The Best Men’s Ice Skates for Beginners and Experts

In need of new ice skates? We’ve got you covered. Here, FN did the research and rounded up our top picks for the best men’s models designed to make your experience on the ice as smooth, stable and comfortable as possible. Whether you’re a hockey lover or figure skating is your thing; read ahead to find the perfect pair of skates for you.

Below are picks with virtually no break-in time, extra cushioning, heel support and more key features. We have looked at styles for both beginners and experienced skaters. Sleek and classic designs are featured as well. We’ve also listed a style that contains Thinsulate. Read on for more information.

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1. Jackson Ultima Softec Elite Ice Skates

These skates feature a dual-density lightweight figure outsole, a Thinsulate lining for added warmth and a durable nylon upper.

Pros: A fully-lined upper and tongue with cushy foam padding enhance comfort while a velcro ankle strap offers optimal support. There’s no break-in time.

Cons: These may not be the best fit for men with wider feet.

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2. Riedell 110 Opal Skates

This affordable figure skating style provides lightweight support and comes with a stainless steel Spiral blade for a smooth glide on the ice.

Pros: Quilted linings offer extra cushioning while a maintenance-free PVC sole unit keeps is made to keep feet dry. A split tongue design provides superior stability.

Cons: These run small so we recommend sizing up.

Riedell Skates, amazon
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3. American Ice Force 2.0 Hockey Skate

These skates feature a customized PVC injection mold for added ankle support and a softly-padded, breathable inner liner enhances their overall comfort.

Pros: A stainless steel blade optimizes speed and agility on the ice while copper rivets give added heel support.

Cons: Some may find these are a bit stiff at first.

American Ice Force 2.0 Hockey Skate, amazon
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