11 Best Hockey Skates 2017-2018 Reviews

bauer 140 The hockey season is in full swing, which means that you are probably looking for the best hockey skates for the 2017-2018 season.

If this is you, I’d like to show you what to look for in the perfect pair, as well as my top picks.


What To Look For

There’s a few important factors to consider when making you selection and the main ones are:

  • The materials that make up the skate
  • Your own foot size and shape
  • Boot stiffness and ankle support
  • How heavy the product is

There are many different components of a hockey skate like ankle padding, tongue, liner, heel support, footbed and outsole. You want a piece of equipment that has high quality, durable and comfortable material in each of those spots. Most well known hockey companies like Bauer, CCM, Easton and others do a good job in these areas.

Next, you need to consider you foot shape, size and width. Some skates are specifically made for people with wider feet while others cater to narrow feet. Some are better for flat feet while others are designed for high arches. Comfort is very important so make sure to pick a skate that best fits you individual foot.

After that, shift your attention to how stiff the skate is and what type of ankle support it provides. Like a ski boot, the stiffer the hockey skate the more advanced the hockey player wearing it should be. Stiffer skates tend to be higher quality and more expensive too.

Ankle support is a no brainer. This part of the body gets injured easily and you want as much protection there as possible.

Lastly, consider how lightweight the skate is. Hockey is a game of speed and you don’t want a heavy piece of equipment slowing you down. Athletic gear is getting lighter and lighter and this is true for hockey equipment too.

So now that you know what to look, let’s take a look at my top picks:

Bauer Vapor 1X Senior Ice Skates **Top Pick For Very Skilled Players**

bauer vapor 1x Company: Bauer

Price: $$$$ (Check Here)

Rating: 5/5

You are going to see a lot of Bauer skates on this list. Each one is for a different skill level and are very different from each other. The Bauer Vapor 1x’s are for very skilled and advanced hockey players looking for a boost in their performance, agility and speed. These will give you the extra burst needed to fly by defenders. Some of the main features include:

  • 37.5 Liner to regulate body temperature and keep feet bone dry
  • Extremely light weight design that won’t slow you down
  • Provides excellent ankle and heel support

This is one of the most innovative products on the market and is the crown jewel of all Bauer ice hockey skates (one of the top hockey companies in existence). The 1x’s conform to your foot perfectly and provide the ultimate level of responsiveness with their stiff design. Everything about these skates are spectacular – their feel, their design, workmanship, materials used. Everything.

Only competitive players with tremendous ability or anyone trying to reach that level of skill should wear these.

Here’s a video to explain it more:

Take A Closer Look At The Bauer Vapor X1’s

Bauer Supreme 170 Senior Skates

bauer 170 Company: Bauer

Price: $$ (Check Here)

Rating: 4.8/5

This is another fantastic Bauer product (they make great stuff like hockey sticks, gloves and helmets). You don’t have to be as skilled to wear the Supreme 170’s as you would the 1x’s but you should still be a strong skater if you decide on these. Besides offering a sleek design and good support for your entire foot, these:

  • Are light on your feet and will help you glide around at fast speeds
  • Come with stainless steel runners
  • Has a 3D Ultra Light Tech Mesh for the most comfortable fit possible

These are a very sturdy product and will keep moisture from building inside. You will definitely notice a boost in performance when wearing them.

Lastly, there’s a few different versions of the 170’s to accommodate normal size and wider feet.

Check Out The Bauer Supreme 170’s

Bauer Supreme 140 Senior Skates

bauer 140 Company: Bauer

Price: $ (Check Here)

Rating: 4.7/5

The Bauer Supreme 140’s are perfect for someone who loves to skate and play hockey but isn’t playing at the highest level of competition. If you like to get on the ice with your buddies, kids, or if you’re on a men’s league team these should work fine for you. They will give enough performance and durability for those purposes without breaking the bank. Additionally, these skates provide:

  • Premium nylon quarter and a Microfiber liner
  • TUUK stainless steel runners
  • A very comfortable fit

This is a very good beginner product. Those who play daily, competitive high school hockey or anything more serious, should look elsewhere. But if you like to get out their every once in a while, The Supreme 140’s will serve you well.

Check Out The Bauer Supreme 140’s

Bauer Supreme 150 Senior Skates

bauer 150 Company: Bauer

Price: $ (Check Here)

Rating: 4.8/5

The Supreme 150’s are another entry level skate that novices and intermediates enjoy. Many people who are new to hockey love this product; it makes learning to skate very easy. Those who are a little more skilled enjoy them too. Besides having a high quality design and being very durable, these are:

  • Perfect for anyone with a wide foot (they come in sizes for normal width feet too)
  • Come with a 3D Trueform tech PU quarter and Hydrophobic microfiber liner
  • The same stainless steel runner as the other Supreme skates

Bauer has been making hockey skates since the 1920’s and know what they’re doing. I have a friend that’s only gone through 3 pairs of skates in the last 26 years and they’ve all been Bauer. When you purchase one of their products you are getting something that will last.

