In this buying guide, we are going to do a quick review of the Bauer X-LP hockey skate that’s designed to be a player’s first real hockey skate. It comes in a medium-volume fit in sizes 1 through 12.
The skate has unique Tuuk LS Pro 2 holders that feature nearly the exact same specs as the top-of-the-line skates in the NHL, minus the quick-release trigger system, so you’re getting some great durability and longevity.
Now we have stainless steel runners, and these are all connected to the 3D one-piece injected-molded poly carb boot.
There’s a little bit more stiffness than what we see on the XLS skates, so it’s going to provide a little better overall longevity and a little more energy transfer, but more importantly, it’s going to be very comfortable for that player who’s really starting to learn that hockey stride.
We have a big upgrade to the tongue. It’s the 30-ounce, two-piece felt tongue that has a very pro-inspired look to it, but more importantly, down through the center, we have some extra foam. This is ideal for hockey play because puck sticks tend to hit the top of the foot. This is where you need some extra protection, and that’s why Bauer included it on this learn-to-play skate.
For the liner, this is a very comfortable microfiber liner that is soft to the touch, and it sits on top of the Anaform ankle pads that are thick and very plush, so right out of the box, they’re very comfortable, and they tend to break in overtime for a more custom-personalized fit. It just weighs 754 grams in size 9.
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