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  1. 5 points
    My neurosurgeon pulled some major strings and I ended up having my surgery yesterday! I am in for a lengthy recovery before I can get back to fun things like hockey, but I'm doing pretty well, sticking to the postop directions. Just glad to have the pressure off the nerves at last.
  2. 4 points
    Tell the coach to suck it?
  3. 3 points
    Teammate grabbed a couple nice ones of me last night with my camera, nice to be on that side of the lens sometimes (I'm a league photographer so I shoot between shifts, I try to teach some teammates how to use the camera in hopes to be in photos but usually the results aren't that great, last night I played with another photographer who knew what they were doing )
  4. 3 points
    Final review now that I’ve had a chance to skate on them. The scanning and ordering process was easily, took under 30 minutes. Production was insanely fast, just 9 days from order to pickup at Pure hockey in Anaheim. Disappointed in the pickup process. I had watched the videos and read the instructions, and had to correct the LHS employee a few times, and a few things I let go. I don’t want to blame some kid making $14/hour, that’s on true and pure hockey to make sure they have the right process in place if they’re going to sell high-end product. As others noticed, there is a small amount of eyelet damage because he cranked them pretty hard while they were soft. I left the store thinking they weren’t going to work out because the tongue was crushing my feet, forgetting that it was adjustable. The skate itself? My one complaint is that it isn’t very deep, when the reason I went custom was specifically because I need an exceptionally deep skate (without it being wide or long). I wanted to be able to put my foot all the way into the skate without having the top of my foot stick out, and these might even be a little shallower than retail supremes. But because of the moldability and adjustable tongue, the lack of depth isn’t causing any of the major issues I associate with shallow skates. The tongue feels like it is comfortably cupping my feet, not crushing them. I can’t get the laces through the eyelets once they’re on my feet, so I have to make sure they are all threaded then tighten them once my foot is in. I found it pretty difficult to get a grip on the laces for tightening today, which can be easily solved with one of those little metal tightener doohickeys that I have laying around somewhere. I went flopped today but I think next time I will try it tucked just to see if I like it better. Length and width are absolutely perfect. Once I made a few adjustments, I was able to get that “feels like a firm but comfortable sneaker” fit that other people talked about. But the ultimate test is how they feel on the ice. The answer: great. I had a little bit of calf pain because I’m a lazy, upright skater, especially when coasting around between drills on open ice. These skates will fight you if you try to be upright, they want to force you into a hockey stance. I had zero foot pain, which has never happened even in skates I was used to and had broken in. My old skates were giant boats that were way too wide for me, but they were the only skates I could wear that didn’t crush my feet from above. Left is old, right is new: https://imgur.com/a/F0kENmj This caused a lot of problems with edges and losing energy with each stride. Skating on them for the first time, I could immediately feel my edges better and push them way harder. I could carve my c-cuts better and stop more forcefully. I was getting more energy transfer through my foot, which made me noticeably faster going end to end and coming out of crossovers. I felt like I could glide forever without losing speed, but that’s probably the higher quality steel and the shallower cut that I read most people recommend for these skates (I went from 1/2 to 5/8). I still might adjust some things to try to get an even better fit. I wanna rebake them at home this weekend, with an ankle wrap, to see if i can’t get the heel lock from good to great. But that’s just tweaking. All in all, I got what I wanted out of the purchase and would recommend.
  5. 3 points
    In addition to removing the red insoles, I suggest tightening your laces looser than you think you need. Just remove the slack in the laces and pull them barely snug. That's all these skates need.
  6. 3 points
    We have a saying, " if your skates feel dull, bend your knees more." It's a simple statement, but true. You're probably able to go to a shallower hollow after your skating lessons because you're bending your knees more and have better form. Personally, I'm 5' 10.5"/ 168 lb, and use 3/4 hollow.
  7. 3 points
    I'm 59, and around a year ago, after reading posts from Vet88, I started skating unlaced at public skating like BenBreeg does, and also for the first half hour of each stick and puck. After a short while a light bulb went on in my head, and skating unlaced felt so natural that I was practicing all the skating techniques unlaced, albeit at a slower deliberate pace. As a result, I'm now playing hockey with the top 2 pairs of eyelets unlaced. So if an old dog like myself can learn a new trick, there's no reason a young whippersnapper like yourself can't do the same.
