How to Buy Ice Skates for This Winter Season
Ice skating is a great choice for the winter season. It gets you out of the house and keeps you active through the winter months, so you can burn some calories and keep from getting that dreaded “cabin fever” through the winter.
Skating is something you can do on your own or with your entire family, and it’s a very romantic way to spend an afternoon or evening with a special date. If you’re serious about skating, it’s good to invest in your own pair of skates so you know they fit properly and will work well for you throughout the seasons.
The first thing you need to note when you buy ice skates is your size. Skates need to fit very snugly and correctly, so it’s good to have your feet measured before you purchase a new pair. Most sporting goods stores will have a foot measuring tool you can use to note your size and your width. It’s best to wear just a thin pair of socks when you skate, so you typically don’t need to factor in socks when you note the width of your foot.
When you try on a pair of skates, you want to lace them up snugly and firmly before you decide on a purchase. Being laced up firmly is part of what keeps the skates in place and allows you to skate safely, so you need to ensure they fit after they’ve been laced. If they seem to pinch your toes or sides, you may need a larger size for your skates.
The boot of the skate should have some padding to protect from injury. It also needs to be stiff to keep you upright, with just enough softness for you to easily glide on the ice. If you’re not sure of the fit of any pair of skates, ask a professional for assistance with fitting.
Most skates will come in beginner, intermediate and advanced types. These will vary in boot stiffness so purchase the best for your skill level. You may need some time to break in new boots, so don’t purchase boots that are beyond your skill level just because they feel too stiff.
Blades of a pair of skates need to be sharpened after you purchase them and before you take them on the ice, and you need to sharpen the blades consistently for them to work properly for you. In most stores, once you have blades sharpened you cannot return skates, so a good fit is vital before you purchase. Ask for help if you need assistance with sizing and fitting your skates, so you can have the best pair that will last you for years.