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althoma1 last won the day on November 10 2018

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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

    Newbie Skate Recommendation

    Another option is to convert ice boots that are the right fit, but by the time you pay around $30 to have them converted and buy wheels, a chassis, bearings and spacers it's usually well over $200 unless you use an old ice boot you already own or get a used or clearance model for next to nothing. I have had several pairs converted because the ice boots I have used fit me better than any of the available inline boots, but it usually ends up running $300 -$500 to do that. I play and ref indoors with expensive wheels and use a specially chassis (Sprung). It'd be a little cheaper with an old flat chassis bought off eBay with basic bearings and cheap outdoor wheels, but it'd still be tough to get it under $200 unless you already have old boots you can use. If you're not playing in the skates then recreational skates that fit well are fine for just cruising around the neighbourhood and staying in shape. Of course, if you did decide to play some inline in the future, hockey boots are the way to go as they'll provide more support so I see why you would lean that way (and I also think they look better than recommended boots).
  2. althoma1

    Newbie Skate Recommendation

    If you know the size and model you need then you can scour the internet and local shops for older models on clearance (just make sure the sizing and fit is the same as the models you've tried on) or very lightly used skates (sometimes people use skates a few times before determining they aren't the right size or fit). If you have no success doing that, then I'd consider pushing your budget up if you can. Using skates that aren't the right size can be painful. If that's not possible, then buying a 9 at a good local shop that includes stretching with purchases is something you could consider. A good shop can stretch most boots a half size. If you buy online or at a shop that doesn't include stretching then the cost of getting them stretched would be extra. Definitely don't get a 10. You'll gain some room in a boot after breaking it in and compressing the padding and you can have a boot that is too small stretched, but you can't make a boot that's too big smaller. With a boot that's too large you could have heel lift, blisters and other issues. Oh, and have you tried skates on and you know you're a 9.5 in skates or are you guessing based on the 1.5 size down from shoe size general starting point? If it's the latter then you NEED to go try skates on. Some people go down much more than 1.5 sizes down in skates as every foot is different and people have different fit preferences with shoes and some leave more room than others. With skates you want them as tight as possible without any really painful pressure points, your longest toe should brush the cap and your heel shouldn't lift up when you're skating, walking around or doing lunges. The most common mistake new players make is buying skates that are too large.
  3. althoma1

    Newbie Skate Recommendation

    If you need a 9.5 then buy that size. If you would prefer outdoor wheels and they come with indoor wheels then you can either ask the shop you're buying from if they'll swap the wheels or you can sell the indoor wheels and buy some outdoor wheels.
  4. althoma1

    Boston Bruins vs St. Louis Blues

    I really doubt someone would bounce their head off the ice just to try to sell a call even in the Stanley Cup Finals. I would expect someone embellishing to through themselves back, but break their fall with their arms so that they don't hit their head on the ice. This is Marchand embellishing: and here's embellishment by Kessler: With both of these dives you can see that the players go down easily, but not recklessly. They're not risking injury as it's a controlled dive where they brace themselves with at least one arm. Accari would have to have no regard for his own health and safety to go back that hard and land directly on his head. I'm saying this as a Habs fan who wants the Bruins to lose; the Bruins aren't angels (especially Marchand), but I'm not seeing the Accari play as a dive at all and while I don't ref anywhere near the NHL level, I do ref a lot of competitive hockey
  5. althoma1

    Boston Bruins vs St. Louis Blues

    I'm a Habs fan and have no love for the Bruins, but that definitely looked like a trip in both real time and via replay. It's a fast game and the low officials view was probably partially obscured by Carlo when the trip occurred. Perhaps the official thought Bozak was playing the puck and made incidental contact while doing so; that's the most reasonable explanation I can think of for the non-call. While I'm rooting for St. Louis to win, I'd prefer they did so without controversial non-calls like that. There's not much that can be done about it now, but hopefully there are no missed impact calls in the next game(s).
  6. althoma1

    Show It Off

    My understanding is that it means the butt end should be covered by tape or a grip like Tacki Mac ect. With that said, if you have the end cap glued in, I don't think you'll be given a hard time about it; especially in beer league.
  7. althoma1

    Show It Off

    It may or may not be enforced in men's league, but Hockey Canada rule 3.3 e) states: The end of the shaft must be covered to protect against injury. In the case of hollowed shaft sticks, the end of the shaft must have a protective cap as well as being covered to protect against injury. Nice stick though!
  8. althoma1

