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althoma1 last won the day on November 10

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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

    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    Glad to hear they're remaking them smaller. Did they determine how the original sizing was so off? Was the scanner incorrectly calibrated or was it another reason? Was the solution of foam taped in addressed? I hope the remade skates fit perfectly and work well for you, but I am still curious to know how the first skates ended up so large.
  2. althoma1

    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    I am not a mounting expert. If your LHS says there is a mounting issue; I believe you. It's obvious to everyone they're too big; so they should be remade with an accurate scan and measurements and a new holder would have to be mounted at that time anyway (as you'd likely go down a holder size).
  3. althoma1

    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    I'm not seeing holder issues on Smu's skates either, but it's obvious from the pictures of your feet on the insoles and the sizing difference between your old skates and the Trues that they're at least a full size too long. That's definitely a big issue that shouldn't be solved by taping some foam in the end. The skates should be remade at the proper length. If you have holder mounting requests then do that at the same time, but any holder issues seem minor compared to the obviously way too long skates.
  4. althoma1

    Warrior Alpha helmets

    Here if you're in Canada: https://www.sportchek.ca/product/331775804.html#331775804=99 No idea where you can get one in the US. They seem to be sold out at most places online as they were discontinued.
  5. althoma1

    Easton Mako Skates

    If you read through earlier posts in this thread where people mention sizing, most people are the same size in Makos as current Bauer models. There are a few people who go up a half a size (I'm one of them - I found a 7.5EE would be the best fit for me in Bauer and wear 8EE in Makos.); so there's no guarantee without trying them on, but it seems about 90% of the sizing posts mention consistent sizing between Bauers and Makos as far as length goes. So your best bet is a 7D Mako if the 7D Bauers fit well. They'll likely feel too small before you bake them and you may have a hard time even getting them on; you won't know if they actually fit until you have them properly baked. If you do decide to grab a pair of 7D Makos, I'd recommend going for the second generation Mako II (or it's little brothers the M8 or M7) vs. the original Mako. There were durability issues with the original Makos that were addressed with the second release. The padding on the originals had a tendency to compress on the outside near the ankle and many people also had cracking issues with that model. I'd jump on the FB deal for $375 CAD for the Mako II, but wouldn't consider the originals for anything more than $150 as they just don't hold up as well.
  6. althoma1

    new skate help

    Tacks fit somewhat similar to Supremes. In the CCM line, the Jetspeed or Ribcore skates would be more suited for someone with a narrower foot. Personally, I use and really like the Sprung chassis; so finding a boot that fits well (roller or ice) and then having a conversion done is another option you could consider. The Sprungs are selling for $89 now.
  7. althoma1

    new skate help

    I believe you'd drop a half size with Mission vs. Alkali and not go up a size. So if you're an 8 in Alkali then you'd be a 7.5 in the current Mission lines (old Mission sizing was different). The current Mission lines are based on the Bauer Supreme last; so if you can figure out your size in Supreme ice skates then that should be your Mission size. With that said, the Mission skates might be a bit wide for your foot. With your foot description, you might want to try the Verbero Cypress Pro+ skates. The Cypress fit narrower than the old Vortex boots (the Vortex fit wide) and are supposed to be similar lengthwise to current Bauers according to the Verbero sizing chart. So you'd likely be a 7.5 in those. It's a one piece carbon fiber boot with Konnix Pure wheels (my current favourite high end indoor wheels): https://www.verbero.com/collections/skates/products/cypress-pro-plus-inline-skate. If you sign up to the Verbero and Tron mailing lists you may be able to catch a sale and get them for less than the $499 they currently are; they're now owned by Tron and it looks like Tron is clearing out most things with various sales. Their ice skates dropped down as low as $250 in recent sales.
  8. althoma1

    Easton Mako Skates

    It's very easy to replace the extendon guards (unscrew and then screw in two bolts - it takes less than 5 minutes), but it would be hard to find new ones since the skates have been discontinued for years now. If you needed to replace them, you could look for a cheap used pair where the guards are in good shape and use those as a donor/parts skate. With that said, I've used a few pairs of Makos (for inline, ice and to officiate) for the past 4 years or so and have never had to replace the tendon guards. I did take a pair of tendon guards off the one pair of roller conversions I retired just so I have the spare parts if needed, but haven't needed to use them.
  9. althoma1

