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Learn About Intermediate Hockey Skates

Intermediate hockey skates are tailored to the unique needs of players aged 10 to 13, covering skate sizes ranging from 5 to 7 (or 4.5 to 6.5 based on brand distinctions). As players grow and develop their skills, they may outgrow junior sizes but aren’t yet ready for senior options. Intermediate skates ensure they still benefit from advanced features typical of adult models.

Major brands have recognized the importance of this age bracket and adapted their leading senior skate models to fit intermediate sizes. This means young players or those with smaller feet won’t miss out on advanced features just because of size constraints.

Ice Hockey Skate Sizing Chart

Hockey Skate Sizing Chart
Skate Size6.
US Men's Shoe Size7.
US Women's Shoe Size9.0 9.5  10.010.5  11.011.5  12.012.5 13.0  13.5 14.0 14.5 15.0
EUR Men's Shoe Size40-414141-424242-434343-444444-4545 45-464646-47 
EUR Women's Shoe Size 39-40 40 40-4141  41-42 42 42-43 43 43-4444 44-4545 45-46 
UK Men's Shoe Size7. 12.513.0 
UK Women's Shoe Size7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0 9.5 10.0  10.511.0  11.512.012.5  13.0
Actual Shoe Size as determined by a Brannok Shoe Sizing Device. Sizing will vary by manufacturer.

Intermediate Hockey Skates FAQ

What are intermediate hockey skates?

Bridging the gap between junior and senior skate categories, intermediate hockey skates cater to young players, typically between ages 10 to 13. They encapsulate design features suitable for this age range, combining comfort with performance.

What are the best brands of intermediate hockey skates?

Several reputed brands shine in the intermediate category, with Bauer, CCM, and True leading the pack. They offer a harmonious blend of comfort, durability, and performance in their intermediate range.

How much do intermediate hockey skates cost?

The cost of intermediate hockey skates can vary. While basic models are more wallet-friendly, elite-level variants – boasting advanced features – might be priced higher. On average, expect prices for entry to mid-range models to run from $100 to $600 based on the brand and features.

What intermediate skates are best for beginners?

Beginners should prioritize skates that emphasize comfort, foot support, and stability. Brands like CCM offer the “Jetspeed” series, and Bauer has its “Vapor” line, both suitable for newcomers in the intermediate size category.

How do I choose the right intermediate hockey skates?

Consider your playing frequency, foot shape, and desired features. While snugness is essential for responsiveness, ensure there are no pressure points. Many players find in-store fittings, combined with expert consultations, particularly beneficial.

Sizing Question about intermediate Hockey Skates

Intermediate skates generally fit those wearing shoe sizes 7-8.5. It’s a common practice to select skates 1 to 1.5 sizes below your regular shoe size. Always refer to brand-specific size charts for accuracy.

What’s the difference between senior and intermediate hockey skates?

While both types may share design features, their size range differs. Intermediate skates are typically for players aged 10-13, covering sizes 5-7. In contrast, senior skates are for larger foot sizes, starting at 6.5 or 7, and are ideal for mature teenagers and adults.

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