Best Hockey Skates For 2021

“So Tyler, what are the best hockey skates for the money?” Believe it or not, that’s probably the top question I get asked day in and day out when it comes to the “best of the best” hockey gear. What are the best skates for beginners? What are the best youth hockey skates? If money is no object, what skates should I buy? The list of questions goes on and on.

And to be honest, hockey skates are the number one selling piece of hockey equipment any manufacturer makes. Buy a high end skate and you’ll use that same set for years. Buy a cheap, more affordable skate and you’ll be looking to upgrade soon afterwards. I tell almost everybody who asks, if you’re even considering going with the pro model of a hockey skate, just get the pro model. Sure, you’ll spend a couple hundred more, but you’re getting the exact skate your favorite NHL player is wearing, literally the best performance skate (and the most comfortable) made by whichever company you choose.

Over the past couple months, we’ve spent hours testing and researching hockey skates to create this list.  These are the best skates you can get if you are an elite level of hockey player.  Price is really no object in this article either.  If you are looking for the best budget skates or the best youth skates, we’ve got you covered in other deep dive articles on our site. 

But if you want the most comfortable, highest performing skate and are ok with spending the maximum amount of cash, this article is for you.

Here are the best skates for 2021. 

Here are the best skates for 2021.

So, what are the best hockey skates for the money this year?

Without question, the best hockey skate on the market is the Bauer UltraSonic Skate. If you’re not a Bauer fan, the CCM Super Tacks AS3 Pro skate is a close second.

Wait, in your list though, you listed the Bauer 2X pro as the 2nd best skate for 2021? True. But that’s because when it comes to skates, typically, hockey players like to stick with a brand. And just like CCM, Bauer makes skates for different types of feet. So just because the UltraSonic is the best performing skate, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be the best skate for your foot type.

Bauer Supreme UltraSonic (Best Overall)

The new Bauer Supreme UltraSonic skates are the overall best skates for 2021.  Here’s what we did and didn’t like about them.

Advantages: 

  • Super lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Designed for maximum power and speed
  • Elite performance and feel
  • Highly recommend

Disadvantages:

  • Expensive

The Bauer Supreme UltraSonic skates are meant for the hockey player that is dynamic and agile.  These skates are very comfortable and are designed for elite performance.  The skates are “split” into four different zones with each zone having it’s own purpose.  The first zone of the UltraSonics is in the toe and it maximizes the acceleration from stopped to skating.  The second zone is designed to transition the skater from acceleration to longer strides.  The third zone is the zone meant for pure speed and the fourth zone is to keep the skate stabile.

Not only that, the boot of the UltraSonics are stiff in the lower portion which transfers energy better than previously.  There is less power needed in your push for you to go faster in these skates.

Lastly, the UltraSonics are mobile and flexible.  The Reflex Tendon Guard, Reflex Pro Tongue and Flex Facing technology all optimize the mobility in the boot of the skate.  The UltraSonic’s flex rating received a score of 90.

Overall, we really liked these new skates from Bauer.  They’re comfortable, lightweight and overall just feel really good.  If you have the money to spend, there is no real reason to continue further down the list.

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Bauer Vapor 2X Pro

The Bauer Vapor 2X Pro skates are the second best skates we tested for 2021.  Here’s what we did and didn’t like about them.

Advantages: 

  • Some of the comfiest skates available
  • Lightweight
  • No lace bite
  • Quick removable blades
  • Designed for powerful stride
  • Moisture wicking

Disadvantages: 

  • Expensive

The Bauer Vapor 2X hockey skates are the second best skates you can get for 2020.  Per usual Bauer skate, they’re super comfortable.  They feature Aero Foam Pro padding and Bauer’s DynaFlex System that allows for maximum ultimate mobility in the boot.  Overall comfort-wise, we were able to play for hours without foot pain.  The Bauer Vapor 2X Pro skates are awesome.

On top of these skates feeling amazing, they are optimized for energy transfer.  They’re not as high tech as the new UltraSonic skates, but ththe low toe cap in the 2X’s really helped maximize the energy transfer from the body to the ice.  It seems as though this would be something that would be difficult to notice, but it actually wasn’t.  You will seriously feel faster and more powerful in these skates.  Especially if you are wearing a pair of $200 skates right now.

What people were saying about the Bauer Vapor 2X Pro skates:

“I’ve never had a skate more comfortable right out of the box.”

” My previous skates fit, but never felt great on my feet. These skates feel AMAZING!”

Overall we believe that these are the second best skates for this year.  The biggest feature these skates have to offer?  Definitely comfort.  But high end performance isn’t far behind.

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CCM Super Tacks AS3 Pro

Editor’s Choice for best skates for medium sized fits preference

The CCM Super Tacks AS3 Pro Hockey Skates are one of the most advanced and highest performance hockey skates on the market. Actually, the CCM AS3 skates are one of the best goalie skates available, but on the player side, they pale slightly to the Bauer UltraSonic. There’s so much to like about this model from CCM, we wrote an in depth CCM AS3 Pro Skate review article in addition to this piece.

