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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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  1. 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/
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. althoma1

    I need some big man help!

  7. 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.
  8. althoma1

    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

  9. althoma1

    Alternative to True skates?

    The skates are too large and the OP should push for Pure to get True to remake them at the proper size or refund his money. It's understandable that no one would want to be stuck with expensive skates that are too big. If they're going to be remade, I'd suggest that a new scan, plus a measurement using a True Brannock is done in case the original scan/measurements are off and that's what caused the issue in the first place. You don't want to end up with remade skates that are also too long. I don't think anything out there will feel exactly like True skates, but the closest would be Makos. The OG Makos had durability issues, but the Mako II, M8 and M7 were really improved. I have some Mako II's for ice and have converted a pair of M7's for roller and also have OG Makos for both ice and inline - I'm really impressed with the M7's as they're stiffer than the OG Makos and have been more durable. I know the Makos have been discontinued for several years, but if you scour the internet and local classifieds you may be able to find a pair or two in new or close to new condition in your son's size. Just expand your search to include the M7 and M8 and not only the Mako II - I almost always use top end skates and have been really blown away by the M7's. If the True's aren't remade and you can't find Mako's in your son's size then the top end Supertacks AS1 and Jetspeed FT2 are one piece options and will be stiff and responsive, but won't wrap like True's or Makos and I know the original Supertacks had a taller toe box (not sure about the new ones). The Supertacks are also higher cut than the Makos and Trues - not sure about the Jetspeeds. The new Vapor 2X and 2X Pro skates have a toe box that looks similar to the old Mako toe box, but they still have a separate outsole.
  10. 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).
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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).
  15. 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.