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The Best Youth Hockey Skates of 2019

Choosing skates for your little hockey player is no easy matter, you have to balance performance, fit, and price, knowing that your little guy or gal will eventually grow out of the skates and leave them in the dust!  Luckily we have taken an in depth look at the best Youth and Junior hockey skates of the year to help you make an informed decision!  Our top choice for the year is the Bauer Supreme 2S Youth Hockey Skate, which is the best skate when you demand the best in performance and fit for your child.  Don’t worry, we have other fantastic suggestions if you are looking to save some money as well!  Read on to get the full download on the best skates for your kid!

Our Pick

Top Performing Youth Skate

With a fully thermoformable boot, your child will think they are putting their favorite pair of running shoes on and really hit the ice flying right out of the gate!

The Supreme 2S is the undisputed top dog in the children’s skates category.  Lightweight and responsive, these skates carry many of the excellent features the senior 2S model has.  A fully moldable boot, made of a fiber composite to save weight, with a 30 oz lightweight tongue and Tuuk lightspeed pro holders, these are essentially a shrunken version of the adult skate.  One feature missing is the removable blade, but Bauer’s Tuuk LS1 stainless steel runners are an industry standard and should last your child through the lifetime of the skates.  

Runner-Up

CCM's Best Youth Skate

Slotting in just below the 2S in our rankings is the CCM JetSpeed FT2, featuring all the top technology found in its bigger sibling senior skate 

CCM’s new for this year Jetspeed FT2 skate takes a close second in our opinion, lacking a formable boot but packing serious technology being the reason it comes in a close second.  A durable boot with reinforced sitffness, and a micro fiber liner to help prevent blisters or chafing, this skate would likely be our top choice if it featured a heat moldable boot.  If you are a die hard CCM fan, this skate will unleash your child’s inner speed skater, and they are bound to love the stylish good looking black runners it comes equipped with!

A Solid Youth Skate

Great Budget Friendly Youth Skates

The Vapor X2.7 has a few less features than the 2X Pro, but will keep some cash in your wallet while giving your child a solid, excellent performing skate

The Vapor X2.7 focuses on hitting crucial needs your child requires in a skate, while holding off on some upper level tech in order to save you money.  A one piece boot with a poly-carb quarter for increased flexibility, memory foam liner padding, and a microfiber liner for comfort, this skate nails all the essentials without nailing you on the credit card bill!

For New Skaters

Great Budget Friendly Youth Skates

The Lil Champs are for brand new skaters, when you are trying to gauge your child’s desire to learn the game.  The also come in a fantastic Lil Angels model in pink in case your child is so inclined!

With an easy to slip into boot, and an adjustable strap to give your child the perfect fit, these inexpensive skates are the best choice for anyone who’s child isn’t a full fledged hockey player yet, but would love to get out on the ice and learn to skate!

Our Recommendations

Best Kids CCM Skate

Featuring lot’s of top technology from the senior skate, if the 2S doesn’t fit quite right then the FT2 is the next best choice

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Our Top Choice

Featuring a fully moldable boot, this skate wins our top pick for its combination of technology and comfort

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Budget Friendly Option

Not quite as advanced as the 1X but still a fantastic skate for your child that will not hold them back in any way, shape, or form

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Our Research and Findings

Selecting a childs hockey skates is no easy task.  It isn’t easy to understand if they fit completely right, and it isnt feasable to be dropping top dollar every few years for skates sometimes either.  We have tried to break down the advantages and disadvantages of a select number of skates to help you make the best choice for your childs game.  Read on for full reviews and details!

We will be taking a look at the most advanced as well as some budget friendly Youth and Junior skates.  The Youth / Junior skate landscape is dominated by CCM and Bauer, so they will be the focus of our reviews.  

At the bottom of our article we have a guide on skate fitting and buying basics, you will see it right after our last skate review.

