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smcgreg last won the day on April 21 2017

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  1. smcgreg

    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    As Vet88 writes above and I have commented on several times on this site, orthotics will only exacerbate pronation. My son has feet as flat as boards and orthotics made his pronation worse and killed his feet. For his flat feet, skates with no support feel best. He wears orthotics in his athletic shoes, which are necessary to avoid problems, but only make things worse in his skates. In my case, I pronate on my right foot, but am neutral on my left. In this case, it's not truly pronation, but the weight is inside the center of the foot and hence more on the inside edge, because with old age, my right knee has become Valgus. This was not an issue when I skated as a kid and young adult. It only became a problem when I started skating again in middle age. Anyway, the only thing that has worked for me is to have the blade moved inward to move it back under the center of pressure of my foot. This isn't sufficient alone, as I've also shimmed under the holder, but actually shimmed the outside of the skate rather than the inside (which is what one would do for pronation in shoes). Anyway, I would not look to orthotics to solve a situation where one "pronates" in skates. Again, this has been discussed extensively in various threads I've commented on.
  2. smcgreg

    Easton Mako vs Eq4

    My thoughts as well, along with the comment that they fit without baking. The first couple pairs of Makos I had I couldn't get my foot into them without baking. Granted, if they had already been baked and worn by somebody else, that might be a different story. That being said, because the Makos are so malleable, with a bit of elbow grease, he can probably get them to fit well. I believe the original MLXs only came in full sizes and for half size customers, they would just send the insert that would fill the toe. Anyway, even if they don't last very long, it was $50 and he'll probably have the most comfortable skates he's ever worn for as long as they hold up.
  3. smcgreg

    Warrior Alpha AK27 SL

    Yes, you are probably right. The old adage, "you get what you pay for" probably applies here. I guess the one thing is that I have been waiting for the QRL to come down to that $150 price point like the top end sticks have in the past, but it's been stuck at ~$220 for a while. Looking at the weight of the AK27 and the price, I was hoping it would fit the bill. I actually bought a new QRL today and played at noon and the difference is striking comparing a new stick to a new stick in an apples to apples comparison. It's just funny to hear all those guys in the lockerroom talk about there's no reason high end sticks cost so much, it's just a scam. This is a clear example of the difference between a high end stick and one at have the original price when weight is taken out of the equation. There's still a big difference with how the stick plays for somebody that is sensitive to those things.
  4. smcgreg

    Warrior Alpha AK27 SL

    I got one of these a couple weeks ago, because my QRL was dead and the toe was chipped. Even compared to my dead QRL, it felt dead. It's light yes, but not much pop in it. I used it for about 5 skates and didn't feel like it was playing as well as my QRL. So, I went back to the old dead QRL and I can say that, even though light as a whole, the AK27 feels more blade heavy than the QRL, so, I would assume the Alpha as well. I'll probably just get a new QRL on sale now, because despite the light weight, the playing difference was noticeable to me. I assume compared to a new QRL it will be even more noticeable.
  5. smcgreg

    CXN to Edge

    Well, you could ask JR if he has any connections out there. I know there are Pure Hockeys in Littleton (not sure how close to you) and if they have the same QC as the Total Hockeys out east, that would be my pick. Other than that, I can't help. Sorry. Alternatively, you could send the steel to somebody like JR or others on this site for a profile you would have confidence in. Actually, not sure if JRs doing profiles yet, but mail might be an option if you don't have confidence locally.
  6. smcgreg

    Custom Skateworks Ultrastop blockers

    Do they have a website? All I see is twitter and I'd like to know pricing etc...
  7. smcgreg

    CXN to Edge

    As a follow up, I think the main issue with shims versus profiling to me would be the rivets. As I say, for the TUUKs, which should have been fine since the holes align pretty well, we had consistent rivet issues. On the other hand, for my son, with his most recent pair that simply profiled -2, he hasn't had one issue in about 3 months skating about 8+ hr per week. I hesitate to use my skates as an example since they are highly modified, but for the one I have shims on, I have consistent rivet problems. So, avoiding putting unusual stress on that rivet holder interface is probably the main factor in both cases. I would recommend profiling.
  8. smcgreg

    CXN to Edge

    Wow... you bought a brand new pair of Mako IIs? There are still some of us left. I hope you're not going for the same sizes as me... Anyway, I'm sure there will be some skate tech guys that will chime in, but as someone who has done a lot of tinkering with Makos and shims, I would argue the contrary to your point. If you get a good profiler, it will be more accurate than shims. The precision of measurement of still and subsequent profiling from those who are experienced and good should be right on the nose. Whereas shims would likely be less precise. On the other hand, profiles can change over time with repeated sharpenings, whereas shims will not. Granted, with shims, the profile can still change with sharpenings anyway. For me, since both my kids are very good skaters and still in Makos (as am I) until I can't find anymore in the US for them to grow into, I will tell you that for both of them, I simply have the steel profiled -2. The combined pitch of the holder and steel is +3. To me personally and from their comments, the +3 is too aggressive (one is defenseman and the other is a very good backwards skater) so, they don't like the aggressive pitch. I don't like it either and negative profile mine as well. Anyways...... both of them get a -2 pitch on the steel, which leaves the skates at +1 overall and they're good. My son skated in Vapors for a year before moving to Makos. We initially put Tuuk holders on the Makos to get them to feel like Vapors, but the rivets pulled out a lot. So, after that first pair of skates, we went to negative profiling and it works much better. Since rivet integrity is an issue on Makos, I would probably try to avoid shims to avoid any manipulation of the rivet holder interface. Since we've gone to negative pitch with the kids, there have been far fewer rivet issues. I hope that helps.
  9. smcgreg

