We all love getting new skates! The newer models are so much lighter and have new features that make it exciting. With getting new skates, the one thing that many people dislike, besides the price points, is breaking them in. However, over about the last 20 years, there has been a process called baking skates. This process is meant to help break in skates faster. Baking skates can provide a real benefit, when it comes to skate fit, to the player.
In this brief article, we will look at the Pros and Cons of baking in skates!
Pros of Baking Skates
- Baking skates allow for optimal fit and help mold the skate to your foot.
- Baking skates especially higher end models is recommended. It molds to your foot to provide the best fit.
- Baking breaks in the skates quicker than just going into it without baking.
- By heating up the skate and molding it your foot, it only should take a few skates to get a new pair of skates feeling comfy!
- Baking skates can cut down on how much the skates hurt during the first few times out.
- When you take the time to bake the skates, what it’s doing is molding to your foot. Thus it has the shape of your foot the first time you step on the ice. By doing so, it should relieve some of the pain we all experience breaking in new skates. It also, shouldn’t hurt as much as if you did NOT bake skates.
Cons of Baking Skates
- Baking lower end models of skates can do more harm.
- The lower end skates do not have the higher end materials that can be baked and aren’t really as strong after getting heated. The heat breaks down the skate to make it moldable and triggers the skate to start breaking down faster.
- If you have a game or practice within 24 hours of baking, it might be best to bake the skate at a different time.
- I would recommend at least 24 hours after baking before use. That way all the materials that get softened up by baking have time to cool and harden to the mold of your foot.
- Each time you bake a skate, it can accelerate the breakdown process of the skate.
- Most modern skates are meant to only be baked once or twice. Anything further can start doing more harm than good. The materials that are molding to your foot might not harden up the same way.
If done right, baking skates can give you a real benefit when it comes to skate fit and break in time. It makes breaking in skates not seem so bad anymore!