Hockey players can be both professionals or amateurs, as well as simple beginners, sometimes going out on the ice in the yard. Depending on this level, the requirements for skates also vary.
For example, if we are talking about professional players, then they behave very tough on the ice, constantly moving at high speed, while performing various maneuvers. Accordingly, they need products with tough boots and top-class steel blades. The game of amateur hockey players is not too hard and dynamic, and therefore less hard skates are needed for it. Well, in those that are intended for simple walks, you should not play at all — this way you can spoil them prematurely. And therefore, before making a final choice, it is important to decide on the purpose of the skates.
A rather important point is the size, there is one caveat: the boot should be half a size larger than the leg. However, it is more important to look at how comfortable the leg is in it, because the addition of the legs is individual for everyone. Some players consciously opt for smaller hockey skates for greater comfort, because the larger the blade, the less room for maneuver. Children who are just starting to learn to skate do not need to purchase skates “for growth”, here the size should correspond to the real one.
To choose the right skates, you need to clearly know what you want from them. Because there is a wide variety of models: low and high instep, soft and rigid, low and high heels, lacing or bindings, etc. For example, stiffer products reduce the risk of injury, while softer products provide more freedom of action. But in soft ones, it is easier to twist the leg, which often happens with beginners, so it is better for them to give preference to models that are harder.
A very important issue is the steel from which skate blades are made. It can be of two types — soft and hard. In the process of skating, the difference is not felt, the differences are only in the configuration of the blades themselves. This determines the location of the legs of the rolling person, how horizontal it is. Blades made of carbon steel almost do not rust, after skating you need to wipe them with a dry cloth. If the skates are not used for a long time, but are simply stored, you need to lubricate the blades with some kind of grease such as lithol. Blades are sharpened only in specialized workshops, after which it is imperative to use covers to avoid cuts.