Q & A: Motion or Bronze Star Recommended to Replace Old Silver Star

Written By: Riedell | May 22, 2014

When it comes time to replace an old pair of skates, it’s important to understand which model meets your current needs. The redesign of our 2014 skate line has brought many improvements that benefit skaters of all ages and ability levels. The redesign offers many new features to consider as you choose your next skate.

A few weeks back, we took a closer look at the Riedell Star Series. This post provided a detailed overview of each skate in the series and the new design updates. Since then, we have received some questions from our customers about which 2014 Star Series boots are right for them after owning a previous model. We would like to offer up our expertise by answering these questions in a space that everyone can see!

One Riedell customer asked about transitioning from her current Riedell Silver Stars to one of the newly redesigned models. This skater was especially curious about how the skates are designed for different levels of jumping.

Here’s what our boot experts had to say:

The 2014 Star series has gotten considerably stiffer than the classic Gold, Silver and Bronze Stars from before, which used primarily leather and non-woven materials for reinforcement. The new TriFusion reinforcement that is used in the 2014 skate collection has made them stronger, lighter and more durable.

We recommend either the 255 Motion or the 435 Bronze Star to replace old Silver Star skates. The Bronze Star gives a bit more strength overall, a more comfortable lining, improved internal tongue reinforcement and is internally padded for better comfort and support. It also has an updated top grain leather soling system. Either skate will perform better and last longer than the old Silver Stars.

Additionally, jumps are only one criterion for a skater to consider when choosing the best skate. Skater weight, skating style and hours on the ice are also factors. In this case, the Motion and the Bronze Star are comparable in support level (70 vs 80) and it becomes a personal choice on how the skate is finished (lining, soling system, heel, tongue) as well as budget.

We hope this helps you make an informed decision about your next Riedell skates purchase. If you have any questions, please ask in the comments below!