Review of American Athletic Entry Level Figure Skates

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Anyone who knows figure skating also knows that figure skates must be purchased from stores that deal exclusively with figure skates and figure skating supplies. There is an unwritten rule in the ice skating world: inexpensive boots and blade sets that are sold at sporting good stores or department stores are just not good enough for those interested in pursuing serious figure skating.

With that rule in mind, it may seem inviting to buy New American Athletic figure skates since the cost of the skates is low, but for those truly interested in figure skating, this boot and blade set just won't do.

Most of the boots made by the New American Athletic Company are made of vinyl. (One higher-end "deluxe" model is lined in leather). The blades are made with nickel-plated steel. Like more expensive brands of figure skating boots, the boot's tongue is padded, but the padding is not as thick as the padding in more expensive boots. The skates come in a variety of sizes for both men and women and boys and girls. The small toe pick on the blade gives new skaters some security and balance, but is not adequate for spinning or jumping on the ice.

Using inexpensive figure skates like New American Athletic skates is okay for recreational skaters that only skate once in awhile, but ice skates available for rent at ice arenas may be better in quality. Those interested in ice skating should consider paying more money for a higher quality boot and blade set.

Pros

  • American Athletic Figure Skates are very inexpensive.
  • The boots are comfortable.
  • These skates can be purchased at most major sporting good stores and online.
  • The blades are already mounted on the boots, which is convenient.

Cons

  • The blades on these skates are not suitable for real figure skating.
  • The boots do not offer enough support to do most figure skating moves.

    Description

    • PVC vinyl upper
    • Nickel plated steel blade
    • Padded tongue
    • Black or white skates are available
    • Padded lining
    • Factory sharpened
    • Small toe pick
    • Available in white, black, and soft boot models
    • Cotton and easy to tie laces are included with all models

    The Bottom Line

    New American Athletic skates are entry level figure skates that can be purchased at most major sporting good stores and online. The inexpensive price may draw some buyers, but it is best to not purchase this brand of ice skates if you are really interested in doing figure skating. These skates will do if you plan to ice skate around an ice rink or on a frozen pond once in awhile.