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What is the Difference Between a Hockey Skate and a Figure Skate?

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Question: What is the Difference Between a Hockey Skate and a Figure Skate?

The differences between a hockey skate and a figure skate may not be easy to recognize.

Answer: A figure skating blade has toe picks at the top and is usually longer and heavier than a hockey blade. Also, figure skate boots are usually made out of leather and are much more expensive than hockey skate boots.

Most of the time, a figure skate blade is separately mounted onto a figure skate boot, but hockey skate blades are generally riveted directly onto the hockey boot's base.

Hockey skate boots are usually much more comfortable than figure skate boots. The toe picks on figure skate boots make it possible to jump and spin. The short light blade on hockey skates help players with speed and quick stops.

 

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