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Figure Skate Comparison Guide

Click on each skate listed below to access details about that model of figure skates or figure skating boots. 

Only models with a working link are brands currently available.


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 support rating

between 15-20.
Basic steps, swizzles,

gliding, stopping,

forward stroking,

basic edges.


Jackson Softskate Plus JS181

Girls Beginner/Rec.


Jackson JS1290 Excel

Women Beginner/Rec.


Jackson JS1491 Mystique 
Beginner Girls


Jackson JS1490 Mystique

Beginner/Rec. Women


Jackson JS1592 Mystique
Beginner/Rec. Men


Riedell 113SF


Riedell 110 Opal


Riedell 14 Pearl

Beginner Girls


  Risport Scott Hamilton

Beginner Boys


 Risport Scott Hamilton
Beginner Girls


Graf Davos Gold
Beginner Girls

Graf Davos Gold
Beginner Women


Graf Bolero
Beginner Men


Edea Motivo

Girls/Women Beginner/Rec.


Edea Motivo

Boys/Men Beginner/Rec.

BEGINNER INSTRUCTIONAL

This means you need more

support for skills learned

through instructional

figure skating.  In addition

you will be skating more 

frequently and need a 

skate that will stand up to

the increased usage.


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 a

support rating

between 20 - 30. 

Lowest Rating is for Youth,

Higher Rating for Adults.



Jackson JS1491 Mystique

Beginner Girls


Jackson JS1593 Mystique
Beginner Boys


Jackson JS1790 Artiste
Beginner Women


Jackson JS1790 Artiste
Beginner Men


Jackson FS2020 Evo Fusion

Beginner Women


Jackson FS2021 Evo Fusion

Beginner Girls


Riedell 19 Emerald

Beginner Boys


Riedell 19 Emerald 

Beginner Girls


Riedell 133 Diamond

Beginner Men


Riedell 133 Diamond 
Beginner Women


Risport Scott Hamilton

Beginner Girls


Risport Scott Hamilton
Beginner Boys


Graf Davos Gold

Beginner Girls


Graf Bolero
Beginner Girls
Beginner Ladies

Graf Bolero
Beginner Boys

Beginner Men


Edea Overture

Beginner Girls/Women


Edea Overture

Beginner Boys/Men


Harlick Classic

Youth or Adult


SP-Teri Escalade X

Beginner Girls
Beginner Ladies


SP-Teri Escalade X

Beginner Boys

Beginner Men


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 a support

rating between 30 - 45.

Lowest Rating is for Youth,

Higher Rating for Adults.


Jackson JS1791 Artiste
Youth Girls


Jackson FS2021 Evo Fusion

Youth Girls


Jackson FS2131 Elle Fusion

Youth Girls


  Jackson FS2130 Elle Fusion
Adult Women


Jackson Flex Fusion

Adult Women


Jackson Flex Fusion

​Youth Girls


Jackson FS2192 Freestyle Fusion

Adult Men


Riedell 33 Diamond

Youth Girls


Riedell 33 Diamond
Youth Boys


Riedell 223 Stride
Adult Women


Riedell 223 Stride
Adult Men


Risport Scott Hamilton

Youth Girls


Risport Scott Hamilton 

Youth Boys


Risport Electra Light

Adult


Graf Bolero

Beginner Girls
Beginner Boys

Graf Ace
Youth Girls


Graf Ace
Youth Boys


Graf Splendid Gold
Ladies


 Graf Caprice
Ladies

Graf Prestige
Men


Edea Chorus

Girls/Women


Edea Chorus

Boys/Men


Harlick Classic


Sp-Teri Gold Medalist

Women


Sp-Teri Gold Medalist

​Men


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 a

support rating

between 40 - 50.

Lowest Rating is for Youth,

Higher Rating for Adults.


Jackson FS2001 Flex Fusion

Youth Girls


Jackson FS2191 Freestyle Fusion

Youth Girls


Jackson FS2190 Freestyle Fusion

Ladies


Jackson  FS2193 Freestyle Fusion
Youth Boys


Jackson FS2192 Freestyle Fusion

Men


Jackson FS2330 Entre Boot Only

Women


Jackson FS2452 Debut Fusion

Men


Riedell 29 Edge

Boys


Riedell 29 Edge 
Girls


Riedell 255 Motion

Women


Riedell 255 Motion

Men

Risport Electra Light

Youth Girls


Risport RF3 Pro
​Adult Women


Risport RF3 Pro

​Adult Men


Graf Ace
Youth Girls


Graf Ace

Youth Boys

Graf Caprice
Ladies

Graf Prestige
Ladies


Graf Prestige

Men


Edea Concerto

Girls/ Women


Edea Concerto

Boys/Men



Sp-Teri Gold Medalist

Men


Sp-Teri Gold Medalist

Women


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 a support

rating between 45 - 70.

