you spend a lot of time in them, you spend a lot of money on them, and they’re
critical to your ability to perform on the ice.
It’s a given that you need to have the ‘right skate for YOU’. It’s easy to get caught up in wanting what’s
new, what’s hot, or what your favourite player is wearing. In order for YOU to perform at YOUR peak,
however, you need to make sure you have the skate that is right for YOU.
our partners at Professional Skate Services (familiar as ProSkate to most of you)
for advice on how to find the right pair of skates. You can also stop by your nearest
Edmonton-area ProSkate location for personalized advice and service – they’re
always happy to welcome Quantum Speed™ clients.
You’re a member of our family so you’re a member of theirs too!
right pair of skates isn’t as simple as grabbing the right size, putting them
in the box and walking out the door. You
have to consider many other factors than size.
There are the obvious structural things like the shape and size of your
foot and whether you’re at an age where your feet are still growing or
not. Taking these things into
consideration makes sure you get a skate boot that fits your foot
important, however, to take into account other factors like how tall and heavy
you are, your level of play, and how often you’re on the ice. Taking these
things into consideration makes sure you get the skates that give you the
correct stiffness to achieve maximum knee bend for better performance, for
example, or that will stand up to the ‘abuse’ you give them when you’re on the
ice every day for months on end.
it’s important that the blades of your skates support the way your body ‘sits’
on the skates. Having properly aligned
blades can make the difference between being a good skater and being a great skater.
at the structural things first.
boys’ feet stop growing after 14 or 15 years of age; girls’ feet stop around
ages 13 to 14. If you’re in the age
group where you’re still growing, you’d like to leave a bit of room for growth
over the season but you should only allow ½ a skate size for growing room. (That’s about 3/16” or 5 mm.) Leaving more room will mean your skates are
too big and won’t give you the performance you need.
manufacturer’s boot fits differently. For example, a size 5 Bauer will not fit the
same way that a size 5 CCM will. Your
heel may sit deeper in one manufacturer’s boot than another’s or your arch may
be too high for one manufacturer’s boot but sit just right in another’s. Try on several manufacturers’ skates to find
the one that has a skate with the boot shape that fits the shape of your
How do you
know if the skate boot fits properly?
only tell if a skate fits properly when it’s laced up. You want to see a wide and even lace
pattern. If the lace pattern is too
narrow, the boot’s too big or too wide.
want a comfortably snug fit, without major pressure points. If your heel lifts out, or moves back and
forth, the boot’s too big. If you walk
around in the skates for a bit and you feel smaller, more specific pressure
points, such as around ankle bones and small toes, this is normal and they can
be relieved in the store with a few tweaks here and there. Skates won’t be comfortable like a pair of
fuzzy slippers but they shouldn’t be painful. Wait! You’re not done yet. Blade alignment is an important part of
making sure the pair of skates you’re about to buy gives you optimal
performance. Skates are a mass assembled
product and skate manufacturers can have difficulty consistently mounting
blades in the correct position on every skate boot. Add to this the fact that everyone’s body is
different – some people pronate (foot rolls in), some people supinate (foot
rolls out), some people can have one leg longer than the other – and you can
see how it’s necessary to adjust the blade to suit you personally. Blade alignment positions the skate blade on
the boot precisely for you so that your centre of gravity falls directly on top
of the skates.
As you can
see, the skate buying process can be a bit time-consuming. But when you’re investing that amount of
money in such a critical piece of equipment, it’s worth it to take the time to
get the ‘right skate for YOU.’
Southside West End
9212 – 51 Avenue 16972-111 Avenue
Phone: 780-438-9059 Phone: 780-481-5532
1-888-438-3888 Toll-free: 1-866-481-5532
information about fitting hockey skates, visit http://www.proskate.ca/6-things-to-know-about-hockey-skates.
also offers Remote Skate Fitting services. Visit http://www.proskate.ca/remote-fitting
or call toll-free (1-888-438-3888) for more information.
Posted August 2013