When I purchased my Graf 705, I had the guy at my LHS help me settle on Graf skates. He suggested Graf because of the traditional 'eyelet curve.' I don't know how best to describe it. But, modern skates, like Vapors, etc., have more of a "L" shape starting at the ankle and down through the boot. Graf skates still have the traditional ""C" shape. He told me it was better to go with the traditional shape because I would probably have a hard time with the modern ("L") shape. He also told me I would probably have a hard time with the stiffness of modern skates. I was coming from Bauer 4000 (although they also hurt my feet but after ten minutes they would feel okay).
I'm growing in frustration with my Graf 705 and am contemplating getting different skates. Why did skates go from the "C" shape to the "L" shape? Why did skates get stiffer? In essence, what are the performance enhancements of modern skates?
Edited by OldNSlow, 26 October 2009 - 04:47 PM.