Check Out The Bauer Supreme 150’s

Bauer Vapor X60 Senior Skates

bauer x60Company: Bauer

Price: $$ (Check Here)

Rating: 4.8/5

The Vapor X60’s are good for more competitive hockey players. You don’t need to be in the NHL or be a college star to wear them but these are made to perform. If you are in a competitive men’s hockey league or play every day for school, these will do a great job. Besides lasting the whole season, they:

  • Keep water and moisture out with its water resistant liner
  • Help you speed by defenders with their lightweight and responsive design
  • Fit both normal size foots and wider feet

The X60’s are well reviewed and loved by the people that wear them. This product comes with very few cons and you will be very satisfied with it.

Take A Closer Look At The Bauer Vapor X60’s

Bauer Vapor X300 Senior Skates

bauer x300Company: Bauer

Price: $ (Check Here)

Rating: 4.7/5

The Vapor x300’s are an inexpensive option for people who love to skate. Those who play at the highest levels may need something different but anyone else will get a lot of use out them. This piece of equipment is well made, durable and very light weight. Also, they:

  • Fit very comfortably to your feet
  • Designed for quick acceleration and mobility
  • Includes thermoformed X-rib tech nylon quarter and nylon liner

This is another awesome product from an awesome company.

Check Out The Bauer Vapor X300’s

CCM Tacks 5052 Senior Skates

ccm 5052Company: CCM

Price: $$$ (Check Here)

Rating: 4.9/5

CCM tacks are a household name in the hockey world and have been around for more than 100 years; they’re legendary. The 5052’s are one of their top products and should be worn by competitive players. If you play hockey in high school, college and higher these will help you on the ice tremendously. They come with:

  • Fiber reinforced Attack Frame that gives you explosive strides and cuts
  • New SpeedBlade 4.0 for faster turns
  • Designed for exceptional comfort and ankle protection

If you can’t afford the X1’s mentioned above, this is a very good alternative. They are comparable in durability, performance and responsiveness.

Take A Closer Look At The CCM Tacks 5052’s

CCM Tacks 2092

ccm 2092 Company: CCM

Price: $ (Check Here)

Rating: 4.7/5

This is an excellent skate for beginners and less competitive hockey players. They are perfect for someone who plays every once in a while as a hobby or someone younger trying to learn. You shouldn’t underestimate the 2092’s for that reason though. They are still very durable and well designed. They feature:

  • A synthetic form boot that’s comfortable for your feet and provide protection to your ankles
  • 5MM tongue for added feel
  • Injected outsole for productive energy transfer

I wish I had the 2092’s when I started out playing. It would have made skating a lot easier.

Check Out The CCM Tacks 2092

CCM Tacks 3052 Senior Ice Skates

ccm 3052 Company: CCM

Price: $ (Check Here)

Rating: 4.8/5

This is the next level up from the 2092’s and should be worn by intermediate and competitive hockey players; beginners will find them suitable too. If you are looking for a fairly priced skate that can boost performance, the 3052’s are what you are looking for. They come with:

  • A 7MM high density tongue for added comfort and protection
  • A microfiber liner
  • And a very responsive footbed

These skates get a lot of praise and love. My friend usually wears these and tried a different brand last year. After a few weeks he went back to his Tacks because he missed them so much.

Learn More About The CCM Tacks 3052’s

CCM Tacks 4052 Senior Ice Skates

ccm 4052 skates Company: CCM

Price: $$ (Check Here)

Rating: 4.8/5

The 4052’s are for people that play hockey a lot. If you are in high school, college, or an elite level player, these are a very good selection. I know a lot of men’s league players that wear these too and absolutely love them. They can endure the harsh hockey season without tearing and ripping. This product also:

  • Has a very comfortable tongue
  • A Microfibre Liner that ensures moisture is kept out and will leave your feet dry
  • Has a stainless steel runner

You must consider these if you are a hockey aficionado and get out on the ice often.

Take A Closer Look At The CCM Tacks 4052’s

CCM Jet Speed 250 Senior Skates

ccm jet speed Company: CCM

Price: $ (Check Here)

Rating: 4.6/5

Last on the list is the CCM Jet’s Speeds. They’re good for beginners and for people that skate every once in a while. The price is low and this is a very dependable and durable product. It features:

  • A heavy duty Microfiber Liner for comfort and to keep your feet dry
  • Stainless steel runner that will last
  • A footbed designed for support

Many fathers like the Jet Speed’s because it allows them to skate with their younger kids. Novices tend to like this product because it is good for learning.

Take A Closer Look At The CCM Jet Speed 250’s

These Products Will Boost Your Performance

Having the wrong pair of skates can really hurt your game. A good pair, however, can help your performance tremendously. What’s on your feet effects your speed, cuts and acceleration and any of these products will improve all of those aspects.

If you are in the market for a new stick, I wrote an in depth guide on how to select one and my top picks for the year. You can read it by clicking below:

Take A Look At My Picks For Top Hockey Sticks

If you have any questions about the skates on this list comment below and I’ll respond as fast as possible. You can let your friends and family see by sharing on social media too.

Are you ready to take your game to the next level this year?


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