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  1. bl4

    New Curves

    As a longtime Leetch --> Lidstrom --> Getzlaf user, I feel your pain.
  2. bl4

    New Curves

    I'd be really curious to know if the demise of wooden blades has led to more standardization in pro curve usage & pro stock patterns. In the days when you could take a torch to your blade, it was cheaper and easier to experiment. Whereas, I can imagine that - in our current market - many players have become accustomed to the retail offerings and might be less likely to mix it up or fix something that isn't broken once they are better positioned to acquire custom curves. I could, of course, be wrong, and would be curious to hear from folks who are more knowledgeable about stick acquisition & customization at higher levels...
  3. bl4

    New Curves

    I'd love to see All Black or one of the budget stick brands that caters to beer leaguers just double down and sell their sticks in vintage patterns. Anyone else remember the black and white Louisville Lockjaw blades with the wicked hooks? Or the Easton Eurocurve? I think it would be a niche market, to say the least...
  4. bl4

    Ribcor skates

    I've been skating in Ribcor 70ks for a few months now. I have a very narrow foot and, as a result, hadn't skated in a CCM since the VacuTack days. I, too, was skeptical about the claims that the skate would accommodate all foot types. But so far I've been pretty happy. The boot is definitely softer than most of the other to-of-the-line offerings from Bauer & CCM, but - for a beer league consumer - I think it's a solid option. It doesn't require the same kind of extensive break-in time that some of the other options do, which is great for those of us who might not be skating enough to get through the break-in period quickly. I do worry a bit about how fast the skates will break down. But, honestly, at this point in my playing "career" I'd probably rather have a skate that's comfortable for most of its life and then breaks down, then a skate that's too stiff and then too soft (my experience with my last pair of Bauers). FWIW, I am a big fan of older model skates and had been attracted to the Nexus as a more traditional boot, but found it much too wide. The Ribcor offers me some of the same feel, while offering a better fit for a narrow foot. To the earlier comments, I lace mine pretty tight, but - because of the construction - I find it comfortable to do so.
  5. +1 on the Ribcors if you decide not to go the full custom route. The feel reminds me a lot more of skates that I loved from the pre-composite-boot days. Like you, I wasn't wild about the Vapors or Jetspeeds out of the box, and I second the comments about baking helping a lot, but not everything. I don't know anything about the 80ks, but I've been happy with my 70ks. They certainly aren't as stiff as the top-end Vapors & Jetspeeds, but I found them to be very comfortable out of the box.
  6. bl4

    Verbero Gloves

    Thanks - greatly appreciated. As with sticks, etc., I always feel like the question with non-major-brand gear is the relative value. It's one thing to pay half the price for gloves that are good, but not quite as good as the top of the lines from Bauer, Warrior, etc. It's another to go out and buy an entry-level glove at an entry-level price, thinking that you're getting a deal on a high-end glove. I've had this experience plenty of times with sticks - i.e., it's not that the off-brand sticks are ripoffs. It's that they - all too often - perform like similarly priced major brand sticks. So there's no real savings, and you wind up buying gear/sticks of a quality you wouldn't otherwise purchase.
  7. bl4

    Verbero Gloves

    Has anyone tried the Verbero gloves? I found a great deal on the Cypress 4 Rolls. I'm a sucker for "traditional" style/4-roll gloves (I'm a longtime Eagle wearer), and I was considering picking up a pair. But I was curious if anyone had tried them on/had any experience with Verbero gloves, generally. Thanks!
  8. bl4

    Kode

    Ty, I hope you'll take JR up on this offer. Personally, I would be thrilled to have more brand (and pattern) options available and am always enthusiastic about supporting small business. But, like many other folks on here, I've had my fair share of bad experiences with non-brand-name sticks that offer the world and perform poorly.
  9. bl4

    Hockey Skate Vacuum Fit

    That's my recollection of how the VacuTacks worked back in the day. The boots came without the blades, and (unless I'm mis-remembering) were heated before being placed in a vacuum bag.
  10. bl4

    Hockey Skate Vacuum Fit

    I had a couple of pairs, and I remember the experience being pretty uncomfortable as well. That said, I remember the skates fitting great (the last pairs of CCMs I bought before my current 70ks). JR's point about improving materials eliminating the need for the process/extra piece of equipment sounds right to me (like most of JR's points). But I do wonder if vacuum+heat molding of great materials might make some of us hesitate a little longer before going the custom route.
  11. bl4

    Girdle shell alterations?

    As a long-time girdle wearer, I've never actually owned a "girdle shell" (if I understand correctly that these are the padded variety) - all the shells I have were bought were from the days where the only shells I could find were the baggy/unpadded variety (which I understand to now be branded as "pant shells"?). Curious in the conversation about mixing and matching sizes where folks have run into fit issues - i.e. length or waist? Also, are the velcro tabs on shells designed to work with only newer girdles (i.e., do newer girdles have velcro tabs to attach to a shell), or do velcro tabs simply latch onto the girdle material? I've only ever worn older shells that simply used a belt as colins describes.
  12. bl4

    Sideline Swap

    Thanks, all.
  13. bl4

    Sideline Swap

    I've never used Sideline Swap, but I've noticed that a lot of folks on MSH seem to use it (or, at least to check it out for pro stock offerings). Perhaps a silly question, but how receptive do sellers tend to be to negotiating/fielding lower offers? Of course, I realize that this varies seller to seller - I've bought and sold on ebay plenty of times. But I just wondered if there are any norms on the site (at least among hockey sellers). I don't want to be a jerk by showing up and lowballing if that's viewed as bad form, but I also would rather not pay sticker if it's not necessary. Thanks!
  14. bl4

    Slide Boards

    interesting - looks like he has a pretty great setup there (although perhaps less ideal from a storage standpoint than the roll-up options)
  15. bl4

    Slide Boards

    Many years ago, I had a slide board for off-ice training. It's been years since I owned one, but I was considering buying a a new one. In looking online, it seems like there are now a lot of options and (as tends to be the case) a big price range. Anyone have any recommendations? Thanks!


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