  8. 3 points
    Between the team “taking a year off for politics,” and the new coach thinking he’s the Lou Lamoriello of hockey for preteens, no wonder kids just want to play the fortnight and not do sports. Adults are the worst and ruin everything.
  9. 3 points
    Is stuff like this common in youth hockey? Helmet vent color seems so far out of the realm of importance and sends the wrong message to literally everyone involved.
  10. 2 points
    There are ton's of threads on custom skates. If you do some searching you may get some more info. A quick rundown though Bauer and CCM are pretty similar in that you get your feet scanned they make boot recommendations for you. You go and try on those boot recommendations and they build your custom skate off of that recommendation and your 3D foot print out. Both companies recommend you stay within the family they put you in. So if they say you're a Nexus you shouldn't try and ask for a Vapor without at least trying on a retail model and seeing how it fits. That being said though their recommendation may not be the best choice for you either. These are computers you need to go with what fits the best retail wise. While doing the process your fitter will be able to add notes to the order and you'd have some input with those notes as well (for example by pinky toe rubs in the retail skate). Both companies have been making custom skates for a very long time so they know what they are doing. True skates are a little different in the sense they do not have a retail counterpart you can try on to really nail the sizing down. They scan your feet and usually ask you for the size and model of your current skate and build you a skate. You also have a spot where you or your fitter can enter in notes about how you would like your skate built. There is a 100+ page thread on True skates alone. Read through it if you are considering these. If you are considering customs the best advice is figure out which brand you want to go with and try and find a shop/ fitter who has experience doing this. Going to someone who has years of experience fitting people for retail and custom skates will be a much more enjoyable experience than some high school kid making $14 an hour counting down the minutes till their shift is over.
  11. 2 points
    They changed their naming pattern to match what Bauer is doing. Model Name Pro is the top tier, Model Name is the 2nd tier. AS2 is now the tier that the 9080 was, the same way that the 2S is what the 190 was. AS2 Pro and 2S Pro are their respective top tier model. I’m curious to see if Warrior will follow suit, their “pro” label is currently the 2nd tier.
  12. 2 points
    How is anyone going to be able to comment on this without seeing you skate? You say they didn't hurt when you walked in them at home but did when you skate (in specific circumstances). These are 2 completely different scenarios, at home and standing still most people will supinate in the skate, they pull it more under their hip for balance and the foot muscles are doing very little work. However when skating this can turn into a pronation and the foot muscles are working overtime during the stride. How your general bio mechanics work are specific to you, it's something you could work out yourself but you have said in another thread you want something fast to get on the ice as opposed to working on it by dropping eyelets. I think your best solution is to find someone like a reputable figure skating coach who understands skating bio mechanics to look at you whilst you skate and figure out what may be wrong. Then you can go from there and address each point they raise to see if it makes things better for you.
  13. 2 points
    That all black model is called "Threat Level Midnight".
  14. 2 points
    One of the experienced skate guys on this board could probably tell you exactly what you need to do. Definitely don't just ask someone to shave down the front some random amount as you'll likely just wreck the steel and waste money. I believe Grafs were an 11' radius out of the box, so in the absence of better info, I'd start by asking for an 11' radius with +1 pitch and adjust from there.
  15. 2 points
    Sock thickness can have a very noticeable factor in fitment. I can't use thinnies or my feet slide around in my skates like crazy. Could also be attributed to how slick the thinnies are as well. They feel almost too smooth.
  16. 2 points
    I upgraded from sb black to as blacksteel. Night and day difference. The SB black was probably worse than steps stainless. I don't like the orthomoves at all and I have used superfeet yellow and carbons without complaints. Orthomoves imp feel a lot diff. Only up side is the adjustable arch support but the overall feel of the orthomoves I couldn't get used to esp compared to speed plates which I love.
  17. 2 points
    +1 on both. With TRUE skates you barely need to take the slack out of the skates. Also, do NOT use waxed laces.
  18. 2 points
    SummerJam pictures are finally up - sorry about the delay. http://modsquadhockey.com/forums/gallery/category/34-11th-annual-msh-summerjam/
  19. 2 points
    Damn, Auston! Trying everything...
  20. 2 points
    I can definitely say a shallower hollow is less stress on the the legs, knees and groin especially. I tried going down to a 5/8 from my normal 3/4 I felt it in both those spots. As far as speed goes. Yes, you get more overall speed. You do sacrifice grip in the process. It's a balancing act. Most people judge what hollow they are on by how much grip they have or don't have. Im iffy on the more glide with a smoother cut hollow. I'm not calling total BS, just saying I don't notice a difference. I also don't notice a difference in terms of glide on softer ice.