The Best Youth Hockey Skates

Specifications and Features:

  • Fully Thermoformable – A feature unique to the Bauer lineup ensures your child won’t experience any discomfort and comes as close as you can get to a custom skate
  • Fiber Composite Boot – Helps shave weight while maintaining protection for the skaters foot
  • Tuuk Lightspeed Pro II – Lightweight and strong, featuring the LS1 Stainless Runner 

Advantages:

  • The 2S Youth has a durable fiber composite material built into its boot, ensuring a lightweight but strong skate
  • Outsole is constructed from a TPR material, same as the S27 skate it replaces.  This gives the entire boot excellent torsional stiffness making the skate extremely responsive

Disadvantages:

Being a top of the line choice, this skate is near the top of the price bracket for youth skates

BOTTOM LINE:

If you have a little hockey player who is playing high level children’s hockey, or you want a complete package to help your child make the jump, the 2S is the choice for you.  The fully thermoformable boot wins us over as it is a feature lacking in many children’s skates.

Specifications and Features:

  • Durable Boot – CCM has increased the stiffness and durability in this years model, making sure that the skate will last as long as your child needs it  
  • Brushed Micro Fiber Lining – CCM integrated this technology to help with comfort and blisters, ensuring your child enjoys skating in the FT2’s 
  • Matte Black Speedblade – An attractive matte black finish on CCM’s awesome speedblade runners ensure your child will love the look of their skate

Advantages:

  • CCM set out to make a lightweight and comfortable package, and adopted many of the senior models technologies to do so
  • The skate also features lace bite protection.  We all know that comfort is king with children so this is a fantastic feature

Disadvantages:

As with the 2S, this is CCM’s top of the line Youth skate so it comes at a bit of a premium to other models.  However if your child is excelling and needs the performance, the FT2 is well worth the price.

BOTTOM LINE:

A fantastic skate with many of the Senior models technologies filtering down to it, the FT2 is a great top of the line choice for your child.  With a micro fiber liner featuring abrasion protection and anti lace bite technology, your child will have no problem skating for extended periods in extreme comfort while flying up and down the ice.

Specifications and Features:

  • One Piece 3D Boot – Made out of Bauer’s strong and light Polycarb material, this allows for better flexibility in the rear quarter of the skate 
  • COMFORTFLEX System – Memory foam padding and a microfiber liner for support and comfort 
  • TUUK lightspeed Pro II – A durable and excellent performing runner, these blades will last the lifetime of the skate 

Advantages:

  • Bauer’s COMFORTFLEX system is the sum of the entire skates technologies, focused on making your child’s skate extremely comfortable without sacrificing performance    
  • The Tuuk Lightspeed PRO II holder is the same as found in the 2X skate giving your child top of the line power transfer with every stride
  • Excellent price point – This skate will take it easy on your wallet, usually landing in the area of $100 USD

Disadvantages:

The mid level Bauer skates do not feature the full moldable boots, which means the skates may require a little bit more break in time than higher end models.

BOTTOM LINE:

The Bauer X2.7 is a fantastic choice when you are looking to save some money.  Carrying over several top line features from the 2X model, but coming in around half the price, these skates will be a great choice for your child while saving you some money.

Specifications and Features:

  • New Quarter Package – Featuring CCM’s Metaframe technology, the Tacks offer a fantastic fit
  • HD Micro Fiber Liner – Featuring the same DuraZone abrasion technology, your child’s feet will be safe from blisters in this boot
  • 90 Day Satisfaction Guarantee – CCM offers a guarantee on these skates meaning you are at little to no risk if your child doesn’t like them!

Advantages:

  • The Tacks 9060 skate takes many great features from the Super Tacks, and pays attention to fit and finish to ensure your child feels great while wearing them.  Really, at this age, what is more important then your kid enjoying throwing the skates on?

Disadvantages:

No major ones, the price is right, but obviously the skate lacks a few features the top of the line models have

BOTTOM LINE:

The CCM Tacks 9060 is another great budget pick slotting in right in the middle of the line in terms of tech.  You sacrifice some of the top of the line features like better steel runners and certain fitment features, but as long as you nail the size these are a perfectly fine choice for any child!

