What are Stiffness/Support Ratings?


The Stiffness ratings in the Figure Skate Comparison Guide refer to the amount of support for a particular model of skate. The stiffer the figure skate, the stronger the support.  Stiffness ratings will vary depending upon figure skate brand.  For this reason the Figure Skate Comparison Guide has given a range for stiffness with each level.  

Stronger skaters or larger adult skaters might want to move up to the next higher level boot (a more stiff boot), lighter or younger skaters might want to move down to the next lower level (or less stiff boot) 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 correct figure skate 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/or sore spots during the break in process.

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Figure Skate Comparison Guide

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RECREATIONAL ONLY

This means that these skates are meant

for pond skating or for skaters who only

want to skate occasionally.  Except

for the very young (ages 7 and below), these skates do not have the support needed for skaters who are taking lessons and wanting to advance in the sport.

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

(Girls Beginner/Rec.)


Jackson JS1290 Excel

(Women Beginner/Rec.)


Jackson JS1392 Excel
(Men Beginner/Rec.)


Riedell 113SF


Riedell 110 Opal


Riedell 14 Pearl

(Girls Beginner)


GAM G0171/G0170 Pirouette

(Ladies Youth or Adult Beginner)


  Risport Venus

(Ladies Youth or Adult Beginner)

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.



Jackson JS1491 Mystique

(Beginner Girls)


Jackson JS1291 Excel

( Beginner Girls)


Jackson JS1790 Artiste
(Beginner Women)


Jackson JS1593 Mystique

(Beginner Boys)


Jackson Excel JS1393

(Beginner Boys)


Riedell 119/19 Emerald

(Youth or Adult)


Riedell 133 Diamond

(Adult Beginners)


GAM  G0171 Pirouette
( Beginner Girls)


Risport Venus

(Beginner Girls)


Risport Antares

(Beginner Adult)


Harlick Classic

(Youth or Adult)


SP -Teri Silver Medalist


SP-Teri Escalde


Graf Splendid Gold

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.


Jackson JS1791 Artiste
(Girls)


  Jackson DJ2130 Elle
(Ladies Youth or Adult)


Jackson Classique

(JS1990)
(Women)


Jackson Marquis

(JS1993)
(Adult Men)


Riedell 33 Diamond

(Youth)


Riedell 223 Stride
(Adult)


Risport Antares



Harlick Classic


Sp-Teri Gold Medalist


Graf Ace

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.


Jackson JS1990 Classique


Jackson DJ2190 Freestyle

(Ladies)


Jackson  JS1993 Marquis
(Youth Boys)


Jackson DJ2192 Freestyle

(Men)


Riedell 229/29
Edge

(Youth or Adult)


Riedell 255 Motion

GAM G0470 Concept

(Ladies)


GAM G0049 Select

(Ladies)


Risport Excellence


Risport RF Light


Risport RF3

(Adult)



Sp-Teri  Pro Teri


Graf Prestige


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.


Jackson Debut


Jackson DJ2471/DJ2470 Competitor

(Ladies)


Jackson DJ2800 Premier

(Ladies)


Jackson DJ2602 Premier

(Men)


Riedell 255/25
Motion

(Youth)


Riedell 435 Bronze Star


Riedell 910/91
Flair


GAM G0058 Podium

(Ladies)


Risport RF3


Risport Royal Pro



Graf Richmond Special


Sp-Teri Pro Teri


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.



Jackson Elite DJ4200

(Ladies)


Jackson DJ2702/DJ2952 Elite

(Mens)


Riedell 435 Bronze Star


Riedell 910/91
Flair


GAM G0058 Podium
(Youth)


GAM G0078 Bronze Label


Risport RF3
(Youth)

Risport RF3 Super


Risport RF2



Graf Richmond Special


Sp-Teri Super Teri


SP-Teri Super Teri Deluxe


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.


Jackson Elite DJ4500

(Ladies)


Jackson Elite DJ4400 Low Cut

(Ladies)


Jackson DJ3852, DJ3802 Elite Supreme

(Mens)


Jackson Elite DJ4452 Low Cut

(Mens)


Jackson Elite DJ5252

(Mens Lightweight)


Riedell 875 Silver Star


  Riedell 2010 Fusion

GAM G0078 Bronze Label
(Youth)


GAM G0098 Silver Label


Risport RF2
(Youth)

Risport Royal


Risport Royal Elite


Harlick High Tester


Graf Edmonton


Sp-Teri KT-2


SP-Teri Super Teri Deluxe


SP-Teri Zero Gravity


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.

Jackson Elite 4500

(Ladies)


Jackson Elite DJ4400 Low Cut

(Ladies)


Jackson Supreme DJ5500

(Womens Lightweight)


Jackson DJ3902/DJ3952  Elite Supreme Stiff

(Mens)


Jackson Supreme DJ5452 Low Cut

(Mens)


Jackson Supreme DJ5852

(Mens Lightweight)


Riedell 1375
Gold Star


Riedell 3030
Aria




Harlick Finalist


Graf Washington


Sp-Teri KT-3





Figure Skate Comparison Guide

There are several factors to consider when choosing figure skates such as your body type, your skill level and the stiffness rating of each boot. The Figure Skate Comparison Guide below has our recommendations for choosing figure skates based upon an individual's skill level. This guide refers to the test levels of the United Skate Figure Skating Association (USFSA) and the Ice Skating Institiute (ISI). It also uses the recommendations provided by figure skating manufacturers as well as observations and experiences of the customers who have bought figure skates to help you select the most appropriate figure skates.


Factors to Consider When Choosing Figure Skates


Four factors to consider when purchasing your boot are: your weight, how often you skate, your skating level and your foot length & width.  Remember there is no "better brand" of figure skate, there is just the brand that fits your foot the best.  To read more information about figure skates, visit ourFigure Skate Factspage.

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