Are Cheap Hockey Skates Good Enough?


My skates are …. CHEAP! Yup, these are the skates I’ve used all winter. And to be honest .. they are okay. But there are also some things about them
that I don’t like. Beginners may want soft skates, as they allow
bending and flexing more. But as you progress, you’d want stiffer skates. These skates are really soft, and I do feel
them twisting a bit when I sprint, make sharp turns and hard stops. It’s not the end of the world. Whatever I try to do, I can still acheive,
but if I did play serious hockey they would have been too slow. These skates only have seven eveyelts on each
side. Typically hockey skates have nine to eleven. Since my skates have few eyelets, it’s difficult
to lace them to a real snugh tight fit. The original laces are unwaxed. I replaced them with waxed ones, which helps. It only cost me about $5 so it’s a really
cheap and effective upgrade. These skates weigh 1150 grams each. That’s very heavy for ice hockey skates. Hockey skates are normally somewhere around
700 to 800 grams. For me this does not really matter though. I’m used to inline skates that are a lot heavier. I don’t know what steel they used, but a fair
guess is that it’s very cheap. And I do notice they get dull rather quickly,
however this is also due to the kind of ice I skate on. Anyway, my point is that if cheap skates come
with cheap steel, and they do need to be sharpened more often, this will make them more expensive
to maintain. These skates are good enough for me since
I only skate for fun. Still, if I had to buy new skates today, I’d
anyway go a little bit up in price. I’d buy a stiffer skate with at least nine
eyelets. A beginner may be better off with very soft
skates though. A serious hockey player, of course, will need
a lot better skates. For example, these skates are very heavy compared
to more expensive skates. For me it doesn’t matter, as I only play pond
hockey.

79 thoughts on “Are Cheap Hockey Skates Good Enough?

  1. Yeah. I figure skate and those cost around $100-250 for good beginner skates. Cheaper for recreation, but they are quite stiff. That's what you need for jumps and spins.

  2. Interesting! Cheap is not always bad! Anyway, good to have the option to choose between several skates … Still Iceskating? Spring is on the way …

  3. tbh, even though you don't play hockey right now, you should still get a good pair of Bauers. I played hockey but stopped for a while and I freestyle, but when I buy new skates I always go for a good pair of quality skates so I now I'm getting the bang for my buck

  4. I wen't from supreme 140's to vapor 1x's within a year. The difference was huge. The 140's were heavy and the holder felt cheap, the steel didn't hold an edge long. I didn't trust it. The boot was also soft asf. My 1x's have been perfect. I rarely ever have to sharpen them. And they take hits well.

  5. I only skated two times in my life and one was only five minutes and one was an hour 😂 and I already learned so so well

  6. In addition to the waxed laces, you might want to try and overlace them – that is go down through the top and out the bottom of the eyelet. As you tighten, it will cinch down on top of the lace exiting the bottom. The downside is the skates are much harder to loosen when you take them off!

  7. My first pair of skates cost $14 used! They worked very well for just casual skating and before I decided to commit to spending $300. I think buying cheap at first, then upgrading is smart – lots of people will give up, so spending too much is a false economy! I enjoy your videos immensely, thank you for posting.

  8. I started skating with $20 skates, I started freestyle ice skating with $20, and currently I use my fathers bauer supreme one's and currently saving up for graf 103 t blades 😀

  9. I used cheap skates when I first started playing hockey..worked fine until I took a clapper to the side of the foot and couldn't walk for a week

  10. When I switched to waxed laces I didn't realize that they didn't give at all. Basically after about 10 minutes I felt like I had no blood flow to my foot lol.

  11. I bought a CCM hockey skate model 2092 for $50.. it's a little bit Stiff but the model 3092 at the cost of $150 or better of the 4092 and higher are more PRO-stiff and cost ranging to $200 to $400… I took it to a skate shop to get it sharpened. the guy notice its the cheap 2092 and he looked at me like I don't know how to skate.

  12. I bought some CCM skates for like 70 euro and they have right weight the lacing is good and the blades are good, i skated a month straight every day I was skating and i dont need to sharp them they are just fine!!!

  13. These types of skates would be good for beginners if you don't want to pay a lot of money and also for younger kids who are going throw a growth spurt

  14. Hope you didn’t hurt yourself in the falls? My friend just broke his forearm near the wrist skating backwards. Falling backwards is the worst way to fall.

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