Hockey Skate Sizing
Player Skate Sizing
Things You Need To Know Before Ordering:
- Age, Height and Weight
- Last Brand & Model of skate worn as well as size (length & width).
- Actual Foot Size
You will need the following items to correctly measure foot size:
- 2 pieces of Legal sized paper
- 1 pencil or pen
- A tape measure
- 2 video cassettes or books
To determine this, have the person be seated and wearing the same thickness of sock as he or she would wear when skating (we recommend a thin performance/moisture wicking sock). Measure each foot separately by placing the foot on a piece of legal sized paper (11 X 14). Now, while sitting, slide a video cassette up against the back of the heel and the other cassette up against the longest toe. Make a mark on the paper at the heel & toe. Measure the exact distance between the lines and write it down on the paper, labelling it left or right foot. To determine the width, slide the cassettes against the widest part of the forefoot and mark both sides.
Measure the distance between these marks and record the measurement on the paper.
Most skate manufacturers size their skates differently than shoe sizing. Skates normally fit 1-1/12 sizes smaller than your shoe size. Please remember that every foot has a unique shape and that these are guidelines only.
For on ice performance, the skate is the single most important piece of equipment you wear. It's important that you have someone help you with the measuring.
If you are unclear of how to measure, call us - we can help you over the phone: 1-800-567-7790
A proper fit for skates…
Start with trying your new skates on with moisture wicking performance sock. A proper fitting sock will reduce slippage and help to provide an optimal fit.
Lace the skate up and spend a few minutes walking around to get your heel placed to the rear of the skate.
Stand with your feet placed at shoulders width apart with your legs locked straight.
Your toes should be barely touching the toe cap. Once you bend your knees slightly, you should find that your toes will have enough room to clear the end of the toe cap.
It's important that you make sure that your heel doesn't slip up and down once you are walking around in the skate before taking it out on the ice. Heel slippage is the number one cause of blistering.
To fit the player or goalie who is still growing, have the toes barely touching the end of the toecap. The width of a ballpoint pen should be able to slip in behind the heel comfortably. This gives the foot room to grow but not so that the heel will slip and cause on improper fit.
A poor fitting skate can create bad habits and breakdown prematurely while holding back skate performance. Another problem that can occur are blisters or heel spurs.
A good way to break in your new skates is to spend some time in them up at home. You could also use a hair dryer to warm them, but be careful not to overheat any one area. Let them completely cool before walking in them.
The more time that you can spend with your new skates laced up will help reduce the break in period and your feet will feel better when you hit the ice for the first skate with them.
Remember to wear rubber skate guards to avoid damage to floors.
All skates purchased from thehockeyshop.com come with a free sharpening. Be sure to specify what hollow you would like your skates sharpened at.
Maintenance for your skates…
Make sure you dry your skates out after each use. This will prolong the life of the skates and help keep the odor factor down.
To prolong the life of your rivets and help prevent excessive rusting, pull out the foot bed each time you dry your skates.
Check your blades frequently as nicked edges can occur from walking on dirty flooring either on the bench or in the locker room. Exposed concrete or screws that get stepped on in the rink will also do damage to edges. It's time for a sharpening if you feel like you're slipping during push off.
Having properly sharpened skates is extremely important. The depth of hollow that is best for you is a personal preference.
Keep in mind that sharper does not mean quicker. Less hollow = More glide .