These Are The Best Goalie Skates Money Can Buy

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Goalie Skates. Besides your helmet, we argue that the goalie skates you chose are the single most important piece of equipment you’ll ever buy.

We get asked this question time and time again, “what’s the best goalie skate?”. Honestly, we say that you should buy the most high end goalie skate that you can afford. In our honest opinion, that’s either going to be a Custom Fit TRUE or a Bauer, but we’ll get into that below.

These are the best goalie skates money can buy.  

What are the best goalie skates this year?

As the game of hockey evolves, goalies are becoming faster and quicker with their edges on the ice.  Players are moving at fast speeds and shots are coming from all angles in split seconds. Having high quality skates is more important than ever before in hockey history.  

True Custom 1 Piece Pro

First on my list was an easy decision for me, the True – 1 Piece Custom goal skate.  True excels in the skate department and in recent years we’ve seen many pro goalies switch over to them. 

True says that since the skate is designed as a one piece there is less energy loss from the push to the ice, if that’s true or not (I’m hilarious) the company has a convincing case going for itself. 

The skate is one of the most comfortable skates on the market right now hands down. With that being said, it isn’t the lightest.  The outer shell is made of carbon fiber and the toe wields what they call the “True ToeCap” that absorbs pucks off the toe without pain in the foot. This is a huge bonus.

The eyelets of the skate are put in such a way that goalies wearing them are at a lower angle to the ice which is better for grabbing an edge here or there quickly. Not only that but True also uses a 3D scan to create a skate that will fit each goalie individually, a huge advantage over other stock skates.  These, like most skates on the market aren’t without a hefty price tag, but the performance and comfort surely won’t disappoint.  

Biggest features of True Custom 1 Piece Pro

  • They’re custom fit to your foot (yeah, that means custom)
  • These are the single best goalie skate money can buy
  • True ToeCap designed to absorb pucks off the toe

Biggest disadvantages

  • They’re the most expensive goalie skate on the market

Related: Best Goalie Pads For 2020

Bauer Supreme UltraSonic

The newest lineup of goalie from Bauer has finally been released.  The Bauer UltraSonics.  These are a top pair of goalie skates that many pros have been wearing in practice leading up to the August NHL playoffs.

Advantages

  • Lightweight
  • Low angle design allows for lower stances
  • Some of the most comfortable goalie skates
  • Carbon coated steel
  • Durability

Disadvantages

  • Expensive

The Ultrasonic skates are the best stock option goalie skate you are going to find on the market.  If you can afford them, they’re worth it.

Bauer Vapor 2X Pro

Third on my list are the Bauer Vapor 2x Pro skates. Honestly, the Bauer 2S or the 2X skate could easily change out as the top skate with True’s VH series. However, the option to have a true custom skate fit to your foot is just a bit too much to pass up.

Bauer, like True, has had a large part of the control in skate sales and is popular amongst pro goalies. 

Bauer’s Vapor 2x skates are one of the lightest skates on the market today and are very advanced in terms of technology.  The Curv Composite in the skate provides excellent protection but keeps the skate down in terms of weight.

Flex edge technology in the ankle area of the skate lets goalies twist and turn every which way, without the skate cutting into the ankle.  Since the skates do not have a cowling on them, goalies can get a lower attack angle on the ice as well. To remove the blades on these skates are easy as well since they feature the Edge Trigger System that allows for blades to be replaced in seconds. 

I think that the Bauer Vapor 2x skates are the second best skate on the market today due to the skates light weight, comfort and protection.  

Biggest features of Bauer Vapor 2X Pro skates

  • Second to none protection with Curv Composite
  • Great ankle mobility
  • No cowling means a lower attack angle
  • Swapping blades is a breeze

Biggest disadvantages

  • The Bauer 2X skate is right in the middle of the launch of the Bauer UltraSonic skate, which means they’ll soon be “outdated”

CCM JetSpeed FT2 

Fourth on the list of top goalie skates we’re going to send some love over to CCM. 

