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althoma1

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althoma1 last won the day on February 10 2017

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About althoma1

  • Birthday 11/03/1977

Equipment

  • 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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    Male
  • Location
    Toronto, ON
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  1. althoma1

    Easton Mako Skates

    If you look a few pages back, the las vegas ice center pro shop has Mako II and OG Makos in various common sizes, but they're asking $455US for the OG Mako (according to an email I received when I asked about stock for 8EE) and $600 for the Mako 2 when anothe member phoned them. http://www.lasvegasice.com/CONTACTUS.aspx
  2. althoma1

    Easton Mako Skates

    The issue with the padding compressing around the top of the boot sounds exactly like what happened to my heavily used OG Mako conversions. I knew the M8 was the closest to the OG Mako out of the newer skates since it uses the same tongue and metatarsal guard, but I would've hoped the padding would've been upgraded. I did not experience the padding compressing on my heavily used Mako II's, but those were almost exclusively used for officiating. So it sounds like for you, the Mako II and M8 have essentially the same performance, but the Mako II was more durable. That's good to know. The M7 also seems to have similar performance - the jury is out for me regarding durability since I've only used those for about a month.
  3. althoma1

    Easton Mako Skates

    I own the Mako 2, OG Mako and have used both the OG Mako and M7 for roller conversions. I did briefly own the M8, but in an 8D and I need an 8EE. I tried baking the 8D, but it didn't get wide enough for my forefoot. The biggest difference I notice is between the original Mako and other models. The other models are all stiffer and the ankle padding holds up better. I've only used the M7's for roller for about a month now, but so far I'm VERY impressed. They're only a bit heavier than the OG Makos, but feel about as stiff as the Mako 2. The thick felt tongue took some breaking in, but now it feels good. I didn't know if the M7's would mold to my feet as well as the Mako 2 or OG Mako, but they did. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the M7 skates and the M8 are one model up from those. The M8 use the OG Mako tongue (not the thick felt tongue) and metatarsal guard, but have the improved ankle padding and are a bit stiffer than the OG Makos. I don't think there's much drop off at all in performance between the Mako II and M8. It's really just the 25% fibre glass content, a slightly thinner insole and a different tongue. The weight difference is marginal and the performance difference should also be marginal. If you can find the M7 or M8 in your sons size in new or like new condition; I would buy them. The only versions I'd be hesitant to grab unless they're at a very low cost are the original models.
  4. althoma1

    2018-2019 Gear Sightings

    Yes, the same company that owns Tron owns Verbero. That happened earlier this year. They also seem to be clearing out most of the old Verbero products during their different sales and don't seem to be replenishing stock. I don't know if this means they just bought the leftover product and aren't producing anything new or if they'll produce some new and existing products in the future.
  5. althoma1

    Easton Mako Skates

    I emailed them a while back and the price I was given for my size was $455 US, but that was for the OG Mako (I passed, considering the OG Mako is the least durable model and I already have a small stockpile of Mako 2's). Perhaps they were quoting you for the Mako II, but that's still high.
  6. althoma1

    2018-19 Supplemental Discipline

    I didn't see it live. I only watched a couple clips and they didn't show it from the start. Now that I see it from the start, I do see Marchand grabbed Eller with his gloves on and did start punching before the gloves were off. He didn't really land big punches until the gloves were off though, but through an extra one as Eller was going down. It was definitely dirty, but not on the level of the Wilson hit or even what Marchand has done in the past.
  7. althoma1

    2018-19 Supplemental Discipline

    It wasn't the best decision by Eller to celebrate a 7-0 goal; especially in front of the Bruins bench. I kind of understand why Marchand went after him, but he started swinging before Eller was ready to fight and the extra shot as Eller was going down was pretty cheap.
  8. althoma1

    2018-19 Supplemental Discipline

    I'm no Marchand fan, but what he did in this instance no way compares to what Wilson did. Edit: Now that I see the entire clip, he did grab Eller and start punching before Eller was ready, but landed the bigger punches once Eller finally got his gloves off. That, plus the extra punch when Eller was already on his way down was unnecessary and is worth a fine or minor suspension. With a player with no history, I'd say a fine or one game suspension would be appropriate. Since Marchand does have a history then maybe 2 or 3 games to send a message, but I don't think it will or should approach the 20 games Wilson received for his predatory hit.
  9. althoma1