Specifications and Features:

  • Adjustable Fit –An easy to adjust buckled strap helps your child slide in and out of the skate easily, and making it simple for your to lock their foot in place once its time to skate! 
  • Amazing Price – This is literally the most inexpensive skate you can buy, which is perfect for those who want to get their kid into hockey but aren’t sure if he or she will take to it!

BOTTOM LINE:

There’s not much to say about the Lil Champ that we haven’t already!  You are paying a rock bottom price for a basic skate that will be perfect if you are trying to teach your child to skate for the first time!

The Best Junior Hockey Skates

Junior skates are for children who are (roughly) between 7-13 years of age.  The sizes range from a US shoe size of 2 to 6.5.  Once your child graduates to Junior skates they start to get offered skates having the full suite of features from senior skates.

Specifications and Features:

  • Tapered Fit – The Vapor lineup is well known for its anatomical tapered fit.  If this skate fits your foot, odds are it will fit like a glove and no other skate will match it  
  • Lock-Fit Liner – Bauer’s Lock Fit liner ensures your child’s foot is strapped down and locked in for the entire game, allowing for maximum power transfer
  • Lightspeed Edge – Bauer’s proprietary blade changing technology makes switching blades during the game faster and easier than ever. Losing an edge from stepping on a stick or hitting the post can completely throw you off your game, this technology lets you get on the bench and put a fresh blade in easily. Watch the video below to hear some NHL players talk about the benefits. 
  • Tuuk LS5 Runner – These stylish, matte black runners hold an edge better than any other blade in Bauer’s Junior skate stable 

Advantages:

  • DYNAFLEX  – Bauer’s proprietary fitting boot, players with lower foot volumes will be locked in and get the ultimate in fit and power transfer with the 2X Pro  
  • Aero Foam Pro and Recoil Pro Tongue – These two features work together to wrap around the ankle and provide comfort and protection simultaneously  
  • Edge Holder w/ Trigger System – Damaged or knicked blades in the middle of an ice time?  No problem!  With Bauer’s Edge Holder you can hot swap blades in the middle of an ice time to ensure your kid doesn’t lose a single shift

Disadvantages:

  • Being Bauer’s newest and top of the line Vapor model, the Vapor 2X commands a premium price.  However, you are receiving one of the most advanced skates ever produced for your hard earned cash

BOTTOM LINE:

A top of the line skate featuring the best of the best when it comes to weight and protection.  There is a reason Bauer dominates the skate landscape in the NHL and with this model you are giving your kid literally the same skate some of the best players on earth use.

Specifications and Features:

  • Lightweight Design – The Senior version of this skate weighs in at around 790 grams, meaning the Jetspeed FT2 comes in at 5 grams less than the Vapor 2X Pro.  5 grams is not a substantial amount, but the FT2 nonetheless takes the crown
  • Liteframe 360 Evo Technology – CCM’s one piece frame designed to maximize foot contact with the boot and boost energy transfer
  • SpeedBlade XS1 Black Runner – An oxide treated runner that provides a longer life between sharpens and better edges throughout the blades life

Advantages:

  • CCM has gone all out in terms of creating a lightweight skate by featuring all their top tech such as the Liteframe 360 Evo frame and a tapered fit to cut down on boot volume
  • Comfort and Support is excellent in this skate due to CCM’s OrthoMove footbed and their TotalDri Pro+ liner

Disadvantages:

  • Being CCM’s newest skate in the Jetspeed lineup, you have to pay a premium to get a skate this loaded up with new technology

BOTTOM LINE:

If you don’t have wide or flat feet, this skate should fit you like a glove.  An anatomical fit combined with a top of the line boot makes this a light weight and excellent fitting skate, for when you demand the best from your equipment.

Specifications and Features:

  • Curv Composite Technology – The Nexus 2N features a lightweight composite material which enhances thermo-formability and lateral support.
  • TUUk Lightspeed Edge – Allows you to change your skate blades quickly and increases the players’ overall height allowing for more control on tight turns.
  • Form-Fit+ Foot Bed – Features a tacky texture to keep the foot locked in place all game lone
  • Memory Foam Padding – The ankle padding is created with lightweight memory foam to assure comfort throughout a game.

