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Les213

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  1. Les213

    Show It Off

    I feel the same way about Mission Flyweight skates... Still patiently waiting for a pair to show up on ebay.
  2. Mission Commander SE Size: 6.5 D About me: 155lbs, defenseman and intermediate/advanced skater. Pass skates include Vapor 8, Vapor 10 (yes I was a moron and bought into the rocker hype), Nike Quest 1 w/ Red Star, Mission Boss Black. Surfaces: Only on sport court twice a week. Usage: roughly 85 skates Fit – I felt the fit is very similar to the newest Vapor line of ice skates. I may get a bit of flack for this but my foot shape requires pretty much no break in time for Vapors or Supremes. This skate felt a little closer to a vapor fit. It provides great ankle lock and the ankle pads really hold everything in place. I do have a higher instep and these are no different than any other skate I’ve worn. I barely passed the pencil test. I didn’t feel this boot had more or less forward lean than any other’s I’ve tried. I usually go with a 6D in ice skates. However, my stance in roller is more upright and I thought I'd need a little bit more breathing room for my toes so I went half a size up. It's worked out great. The liner provides ample grip without any unnecessary tugging or pulling. I’m a sockless skater so the liner is quite important to me. The moose suede is the main reason I chose these over the Black SE skates. They just felt great to the touch. The outsoul gave me absolutely no flex during my stride and felt solid. My only gripe is where the boot meets the toe cap. It seems a bit narrower than other Bauer skates I’ve tried. Considering how much break-in time my previous skates have required, not a big deal. 9/10 Chassis/Wheels/Bearings – This is the second reason why I chose the Commanders instead of the Blacks. The lower price point gave me the same chassis as the Black SEs. The magnesium chassis is very light and is a standard Hi-Lo set up. The finish is very durable and there have been no chips or even scratches to them. The most I can ask for in a chassis is that I never have to think about it, and I haven’t. At this price point, it is a great value to get a top end chassis. 10/10 Coming from Labeda Gripper Millenniums, I thought I would give the Rink Rat Hornets a try before I swapped them out. I couldn’t be happier. It has great grip on cornering and stopping. Take this with a grain of salt because I have only ever used Labeda Gripper Millenniums on inferior skates and really have nothing else to compare them to. 10/10 The mission Swiss 608s give me no reason to complain either. In the winter, I play at a rink where dust is a huge problem. The bearings still roll great with weekly cleanings. 10/10 Weight /Protection – The weight is nothing out of the ordinary. I wouldn’t find it extremely light or extremely heavy. But at this price point, I would say they’ve done an excellent job with the magnesium chassis and the relatively lighter boot. Just don’t expect anything revolutionary in terms of weight reduction. 9/10 I’ve taken a few clappers off the side of the boot with no bruising or injury. Protection is as good as any other high end skate. Also, wipe outs, nicks, and rubs against the board have not affected the look of the skate. 10/10 Durability/ Intangibles – The fit and finish is probably the most impressive thing about the skate. Everything is well put together. Being a skater in pre and post Bauer Mission skates, it seems like they’ve improved their fit and finish even better than the current Bauer (ice) models. The durability of the materials seems great as well. I don’t baby my skates and they don’t look worn out at all. I was worried about the moose suede liner at first, since it’s not a liner I’ve had experience with before. However, after 80 skates, there are no signs of wear and tear that would concern me to least. 10/10 The third and final reason I chose the Commanders over the Blacks was the sharp look with the blue and the black. I couldn’t be happier with the look of the skate. The annoying thing will be when I replace the rink rats; I don’t think I’d be able to get matching color wheels for the skate! 10/10 Conclusion – I think most people looking at these skates will need an answer to the big question of whether it’s worth the savings over the Black SEs. That was my main concern and I have absolutely no regrets. It has outperformed every other high end skate I’ve ever worn and I couldn’t be much happier with my purchase. 9.5/10
  3. Les213

    Thoughts on Combat sticks?

    I've been eyeing the Pure for a while. However, they only make them in 90/100 flexes (or at least as stated on their website) when I usually go for the 75-55 range. It could be possible they aren't as popular just because their flex offering may not be as vast as a bigger company? If it's good enough for Jaromir, it's probably good enough for beer leaguers like us...
  4. Les213

    Canadian Online Hockey Shops

    High demand generally results in high prices.... Why would any retailer not be afraid of "slashing the crap" out of prices?
  5. Les213

    Custom Glove Gallery (questions and answers)

    Bure, that definitely helps. I think the Synergy 800 will be too big for me since 13" Franchise fit just perfect for me
  6. Les213

    Custom Glove Gallery (questions and answers)

    I'm about to order some Synergy 800 customs. Does anyone here own both Franchises and Synergy 800s in 13"? I find the 13" Franchise fit perfect. However, when I got 13" in Eagle PFFi, their fingers are stupid short. If someone can give me a comparison between 13" Franchise and 13" Synergy 800s that'd be great. Thanks in advance!
  7. Les213

    Roller Leagues in Toronto/GTA

    PM me if you want the contact of the Mississauga Roller Hockey Association. He's a great guy that's super passionate about the game. They run leagues in the summer and Wednesday shinny sessions in the winter. There's three or four levels in the summer league so I'm sure you'd be able to find a team that fits your skill level.
  8. Les213

    2012 Bauer Hockey Catalogue

    JR, how does the Nexus 1000 skate compare to the TO/APX in terms of weight?
  9. Les213

    Durability of Intermediate sticks...

    I made the move twice, S17 and Warrior Kronik. For some reason I find the jump in shaft size between easton Int and Senior is a lot bigger than Warrior. Just my two cents.
  10. Les213

    OEM and Hockeytron

    Thanks for the pic! Regarding the visors, did you get the S10/S20/S30? How is the anti-fog/scratch working and holding up? I figure at that price I was just going to get a pile of the anti-fogs and use a new one whenever i get a nick. Also, what's the most comparable shape vs an Oakley or Bauer visor?
  11. Les213

    OEM and Hockeytron

    Can anyone provide some pics of the socks and visors? Thanks in advance


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