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  1. Healthyscratch

    Alternative to True skates?

    I don’t see how this is a reasonable approach from True. I’ve detailed to True how there is room at the back of his heel when skating. There is no heel lock. His feet are sliding forward to the top of the toe box - it does not take a fitting expert to determine that the skates do not fit properly. Nobody knows the issues better than the person who’s wearing the boot. It would be one thing if there were pressure points and such... there’s not. True sent me a set of boots that are entirely too big and their solution to their screw up is footbeds..
  2. Healthyscratch

    Alternative to True skates?

    I understand the inserts to an extent... but his whole foot is sliding forward when he skates. There’s no heel lock because the skate simply has too much space. Thanks for your response. The FT2’s are definitely on the list.
  3. Healthyscratch

    Alternative to True skates?

    Pure Hockey. I contacted True about the skates, and asked that the skates be remade. They did not offer to remake the skate - they offered to send me 3M “footbeds” to raise his foot to press against the tongue. That is a direct quote. I responded to them that - that is not the solution. The skates, based upon their marketing, reputation and price point should fit relatively well outside the box. I also know that a footbed is merely putting a bandaid on the problem, and likely won’t work at all. I don’t know where it goes from there, but in the event that they maintain a footbed is the solution to my problem. I will not be purchasing True skates again. Which is a shame, as we truly love the skates. This isn’t something that can be overlooked however. The skates don’t fit, and I’m not getting any significant help with it. I need recommendations on the closest alternative to a Mako/True skate on the market.
  4. Healthyscratch

    Alternative to True skates?

    Thanks for the response. The store cannot do much about having the skates remade. I wish they could. I’m sure they can work with me on getting into a different skate. A true rep’s response was to send footbeds, so I’ve been in touch with True.
  5. Healthyscratch

    Alternative to True skates?

    Their only response was to send me 3M footbeds (at no cost!) - “to raise his foot against the tongue”.
  6. Healthyscratch

    Alternative to True skates?

    My son has been wearing True skates for about 2 years now. Absolutely loved them. Orderer a new pair, the skates came, they were made too large. Significantly more space than needed - in ankle area and toe box (more than necessary for growth). After multiple bakings, there is still no heel lock. His feet are sliding forward when skating. The skates are duds. Trues answer to this was to send me footbeds to push his foot up higher. That’s not acceptable for the amount of money that was put into the boots. I believe a custom skate should fit relatively well out of the box. At least, that’s would one would expect from their marketing. I’m looking to return the skates and go with a different brand - I’m not looking to spend any more money with True. Can anyone guide me in the direction of a boot that would closely resemble True. My son was wearing Mako’s for years, hence the jump to True. Is the FT2 an option? Thank you
  7. Healthyscratch

    Ask STEP!

    Thanks for the response... The true skates we got came with regular step steel in 238. Do you know where I can purchase another set of 238 runners? I like to rotate two runners through out season. Thanks!
  8. Healthyscratch

    Ask STEP!

    Do you currently offer blacksteel in size 238 for VH/True holders? Can not find it anywhere.
  9. Healthyscratch

    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    Hi all, I seem to recall suggestions about putting clamps around ankle area when baking trues? Is that a thing? Also, general advice / tips when going through baking process? Anything outside the norm? Going to have them done at the store but I just want to make sure I get it right. thanks!
  10. Healthyscratch

    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    Does anyone have experience removing the toe portion inside the boot? My son is outgrowing his Trues (before I get lectured on getting a kid True's, he plays high level and Trues aren't anymore costly than other quality offerings from competitors). Anyway, we ordered a new pair, but in the meantime, I seem to recall some of you guys talking about removing the toe mould on the inside of the boot as a preference.. Those that have, did you just pull it out? Any caution that should be used or is it bonded by adhesive?
  11. Healthyscratch

    Sparx Skate Sharpener - At home sharpener

    The alignment is spot on, I actually check this pretty frequently. It’s definitely odd, the 5/8 ring I had prior (and the ones before it) were spitting out perfectly even edges. Everything is seated as it should be. This new ring has everything off. I’ll try a side by side comparison with old and new ring but not really sure what to look for. Kind of infuriating given the price of these rings. Thanks for the replies.
  12. Healthyscratch

    Sparx Skate Sharpener - At home sharpener

    Has anyone had any issues receiving a grinding ring that may be faulty. Have had the machine for 6 months now, purchased various rings and used without issue. Just got a new 5/8 in the mail, hooked it up now after using it - 3 different pairs of skates edges are off. All 3 pairs were already on 5/8 and were (obviously) sharpened with a sparx 5/8 ring. Checked alignment, it’s perfect. Machine never moves actually. Tl;dr Anyone ever run into trouble with a grinding ring from sparx?
  13. Healthyscratch

    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    I got these for my son, he’s been using them for a few months. What is with the weight? The Trues feel significantly heavier when compared with top of the line offerings from Bauer and CCM. Enough to make me question if we made the right choice. I get the comfort aspect, and the Trues certainly deliver when it comes to foot comfort - but the weight seems significant enough to effect how light a player is on their feet and for a kid/person playing at a competitive level... is being a little more comfortable worth the loss of foot speed due to the increased weight (in comparison to other brands) of the Trues. Side note: I knew going in that the Trues were technically heavier... but I’m really surprised at the difference when comparing them to other skates of similar size.
  14. I have Edge holders, I want to get Step Steel (black steel) for them. I understand the constraints and why it’s not available in the states. With that said, I’m not looking to skate on steel I don’t want to skate on - because of a technicality between two companies. What is the best way of getting this steel for my skates? Without driving 6 1/2 hours and paying for a hotel. Which adding gas, turns into a $450+ venture to get two pieces of steel. OR Is anyone aware of any stores around Niagara, ON or around that area (not as far as Hamilton or Toronto) that sell step steel for LS edge. This is about 4 1/2 hours from me. Feel free to PM or respond here, much appreciated.
  15. Healthyscratch

    Buying Youth Skates

    The “youth” lines from most companies are a bit mystifying. Most sticks/skates do not have the same technology that the junior and senior equipment has. Until he’s in a junior skate, the only thing you need to take into consideration is finding the right boot for his foot - which both Bauer and CCM scanners can do, they will even recommend a specific skate or two. If he seemed to do well on the CCM’s he had, wasn’t complaining of any pain, just go out and buy the same skate, or a step up from it. The guys at the LHS will be able to show you what’s what. Not entirely sure about buying used skates... most of them are baked to someone else’s foot.


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