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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.

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 our Figure Skate Facts page.

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Test Level
Skill Level

Skate Type

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 JS1592 Mystique
(Beginner/Rec. Men)


Riedell 113SF


Riedell 110 Opal


Riedell 14 Pearl

(Girls Beginner)


GAM G0111 Stella

​(Girl Beginner)


GAM G0110 Stella

(Beginner Women)


  Risport Scott Hamilton

(Boys Beginner)


 Risport Scott Hamilton
(Girls Beginner)

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)


Riedell 19 Emerald

(Beginner Boys)


Riedell 19 Emerald 

(Beginner Girls)


Riedell 133 Diamond

(Beginner Men)


Riedell 133 Diamond 
(Beginner Women)


GAM  G0171 Pirouette
(Beginner Girls)


GAM G0170 Pirouette

(Beginner Women)


Risport Scott Hamilton

(Beginner Girls)


Risport Scott Hamilton
(Beginner Boys)


Risport Antares

(Beginner Adult Women)


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 a support

rating between 30 - 45.

Lowest Rating is for Youth,

Higher Rating for Adults.


Jackson JS1791 Artiste
(Youth Girls)


Jackson FS2131 Elle Fusion

(Youth Girls)


  Jackson FS2130 Elle Fusion
(Adult Women)


Jackson Marquis

(JS1993)
(Adult Men)


Jackson FS2192 Freestyle Fusion

(Adult Men)


GAM Pirouette G0171

(Youth Girls)


GAM Concept G0471

(Youth Girls)


GAM Concept G0470

(Adult Women)


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)


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 a

support rating

between 40 - 50.

Lowest Rating is for Youth,

Higher Rating for Adults.


Jackson FS2191 Freestyle Fusion

(Youth Girls)


Jackson FS2190 Freestyle Fusion

(Ladies)


Jackson  FS2193 Freestyle Fusion
(Youth Boys)


Jackson FS2192 Freestyle Fusion

(Men)


Jackson FS2440 Debut Fusion

Standard Boot Only

(Women)


Jackson FS2452 Debut Fusion

(Men)


Riedell 29 Edge

(Boys)


Riedell 29 Edge 
(Girls)


Riedell 255 Motion

(Women)


Riedell 255 Motion

(Men)

GAM G0490 Select

(Ladies)


Risport Electra Light

( Youth Girls)


Risport RF3 Pro
​(Adult Women)


Risport RF3 Pro

​(Adult Men)



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 a support

rating between 45 - 70.

Lowest Rating is for Youth,

Higher Rating for Adults.


Jackson FS2441 Debut Fusion

Standard

(Youth Girls)


Jackson FS2453 Debut Fusion

(Youth Boys)


Jackson FS2450 Debut Fusion Firm

(Adult Women)


Jackson DJ2471/DJ2470

Competitor

(Ladies)


Jackson FS2800 Premier Fusion

(Women)


Jackson DJ2602 Premier

(Men)


Riedell 25 Motion

(Youth Girls)


Riedell 25 Motion

(Youth Boys)


Riedell 435 Bronze Star

(Women)


Riedell 435 Bronze Star

(Men)


Riedell 910 Flair

(Women)


Riedell 910 Flair

(Men)


GAM G0580 Podium

(Ladies)


Risport RF3 Pro

(Youth Girls)


Risport RF3 Pro 

(Youth Boys)


Risport Royal Pro

(Ladies)


Risport Royal Pro

(​Men)



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 a support rating

between 55 - 75.

Lowest Rating is for Youth,

Higher Rating for Adults.



Jackson Elite DJ5200

(Ladies)


Jackson DJ5252 Elite

(Men)


Riedell 435 Bronze Star

(Ladies)


Riedell 435 Bronze Star
(Men)


Riedell 910 Flair

(Ladies)


Riedell 910 Flair
(Men)


GAM G0058 Podium

(Ladies)


GAM G0078 Bronze Label


Risport Royal Pro

(Ladies)


Risport Royal Pro

(Men)



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 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)


GAM G0780 Silver Label

(Ladies)

Risport Royal Exclusive

(Men)


Risport Royal Exclusive

(Women)


Risport Royal Elite

(Men)


Risport Royal Elite

(Women)


Risport RF1 Elite

(Women)


Risport RF1 Elite

(Men)


Risport RF1 Exclusive

(Women)


Risport RF1 Exclusive

(Men)


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 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)



(Women)

(Men)


Risport RF1 Exclusive

(Women)


Risport RF1 Exclusive

(Men)


Risport Royal Exclusive

(Men)


Risport Royal Exclusive

(Women)


Risport Royal Elite

(Men)


Risport Royal Elite

(Women)


Harlick Finalist


Graf Washington


Sp-Teri KT-3