    11th Annual MSH SummerJam

    I doesn't look like I'll be able to make it this year, but having been several times in the past, the registration fee covers the ice time and whatever rental costs are required for the manufacturers display/demo area as well as custom jerseys, socks and a puck. There are also usually give-aways from the manufacturers such as hats, bags, skate towels ect. and there have been draws for larger prizes at some past events. Picking the reps brains, seeing the new gear and getting to try some of it out is all great. The game itself is a very relaxed fun pickup game with a wide variety of skill levels as IPV6 mentioned. The dinners are a separate cost. I don't know what's being done this year, but for past events there was a BBQ/party on Friday at the host hotel with a reasonable fee to cover the costs of the food and then a dinner at a restaurant on the Saturday (usually followed by hanging out at the host hotel). These events are optional, but recommended as you get to meet fellow members with a shared common passion for the sport and equipment and hang out. It's flexible, if you can't make it to the dinner on Sat, but want to meet at the hotel after then that usually works. I've always enjoyed the BBQ and hotel hangouts with the other members; there are a lot of laughs and interesting discussions.
  9. althoma1

    Glove fit advice

    The STX Surgeon line if gloves has a tapered fit like Vapors, but is tighter in the fingers and backhand. The Surgeon gloves have narrower fingers than anything else I have tried.
  10. althoma1

    Nexus pants going the way of the dodo?

    It's meant to be used with a shell instead of pants and not with pants.
  11. althoma1

    Favorite helmet cage combo?

    I currently use an Alpha Pro with a CCM Fitlite cage and an Easton E700 with a Fitlite cage. I used to use a Bauer Reakt cage with the E700, but the Fitlite just works for my face better (the extra length helps). Both are comfortable helmets for my head and you can beat the weight of the E700. The Reakt and Fitlite are great cages; it just depends on which one fits your face better.
  12. althoma1

    Supreme S29 vs Totalone NXG

    If they are purchased brand new from an authorized dealer then they should still be covered by the standard new skate warranty. I believe it's 90 days for the boot and steel and 1 year for the holders. It sounds like the NXG fit is promising if there are only mild pressure points before baking.
  13. althoma1

    Supreme S29 vs Totalone NXG

    What Marka said. I love to get clearance deals, but they're only good deals if they actually fit you well. If the D width NXGs are just snug around your feet with very mild pressure points then those can be baked and/or punched out. If they squeeze your foot painfully like they're in a vice then you should pass on them. What I would suggest is going back to the store, putting them on, tying them up and stand and walk around in them for at least 20 minutes. If there are only mild pressure points after that then you could grab them. If your feet are in extreme discomfort then pass on the NXGs. Now, even if the NXGs don't work in a D, you could always look for a clearance pair of Supremes in EE that are better than the S29. You might be able to find stock of the S180 or S190 in your size somewhere. Of course, you'd want to confirm the fit and I wouldn't limit yourself to only Supremes. Trying on as many models as you can when buying new skates is always a good idea. Supremes may fit you well, but there may be another model you haven't tried on that fits you better. At worst, you'll try on other models like CCM Tacks, Jetspeeds, Ribcores and Bauer Nexus and Vapor and find that Supreme is still the best fit. Or you may find that one of those models fits you even better with almost no negative space, great heel lock and no areas of pain or discomfort.
  14. althoma1

    Favorite helmet cage combo?

    My two favourite cages are the Bauer Reakt Titanium and the CCM Fitlite Titanium (unfortunately now discontinued, but you can still find some out there). They're both very light, don't rust and have flat bars that allow for excellent vision. The main difference between the two is that the Reakt is narrower and shorter than the Fitlite in the same size. The Fitlite in large fits my helmet and face better than the Reakt so that's what I use now. I had a Reakt before the fitlite and while I liked it, it was a bit short for my face and really tight width wise on my helmet even after bending it outwards.
  15. I haven't owned or used the AS1 specifically, but I have found that you generally gain a few mm of space in skates after baking them and breaking them in. What time of day did you try on the skates? Your feet swell through the day; so your feet are going to be slightly larger at night then they are in the morning. Starting with your toes against the cap is OK as long as they're not bent if you tried the skates on later in the day. Now, if you tried them on first thing in the morning then you may not have enough room to work with. So I'd say, go with the 7.5 if you tried them on in the later half of the day and the 7.75 if you tried them on early in the day.