Figure Skates Comparison Guide

Below are our recommend charts for figure skates based upon an individual's skill level. We refer to the test levels of the United Skate Figure Skating Association (USFSA) and the Ice Skating Institiute (ISI). Recommendations follow the advice provided from our manufacturers and on observations and experiences of the customers who have bought the skates.

  Four factors to consider when purchasing your boot are: your weight, how often you skate, your skating level and your foot width.  There is no "better brand", there is just the brand that fits your foot the best.

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Jackson, Risport, Riedell, GAM

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Stronger skaters or larger adult skaters might want to move up to the next higher level boot, lighter or younger skaters might want to move down to the next lower level but purchase a higher level blade. This is especially true for young girls skating at higher skill levels, but their physical size can’t justify a figure skate boot built for a senior lady. When in doubt consult your coach or instructor.

If you have chosen the right boot and skate several times a week, then it should take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to break them in. If your feet are killing you after 5 or 6 months then you probably picked the wrong boot for your skating level. Expect blisters and sore spots during the break in process.

Figure Skate Boot Comparison Chart
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Test Level Skill Level
Skate Recommendations
 RECREATIONAL ONLY

Occasional ice skating, non-competitive skating, or beginner skaters (not for Adult Beginners).

Good Recreational Boots with a stiffness rating between 15-20.
Basic steps, swizzles, gliding, stopping, forward stroking, basic edges.


Jackson Softskate Plus GS181

Jackson Glacier GS520/521
(Women/Girls)

 
Jackson Glacier GS252/253
(Mens/Boys)

Riedell 113SF

Riedell 114 Pearl

 
GAM Pirouette
ISI
Tot 1,2,3,4 Pre-Alpha, Alpha

USFSA

Snowplow Sam 1,2,3
Basic 1,2,3,4

SKATE CANADA
Canskate Stages 1-3

SKATE UK
Skate UK Levels 1-6

AUSSIE SKATE
Tiny Tots 1-3
Basic 1,2,
Novice 1,2
Basic steps, swizzles, gliding, stopping, forward stroking, basic edges, forward crossovers, two foot spin, backward stroking.

Boots Should have stiffness rating between 20 - 30.  Lowest Rating is for Youth, Higher Rating for Adults.

Not sure if this is your level? 
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Jackson Softskate Plus GS181

Jackson Artiste
(Adult Beginners)

Jackson Mystique

Softec ST2207
Soft Hockey

GAM Pirouette
(Youth Beginners)

GAM Fantasia
(Adult Beginners)


Riedell 121RS/21RS

Riedell 119/19 Emerald

Riedell 830
Soft Hockey

   Riedell 133TS    (Adult Beginners)

Riedell 133
Diamond
(Adult Beginners)

 
 
Risport Venus

Harlick Classic
ISI
Beta, Gamma, Delta,
Freestyle Test 1,2

USFSA

Basic 5,6,7

SKATE CANADA
Canskate Stages 4, 5

SKATE UK
Skate UK Levels 7-9

AUSSIE SKATE
Intermediate 1,2 
Freeskate 1
Back crossovers, three turns, bunny hop, forward lunge, arabesque, ballet jump, beginning half jumps, simple footwork such as Mohawks, hockey stop, T-stop.

Boots Should have stiffness rating between 30 - 45. Lowest Rating is for Youth, Higher Rating for Adults.

Not sure if this is your level? 
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Jackson Artiste (Youth)

 
Jackson Elle
(Youth or Adult)

Jackson Classique
(Adult)

Jackson Marquis
(Adult Men)


GAM Fantasia
(Youth )

GAM Horizon
(Adult )


Riedell 133TS

Riedell 133/33 Diamond

Riedell 229TS

Riedell 223
Stride
(Adult)

Risport Antares

Risport RF Light

Harlick Classic
ISI
Freestyle Test 3,4

USFSA
Basic 8
Freestyle 1,2,3,4
Pre-Preliminary
Preliminary

SKATE CANADA
Canskate Stages 6,7 Pre-Preliminary

SKATE UK
Skate UK Level 10
UK Star Bronze, Silver, Gold

AUSSIE SKATE
Freestyle Skate 2,3
Advanced stroking, crossovers, forward one foot turns, consecutive edges, half-jumps, one foot spins, sit spin.  Beginning single jumps.

