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  1. Vet88

    Pain at the a ankle(above it)

    The pain on the side is caused by the top of the boot digging into your leg. Based on the following, I don't think the pain in the front is lace bite but is caused by your foot leveraging against the tongue as it flops up and down in the boot. You wear size 45eur and the boot is size 45.5eur. Hockey boots are not sized the same as street shoes, they are sized differently. A 45.5 eur sized hockey boot is equivalent to a 47eur sized shoe (rough estimate). So these boots are too big for you by approximately 1.5 to 2 sizes (depending on how you wear your street shoes). Here is a simple test: take the laces out of the boot, pull the tongue right out, slide your foot into the boot and push it forward until the toes just brush the toe cap. Now bend forward slightly in the boot and see if you can fit a pencil down between the back of your heel and the boot. If you can fit a pencil down there then the boots are at least a size to big, the ideal gap is 1mm - 2mm.. You can't fix this, sell the boots and buy some that fit you correctly for length. This doesn't mean the fit is going to be correct as you also need to think about width, volume and overall fit but getting the right length is at least a start. You either need to really understand what you are trying to buy if buying online or you need to get to a shop to try boots on.
  2. Vet88

    Pain at the a ankle(above it)

    The looser the boots are tied the less pain the skater will have, it's the constriction / pressure points that cause the pain. But most skaters can't handle the instability and do not have the desire to train hard enough to learn to skate with loose laces therefore remedial work is needed on skates to get them to fit the shape of the foot.
  3. Vet88

    Pain at the a ankle(above it)

    Pain where? Can you post a picture of your foot showing where the pain is? It's either poor fitting skates, wrong foot shape for the skate you are in or poor bio mechanics (or a combination of any of these). and doing them up tight so they are like a ski boot isn't the answer.
  4. Vet88

    Creasing Skates on Purpose?

    Didn't Graf do this with their latest line, eg 9035, and the flex zone which you could get in different flexes?
  5. If anyone is interested, 2 indepth break downs on cost and break evens based on the NA market (the OP provides a link to the 2nd break down at the bottom of his post).
  6. Vet88

    Bauer toe box

    Where in the front of the foot is it too tight? On the big toe? On the little toe? Across the forefoot? You can get the skate punched to alleviate most issues, especially since you indicated the boot fits you well everywhere else. You can wear any sock you want but if the skate is a tight fit I'd want to wear thin socks.
  7. Vet88

    Girdle Options

    It depends on waist and build and how you like the fit. I was a slim build, 34" waist and the 9k medium was snug on me, I like the snug fit. If I was a solid build, ie fat assed, I'd have really struggled. However over the years middle aged spread has crept up on me and the girdle has stretched to accommodate it. If you are a solid medium and like a looser fit I'd go with a large. If you are a slim to normal medium and like a snug fit I'd go with a medium.
  8. This is like trying to compare apples and oranges, a sparx unit versus a traditional sharpening unit both have strengths and weaknesses. Your running costs with a traditional unit will always be cheaper but it requires a lot more skill to get a good sharpening. A sparx is plug and push, no skill needed as long as the alignment is correct. You got 25 sharpenings, let's say you charged 10 euro a sharpening, if I was running a shop I would not be comfortable with that return. However as a home user at 3.2 euro per sharpening versus a LHS charge??? What is there to not like about that cost other than we always want it cheaper? If you are unhappy then maybe charge a per pass cost? Then if they turn up with massively damaged blades you get a higher return for your sharpening (if a financial return is a key driver of what you are trying to do).
  9. Vet88

    Skate size help? (mostly Bauer)

    If the boot fits you well every else get it punched / stretched in that area. Any half decent pro shop should be able to do it or you can stretch it yourself at home for about $20 of parts you can find at your local home depot etc.
  10. I wouldn't hack the unit, I'd focus on the ring. Lots of different ways to do this and it's easy once you have the gear (a read / write unit).
  11. Vet88

    Position on new skate

    And there is your answer, the toe and heels are completely different. You either stick with the 2s pro (LS5?) and adapt or find someone who can reprofile it to the MX3 shape. But as this is most probably a ground down wrecked profile you will always have to get your blades reprofiled to get the same feel.
  12. the price of a sparx unit from ms europe, wtf.....
  13. Have you considered using a reshipper like myus? For example it's around $15 for 2kgs to Europe and with a US drop box you can now shop at US local prices.
  14. Vet88

    Marsblade Ice Holder

    Whereas I have a totally opposite view. Beginners skating in a stiff boot is the worst thing they can do. Yes, it provides more stability but at a long term serious cost. That stability reinforces bad habits and poor skating technique, the brain doesn't know any different, you are still standing upright so everything must be working ok. But take a look at the way you skate from a bio mechanical perspective and it's just a mess (yes, there those who are naturally gifted with perfect alignment from day one but around 85% of the population aren't). Whereas skate in a boot that offers no support, or with laces really loose / untied, and now the body has to use the feet / ankles to balance itself correctly over the skate blades. The brain now has feedback coming from the feet and everything starts to come into alignment as the body strives to find the most energy efficient way to skate. This is what builds the foundation for a player to be able to skate to the best of their abilities. Correct alignment leads to correct technique and maximum power. Now add a stiff boot and you get even more power but only because the body knows how to use it properly. BUT..... Ice rinks operators aren't interested in this philosophy. If ice skating is too hard (skates with no support) the general public won't participate as much. Their goal is to make it as easy as possible to skate ergo a stiff supported boot so the public find the experience as easy as possible. So my comments aren't really aimed at the mass market, more specifically those who are driven and focused to improve their skating ability be it speed, figure or hockey.
  15. Vet88

    Foot Pain in Skates

    It could be unused muscles getting used to skating again but if its in the forefoot area I'd suspect forefoot skate width / fit. Standing in them versus skating in them are 2 very different things. Couple of things to try, as difficult as it may be try tying the skates really really loose, or even not at all. Go for a gentle skate and see how your feet feel after 20 minutes. Yes, you will wobble all over the place until you start to get the hang of it but the loose fit will give your forefoot some room and help to orientate your balance over the top of the skate blade (better body alignment, less stress on the feet). If your feet dont hurt in the forefoot (your ankle and calf may get tired because they are working harder) doing this I'd question the forefoot width of the skate. Then you have 2 options, get the boot stretched or get wider skates. If you go for another pair of skates don't get a wider model just for the forefoot width. If your current skates fit you ok everywhere else then getting a wider, bigger fit just makes everywhere else a marginal or sloppy fit for the sake of the forefoot. Stretching the boot isn't hard to do, any half decent shop should have the tools so always buy for the best fit all over then fix the individual problems with stretching and punching. However it may mean that you can't buy a bottom end model, you will need to buy a boot that can be baked and will tolerate stretching. Customs are another option but I won't cover this here. For your arch pain try a foot bed like superfeet or Bauer speedplates. They will help to keep the shape of your instep whilst in the boot. And if you try this option first, you can still try the above if the pain persists.