Honestly, CCM has been slightly behind in the goalie skate industry in recent years.

With that said, the CCM JetSpeed FT2 skates are an excellent skate for fans of the brand. Many older goalies will remember the days of the CCM Tack skate line. In and around the early 2000’s, CCM was the king of the skate market with their Tack and SuperTacks skates.   

Today, the FT2 skates are made of RocketFrame composite which creates a very light weight boot. TotalDri moisture technology in the interior of the skate keeps it aerated and dry throughout the season. 

The boot collar has Asymmetric Flex Stance that allows goalies to get deep into his or her stance without any cutting into the ankle, similar to the other two skates above this one on my list. CCM claims to have done work to the footbed, midsole and the stiffness of the skate to keep the energy transfer better than ever. 

Overall a lot of people have said good things about how CCM has improved their goalie skate and with the technology added to this one, I believe it ranks up there with the best of them.  

Biggest features of CCM JetSpeed FT2 Skates

  • RocketFrame composite rivals Bauer’s Curv Composite (we rank Bauer’s slightly better in both durability and weight)
  • Excellent moisture control in the skate boot
  • Superior ankle mobility

Biggest disadvantages

  • You’re buying a skate from a brand that has not led in the goalie skate market in recent years

Related: Best Goalie Sticks For 2020

True 2 Piece Pro

True Stock Two-Piece Pro Senior Goalie Skates

The True 2 Piece goalie skates are the way to go if your'e interested in pure comfort. They're slightly heavier than other top rated skates on the market however.

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Next on my list of the top rated goalie skates for 2021 will be another True skate.  This time we’re talking about the True 2 Piece pros. 

These skates are going to be similar to True’s one piece skates but these are stock model compared to a custom fit.  

These skates still hold many of the positives I like in the first skate on the list, such as, the design of the eyelets to keep the angle of the skate attacking the ice lower, the carbon fiber design and monocoque toe, and the comfort that allows for long playing periods without pain. 

The True 2 Piece skate works by attaching a boot and runner separately. What does this mean? There is most likely a decrease in energy transferring from the push to the ice compared to their one piece offering (honestly that seems minuscule, unless you’re Carey Price).

I think that if you are looking for a comfy skate with a cheaper price tag than the 1 – piece goalie skates made by True, definitely go with these ones.  

Biggest features of True 2 Piece Pro Skates

  • RocketFrame composite rivals Bauer’s Curv Composite (we rank Bauer’s slightly better in both durability and weight)
  • Excellent moisture control in the skate boot
  • Superior ankle mobility

Biggest disadvantages

  • You’re buying a skate from a brand that has not led in the goalie skate market in recent years

Bauer 2S Pro

My final skate on this list is going to be the Bauer Supreme 2s Pro goalie skates.  Bauer released these skates about two years ago and they are still popular amongst goalies.  The 2s skates are very light, an obvious trend with Bauer is that they’ve been trying to get light gear out there and these skates are.  These skates have a higher inside heel fit for support in the ankle, but don’t restrict any movement.

The 2s skates are very comfortable with extra padding added in the interior so you can play in them for hours without pain in the foot or ankle.  The shell of the skate is ultra light composite that is designed for protection but also ventilation so your feet are getting air. These skates also have the quick blade release system and a tongue that keeps one from getting ankle bite from your laces. 

Overall I’m a huge fan of these skates so they surely deserve a spot in my top five.  

Related: Best Goalie Masks For 2020

Honorable mention goalie skates

Some Honorable Mentions

Graf DM1080 Senior Black Goalie Skates

These are an underrated pair of goalie skates for a reasonable price.

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That will wrap up this post on the best goalie skates of 2021.  If you weren’t able to find something that will fit your budget, remember that each skate on this list has different skate options in the same lineup which are priced lower.  

For example, if you want the Bauer Ultrasonic skates but at a better price, get the Bauer Supreme 3S skates.  

They’re not the same quality as the 3S are lesser than the Ultrasonics, but still very good.

Good luck this season!

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