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what's the difference between the types of figure skates and blades?

hey, i was just wondering what's the difference between beginner skates, low freestyle skates, med freestyle and high freestyle skates. what makes the price difference so great and why are the blades different and for what purpose:) is there any way to tell apart the difference between them?
why are skates so expensive too and what are they made up of that makes them so special?

thank you for answering!!:)

A "skate" is actually a combination of a skating boot and a skating blade. For lower-level skaters, a skate package can be purchased where the two come as a set, but higher-level skaters usually buy the boots separately from the blades. There are many different options, but the best skating boots are made of leather. There is no synthetic substitute that has the sturdiness and resiliency of leather. PVC and plastic skates don't hold up well, which is why they're not a good choice for older/heavy/tall skaters.

The boots of a beginner are like socks to a high-level freestyle skater. The more advanced jumps and spins the skater can perform, the more support and protection they require for safety and improved performance. Boots come in a variety of strengths, created by adding extra leather and other materials. Most good skates for mid-range skaters are heat-moldable, which is still a fairly new technology that allows skates to fit the skater faster and better than the old "break them in with blisters" approach. Skates today are no longer the high-riser, soft and floppy skates from 30 years ago, which is why the sport has progressed so far.

In terms of blades, the differences are seen in the blade profiles, size/position of the toerake, and the materials used. A beginner's blade would be fairly flat with a small toerake made of polished steel to look shiny. An elite skater's blade would have more curve along the blade for spins, a larger toerake that is positioned lower on the front for jumps and flying spins, and tapered edges (front to back) to allow quick turns and deep edges. The top-level blade would be made of aluminum, tempered or carbon steel for safety and strength, so that the skater doesn't have the blade fail on a jump landing.

There are also other features for elite skaters working on triples, such as parabolic )( blades, and a k-pick feature that widens the toerake for better "bite" on toe jumps.

The boot and blade manufacturers do a lot of research and development, not to mention marketing, in order to improve and promote their products. That costs money. Stock skates are usually mass-manufactured in a factory, so there are machinery costs as well as materials costs. Good leather and steel cost more than the pond skates you can buy at a sporting goods store.

Additionally, there isn't as much demand for skates as there is for, say sneakers. Many people own 2-3 pairs of sneakers, but most people only buy one pair of skates.

Runners spend upwards of $100 on a pair of running shoes. Ballet dancers' pointe shoes are pricey. Swimsuits for racers cost $80 or more and barely last a season.

In figure skating, good figure skates are the ONLY required piece of equipment, so invest wisely.

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