Advantages:

  • A wider boot for those that have wider feet.  Bauer’s Nexus line was the first to cater strictly to wide feet and they continue the tradition with this excellent offering
  • Hydramax liner is extremely soft, making this a skate to choose if your child is the type of player who prefers not to wear socks

Disadvantages:

This skate is obviously targeted to people with certain foot dimensions, so if you have a slimmer foot but prefer the extra heel depth it features, you are likely out of luck.

BOTTOM LINE:

The 2N slots right below the 2N pro in Bauer’s Nexus lineup.  Lightweight and featuring tons of top technology from its bigger brother, but at the same time taking a bit easier on the wallet, the 2N is a great package for the price!

Specifications and Features:

  • SpeedBlade XS1 Black Runners – The runners are coated in Oxide which helps the blades stay sharper long and also prevents corrosion. 
  • Flexframe Technology – The Ribcor’s 3-D lasted composite quarter package maximizes energy transfer
  • ADPT Memory Foam Padding – Makes the skate feel like it was custom made just for your child’s foot
  • TotalDri Pro+ Liner – This skate comes equipped with TotalDri technology which wicks away moisture and maximizes ventilation allowing your skates to stay dry and fresh all game. 

Advantages:

  • Extreme Mobility – The Ribcor is the only skate in CCM’s lineup to feature a flexible boot, meaning it matches up well with the Nexus lineup for those with larger feet
  • Extra Comfort – The combination of CCM’s ADPT memory foam and the TotalDri Pro+ liner makes this skate a dream to slip on every time you skate

Disadvantages:

Those with a slimmer foot profile that prefer anatomical fit boots might have a hard time locking their foot down in the Ribcor lineup

BOTTOM LINE:

CCM’s Ribcor lineup has a focus of delivering performance and comfort simultaneously.  Using the lightweight 3-D lasted quarter package and the Tritech Pro tongue, energy transfer is maximized, while the ADPT memory foam and TotalDri Pro+ take care of your foot on the inside.  Even better, the 80k lands in the middle of Junior skate prices, meaning you can save some cash while getting a top performing skate!

Specifications and Features:

  • Thermoformable RocketFrame – A thermoformable boot in a mid price range skate is fantastic value
  • Speedblade 4.0 Holder – Increased stiffness for maximum energy transfer per stride
  • Smooth Contour Ankle Pads – Ensures your child will not suffer any abrasions or blisters from the skates

Advantages:

  • Excellent fit and comfort – The combination of a thermoformable boot and the smooth countour collar pads make this an amazing feeling skate
  • Great Power Transfer – The SpeedRib backed SpeedBlade 4.0 holders ensure that every ounce of power your child puts into their stride is put down to the ice 
  • Superior Dependability – CCM backs their products with a 90 day satisfaction guarantee

Disadvantages:

The non oxidized blades will dull faster than the blades featured on the more expensive Super Tacks models

BOTTOM LINE:

The Tacks 9070 model features tons of top tier features like its stiff boot, the ability to be thermo formed to your childs foot, and reinforced power transfer areas.  It usually comes in around $200 USD so is near the bottom of the price range we would recommend for children skating 3-5 times a week.  Go any cheaper and your child may suffer from fitment issues or lack of build quality!

Specifications and Features:

  • SpeedCore 2 – The Speedcore technology built into the skates ensure they are lightweight, thermoformable, and stiff to help boost overall performance for players.
  • TotalDri Liner – The CCM Jetspeed FT380 also comes with TotalDri Liner which has a moisture-wicking material and even offers abrasion resistance.
  • Rocketframe Composite Quarter Package – A lightweight frame that also features a tapered fit to ensure added comfortability and a great fit.
  • SpeedBlade 4.0 Holder – The holder adds 4mm onto your height and allows for greater control when turning and accelerating.

Advantages:

  • Increased Speed – The skate features heat-moldable and high quality materials that will enhance the fit of your skate and give players increased speed and control.
  • Anatomical Fit – The Rocketframe composite offers a tailored fit for every player and also helps increase the durability of the skate.
  • Excellent Support- The CCM Jetspeed FT380 offers excellent support through its tongue and soft comfortable padding on the inside of the skate. Your foot and ankles will thank you after a long grueling game wearing these skates.