Boots Should have stiffness rating between 40 - 50. Lowest Rating is for Youth, Higher Rating for Adults.

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Jackson Classique

Jackson Freestyle

Jackson Marquis
(Youth Boys)

GAM Concept

GAM Select


Riedell 229TS
(Youth)

Riedell 223/23
Stride


Riedell 255TS

Riedell 910LS

  Risport Lux
(Youth Only)

Risport RF Light

Risport RF3

Harlick Competitor
ISI
Freestyle Test 5

USFSA

Freestyle 5,6
Pre-Juvenile

SKATE CANADA
Preliminary Free
Jr. Bronze Free

SKATE UK
NISA
Element Levels 1-3

AUSSIE SKATE
Freestyle Skate 4
Elementary Test
All single jumps. Half and Single jump combinations, beginning axel. Spins such as backspin, scratch and sit, camel, spirals, simple footwork.

Boots Should have stiffness rating between 45 - 70. Lowest Rating is for Youth, Higher Rating for Adults.

Not sure if this is your level? 
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Jackson Competitor

Jackson Premier


GAM Select 
(Youth)

GAM Podium


Riedell 435TS

Riedell 1310LS

Riedell 910/91
Flair

Riedell 255/25
Motion


Risport RF3

Harlick Competitor
ISI
Freestyle Test 6,7

USFSA
Juvenile Free Intermediate Free

SKATE CANADA
Pre-Juvenile Free
Juvenile Free

SKATE UK
NISA
Elements Levels 4,5,6

AUSSIE SKATE
Pre-Primary Test
Primary Test

All single jumps, Combination jumps, Axel,  Change foot spins, flying spins, more complex footwork, spiral sequence. Beginning doubles.

Boots Should have stiffness rating between 55 - 75. Lowest Rating is for Youth, Higher Rating for Adults.

Not sure if this is your level? 
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Jackson Elite

Jackson Elite 4200

GAM Podium
(Youth)

GAM Bronze Label

Riedell 1310 LS

Riedell 435TS

Riedell 910/91
Flair

Riedell 255/25
Motion


Risport RF3
(Youth)

Risport RF3 Super

Risport RF2


Harlick Competitor Plus
ISI
Freestyle Test 8

USFSA

Novice Free
Junior Free


SKATE CANADA
Senior Bronze Test
Junior Silver Test
Pre-Novice
Novice

SKATE UK
NISA
Element Levels 7,8

AUSSIE SKATE
Novice Test
Junior Test
All single jumps, all double jumps, combination doubles, lower level triples, flying spins, complex footwork. Beginning Triples.

Boots Should have stiffness rating between 70 - 85. Lowest Rating is for Youth, Higher Rating for Adults.

Not sure if this is your level? 
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Jackson Elite Plus

Jackson Elite 4500

GAM Bronze Label
(Youth)


GAM Silver Label

Riedell 875TS

 
Riedell 2010 LS

Riedell 375
Gold Star

Riedell 435
Bronze Star


Risport RF2
(Youth)

Risport RF2 Super

Harlick High Tester
ISI
Freestyle Test 9,10

USFSA
Senior Free

USFSA

Senior/Gold Pairs

SKATE CANADA
Senior Silver, Gold

SKATE UK
NISA
Element Levels 9,10

AUSSIE SKATE
Senior Test

Triples, quads, combination triples, all spins, complex foot work.

Boots Should have stiffness rating between 85 - 100. Lowest Rating is for Youth, Higher Rating for Adults.

Not sure if this is your level? 
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Jackson Elite Supreme

Jackson Elite 4500

GAM Gold Label

Riedell 875TS

Riedell HLS 1500

Riedell 2010 LS

Riedell 2010
Fusion

Riedell 875
Silver Star

Riedell 1375
Gold Star


Riedell 3030
Aria

 
Risport RF2 Super

Risport RF1

Risport Royal

Harlick Finalist