How to Break in Ice hockey Skates

How to Break in Ice hockey Skates

Skates is the most significant piece of ice hockey equipment, along with a hockey stick. It is important to a hockey player that skates match well and wear well. The best way to fit a new hockey pair is to break it in. This can be done in a variety of ways. One way is by using a household hairdryer.

Have them ‘baked’ at the shop where you buy your skates. This is a process in which you lace your feet into the skates, place them in a box with your feet still in them, and have them heated to suit your foot shape! Not all skates have a boat that can be baked. If so, you will need to work a bit harder to break them in.

Another way to help break up your baked boot or to shape it more closely to match your foot is to heat the skates with a blow dryer. This also softens the leather in the boot in order to fight foot friction, which can cause blisters or other skin irritation. Before skating, heat each boot for three to 10 minutes with a hair dryer before laying it up. If your dryer has different parameters, start with a lower setting and work to a temperature that is not so hot, it will damage the skate boot. See for more info on ice hockey skates.

After lacing up, skate immediately. Repeat the process every time you skate, until you feel that the skates are braked properly and that you do not feel pain or blisters from the new skates.

If the skates take a long time to break in, they can also be heated with a coat dryer, laced up and put between practices or workouts around the house. Some experts advise you to wear a pair of warm, wet socks when skating to help soften boots further.

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When blisters develop in new skates, use bandages or the mole skin (available in any medicine store) to cover the blisters. Also under a cotton sock you can wear a thin polypropylene sock while breaks into skates. If blisters or pain make it hard to skate, rotate with the old skates and new skates until the new skates are fully broken.


Do not use a new skate pair for a game until they are completely interrupted. Just skate in practice with the new skates until the end of the break-in period.

There is no shortcut to break new skates. Even if you have baked your skates at home or in the shop, you will feel uncomfortable for the first skateboarders, especially if you change your skates and your models. If after five long skates you are uncomfortable, then it is probably worth changing your skates further either using a hairdryer or thermal weapon or using soles to make your foot fit into the skate. We always wear skates (with blade guards on!) Around the house for hours to help you to break them and get used to them before heading on to the ice.