My son is 7 and previously wore bauer skates. We bought these for the features, the pump, and the fact that they were one of the only skates in the youth sizes that can be baked for quick breaking time. My son has been using these sine Christmas. He used the pump feature 2 times and then never wanted to use it again. The skate bake feature was nice but since the style of skate is different than the bauer skates there was some getting used to, these are more bulky. No weight difference but there is just more exterior material. He has taken a couple of pucks off the skate from an older kid, 12 or so, at open hockey and one of them put him down on the ice for a while with a lot of pain. He likes them now but they took some getting used to. Great quality, he skates 4-5 times a week sometimes a couple times a day and they still look new.