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About marka

  • Birthday 01/01/1970

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    Mako M8
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    True XCore
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    QRL Pro
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    Bauer Re-Akt 200
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    Easton Pro 15
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    Mako
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    Reebok 11k
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    CCM Ultra Tacks
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    Warrior Pro

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  1. Howdy, Yes, that's the right order. For some reason I think a 5/8" Fire is just a 5/8" ROH with the bottom filled in a bit, but I may be confusing it with something else. Mark
  2. Howdy, Are you running too many passes? Unless my steel has gotten really nicked up, I use the presence of a slight burr (can feel it with my fingers, but not that visible to the eye) as an indication that I've run enough passes to fully sharpen the hollow. If I run passes beyond that point, it just increases the burr (and wastes steel). edit: I usually sharpen with the height setting at or near its highest point, as I prefer to sharpen most of the blade profile. I would be surprised if the height setting affects the amount of burr... Checking by hand, the spring pressure on the sharpening 'head' seems pretty consistent regardless of where you are in the stroke. Mark
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    14th Annual MSH Winterfest

    Howdy, These events just keep getting better as I get to know more people. Really appreciate the way you long time 5+ year folks include new people like me. The jerseys and socks were great... I think they were the best yet since I started doing these events in 2016. The socks in particular just feel outstanding. No question I'll be recommending 5hole to anyone that asks about jerseys. It was nice to see Warrior / Bauer / CCM come out. I hope those guys are seeing value in being there. Had a good conversation with the Bauer rep about skates and it was nice to see the update to the Warrior Alpha glove. I continue to LOVE my Warrior Covert gloves with the Axyflex cuff. Also got a chance to talk to the CCM rep about why the P30 curve on the RBZ FT1 stick seemed a bit different than the one on the Ribcore Pro PMT stick, which was interesting. He told me some stuff about the sticks I had that I didn't know. Chris _killed it_ with the program/flipbook. Super, super cool. My wife and son both read through that when I got home as well. Really appreciated. And not just because I'm horrible with names and love having a way to attach faces and screen names to them. I especially liked the blurbs on the 5/10 year people. Had a great time playing with the D crew on blue. Super fun group and they didn't yell at me once for being horribly, horribly out of position. Its like normally I play wing or something... I'm going to have nightmares of Jukka chipping the puck off the boards around me on zone entries though. You'd think after like the 5th time I'd have picked up on that move... Also appreciate the recommendations to check out the Henry Ford Museum and the Rouge factory tour. Super cool. I'll be going back when I have longer than just a morning. But with all the stuff that I did, I think some of the most fun was just talking with folks at the two dinners. Even if Fuat did call me fat and then feel me up. JR, as always... Thanks for a great event! I hope the hip heals up soon so you can get out on the ice at SummerJam! Mark
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    Quad 0 - Marka

    Howdy, Quick follow up to this... I skated a couple games on the Quad 0 and then gave both sets of steel back to JR at Winterfest for the next set of profiles to try. That meant that for tonight's game I was back on my baseline set with the Zuperior profile, pitched forward "25%". It wasn't back to back, since I last skated on the Quad 0 yesterday, but if I hadn't switched the steel myself, there's no way I'd have know it was different. For me, a Quad 0 and the Zuperior profile with some additional forward pitch are indistinguishable. Mark
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    The Venting Spot

    Howdy, Did you visit around the time that Total was going through the bankruptcy and got bought by pure? The cranberry pure at that time didn't have much inventory and I think was going through employee changes. Doesn't excuse the poor service though. In the Pittsburgh area, if I wanted goalie gear I'd head to KO Sports, if you're ever back this way. FWIW Mark
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    Quad 0 - Marka

