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althoma1 last won the day on July 21

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About althoma1

  • Birthday 11/03/1977


  • Skates
    Easton Mako (ice), Mako with Sprungs for roller
  • Stick
    Warrior Diablo Gionta Curve, Warrior QR Pro Yakupov curve, Inno Mania with Smyth curve
  • Gloves
    Easton HSX, Warrior Projekt
  • Helmet
    Cascade M11 with Itech Titanium Cage (ice), Easton E700 with Reakt cage (roller), Bauer IMS 7.0 with Bauer Pro Clip (ref)
  • Pants
    Warrior Projekt Girdle with Nike Bauer Shell, Valken V-Pro with V-Elite Girdle for roller
  • Shoulder Pads
    Farrell H600
  • Elbow Pads
    2012 Warrior Projekt
  • Shin Pads
    Warrior Projekt (ice) or CCM CL (roller)
  • Hockey Bag
    Warrior Eraser, Warrior or RBK Pro for carrying, ShockDoctor Dryer at home

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    Toronto, ON
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  1. althoma1

    2018 Third Jerseys

    Bad, but I think the Colorado jersey is worse.
  2. If you're going with a longer stick you may also want to change to a curve with a lower lie. This may help with stick handling.
  3. althoma1

    Easton Mako Skate Questions

    You could try clamping the heel, using tensor bandages or use the shrink wrap method True now uses to get better heel lock: I'd try to find CXN holders if you want the same pitch. Check ebay and sidelineswap for CXN holders in your size and if that doesn't work, call around to a few local shops. Edit: Pure Hockey has right CXN holders for size 9 (used for 9 and 9.5) $9.97.https://www.purehockey.com/product/easton-cxn-holders-senior/itm/14127-41/ And Hockeymonkey has the left holder in your size for $4.97: https://www.hockeymonkey.com/easton-hockey-holder-cxn.html Step sitll makes steel for the CXN holders. JR has it listed in the MSH Pro Shop.
  4. 1. Mako II 2. Mako M7 3. KOR Shift 1 4. OG Mako 5. CCM 652 Tacks with the pump
  5. I agree that the 3/4 Fire feels a little more "floaty" than the 90/50 FBV I usually use. I actually liked that as I prefer a shallow hollow with just enough bite, but I can definitely see it being too shallow for lighter skaters or those who prefer more bite.
  6. I usually use a 90/50 FBV and tried the 3/4 Fire ring at a Modsquad event. The Fire ring felt like it had a bit less bite, but I actually liked that as I like the 90/50 better after I have skated on it a game or two (which means I should probably go with a shallower FBV cut, but 90/50 is the shallowest one readily available around here). If he wants the same bite as the 90/50 then maybe try the 5/8 FIRE, but if he doesn't mind having a little less bite then try the 3/4 FIRE.
  7. althoma1

    Skate replacement for Easton Mako

    I totally agree with stocking up on skates that fit well...well, anything that I really like I stock up on. Mako II skates, STX Surgeon gloves, 2012 Warrior Projekt elbow pads, Warrior Projekt girdles, Easton E700 helmets (wish I would've stocked up on the Verbero Shield shoulder pads before they disappeared - my one pair is in great shape, but nothing lasts forever). New isn't always better if it doesn't fit and feel as good, plus it helps that the price is usually more palatable on discontinued items. I'm glad I stocked up on the Mako's as nothing on the retail market I've tried on since feels like it would fit my feet as well and new custom True skates would cost about 3x as much as I paid for the extra pairs of Makos - since Trues are currently custom only it's hard to find gently used pairs or pro returns that would be the right size and there are no clearance deals. If I was in the OP's position I would scour the net for M7's, M8's and Mako II's in my size, but I know they're hard to find in new or near new condition in most sizes. If that search failed then I'd start looking for new or barely used True skates in my size (preferably locally so I could try them on) and then if that failed I would cry, pry open my wallet and fork over the coin for True customs. After using speed skate inspired one piece skates like KOR and Makos for so many years I can't see moving away from that style of skate.
  8. althoma1

    New True Lid

    I was reffing a men's league game last night and saw someone in a FL500 and that thing is massive. I definitely favour comfort and fit over looks when it comes to helmets as I've worn what many consider to be pretty ugly helmets like the Mission Carbster, Cascade M11, Easton E700 and briefly the Alpha Pro before going back to E700s. Out of those, the only one that probably stands out almost as much as the FL500 is the Carbster and even that didn't protrude in the back as much as the FL500. I do remember trying on the RE-AKT 200 in the store and thinking it was also huge and bulky. On the ice, looking at player wearing a helmet, I don't think I've ever seen anything that looks as planetary as the FL500 though. It'll be interesting to see how the new True helmet fits and adjusts when it comes out. It's always good to have more options and if it is more protective for those it fits well then that's great.
  9. althoma1

    Easton Mako Skates

    No more info then what's in the thread I linked to and what I heard at a modsquad event. There's also this old FB post: https://www.facebook.com/SkateTech29/posts/ultrastop-shot-blockers-on-these-bauer-1s-skates-one-of-the-most-popular-shot-bl/914215945392519/
  10. althoma1

    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    The True website gives the impression that the two options are "firm" and "soft" for the inline wheels. I assumed that'd be for high end Sport Court wheels. It's really for indoor and outdoor wheels? If so, they should explicitly state that. You'd also have to deep pockets to consider a custom skate for outdoor use.
  11. I have only felt them at Modsquad events; so hopefully someone who has owned both can chime in. I believe the QRE is a bit lighter, but also addresses some durability issues some people had with the Dynasty.
  12. althoma1

    Girdle Options

    I'd use your waist measurement for sizing and if you're in between sizes I'd lean toward the smaller size. Girdles are meant to hug the body and you don't want them slipping down. My waist measurements indicated I could fit a large or XL in a girdle - I went with the large and it was very snug at first, but fits very well after breaking it in and I occasionally pull it up or tighten the belt. If I'd gone with an XL it may have felt more comfortable at first, but I'd probably be constantly pulling it up or tightening the belt. As shoeshineboy said, the sizing of women's pants and girdles will be very different. Manufacturers assume that women will be smaller and have smaller waists than men; so even though you're a large in the women's pants, you may in fact need a small in one of the girdles. As far as recommendations, the 3 that Nicholas shows in his post are good options to consider. I'd lean toward the Warrior or True because I prefer to have the built in jock pouch, but if you like a wrap style girdle then the CCM Supertacks or 7092 are good options. As for the Warrior vs. True, Nicholas mentioned in the True girdle thread that the True is a bit heavier, but offers more protection.
  13. althoma1

    True Girdle

    The velcro leg adjustments really remind me of the ones on the Warrior Projekt girdle that I use and the ventilated padding reminds me of the Covert girdle. Neither of which are a bad thing as I think the Covert is one of the better current girdles and I really like my Projekt girdle. It's always nice to have more girdle options when it's time for a new one. When you look at images of all of them, you can definitely see the similarities.
  14. althoma1

    I need some big man help!

  15. althoma1

    New True Lid

    https://mipsprotection.com/news-room/worlds-first-hockey-helmet-with-mips-brain-protection-system-announceds/ That article says it's called the Dynamic 9 Pro, uses the MIPS brain protection system and is set to launch in November 2019. I read somewhere else that the launch was moved up to October 2019, but either way, it looks like it's a fall launch.