Buying Guide for Children’s Hockey Skates
Ice Hockey Skate are easily the most important equipment in your child’s hockey gear bag! Deciding which ice hockey skates to buy is most of the most crucial decision in the hockey gear buying process.
Deciding what hockey skates to buy can be a difficult process especially if you are a parent that hasn’t played hockey or purchased skates before. One of the biggest things you should take into account is that children’s feet grow rapidly.
As a result, hockey skates are sometimes difficult to keep for an long period of time. As the user grows and gains more experience it is essential to monitor performance and comfort in different types of skates.
Position- Skater or Goaltender?
The most common form of skates is made for skaters (forwards and defensemen). For goaltenders there are is a different specialized skate. Goaltenders skates tend to have smaller blades to prevent goals being scored from underneath the boot. Additionally, they provide more protection on the toe. Lastly, goalie skates will have smaller boats to provide more flexibility to the position.
New vs Used Children’s Skates
Given the expense of skates some parents consider buying used skates. While this is saves some money on the front end it may cause problems in the future. There will likely be a higher level of maintenance and skates may not fit property.
However, because of children’s rapid foot growth, it may be difficult to fully justify a new purchase. Depending on your budget, consider comfort and performance as well.
If there is a budget for new skates there will be an increased number of options. While it is a little bit more expensive, your child will likely have a better fit and more comfort with new skates.
Most hockey skates can be customized through “baking” a process that involves heating skates in a low-temperature oven and then users putting in their feet while the boot is still warm, creating a snug fit.
Whether a quick search or a more in-depth one, the results for the top brand of hockey skates is always going to be Bauer. This brand rules the hockey gear world, including hockey skates. Under the Bauer brand are a few key models.
The Supreme and Nexus models are their entry level skates intended for beginners and those looking for recreational skates. For more experience and competitive users, the Vapor model is a huge step up from the other two mentioned.
Competing for a very distant second place are CCM and Easton.
We always recommend buying from one of the larger manufacturers, Bauer, CCM or Easton. Each brand will have different lines designed for specific foot-types, experience level and purpose.
Questions to ask when purchasing:
- What size should and is there a conversion chart to help me?
- Do I need to sharpen the blades before first use?
- Can the skates be baked?
- How stiff are the boots?
- What foot-type are these skates for?
American Athletic Shoe Boy’s Ice Force Hockey Skates
The American Athletic Shoe Boy’s Ice Force Hockey Skates is a great entry level skate for both indoor and outdoor use. These can be used specifically for ice hockey or for recreation. The multilayered boot engineering ensures great ankle stability. Also the moisture resistant lining gives added comfort and is easy to break-in.
The American Athletic Shoe Boy’s Ice Force Hockey Skates is a great entry level skate for both indoor and outdoor use. These can be used specifically for ice hockey or for recreation.
- Good ankle support and good fit
- Nice design
- Good quality and value
- Ideal for entry level skating
- Both indoor and outdoor use
- One user complained of the eyelets being torn out and stitches coming undone- This was covered under a warranty
Bauer Vapor X400 Jr. Ice Hockey Skates
The Bauer Vapor X400 is part of the Vapor family of skates that is one of Bauer’s most popular series. These specific skates are best use recreationally, indoor and outdoor rinks, for practice and for the big game! This is a skate ideal for beginners that want to go beyond entry level performance. The standard V-fit profile is for lower-volume feet and has a narrower fit in the heel and ankle. The X400 uses the X-Rib pattern technology that gives structural support and improved security on the feet. These skates also provide comfort through the use of microfiber liner and a 2-piece felt design on the tongues. For extra support there is a foam metatarsal guard. This lightweight skate provides you with good support and advanced technology all bundled at an affordable price!
The Bauer Vapor X400 is part of the Vapor family of skates that is one of Bauer’s most popular series. These specific skates are best use recreationally, indoor and outdoor rinks, for practice and for the big game!
- Form fitting, anatomical snug
- Great for faster skaters
- Designed for agility- tough and durable
- Lower end skate
- Not for wide feet
Bauer Youth Supreme 140 Skate
The Bauer Youth Supreme 140 Skate is the perfect entry level recreation hockey skate for your child. These great for first time skater and those learning the basic of ice skating. After hours of daily use children can’t help but stay in them due to the comfort Bauer provides. There is no need to spend money on high end skates as these should provide exactly what is needed for the beginner skater. As with most all ice skates you will need to sharpen the blades for improved performance as you use these more. Overall this is one of Bauer’s best sellers for youth ice skates!
The Bauer Youth Supreme 140 Skate is the perfect entry level recreation hockey skate for your child. These great for first time skater and those learning the basic of ice skating.
- Good as a training skate and for first timers
- Good quality, great value
- Comfortable with regular use
- Sharpen blades for better performanceTop of Form
Bauer Nexus 4000 Junior Ice Hockey Skates
The Bauer Nexus 4000 Junior Ice Hockey Skates are the ideal skate for recreational users or those just being introduced to the sport of hockey. Fitted with a classic provide that features a traditional “Deep-V” heel shape, this boot is both comfortable and secure. Below the boot is the Bauer’s Tuuk Lightspeed Pro holder and a Tuuk Stainless Steel. The interior has a 2-piece felt tongue and metatarsal padding that helps provide comfort and protection while skating. Right out of the box those with high volume or wide feet will find these very comfortable, if this is you, these are the perfect skates for you!
The Bauer Nexus 4000 Junior Ice Hockey Skates are the ideal skate for recreational users or those just being introduced to the sport of hockey. Fitted with a classic provide that features a traditional “Deep-V” heel shape, this boot is both comfortable and secure.
- Stiff and supportive for improved comfort
- Good for wide feet
- Good performance at an affordable price
- Great for entry-level hockey skates
- Blades need to be sharpened before first use