfer.
  • The insole connects the boot to the blade holder.

Categories

Recreational

For occasional skaters (at the outdoor rink, for example). Comfort is a priority:

  • Carbon blade
  • Thermoplastic insole
  • Roomy interior for comfort

Elite

For active skaters who play hockey regularly in an organized league. Comfort and performance are important:

  • Stainless steel blades
  • Blade holders allow blade changes
  • Thermoformable for custom fit

Pro

For the expert skater who plays high-calibre hockey. Ensures maximum performance:

  • Stainless steel blades (perforated on some models)
  • Blade holders allow blade changes
  • Composite insoles
  • Thermoformable monohull boots with heel stabilizer
  • Interior lining with antibacterial treatment
  • Tongue with molded protector

Fit

Did you know that only 10% of people have normal feet? That’s why it’s important to have your skates fitted by a Hockey Experts advisor.
 

Steps for a good fit

  • 1. We measure your feet while you’re sitting.
  • 2. We measure the length and width of your feet while you’re standing.
  • 3. We find the best fitting boot for your feet and your needs.
  • 4. Once the skate is properly adjusted, you should be able to tap the toe of the boot with the tip of your toe.
  • 5. The size is right if you can insert a pencil behind your heel.
  • 6. To correct or improve support for your feet, you can change the insole.
  • 7. The skate is heated in an oven for five to seven minutes.
  • 8. The skates go from the oven immediately onto your feet to custom mould the boots.

Important

Never buy skates that are too big for your child with the idea that his or her feet will grow into them, because it can interfere with learning how to skate properly.

Guarantee

  • The steel is guaranteed one year.
  • The plastic is guaranteed one year.
  • The boots are guaranteed one month.

Maintenance

  • Always dry the blades after using your skates.
  • Remove the insoles for drying after use.
  • Air dry your equipment after each use.
  • Never dry your equipment on or near a direct heat source — this could cause damage.
  • When you play more than one game in a day, use a fan to speed dry.