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    More boot questions!

    Ok so i have booked in with a boot fitter who is going to show me lots of different boots. From our brief conversation yesterday which was basically me explaining that i was currently in Risport Laser (i think they might now be the RF4) boot and an adult recreational skater with my single jumps (on and off!) up through to Flip and having been working on lutz and axel (though the axel has been on the back burner for a while) what would be a good direction to go.

    Up for discussion was (for price reasons) the Risport RF3 or RF2, he said they both provide strong support but the RF2 has much mroe padding in it and he says they are popular over here in the UK.

    He then also said that he has a very good relationship with Reidell, and if i 'm honest i'm thinking i'd quite like to try reidells for many reasons, one is the heat molding fit. He also said that you can get them in varying width and heel sizes to get a better fit. He suggested that Risport get their support from being stiff, but that Reidells give support by making sure the fit it perfect rather than just having stiff boots. He also said they are better padded than the Risport.

    I think i'm leaning more to teh Reidells but my question is shoudl i go for bronze star or silver star? Would the silver star be too much boot for me? Anyone have any thoughts to share?

    Thanks in advance

    Ant

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    If the heat moldability is what really sells you, think about it. Just about every figure skate, from Jackson Freestyles to SP-Teri are all heat moldable these days.

    Have you asked your coach what he or she thinks you'd do better in at this point? Not necessarily because coach knows everything, but it's nice to have an opinion from someone that's seen you skate.

    Riedell has a pretty informative website. I haven't visited in a while, but they have a list of recommended boots for recommended levels. However, you must also take into consideration what feels most comfortable to you.

    Don't let anyone talk you into a stiffer boot that you are comfortable in. There is some sort of saying that says, "pay attention to your feet now or you'll be paying attention to an orthopedic surgeon sooner than you'd like."

    Hope this helps. Good luck.

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    Don't forget to account for your weight and whether you are hard on your skates or not when deciding which model to get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mskater93
    Don't forget to account for your weight and whether you are hard on your skates or not when deciding which model to get.
    Well i'm about 5 feet 11 inches tall and weigh around 13 stones (or a bit more at the moment!!) which i think is around 182-184 pounds.

    I don't think i'm particularly hard on my skates because i only get to skate around once a week, two if i'm lucky.

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    Also don't forget that different boots are made to fit differently. I have really flat feet, so in my experience, the Riedells have too much arch for me, but the Jacksons are nice. Also, the Riedells tend to run more narrow than the Jacksons. These are the only two brands I've worn (except I think Harlicks when I was a kid, but I don't remember anything about them), so it's all I have an opinion on. Just make sure to try on as many different boots as possible and find the brand that works the best with your foot type. Then you can worry about which style and what size.

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    I have wide feet--I was told not to even waste my time on Riedell as even their stock "D" would be too narrow. Whereas Jacksons are great (except I have a high, rigid arch and need orthodics to correct for it. Really, the best boot for me would be a full custom but alas, that's money.)

    Try stuff on! And get your feet really, really carefully measured. Finding out that I may have a D ball, but have a B heel, was a BIG step towards figuring out my fit problem. (And why I've never found dress shoes that fit, but that's another story.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by megsk8z
    If the heat moldability is what really sells you, think about it. Just about every figure skate, from Jackson Freestyles to SP-Teri are all heat moldable these days.

    Have you asked your coach what he or she thinks you'd do better in at this point? Not necessarily because coach knows everything, but it's nice to have an opinion from someone that's seen you skate.

    Riedell has a pretty informative website. I haven't visited in a while, but they have a list of recommended boots for recommended levels. However, you must also take into consideration what feels most comfortable to you.

    Don't let anyone talk you into a stiffer boot that you are comfortable in. There is some sort of saying that says, "pay attention to your feet now or you'll be paying attention to an orthopedic surgeon sooner than you'd like."

    Hope this helps. Good luck.
    Thanks for the advice, i'll bear it all in mind when chosing the boot, the problem is that over here we struggle to get (and fit) US or canadian boots which is why most people over here seem to skate in Risports, this is the first time i've heard of someone having a good relationship with Reidell and i've heard lots of good things about them.

    My coach, while being an excellent coach, has never really been great on boot advice, the only thing he told me was that i needed something with more support and not plastic soles like the ones i currently skate in. Since i skate in the entry level Risports, any skate will be better and give more support. I think another aspect is being terribly british about the whoel thing and not talking about money and since boots can be expensive i get the impression he doesn't want to recommend something that is really expensive, only to have me blindly go out and buy it because he recommended it.

    I think he's given me this boot fitters number because he knows he does a good job with the kids and is likely to give me good advice.

    Ant

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