The best price to pay for ice skates

Cap your skate fund at $100—unless you’re an athlete

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From the January 2016 issue of the magazine.

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Ice skates

Here's the right price to pay for skates
Shake off the winter blues by going outside and skating. Look for skates around $100. Unless you’re an athlete, there’s no need to spend more. But spend less and you’ll get a lower-quality steel, vinyl material and hard-to-do-up laces. “A good skate feels like there’s a lot of support, but there’s still flexibility,”says Donna King, skating programs advisor with Skate Canada. To get a skate that doesn’t feel like your foot is stuck in a “cast with no give,” stay away from plastic-moulding. Look for figure skates made out of leather and hockey skates made of higher-tech nylon materials.

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