    Howdy, Thanks to JR and ProSharp for the opportunity to try out various skate blade profiles! About me: I'm a relatively new hockey player, but a relatively old person. I started skating and playing hockey in 2015/2016 at age 46. Prior to that, I'd played a tiny bit of hockey with other neighborhood kids a couple winters on a pond in Maine, when I was growing up. When I started a couple years ago, I could sorta hockey stop on one side and kinda do forward crossovers. Today my skating has greatly improved and I can perform any normal "hockey skating maneuver", but nobody will mistake me for Connor McDavid or even just anyone that played hockey seriously as a kid. I currently play in "D" leagues in the Pittsburgh, PA area, which are one step up from full beginner leagues. I use size 7.5D Easton Mako M8 skates, with regular 263mm Step Steel. I use a 5/8" Fire 'radius' and sharpen my own skates with my Sparx. This set was initially sharpened by JR at 1/2" ROH when it was profiled, then I ran 6 passes with a 5/8" Fire ring at home. Quad Zero Please see my other reviews for context! All of my comments and ratings are in relation to other profiles I've tried. A Zuperior profile with a little added forward pitch was my baseline, which I rated at all 3's for each category. After trying out a dual radius 9'/10' +1/2 deg pitch (see that review in the dual section), I switched over to this Quad Zero setup. I did the steel switch myself on the bench, fumbling with Easton's square headed screws and weird angled T-handle wrenches thinking all the while that that Tuuk Edge holder was seeming more and more like a good idea for my next pair of skates... At home I'd compared the quad zero to the dual 9'/10' radius setup, just laying the blades on top of one another. There were differences in shape visible to the eye, but they were _minor_. I didn't actually attempt to measure them, but we're talking less than 1mm difference in blade height at any point along the profile, at least according to my eyes. I was really interested to see if I could feel any actual difference, out on the ice. After the switch, leaving the bench my overriding impression was that if I hadn't just switched the steel myself I probably wouldn't have known it had happened. Skating around a bit more before I started running through maneuvers, I knew I was going to have to be on the lookout for really subtle differences. I still had the ice to myself, so I ran through similar maneuvers as I'd done with the 9'/10' profile. I did forward/backward crossovers around the circles, forward/backward stops & starts, tight forward turns, forward/backward strides, forward/backward one foot glides, and what I call "defensive turns" where you skate with forward crossovers in a large arc, then switch to backwards crossovers midway through and finish with backwards strides. I also did some stick handling and shooting, just to break up the time a bit. All in all, I was on the ice for about 15 minutes with this profile. As I've mentioned before, I'll try to repeat these maneuvers with all of my initial profile reviews. If the differences between my baseline Zuperior profile and the dual 9'/10' profile were subtle, these were even more so. The increased toe contact I'd noticed with the dual profile wasn't there with the Quad 0. As such, when I skated backwards in particular I noticed that I had to think more about pushing on that last toe flick to get good ice contact. However, with a bit of concentration, the grip / push was still there, it felt like I was just as fast, etc. The Quad 0 profile just felt "natural" to me and I'm not sure I'd have noticed a difference between my Zuperior baseline and the Quad 0 even in a blind back to back situation. My feeling was that perhaps it still had a touch more toe contact with the ice as compared to the Zuperior, but it was slight if so. I liked this a bit better than the 9'/10' dual profile just because I didn't have a thought that _maybe_ I'd have a slightly increased chance of toe picking myself. My incredibly unscientific ratings reflect this: Acceleration: 3.5Mobility: 3Stability: 3.5Speed: 3 That's all down to the feeling of slightly less toe contact with the ice as compared to the dual 9'/10' profile, but perhaps, maybe, slightly more than the Zuperior setup. This profile, in the 15 minutes I tried it, felt so similar to the Zuperior profile that I'd been using that I'm leaving it on the skates and will skate with it for my next few games without any worry that it affect my gameplay. Perhaps I'll notice a few more differences during that time and if so, I'll update this with a followup review. Having compared three profiles in a short time at this point, my overall impression is that after you get anything reasonable on the profile, the differences are going to be much more about what you happen to like vs. any actual measurable difference in performance or balance. I seem to notice big changes like ground off toes/heels or decently large changes in pitch, but otherwise all of these differences are things where I need to be concentrating on my skating to feel. Other things, like if my skates are sharp, hardness of the ice, etc. have more of an impact, at least with my completely un-blind and "have to bust out the tools" runner switching. I now think of it more as being similar to a favorite t-shirt... Its not that its measurably better, its just that you happen to like it a bit more and so that's the one you grab out of the drawer over another. Right now though, the Quad zero is my favorite t-shirt. Mark
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    9'/10' +1/2deg - Marka