Advantages:

  • CCM’s highest performing skate
  • One piece design maximizes energy transfer
  • Total Dri Pro moisture wicking
  • Interchangeable tongue
  • Speedblade XS allows for quick blade changes

Disadvantages: 

  • Price

The CCM Tacks AS3 hockey skates were brand new for 2020.  They’re CCM’s best quality and performing skate that they’ve released to date.  These are, in my opinion the second pair of really godo skates that CCM has released.  The first being the FT1’s.  Going back to the. AS3 skates, the first aspect that really stuck out was the comfort.  These are extremely comfortable, especially if you have medium sized feet.  Not too big or too skinny, but right in the middle.  A lot of skates are designed for skaters with average feet, but these are best skates you can get for them.  The tongue also does have an interchangeable option with thinner or thicker tongues, allowing for a custom feel (not included).

The AS3 Pro skates are true one-piece design skate.  This allows for better transfer of energy into the ice, compared to other two-piece skates.  The MonoFrame boot in these skates are engineered for the purpose of power and speed.  And to be honest, we found that these skates weren’t far behind the top Bauer skates in this category.

And finally, CCM has introduced the brand new foot bed, the Ortholite Ultralight footbed.  It’s the most comfortable footbed CCM has produced yet, and it also had moisture wicking technology that keeps the feet dry during play.  Obviously when you are playing hockey for a couple hours, you are going to sweat quite a bit.  But these are nice because the moisture wicking tech will reduce the amount of sweat that gather.

Overall, these are truly an elite pair of skates.  The best we’ve seen out of CCM yet.

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CCM Jetspeed FT2

The CCM Jetspeed FT2 skates are meant for the elite hockey player.  Here’s what we did and didn’t like about them.

Advantages: 

  • First one piece boot
  • Tapered fit
  • Really good strides
  • Comfortable OrthoMove footbed
  • Moisture wicking
  • No lace bite

Disadvantages:

  • Probably not for wide foot skaters
  • Expensive

The CCM Jetspeed FT2 skates are the second best skates that CCM has ever created.  They are the first skates in the Jetspeed lineup to feature a single boot, which allows for maximum energy transfer.  You can absolutely move in these skates.  The boot on these skates is tapered and thin, so I would recommend getting these if you have thin feet.  And I would highly recommend staying away if you have large feet.  You want your skates to fit perfectly.

Other than that, the foot bed on the FT1’s are really comfortable.  The arch support allows for maximum power in your push.  There was no foot pain or anything of the sort.  Right out of the box they felt good.

Back to the skate, the Metatomic tongue reduces the lace bite but allows for ultimate mobility.  And the TotalDri Liner keeps your feet dry and comfortable.

These skates are also very durable.

Overall, these are some super popular skates.  Just like the rest of the skates on this list, they’re comfortable and perform at the highest level.  If you are a big CCM fan, and have small feet – we highly recommend these ones.

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True TF9

Editor’s Choice For Best Hockey Skates For The Money

The True TF9 hockey skates are the best skates that you can get for the money.  Here’s what we did and didn’t like about them.

Advantages:

  • Customizable
  • One piece design
  • Lightweight
  • Reasonable price
  • Comfy

Disadvantages:

  • Aren’t as high performing as other top skates

The True AX9 hockey skates are some of the best skates that True has released up until this year.  They’re not quite as high performing as True’s Custom One Piece or the best Bauer skates, but they’re up.  The biggest advantage that you get in the True TF9 skates is that they’re reasonable priced.  They don’t break the $900 mark like most hockey skates do.  But yet they still feel like an elite pair of hockey skates.  They’re comfortable and lightweight.

If you can’t yet afford an extremely expensive pair of skates.  But still want something that is high quality and durable.  Go with the True Tf9 skates.  They are the best skates that you can get for the money.

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Why you should invest more for better hockey skates

First of all, comfort.  We’ve all been there – practice starts to drag on a little longer than normal and the feet start hurting.  You start to pay attention to the pain and it results in a less than wanted skate.  Pucks start bouncing off the stick and shots start missing their mark.  Maybe you start dragging your feet a little bit and coach yells at you for not trying.  Pretty soon you find yourself in the dog house in just a single day at the rink.  You start getting benched and miss power play time.  Now, you start building up resentment and snap at the coach.  You’re really in the dog house now.  How could all of this been prevented?  By getting a pair of hockey skates that actually feel good to play in.  There’s a reason that hockey players invest so much into their skates, because it just makes sense.

Hockey is so much more fun when you are flying around, catching passes and scoring goals.  Not sitting on the bench, fueling rage.

We here at the hockey guys are in large favor of getting quality hockey gear.  Yes, it’s not cheap, but if you want to have a lot of fun while playing – invest your money into the right gear.

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Conclusion: Best Hockey Skates

The best hockey skate really comes down to who you are and what you like.  Are you more interested in pure comfort? Or are you looking for a super lightweight pair of skates?  These are important questions to ask yourself when you are getting a new pair of hockey skates.  Just remember, skates are the most important pieces of equipment that you can have.  If you aren’t wearing skates, there truly is no hockey