    Easton Mako Skates

    Makos fit a half size larger than old Synergy skates. So if you want a snug fit in the Makos go with a size 9. If you want more space you could go with a 9.5. Personally, I would go with a 9 since they're designed based on a zero negative space concept and are VERY responsive to heat.
  10. althoma1

    Easton Mako Skates

    Yes, everyone has their own fit preferences. Did you also wear a 7.5 in the Makos when you were in them?
  11. althoma1

    Easton Mako Skates

    Based on the measurements and previous skates, I'd guess you're a size 9 in the Mako. Size 9 Makos use 280mm holders. Size 8.5 Makos would have 272mm holders and would likely be too short.
  12. althoma1

    Easton Mako Skates

    Are you sure your foot measurement is accurate or do you like to wear your shoes extremely tight? Try putting a piece of computer paper against a wall, put your bare foot on the paper against the same wall and then mark the end of your longest toe. Then measure the distance between the start of the paper (that was against the wall) and your toe mark. Do this for both feet. This will remove any possible tracing errors. The reason I suggest this is that most people with an actual 28cm foot would wear a size 11 shoe, but fit preferences and brands can vary. It doesn't hurt to double check though. Did the 9.5 Synergy skates fit so your largest toe brushed the cap or did you have a little room?
  13. althoma1

    A list of skate weights

    Fit should always come first and is much more important than brand, looks or weight, but people are curious about weight and often bring it up (for not only skates, but all equipment). There's nothing wrong with gathering some information.
  14. althoma1

    Easton Mako Skates

    Here's my sizing: Mako size: 8EE The Mako box for this size says they're for 9.5 shoes, but I wear 10W dress shoes, 10 sandals and 10.5 running shoes. I know the 8.5 Mako that would be suggested for size 10 would be too long for my feet. Easton's general guidance for skate to shoe size is 1.5 sizes down, but that's only a general guide and not an exact science or guarantee (some people prefer their shoes with more room than others and different brands and models have different fits). Trying skates on is of course best, but if you can't do that then measuring or using other skates that fit well with your toes brushing the cap would be a better idea. Foot length: 26.7 CM or 10.5 inches CCM Brannock Device Measurement (the metal measuring device most shops use): 8 Bauer Supreme size (not a perfect fit for my foot as the forefoot is tight and the heel is wide for my feet, but the length feels about right): 7.5EE (a lot of people seem to fit the same size in Makos as they do in Bauer's; for me, a half size up in the Makos feels correct. My toes barely brush the cap, my heel is locked and I've used Makos for over 2 years and still love the fit. I've only demoed Supremes in 7.5EE and never owned them since their overall fit isn't ideal for my feet). When I was sized for Supertacks when they had the try some on and get a free hat promo, an experienced fitter at a good LHS suggested 8EE would be the size to try on (they felt tight on my forefoot where the boot meets the cap and I didn't quite feel the end, my heel was locked in well though). You could measure your feet in CM and then use the sizing charts on this page to get your sizing close, but it's still a gamble buying without being able to try them on: https://www.icewarehouse.com/lc/icehockeyskatesizing.html
  15. althoma1

    Easton Mako Skates

    As a big Mako fan myself, I have to agree with the others on finding something else that works if he's in skates that small. You may be able to find a pair or two that works for the next year or two, but after that it will become almost impossible to find them. So unless you can find a pair in almost every single size and are prepared to buy them right now then it's probably best to move on. If it was for someone whose feet have stopped growing, or at least almost stopped growing then it's easier to stockpile. With that said, here are the best leads I have if you're still determined to go the Mako route: https://www.kijiji.ca/v-hockey/belleville/mako-2-jr-skates-size-4d/1384639143?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true That's a 4D Mako II for $125 CAD plus whatever shipping would cost to your location. You could potentially also contact this seller on FB, but I believe they have mainly senior sizes 8-11: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/507918219628585/