    Howdy, Thanks to JR and ProSharp for the opportunity to try out various skate blade profiles! About me: I'm a relatively new hockey player, but a relatively old person. I started skating and playing hockey in 2015/2016 at age 46. Prior to that, I'd played a tiny bit of hockey with neighborhood kids a couple winters on a pond in Maine, where I grew up. When I started a couple years ago, I could sorta hockey stop on one side and kinda do forward crossovers. Today my skating has greatly improved and I can perform any normal "hockey skating maneuver", but nobody will mistake me for Connor McDavid or even just anyone that played hockey seriously as a kid. I currently play in "D" leagues in the Pittsburgh, PA area, which are one step up from full beginner leagues. I use size 7.5D Easton Mako M8 skates, with regular 263mm Step Steel. I use a 5/8" Fire 'radius' and sharpen my own skates with my Sparx. This set was initially sharpened by JR at 1/2" ROH when it was profiled, then I ran 6 passes with a 5/8" Fire ring at home. Dual Radius 9'/10' + 1/2 deg pitch Please see my other reviews for context! All of my comments are in relation to other profiles I've tried. A Zuperior profile with a little added forward pitch was my baseline, which I rated at all 3's for each category. I stepped onto the ice having no idea what this would be like. At home I'd compared the steel to my Zuperior setup (also on Step Steel, though with a bit more wear due to sharpening) and the dual radius seemed to be reasonably close, with a perhaps a touch less forward pitch. In the past, I'd noticed a really big difference between steel that had more radical profile differences, and really didn't know what to expect now. The differences ended up being pretty subtle to me. I was immediately comfortable and balanced skating over to the bench area to stretch out and my absolute first impression was "this is fine and I could play with it without thinking about my skates". I had the ice to myself, so I ran through a series of maneuvers to get a better sense of the changes in feel. I did forward/backward crossovers around the circles, forward/backward stops & starts, tight forward turns, forward/backward strides, forward/backward one foot glides, and what I call "defensive turns" where you skate with forward crossovers in a large arc, then switch to backwards crossovers midway through and finish with backwards strides. I also did some stick handling and shooting, just to break up the time a bit. All in all, I was on the ice for about 15 minutes with this profile. I'll try to repeat these maneuvers with all of my initial profile reviews. As mentioned, the differences were pretty subtle to me. In terms of feel, it felt like the blade had more toe contact than my baseline Zuperior profile, which particularly helped with backwards skating and getting that last 'toe flick' on the stride and perhaps a touch more stability. However, the increased toe contact wasn't so much that I had any issues with 'toe picking' the ice like I had previously occasionally had with an unprofiled stock 10' radius Step Steel setup. In every other aspect, I didn't notice any large change. It's important to note that this wasn't a direct back to back or blind comparison to my baseline profile as it'd been a day since I was last on the ice and I was the one switching steel! Anyway, here's my completely unscientific ratings: Acceleration: 4Mobility: 3Stability: 4Speed: 3 My ratings there are pretty close to the Zuperior baseline (see my review in the triple section for specific comments on that) and that reflects my perception of the subtle differences here. There was no drastic change in any category for me. I gave a slight edge for these to acceleration mostly because when skating backwards in particular it felt like I got more productive pushes with that little bit more toe contact. I bumped up Stability slightly because I seemed ever so slightly more balanced when skating backwards. Again though, overall the differences were slight. I have full confidence that I could continue to use this profile if necessary and it wouldn't affect my game. Next up was a Quad Zero! See my review in the quad section for that. Mark
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    Zuperior S - Marka

