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    What boot to get

    Hi,
    I'm wondering what boot to get. I am currently using SP-Teri, not sure what model (they were my sisters old skates). I really like those skates but they are pretty expensive. I came across GAM Podium, do you think those would be ok? I'm working on Toe Loops, Salchows, and scratch spins, but I'm progressing pretty quickly. Also when i have to get new skates I'm going to be getting Select Classic blades, which is what I have right now. So do you think that would work ok for my level (single jumps)? Thanks!

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    Welcome to Golden Skate Tigerstein! I hope you get some good answers to your questions.

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    The best advice I can give with regards to which boots to get is to go to the skate shop and try the different brands on. Every brand has different models depending on the level you're at so that's not not something to worry about. Find the one that feels right for your foot. If you're working on single jumps, just make sure that you don't over boot. Basically get a less stiff boot because you're unlikely to be putting enough stress with singles on the boot to break down a higher level one. You can also mix and match boots and blades. I've used Jackson's and Riedell's. Jackson's are nice with a wide foot, but they are also very stiff, so they're good if you're hard on your skates. Riedell are the opposite. Super easy to break in, but they also break down quicker.

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    You need to get fitted at a proshop so that you can try on different brands. Different brands fit different kinds of feet. SP-teri, Gam, Graf, Jackson, Riedell, Risport, Edea and Harlick are all good reputable brands. Just because SP-teri worked for your sister doesn't mean that they're right for you. The proshop will also be able to recommend a model that is appropriate for your level and weight. I've never heard of Select Classic blades, but at single jump level a beginner blade is still enough. You can upgrade to an intermediate freestyle blade when and if you get to axel and doubles, but you'll probably need new boots by that time.

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    Select Classic was a beginner blade that was discontinued 10-15 years ago. Some rinks may have old stock, but as far as I know they're not available any more.

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    Other things to consider are height/weight, and how much you skate. An adult skater will trash a pair of soft boots faster than a child skater will, just because of the size/weight of the person.

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    does anyone know exactly what kind of boot matches what kind of skater in terms of the skater's level? i'm intermediate and working on double toes/flips and im not sure what kind of skate to get after my jackson premieres break down. the problem is that they are custom-made... and i don't really know what else to do about it because jackson just moved their factory-thingy from canada to china and the canadians are so much better. my first custom pair was made in canada and my current pair are from china and ugh i can't deal with the bad workmanship. also im on coronation ace blades but there are so many versions of it i think its close in level to jackson elite blades.
    at any rate can someone please help me ty

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    A good pro shop work with you on getting the right boot since there are so many things to consider -- age, weight, level, width of foot, etc.

    My daughter has been in Jackson Premiers for about the last 9 months and we have no complaints. I think you are mistaken about them - they maybe special order but not certainly are not custom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pooh-beanie View Post
    does anyone know exactly what kind of boot matches what kind of skater in terms of the skater's level? i'm intermediate and working on double toes/flips and im not sure what kind of skate to get after my jackson premieres break down. the problem is that they are custom-made... and i don't really know what else to do about it because jackson just moved their factory-thingy from canada to china and the canadians are so much better. my first custom pair was made in canada and my current pair are from china and ugh i can't deal with the bad workmanship. also im on coronation ace blades but there are so many versions of it i think its close in level to jackson elite blades.
    at any rate can someone please help me ty
    You could ask your pro shop guy about SP Teri boots. Jacksons and SP Teris have a similar fit, so they often work well for the same feet (although you may also need custom sizing for your SP Teri's based on what you are saying). I have SP Teri KT-2 boots and really like them, but of course the stiffness you need will depend on your body weight, not just which jumps you are landing.

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