    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    I'm not in Trues, but when I went from Supremes to Makos I found a similar issue. I left the top two undone on my Supremes, but since the Makos were lower, I didn't feel like I could do that, so, I laced them all the way up and felt like I lost some forward flex. So, I went to 55 flex and that fixed the issue. Now, the problem is that 55 flex is no longer around (add it to the list of innovations that went away), so, I've had to get GREAT SAVES alternative. I actually don't like them as much as the 55 flex, but after some fiddling, got them to work like my old set up. So, my point is, if your other attempts don't work, you might want to try the lace extender to improve flex. Again, I felt exactly the same way when I initially moved to Makos.
  10. Thanks for the offer to have them shipped to me.  Those sizes are too big for me or my son.  If you're out there again and they have anything between 5 and 6.5, let me know.  I appreciate the offer.


    1. getthekidthepuck


      No problem, I am always looking for mako's I'll let you know if I come across somw

  11. smcgreg

    Mako1 vs mako 2 skate

    Really? Dang, there's nothing in the states. I just moved into my last pair of back ups and my son is growing out of his last pair. Will likely be Trues for him before next season, since I haven't been able to find anything other than size 11 or 12 in the states.
  12. smcgreg

    Marsblade Ice Holder

    I classify most of the new high end boots from Bauer, CCM etc (not Graf) as Skiboot boots. When I tried my fist pair on after 20+ years, that's what they felt like. Jeremy made the analogy of the Langes to skiboots, then indicated they felt like his normal skates. Hence my reference to skiboot boots. The Langes never really appealed to me at the time, but to be honest, I never tried them. My friend that had them was a fantastic player, but actually had ankle strength issues, which the Langes fixed for him. Anyway, that was the reason for my reference to skiboot boots.
  13. smcgreg

    Marsblade Ice Holder

    Huh... we must have gotten out of and back into the sport around the same times. I remember when Langes got popular. My best friend as a kid had them, but I stuck with my Bauers. I too remember when composite sticks came on the scene and laughing that they wouldn't last, because they kept breaking (on tv). I didn't know anybody that played with them, so, never got a chance to try one and that was about the time I quit playing. When I came back in about 6 years ago, of course, I tried a composite stick and was blown away. The difference is incredible and that's why they stuck aside from the price and breakage. The main issue for me was the skates. I simply could not skate in new skates. I tried the new "skiboots" with blades and could barely skate. I found Makos and they solved the problem for me. So, I've stocked up on Makos for me and my kids. My son will grow out of his last pair of Makos some time this year, I presume and it will probably be on to Trues for him. Anyway, I was first struck by the fact you had a dozen pair of Langes, because I would have assumed they would feel like new Skiboot skates (as confirmed by Jeremy in the video) and as an old timer who left and came back on the same timeline as you, I can't stand new skates. They just don't fit as well as older skates and as also stated in the video, a properly fitting skate is probably the most important factor in on-ice performance. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.... Back on topic, I'm curious about these now. I'm skeptical they will make the kind of difference a composite stick will make, but might make a difference that is worthwhile to those who have an open mind. I don't see them becoming mainstream, because of the mainstream product gatekeepers. They could probably still remain viable as a 3rd party alternative and even in partnership with one of the smaller manufactures akin to the Makos.
  14. smcgreg

    Easton Mako Skates

    As I said in the immediate previous reply to another poster, I had the same issue. I skate a lot and gave it 2 years. After 2 years, I gave up and got rid of the extreme pitch. Much better.
  15. smcgreg

    Easton Mako Skates

    I skate 4-6 times per week and gave the aggressive pitch 2 years. I use a deep knee bend on a skate with neutral pitch. I don't need to skate in high heels to exhibit a deep knee bend .... when appropriate. That being said, I felt the exact same way, when not skating, but battling on the boards or in front of net, I continually fell forward. I was simply off balance. I also washed out a lot on turns. So, after 2 years, I had had enough. I had the pitch eliminated from the steel ( still have the holder pitch) and problem solved! In response to the poster wondering how to address the pitch, I've used both approaches. Both my son and daughter have Makos as well (I've stocked up 6 pairs for the kids to grow into). On my son's we put TUUK holders and LS runners. This would eliminate most of the pitch and matched his old Vapors pretty well. The problem is, the rivets pull out a lot. They don't align perfectly and are stressed too much. There have been a couple of times I've taken them in to get sharpened and loose rivets have been identified. In one case, we were in the middle of a tournament and they were so bad, J.R. had to redo one skate while I waited on a busy Saturday afternoon so, he could play 40 min later. (As always, great service J.R.) On my daughter's, we just went -3 on the pitch and that brings her close to her Jetspeeds, but still gives her probably a plus 1 pitch. They were +4 out of the box, which is crazy!