    Howdy, Thanks to JR and ProSharp for the opportunity to try out various skate blade profiles! About me: I'm a relatively new hockey player, but a relatively old person. I started skating and playing hockey in 2015/2016 at age 46. Prior to that, I'd played a tiny bit of hockey with neighborhood kids a couple winters on a pond in Maine, where I grew up. When I started a couple years ago, I could sorta hockey stop on one side and kinda do forward crossovers. Today my skating has greatly improved and I can perform any normal "hockey skating maneuver", but nobody will mistake me for Connor McDavid or even just anyone that played hockey seriously as a kid. I currently play in "D" leagues in the Pittsburgh, PA area, which are one step up from full beginner leagues. I use size 7.5D Easton Mako M8 skates, with regular 263mm Step Steel. I use a 5/8" Fire 'radius' and sharpen my own skates with my Sparx. Zuperior S, with some additional forward pitch ("25% more forward pitch") This is my 'baseline' profile. I switched to this profile a couple months ago, done for me by @Nicholas G on this forum prior to JR receiving his ProSharp setup. Prior to this I was using stock steel which had been repeatedly sharpened manually, grinding down both the toe and heel. That steel was then profiled by JR to a 10' radius where steel still existed, but the toe and heel were still considerably ground away. I also used unprofiled stock 10' radius Step Steel. Given that I've run the Zuperior profile for months, I'm used to it and find it normal in every sense. This is my baseline and I'll be comparing other profiles to it. As such, I've rated the steel as in the middle in all categories: Acceleration: 3 Mobility: 3 Stability: 3 Speed: 3 Comparing this profile to what I had tried before, it provided a LOT more stability as compared to the OE steel with the heel & toe ground down and felt like it had way more 'blade on the ice'. At first, with a 1/2" Fire sharpening like I'd previously been using, I had trouble with initiating turns. However, when I moved to 5/8" Fire and spent a little more time on the profile, I was back to having the same agility I'd always had while keeping that same feeling of stability. Comparing this profile to the unprofiled stock 10' radius Step Steel, I really noticed the additional pitch forward putting my balance where I expected it to be and no longer had any issues with "toe picking" like I'd had with the unprofiled stock 10' radius steel. Frankly, I was completely happy with this profile and didn't feel there was anything I was lacking. However, I wanted to try other options and see what I might not know, so here we are... Up next are a Dual Radius 9'/10' review and a Quad 0. See those in their respective sections. Mark
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    private power skating prices

    Howdy, For 1:1 and only you on the ice, $115/hr. doesn't seem bad. Most instructors around here do lessons during stick time or public skates though, which keeps the costs much more reasonable. Can you split that time with another student or two? 1:3 is still a pretty darn good instructor:student ratio. Mark
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    HockeyTracker for Apple Watch

    Howdy, Are there inexpensive chest strap HR monitors that work well for sports like hockey? I'd be curious about my HR stuff, but only like $50 worth or so. Mark
  11. Howdy, Picked up a couple RBZ FT1's for ~$105 ea from Pure. Mark
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    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    Howdy, Depending on how the cost worked... Yes. Having to host photos somewhere else is a PITA. Mark
  13. marka

    CCM runners taper in thickness

    Howdy, That looks really weird. If you hadn't said "new runners", my guess would be that someone was using a honing stone incorrectly. But even then, that would need to be A LOT of honing. edit: Looking at the picture of the full boot, it looks like the printing on the blade is gone lower down towards the runner's edge. To me, that says that at some point someone hit those blades with something to cause that wear. Presumably honing but ?? edit again: Maybe someone using a sweet stick type of thing aggressively? I'm certainly no expert though. Mark
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    New Hockey Comedy Film - Army & Coop

    Howdy, Hockey players chirping? Why, I never... I watched the trailer. Its a little over the top for me in terms of the crass in your face humor, but good on you for getting it done on a super tight budget and following your dreams, etc. etc. Mark
  15. Howdy, If that were my blade, I'm pretty sure that little nick would stay right there and I'd never notice it wasn't completely gone after a normal sharpening. Mark


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