Figure Skate Brand Comparison Chart
Click on each skate listed below to access details about that model of figure skate or figure skate boot.

RECREATIONAL ONLY

This means that these skates

are meant for pond skating

or for skaters who only want to skate occasionally.  They are typically very inexpensive. 


Except for the very young (ages 7 and below), these skates do not have the support needed

for skaters who are taking lessons and wanting to advance in the sport.

Occasional ice skating,

non-competitive skating,

or beginner skaters

(not for Adult Beginners).


Good Recreational Boots

with a support rating

between 15-20.
Basic steps, swizzles,

gliding, stopping,

forward stroking,

basic edges.    

                                               Jackson GS181

Softskate Plus
(Girls Beginner/Rec.)


Jackson JS180

Softskate
(Girls Beginner/Rec.)


Jackson JS1290

Excel
(Women Beginner/Rec.)

Jackson JS1392

Excel
(Men Beginner/Rec.)

Riedell 113SF

Riedell 110 Opal


Riedell 14

Pearl
(Girls Beginner)

GAM G0171/G0170

Pirouette
(Ladies Youth or Adult Beginner)

 
Risport Venus
(Ladies Youth or Adult Beginner)

ISI
Tot 1,2,3,4

Pre-Alpha, Alpha


USFSA
Snowplow Sam 1,2,3
Basic 1,2,3,4


SKATE CANADA
Canskate Stages 1-3


SKATE UK
Skate UK Levels 1-6


AUSSIE SKATE
Tiny Tots 1-3
Basic 1,2,
Novice 1,2

Basic steps, swizzles,

gliding, stopping, forward stroking, basic edges,

forward crossovers,

two foot spin, backward stroking.


Boots Should have a support

rating between 20 - 30. 

Lowest Rating is for Youth,

Higher Rating for Adults.



Jackson JS1491

Mystique
(Beginner Girls)

Jackson JS1291

Excel
( Beginner Girls)

Jackson JS1790

Artiste
(Beginner Women)

Jackson JS1593

Mystique
(Beginner Boys)

Jackson JS1393

Excel
(Beginner Boys)

Riedell 119/19

Emerald
(Youth or Adult)

Riedell 133

Diamond
(Adult Beginners)

GAM  G0171

Pirouette
( Beginner Girls)

Risport Venus
(Beginner Girls)

Risport Antares
(Beginner Adult)

Harlick Classic
(Youth or Adult)

ISI
Beta, Gamma, Delta,
Freestyle Test 1,2


USFSA
Basic 5,6,7


SKATE CANADA
Canskate Stages 4, 5


SKATE UK
Skate UK Levels 7-9


AUSSIE SKATE
Intermediate 1,2  
Freeskate 1

Back crossovers, three turns,

bunny hop, forward lunge,

arabesque, ballet jump,

beginning half jumps,

simple footwork such as

Mohawks, hockey stop, T-stop.


Boots Should have a support

rating between 30 - 45.

Lowest Rating is for Youth,

Higher Rating for Adults.


Jackson JS1791

Artiste
(Girls)

  Jackson DJ2130

Elle
(Ladies Youth or Adult)

Jackson JS1990

Classique


(Women)

Jackson JS1993

Marquis
(Adult Men)

Riedell 33

Diamond
(Youth)

Riedell 223

Stride
(Adult)

GAM Horizon
(Adult )

Risport Antares

Risport Lux

Harlick Classic

ISI
Freestyle Test 3,4


USFSA
Basic 8
Freestyle 1,2,3,4
Pre-Preliminary
Preliminary


SKATE CANADA
Canskate Stages 6,7

Pre-Preliminary


SKATE UK
Skate UK Level 10
UK Star Bronze, Silver, Gold


AUSSIE SKATE
Freestyle Skate 2,3

Advanced stroking, crossovers,

forward one foot turns,

consecutive edges,

half-jumps, one foot spins,

sit spin. 

Beginning single jumps.


Boots Should have a support

rating between 40 - 50.

Lowest Rating is for Youth,

Higher Rating for Adults.



Jackson JS1990

Classique

Jackson DJ2190

Freestyle
(Ladies)

Jackson  JS1993

Marquis
(Youth Boys)

Jackson DJ2192

Freestyle
(Men)

Riedell 229/29
Edge
(Youth or Adult)

Riedell 255

Motion

GAM G0470

Concept
(Ladies)

GAM G0049

Select
(Ladies)

Risport Lux
(Youth Only)

Risport Excellence


Risport RF Light

Harlick Competitor

ISI
Freestyle Test 5


USFSA
Freestyle 5,6
Pre-Juvenile


SKATE CANADA
Preliminary Free
Jr. Bronze Free


SKATE UK
NISA Element Levels 1-3


AUSSIE SKATE
Freestyle Skate 4
Elementary Test

All single jumps. Half and

Single jump combinations,

beginning axel.

Spins such as backspin,

scratch and sit, camel, spirals,

simple footwork.


Boots Should have a support

rating between 45 - 70.

Lowest Rating is for Youth,

Higher Rating for Adults.


Jackson DJ2471/DJ2470 Competitor
(Ladies)

Jackson DJ2800

Premier
(Ladies)

Jackson DJ2602

Premier
(Men)

Riedell 255/25
Motion
(Youth)

Riedell 435

Bronze Star

Riedell 910/91
Flair


GAM G0058

Podium
(Ladies)

Risport RF3

Harlick Competitor

ISI
Freestyle Test 6,7


USFSA
Juvenile Free

Intermediate Free


SKATE CANADA
Pre-Juvenile Free
Juvenile Free


SKATE UK
NISA Elements Levels 4,5,6


AUSSIE SKATE
Pre-Primary Test
Primary Test

All single jumps, Combination jumps, Axel,  Change foot spins, flying spins, more

complex footwork, spiral sequence.

