Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Big Dave2

Buying ice skates for 8 year old boy

13 posts in this topic

I want to get my son a pair of ice skates for christmas. He has never skated before but has roller skated and liked it.

Just wondering, what kind of skates I should get him? I would think that figure skates would be easier to learn on but I don't want to take him to the rink and have him be mad at me because he is the only boy there with figure skates and all of the others have hockey skates. I'm just not very with it or hip so I thought I would ask all of you, what would you get? What are the pros and cons for each type of skate.

I am probably over-thinking this but I am used to buying ice fishing equipment. Lord knows you have to research every little detail, right?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i would probably get him hockey skates. Young kids are pretty amazing in terms of how fast they can learn to do stuff like skate. They still have coordination and the fearlessness to get out there and give it a go. If you put a kid and an adult on skates for the first time the kid will be skating circles around the adult in 20 mintues I'm sure.

I am not sure if hockey skates are any harder to learn on but I wouldn't worry about it to much. I think an 8 year old boy would rather fall down 1000 times while wearing "cool" skates then to skate like Gaborik while wearing "uncool" skates.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Agreed, you gotta go with the hockey skates.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I also agree. I know that if I had gotten figure skates when I was a kid, I just wouldn't have gone.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd go with the hockey skates as well. The blades on them are rockered, so until he learns his balance it will be a little easier to go over backwards than with figure skates. I've been taking my son out skating for a couple of years and that was the only thing he had trouble with. I've gotten some nice skates at play it again at the end of the season when everyone is trading them in. Good luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sound unanimous to me. I'll go with the hockey skates. I'm glad I asked, thanks for the help.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

make sure he is protected because he's gonna fall a lot. I've seen kids use walkers to help with their balance. Gives them something to hold on to and push around. Good luck and have fun. Taping him learning would make some fun memories.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i work at a sports store and the biggest thing we sell is skates.Since he is young right now i would get him vapor 9's.They are the lowest class of bauer vapors but good for a young kid.They run around 55-60$

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Don't hesitate to to check Play It Again Sports either. You'll be able to pick up a used pair pretty cheap. He'll be outgrowing them in a year anyhow and they'll be broken in as well. I always kept my skates through my hockey days and passed them off to other family members.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You can also use a folding chair for him to hold onto the back of so he can figure out his balance. Just have him skate while holding onto it. I've seen it before and it seems to work good.

Starting to skate is like starting to walk again!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You can also stack a couple of 5 gallon buckets upside down for him to hold on to. I've seen a lot of kids starting out on skates this way.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dave -

Here a couple tips from a guy who has played hockey since he was four (am 24 now) and has had both used and new skates:

Skates are very different from shoes and need some time to fit a person's foot correctly. There is nothing worse than skating in ill-fitting skates. They have gel which fits around the ankles of the wearer and this must be broken it to fit. Used skates will fit the previous wearer but may not fit your son.

To size hockey skates correctly, have your boy slide his foot all the way forward. You should be able to slide your pointer and middle finger between the back of the skate and his heel. This will give him room to grow but will not be too big to allow discomfort.

To break in hockey skates:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and hold the skates over the top of it for 3 to 5 minutes. The heat and water will soften the gel in the ankles.

WITH SKATE GUARDS ON, sinch the skates around your boy's foot as tight as possible, with comfort. Let him wear the skates around the house for about 30 minutes to an hour. Repeat this a few days and it will greatly reduce the break in time during skating, thus making it much more enjoyable.

CCM is my personal favorite for hockey skates.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If he's been on roller blades, go with hockey skates. The boot is similiar.

A key to making it easier for first-time skaters is to get the skates tight enough to prevent the skates from being wobbly but not so tight as to be painful across the tongue.

For as many times as the kid might skate this year, I'd go with a used pair and upgrade after he builds some confidence. Having said that, I saw a generic pair of men's hockey skates at Dunham's for around $35. A skate like that would be good enough for random, outdoor use.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Nelson has been down in recent years in terms of Walleye fishing. Depends on what kind of water you like to fish. The flowage and Moose Lake are good if you like fishing really dark water. Grindstone and Lac Courte Oreilles, maybe even Round are also good walleye lakes, but those lakes have very clear water and will fish completely different than the dark water river impoundments in the area.
    • I think it would be an offensive and experience(post season) up grade. I all reality, we dont have the means to make the trade.  We are nearly out of money(cap space) and only have 11 players.  We need food cheap role players right now.   Only way would be to package Wiggins with future draft picks.  If the analysts are actually correct on how improved we will be, those draft pick wont carry a ton of value.
    •   Well not as many as up by the Emily-Outing area but a few.
    • Still on the fence between going with the cabin or lodge, my dad has a normal lodge and it has tons of room which is great but it also is somewhat heavy for 1 guy to load and pull it seems. I mostly fish with just 1 other person and maby 25% of the time by myself so that was why I was leaning to the cabin which also seemed to have plenty of room for 2 it seemed to me. Also from what I understand the cabin will fit in chevy crew cab box and the lodge won't? I have a 04 crew cab short box so one more incentive for the cabin if thats true.
    • Sounds perfect, thinking your guys reviews will seal the deal for me once I can see one in person again, a hyfax kit will also be on my list as I plan on pulling it behind my sportsman 570. Thanks for the review also AAmerican, it's early to be thinking ice fishing but I'm sure there's people out there like us that are a little anxious!
    • The Chippewa flowage would be a great place to start. I will be honest. Walleye are not what I have ever chosen to Target when I fish up there but the flowage is a great fishery.    Nelson lake would be another choice.
    • I have had 3 of the otter pro xt's, a cabin, lodge and resort. I still have the resort and recently purchased the cabin. I have not had many different brand portables but have fished in other brands buddies have. They are the nicest portables I have personally owned and until I try something I like more I wouldn't change from them at all. The resort is heavy and not something I like dragging far by hand especially loaded with gear and much snow on the lakes. But it has tons of room and I have fished 4 people in it before, a little tight but doable. The cabin I purchased for more hand pulling and an extra for if I have people along. They are very warm and I have fished in them down to -30 deg F. A regular buddy heater keeps them plenty warm, if it isn't to cold or the house is banked well its easily t-shirt weather inside. The resort needs a big buddy heater for colder days sometimes due to the larger size but isn't terrible with a regular. Overall very happy with them all and have been very durable. Also no dripping of water from the ceiling. Highly recommend a set of hyfax for the bottom. I had over 1000 miles pulling my old lodge and they hyfax held up great but I always pulled on snow and not across asphalt much at all.   Changes I have made to them: - added a battery box and inside LEDs  - used stainless screws on the band that hods the fabric to the tub only because I don't like the look of the rusted screws.     If you think you'll be purchasing one I would recommend stopping at a Gander Mountain if you have one near by and getting a set of hyfax since they are going out of business there is a good amount of ice gear. I found hyfax recently there for $15 a set.
    • We are on Lake Edward at WildWoods RV resort just north of Merrifield, MN. It is nice just driving up, unlocking it, playing for the weekend and locker her back up and leaving the frig on.  They let Atheists and Jesus freaks all in!
    •   My wife and I are starting to think about parking ours someplace. I'm tired of trying to get reservations and having to hook and unhook and all that goes with a weekend of camping. Plus I would like to have the toys available like 4-wheeler and boat.   We are looking at places up north. We know several people and like the Emily-Outing-Remer-Hill City area. I think you a further west, right? Brainerd area maybe?  
  • Our Sponsors