Disadvantages:

The fit of the skate may take some getting used to if you’re buying you first pair of CCM skates, but overall the boot is very lightweight and comfortable.

BOTTOM LINE:

The Jetspeed FT380 skate is a great pick for your budget, falling at the bottom of the price range for Going Bar Downs budget skates but it definitely does not let you down in performance. We would not recommend going any cheaper than these skates, although cheaper options do exist, we listed it as the cheapest option as it represents a floor in our opinion for the minimum performance you should demand out of a skate for your child.  The top of the line model is lighter but the CCM FT380 skate is extremely durable for those who want their money to go a long way. The boot is very comfortable and while the rocker is different than a Bauer, I really can’t say anything negative about this skate. 

How To Fit Children's Hockey Skates

Below you will find some basic information on the parts of a hockey skate and how to fit them properly. We will be writing a more in depth article on how to fit skates at a later date so keep a look out for it!  Until then the guide below can point you in the right direction to get a great fit!

SKATE LENGTH

The first question everyone asks is ‘How does my shoe size correlate to skate size?’.  A hockey skate is usually 1.5 (US) sizes smaller than your shoe size for an adult, and closer to 1 full size down for a child.  An adult wearing a 10 US size shoe would start off trying on a size 8.5 skate.

SKATE WIDTH

Hockey skate widths are measured in letters and can belong to one of two width nomenclature systems.  The sizing is ranked from narrowest to widest.  The classic ranking system is C, D, E, EE, and an alternative system is N, R, and W meaning narrow, regular, and wide.  The majority of players will fit into D or R width skates. 

Heat Molding Skates

Heat molding skates became standard in the early 2000’s.  Before heat molding, hockey players had to find a skate that fit them as best it could out of the box, and then literally through blood, sweat, and tears, break the skates in over a period of 10-20 skates.  Massive blisters, foot cramps, and bleeding were not uncommon.  Thankfully the manufacturers upped the tech in the skates and it became standard to put advanced materials in a hockey boot which allowed it to be put in a small oven for a few minutes to allow the boot to soften up.  Once the boot comes out of the oven, you put your foot in it for 5-10 minutes and allow it to form to your foot.  This doesn’t guarantee there will be no break in period, but take it from me, it will drastically reduce the time it takes for the skates to feel perfect on your feet and if done properly can usually make it a blister free affair.  Youth skates do not feature heat molding in mid range to lower models, but most Junior models will have the ability to be heat molded.

Parts of the Hockey Skate

The hockey skate can be broken down into three main components:

Boot – This part of the skate that you put your foot into and is comprised of an Achilles guard, heel cup, quarter panel (the sides), and a toe cap.  Some companies manufacture these pieces separately and then assemble them into the final product.  Other newer and more advanced skates have several or all of these pieces manufactured as one striving for a more ‘one piece’ construction which creates a stronger skate with better energy transfer.  
Runner – This is the part of the skate that is screwed into the boot at the top and holds the blade at the bottom.  Although this part of the skate doesn’t get the same attention as new lightweight boots or fancy carbon coated blades, it is an integral part of the skate.  Some players will remember the infamous ‘T Blades’ and their 5 circle unique runners from the 2000’s and how drastically different they looked compared to conventional runners.
Blade – The steel that connects you to the ice.  This is the part you get sharpened, and you are extra careful not to step on anything on the way to the ice lest you lose an edge.  One of the most symbolic parts of a hockey skate, which has also begun undergoing technological advances of late with companies making harder steels, or coating it with a fine layer of carbon for a stronger edge.

Conclusion

There are tons of things to consider when buying your child a pair of skates.  Are they playing high level hockey skating 4-6 times a week or are they just getting into it?  Do they have slim or wide feet?  Do you want to focus on performance or comfort?  All of these need to be taken into account, and in our opinion then Bauer Supreme 2S does it the best of all.  Let us know your thoughts on our reviews in the comments below!