Beginning doubles.


Boots Should have a support

rating between 55 - 75.

Lowest Rating is for Youth,

Higher Rating for Adults.


Jackson Elite DJ4200
(Ladies)

Jackson DJ2702/DJ2952

Elite
(Mens)

Riedell 435

Bronze Star

Riedell 910/91
Flair


GAM G0058

Podium
(Youth)

GAM G0078

Bronze Label

Risport RF3
(Youth)

Risport RF3 Super


Risport Royal Pro

Risport RF2

Harlick Competitor Plus

ISI
Freestyle Test 8


USFSA
Novice Free
Junior Free


SKATE CANADA
Senior Bronze Test
Junior Silver Test
Pre-Novice
Novice


SKATE UK
NISA Element Levels 7,8


AUSSIE SKATE
Novice Test
Junior Test

All single jumps, all double jumps, combination doubles, lower level triples, flying spins, complex footwork.

Beginning Triples.


Boots Should have a support

rating between 70 - 85.

Lowest Rating is for Youth,

Higher Rating for Adults.



Jackson  DJ4500

Elite

(Ladies)

Jackson DJ4400

Elite Low Cut

(Ladies)

Jackson DJ3852, DJ3802

Elite Supreme
(Mens)


Jackson DJ4452

Elite Low Cut
(Mens)

Jackson DJ5252

Elite
(Mens Lightweight)

Riedell 875

Silver Star

  Riedell 2010

Fusion

GAM G0078

Bronze Label
(Youth)

GAM G0098

Silver Label

Risport RF2
(Youth)


Risport Royal Pro

Risport Royal

Harlick High Tester

ISI
Freestyle Test 9,10


USFSA
Senior Free


USFSA
Senior/Gold Pairs


SKATE CANADA
Senior Silver, Gold


SKATE UK
NISA Element Levels 9,10


AUSSIE SKATE
Senior Test

Triples, quads, combination triples, all spins, complex foot work.


Boots Should have a support

rating between 85 - 100.

Lowest Rating is for Youth,

Higher Rating for Adults.


Jackson DJ4500

Elite

(Ladies)

Jackson DJ4400

Elite Low Cut

(Ladies)

Jackson  DJ5500

Supreme

(Womens Lightweight)

Jackson DJ3902/DJ3952 

Elite Supreme Stiff
(Mens)


Jackson DJ5452

Supreme Low Cut
(Mens)

Jackson Supreme DJ5852
(Mens Lightweight)


Riedell 1375
Gold Star


Riedell 3030
Aria


GAM G0528

Gold Label

Risport RF1 Elite


Risport RF1 Exclusive

Risport Royal Elite

Harlick Finalist


Figure Skate Comparison Guide

Below are our recommend charts for figure skates based upon an individual's skill level. We refer to the test levels of the United Skate Figure Skating Association (USFSA) and the Ice Skating Institiute (ISI). Recommendations follow the advice provided from our manufacturers and on observations and experiences of the customers who have bought figure skates.


  Four factors to consider when purchasing your figure skating boot are: your weight, how often you skate, your skating level and your foot width.  There is no "better brand" of figure skate, there is just the brand  of figure skate that fits your foot the best.  To learn more about each brand of skate and who wears them, click on the buttons below.

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Compare figure skates with this skate comparison guide.  When you don't know what figure skates to buy, the figure skate comparison guide will help.   Riedell, Jackson, GAM, Risport and Harlick are all great brands.  However, all skates are not made the same.  Riedell figure skates have more of a narrow fit.  Riedell skates are great beginner and intermediate skates.  Jackson figure skates are a more rounded in the toe box and fit a wider foot.  Riedell is the only brand of figure skates that have a wide skate for children in beginner ice skates.  If your child has a wide foot then the Riedell Emerald, Pearl and Riedell Diamond skates will be the perfect figure skates for them.  The Jackson Elle is the first beginner skate that has a wide width.  Risport figure skates are also great ice skates.  The Risport skates were developed for Russian skaters.  Risport skates have a wide toe box like Jackson, but more of a tapered toe box like a Riedell.  The GAM skates are more wider from top to bottom.  GAM figure skates are popular in Canada.  GAM skates are great for skaters who have combination width feet and need more of a narrow heel, but wider ball.  If you are looking for a custom figure skate, then Harlick skates might be a better choice.  Some people can wear regular stock ice skates either because they have a narrow foot or super wide foot.  Harlick figure skating boots fit them better because they are able to make the boot specifically for your foot.


The stiffer the figure skate, the stronger the support.  Stiffness ratings vary depending upon figure skate brand and for this reason we have given a range for stiffness with each level.  Stronger skaters or larger adult skaters might want to move up to the next higher level figure skating boot (a more stiff boot), lighter or younger skaters might want to move down to the next lower level (or less stiff boot) but purchase a higher level figure skating blade. This is especially true for young girls skating at higher skill levels, but their physical size can’t justify a figure skate boot built for a senior lady. When in doubt consult your figure skating coach or instructor.

If you have chosen the right figure skating boot and skate several times a week, then it should take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to break them in. If your feet are killing you after 5 or 6 months then you probably picked the wrong figure skates for your skating level. Expect blisters and/or sore spots during the break in process.