    Old JetSpeed 2015 replacement

    They should be similar based on the specs, but I don't have specific experience with that skate so hopefully someone else who does will chime in. One thing that changed for sure is the sizing. If you were say a size 8D in the old 2015 Jetspeeds then you'd need to go up to an 8.5D in the current FT lineup. Read this post from the CCM product manager:
  10. althoma1

    Verbero skate

    FYI - the Cypress Pro+ ice skate is down to $200 today and the Pro ice skate is $150 if you use the code VIS50 on Hockeytron.com. They're advertising it as a 50% off sale, but the skates were already dropped down to $399 and $299 respectively, which I believe is already 50% off of their original price. So it's really 75% off the original prices. The code doesn't seem to work in the Cypress inline skates; it only works on the ice skates. I believe it's a one day sale only; I just received the Hockeytron email promoting the offer a few minutes ago and it says it expires Oct 4th (I don't know if that means it's good until the end of Oct 4th or is only good through today and expires when the clock strikes midnight; it's promoted as a daily special so I'd lean toward the later).
  11. althoma1

    Verbero Cypress skates

    FYI - the Cypress Pro+ ice skate is down to $200 today and the Pro ice skate is $150 if you use the code VIS50 on Hockeytron.com. They're advertising it as a 50% off sale, but the skates were already dropped down to $399 and $299 respectively, which I believe is already 50% off of their original price. So it's really 75% off the original prices. Unfortunately, the code doesn't seem to work in the Cypress inline skates, but it's a good deal for the ice versions. I believe it's a one day sale only; I just received the Hockeytron email promoting the offer a few minutes ago and it says it expires Oct 4th (I don't know if that means it's good until the end of Oct 4th or is only good through today and expires when the clock strikes midnight; it's promoted as a daily special so I'd lean toward the later).
  12. althoma1

    Warrior Alpha helmets

    Agreed. Hopefully the removeable padding in the Alpha helmet holds up better. I did wear the Alpha Pro in a game on Friday and it was comfortable. Even though it's not as light as the E700, I didn't notice a big difference during the game (I can definitely tell when it's in my hand before or after the game though). A large CCM Fitlite Titanium cage fits on both the E700 and Alpha Pro as I have the same cage on both helmets.
  13. althoma1

    Alkali Hockey

    Yes, the Max+ will be similar to the old Max. If you're happy with the fit of your current skates then stick with the RPD Max+ skates. If they felt too narrow or you had to get the punched then go with the RPE Zenith+.
  14. althoma1

    Alkali Hockey

    Both boots are top end, but the RPE Zenith+ is wider than the RPD Max+. The Max+ does have a magnesium chassis vs. the extruded aluminum chassis on the Zenith+, but in my opinion that's a minor upgrade. The key difference is the last - if you usually need EE or wide ice skates or shoes you probably want the RPE Zenith+ and if you have an average width foot then you should go with the RPD Max+.
  15. althoma1

    Warrior Alpha helmets

    I picked up an Alpha Pro during a sale last week. I haven't worn it yet and it still has the tags on it, but I did weigh it and also weighed an E700 of the same size (both Large). The L Alpha Pro with tags weighs 578 grams. The E700 (without a cage, but with the J hooks on) weighs 377grams. So it's basically a 200 gram difference. In your hand, you can really notice the difference; on your head it's a minor difference. My general thoughts from only trying it on and wearing it around my condo for a bit is that the BOA system is nice and it appears to have good ventilation. I still feel a bit more comfortable in my E700 helmets, but it's close. As far as looks go, it looks a bit taller than the E700 at the front, but is more streamlined at the top/rear. The E700 gets taller at the back, but the Alpha One stays about the same height from front to back. The Alpha Pro is a little more svelt than the Alpha One from looking at them in the store (it's also over $100 less). I didn't really need a new helmet as I have a stockpile of E700 helmets, but my white E700 was cracked by a slap shot in the head (taken from center ice by a guy subbing for my team when I was near the blue line about a foot from the boards with about a second left in the game...it was a one goal game and I get that he was trying to tie it up, but his shot was way off target and it was a beer league game. I wasn't thrilled) the second time I wore it. Thankfully, it protected me well, but my stockpile only includes one red and several black E700s. That was my only white E700 and I couldn't find another large white E700. The CCM Fitlite 3DS and the Alpha helmets felt the most comfortable for my head in the store and I liked the idea of both the BOA and one piece helmet; so I went with the Alpha Pro.


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