Lowest Rating is for Youth,

Higher Rating for Adults.


Jackson FS2451 Debut Fusion

Youth Girls


Jackson FS2453 Debut Fusion

Youth Boys


Jackson FS2450 Debut Fusion Firm

Women


Jackson FS2800 Premier Fusion

Women


Jackson DJ2602 Premier

Men


Jackson FS5320 Elite Pro

Ladies Coach & Show Skaters


Riedell 25 Motion

Youth Girls


Riedell 25 Motion

Youth Boys


Riedell Vega

Women


Riedell Vega

Men


Riedell 435 Bronze Star

Women


Riedell 435 Bronze Star

Men


Riedell 910 Flair

Women


Riedell 910 Flair

Men


Risport RF3 Pro

Youth Girls


Risport RF3 Pro 

Youth Boys


Risport Royal Pro

Ladies


Risport Royal Pro

(Men


Graf Prestige
Ladies


Graf Prestige
Men

Graf F4000
Ladies


Graf F4000

Men

Graf Richmond Special
Ladies


Graf Richmond Special
Men


Edea Concerto
Women

Edea Concerto
Men



Boys

Sp-Teri Pro Teri

Men


Sp-Teri Pro Teri

Women


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 a support rating

between 55 - 75.

Lowest Rating is for Youth,

Higher Rating for Adults.



Jackson Elite Pro FS5320

Ladies Coach & Show Skaters


Jackson Elite DJ5200

Ladies


Jackson DJ5252 Elite

Men


Riedell 435 Bronze Star

Ladies


Riedell 435 Bronze Star
Men


Riedell Vega

Women


Riedell Vega

Men


Riedell 910 Flair

Ladies


Riedell 910 Flair
Men


Risport Royal Pro

Ladies


Risport Royal Pro

Men


Graf F4000
Ladies


Graf F4000
Men

Graf Richmond Special
Ladies


Graf Richmond Special
Men

Graf Galaxy
Ladies

Graf Windsor
Ladies


Graf Windsor 
Men


Edea Ice Fly

Women


Edea Ice Fly

Men



Sp-Teri Pro Teri

Men


Sp-Teri Pro Teri
Women


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 a support rating

between 70 - 85.

Lowest Rating is for Youth,

Higher Rating for Adults.


Jackson Elite DJ5200

Ladies


Jackson Supreme DJ5500

Ladies


Jackson Elite DJ5252

Men


Jackson Supreme DJ5852

Men


Riedell 875 Silver Star

Women


Riedell 875 Silver Star

Men


 Riedell 2010 Fusion

Women


Riedell 2010 Fusion

Men


Risport Royal Exclusive

Men


Risport Royal Exclusive

Women


Graf Richmond Special
Girls


Graf Richmond Special
Boys

Graf Galaxy
Ladies

Graf Windsor
Ladies


Graf Windsor
Men

Graf Edmonton Special
Ladies


Graf Edmonton Special
Men


Risport Royal Elite

Men


Risport Royal Elite

Women


Risport RF1 Elite

Women


Risport RF1 Elite

Men


Risport RF1 Exclusive

Women


Risport RF1 Exclusive

Men


Edea Ice Fly

Women


Edea Ice Fly

Men


Harlick High Tester


SP-Teri Super Teri

Men


SP-Teri Super Teri
Women


Sp-Teri Zero Gravity

Men


Sp-Teri Zero Gravity
Women


SP-Teri Zero Gravity X

Men


SP-Teri Zero Gravity X
Women


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 a support

rating between 85 - 100.

Lowest Rating is for Youth,

Higher Rating for Adults.


Jackson Supreme DJ5500

Women


Jackson Supreme DJ5852

Mens


Riedell 1375 Gold Star

Women


Riedell 1375 Gold Star

Men


Riedell 3030 Aria

Women


Riedell 3030 Aria

Men


Riedell Elara

Women


Riedell Elara

Men


Women

Men


Harlick Finalist


Sp-Teri KT2
Women


Sp-Teri KT2

Men


Sp-Teri KT-3

Ladies


Sp-Teri KT-3

Men






Figure Skate Comparison Guide

There are several factors to consider when choosing the best 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 our Figure Skate Facts page.

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Find the best figure skates for your skill level.  If you trust our store enough to use our skate comparison guide or  sizing charts, then trust us enough to make your purchases from us.  Even though there may be cheaper options out there, we specialize in figure skating.  There is a reason why there is a term "cheap skate".   You get what you pay for.  When you trust in cheap equipment, you spend your money twice either by replacing the cheap stuff or through more ice/lesson time because your can't accomplish the skills being taught.  Trust us to help you get the correct size of the correct skate for your skating level.

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.