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althoma1 last won the day on July 21 2019

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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

    Konixx Pure wheels discontinued

    The Pure's are the best wheels I've used in 20+ years of playing roller hockey. I've never used the Tachyon, but I know it only comes in one durometer, 0, and the Pure comes in three 0, +1 and +2. The Tachyon is also a dual pour wheel, but is positioned as a Tier 2 wheel behind the Tier 1 Pure. Even if they were exactly the same, I'd still go for the Pure because I'm over 200lbs and need the +2 durometer, but if you're under 170lbs then you could probably go with the Tachyon. If you're heavier than that, I'd either get them Pure on clearance now if you can find them in your size and durometer or get the new Pure-X when it's released.
  2. althoma1

    Bauer toe box

    Definitely don`t move up to a 10 if the 9.5 length is correct. I would try a Vapor in a 9.5EE (maybe even 9EE as I find that the Bauer EE skates feel slightly longer than their D width equivalents) if you want to stick to Bauer, but try on everything you can get your feet into and hopefully one clearly fits better than others. Vapor D - Supreme D - Vapor EE - Nexus D - Supreme EE - Nexus EE are the Bauer widths from narrowest to widest (approximately - they each have their own lasts and toe boxes ect.).
  3. althoma1

    Clean or dirty?

    In most leagues that's a 2 minute penalty. Some non-contact men's leagues either make body contact an automatic 4 minute penalty or allow refs to make any call a 4 minute penalty depending on the degree of force. I could see that as a 2 or 4, but it definitely doesn't look like a major or match based on either video and unless you're playing in a league that allows for a double minor for body contact (or roughing or interference; however you want to classify it); it's going to be a 2 minute penalty. If there was an intentional butt end then it could've been more, but you can't see that from the video and it would be very hard for the refs to catch that.
  4. althoma1

    Clean or dirty?

    Blindside full body check. Definitely a penalty and it looks like the back ref had a penalty on delay as his arm is up.
  5. althoma1

    Too HEAVY for Skates??

    I also love the M7, but wouldn't necessarily call it a soft skate. It's not as stiff as some current high end skates, but it's stiffer than the old CCM 652 pumps I used to wear. It's certainly cut lower than some other skates which helps with forward flex, but I find the M7 to be stiffer than the OG Makos. As for the OP, I'd focus on getting skates the right size and fit vs. focusing on stiffness. Yes, as a bigger guy you don't want low end skates that offer no support, but the S29 is a mid-range boot that should offer enough support for beer league. If they fit well, I'd go for those in the 8.5 rather than going a half size bigger to get a higher end, stiffer skate. If you're sure you really want a higher end skate, then I'd look for a deal on a pair in your size. I wouldn't jump up a half size just to get a deal. I'm also in the heavier than average category at around 230lbs; I did find that after a few years the OG Makos felt too soft for me, but the M7's I use for roller (a mid-range skate) feel like they provide plenty of support and I've used them for a couple seasons now. I use Mako II's for ice, which are high end skates, but they're considered to be softer than skates like top of the line Vapors, Supremes and Tacks and I'm very happy with them.
  6. althoma1

    New True Lid

    I've never seen cage mounting clips used on the sides instead of J-clips. That would mean you wouldn't be able to flip open the cage when putting it on and taking it off. While I know it's possible to get a helmet off and on with the cage done up, it's a tight squeeze on a snug fitting helmet and I prefer to be able to undo the straps and flip open the cage.
  7. I know a few people who really like the CCM P46 curve, but have had a hard time finding it recently. I know there's also a niche following for the Warrior Gionta and Sherwood Smith (very similar curves) and I do like both of them. My personal favourite that's not available at retail is the old Warrior Smyth, but I don't think there's a heavy demand for that one (although it's somewhat similar to the more recent CCM P46 that does have some demand).
  8. althoma1

    2018 Third Jerseys

    Bad, but I think the Colorado jersey is worse.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 1. Mako II 2. Mako M7 3. KOR Shift 1 4. OG Mako 5. CCM 652 Tacks with the pump
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.