  21. 2 points
    From my perspective from someone who does this periodically, you are going to learn something that first lap out. You will get feedback on how you are placing you weight on each skate (good chance it isn’t perfectly equal). You will start to understand better how the different muscles of the foot contribute to controlling the skate and applying pressure within. If you have a specific issue, like turning one way or the other or a certain edge, it will make it worse but you will get magnified feedback on where things are going wrong.
  22. 2 points
    And I had this discussion a while ago with other coaches at a seminar. It's not in US LTP programme, we have never heard about it, that's not what I was taught etc etc are the excuses. Me - Why are you telling the to tie their laces tight? Reply - Oh, because it makes them more stable. Me - Yes - but it doesn't fix the problem..... Yet ask them about a skater who drops 1 eyelet. this is perfectly acceptable. What about a skater who drops 2? Or 3? Or 4? When does this become "I've never heard of that"? Tell that to the young elite NHL skaters coming thru atm and are dropping eyelets. Bottom line is you either give it a go or not, I'm not trying to sell anyone snake oil here or ask you to sign up for a service or training programme or try to take your money. It's free advice based on hard experience and been involved in a (so far) 3 year long varsity research project looking into specifically this issue. And this is the consistent thing, the deniers are those who have NEVER tried it yet everyone who I have had try it (from beginner to experienced) has never said it didn't help..The degrees of improvement are based on your bio mechanics..
  23. 2 points
    I never said irrelevant, I said it is secondary. Bio mechanics should be the first and most important consideration because if you don't get that correct you will never be able to control the skate correctly. And laces undone is hard, I won't deny it. But getting your holder alignment correct isn't a physically hard thing to do and any age can do it, it's skate related not age. This is the problem with hockey and attitudes like this, bio mechanics don't really matter / are something I might fix later. This is just bs. Racing slicks on a prius is like your hollow on a skate, driving a prius blindfolded is more akin to not addressing your bio mechanics.
  24. 2 points
    Bauer and CCM total.customs are about 200 more than trues so the price isn't the same. Bauer and CCM skates are high pressure moulded to your custom skate last. True builds their skates around your last from the inside out. It's s totally diff process. Bauer and CCM don't incorporate a built in custom arch. True does. That's why CCM still includes the brutal orthomoves, and Bauer had the speedplates. True skates are a totally different feel and fit than Bauer and CCM so it's not for everyone. Even the scanning is done differently. Bauer you're standing. CCM you're sitting. True you're in a lunge position. Because the skates are built off those scans in diff positions, even if they are all custom to your foot, each skate will feel and fit differently. What you prefer is up to you... I've discussed it before in the true thread how the heel pocket is deeper because of how you're scanned and ppl feel that bc of this their heel doesn't feel as locked when standing or walking vs Bauer and CCM. U have to remember that Bauer and CCM skates are made from a scan of your foot that isn't in a dynamic position. So the heel pocket isn't as deep and feels snugger standing and walking. But on the ice we aren't upright. We're bent forward and knees ankles flexed. Again it's personal preference what you want in your skates and how you want them to feel. Crappy thing is you won't know until you try the Trues and usually it's getting a pair and spending the money, or trying to find a used pair that is ur size and hoping it's close to your specs so you have an idea what you're getting. If you're happy with Bauer or CCM retails for the most part minus a few minor things, it's probably safe to go with their custom version as there won't be any surprises. Going from Bauer or CCM to trues is a big change. When I first switched over it took me a good 12 skates to be comfortable and not thinking about how it felt different. There's def an adjustment period. Although the finish on the Trues can be hit or miss ,imo, the overall feel and construction of the true boots feel more sturdy and more durable. CCM and Bauer feel like a thin carbon layer over a thermoformable plastic whereas true feels rock hard and you know it's all carbon on the lower half. Also I've seen a few custom ccms that have uneven stitching etc. I think that's just what happens with custom skates that are ... Made in Canada? Lol. Seems like ppl criticize made in China or Asia stuff but they seem to know what they are doing with sewing machines vs North American factories. It's a dying skill in North America vs Asia. I'm sure all three brands are great skates but I'll say it again, it's all personal preference.
  25. 2 points
    If you bought custom skates that were made for somebody else, I wouldn’t expect them to feel all that great.