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  1. I recently talked to someone who was using custom steel that was wider than normal. I forgot the name of the company but someone pointed me to this product https://flareskateblade.com Has anyone seen or used these? I am fascinated by the idea of wider steel. Note: This steel is not the same as the person I skated with using the custom wider steel. Maybe someone knows of the other companies name? The steel was about 1mm wider and it did not flare like this brand.
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    Elite Blade Performance Technology

    What is your email address if we have questions about pricing and such?
  3. I am not so sure about that, there are already way more players using the new CCM XS holder than I would have imagined.
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    Are low kick sticks just hype?

    As I am watching all of the highlights from yesterday's games I noticed many forwards, most recognized for getting off quick shots, fast release, are all seemingly using sticks that are not in fact low kick. For example, Barzal and McDavid use Tacks. We all know Kane uses a Supreme wrapped as a Vapor, but many others such as Kucherov, Pasta, Marner, and such all use a medium/variable kick stick. I know Crosby and Mackinnon use a low kick, RIbcor, but it seems many players are moving away from low kick point sticks to either a mid/hybrid kick point (Nexus/Alpha/JetSpeed) or a higher kick point, such as Nylander, Barzal and such. So, that makes me wonder. How many players are using low kick sticks when they really should be using a mid, variable, or stick with a higher kick point?
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    Has anyone tried this? https://rezztek.com/
  6. There are a few issues here: * You are transitioning from an older pair of skates that are much more pliable, which I assume is letting you get better forward flexion as compared to the extremely stiff 2S Pro skates. Are you lacing them all the way up? You might want to drop the top one or two eyelets so you can properly get over the ball of your foot. * Your old steel is likely very worn and likely an 8' or less profile, very shaved on the toe and heel. More on the whichever side is pushed into the wheel first when they get sharpened. * The new steel is a 10' flat profile as compared to what you are using to skating on. Its possible your old skates likely feel like skis and your new skates likely feel like you're riding a snowboard. However, if you adjust the body mechanics you might actually see the benefits of a longer radius. * If you make these changes and still feel like you are "stuck in mud" when skating you may want to consider going with a flatter hollow. If that doesn't make things better you should look into getting your steel professionally profiled. You can either have the profile matched from your old skates or you can select a new profile. I highly recommend a combination radius but if you want a single radius that is fine as well. *Lastly, add pitch, if needed. If you feel too far back on your heels or neutral.
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    Going to a cage, what is good?

    I really wish CCM would bring back their titanium cage... Guess we will have to wait and see if TRUE makes a lightweight option to match the new helmet.
  8. Based on the feedback from equipment managers that have been testing out the new steel they still have a lot of work to do. My understanding is none of the players have been impressed so far. Thankfully, they still have time though to work out the issues before that new steel launches. Personally, I think it would have been better and possibly more lucrative for them to just buy out STEP. Maybe getting the injunction was the first step in that process to hurt them financially and then buy them out for less.
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    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    Yes, you need to use a shoe horn because the glues and such become very soft when you heat the skates and you don't want to risk tearing the liner. Is your oven convection?
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    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    The grey clarino liner is quite thick, designed this way to repel moisture from being soaked into the skate. Over time it can compress in specific areas, such as the heel and ankle. I always recommend players bake them again after they adjust to the skates and the skates start to break in.
  11. I think I have tried every elbow pad on the market (exaggeration) and they all interfere, come into contact, with my glove cuff which drives me bonkers. I am trying to find something that is low profile, has decent protection, and is somewhat short so it doesn't extend into the glove cuff. I currently use Supreme 2S Pro gloves. Suggestions?
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    Yeah. I messaged them on IG and they flat out told me they aren't doing anything with retail currently. Only professional players. I'll see if I can get some samples through some other contacts.
  13. If you use a ProSharp you can leave the steel in the machine to blend the toe and heel, it doesn't need to be done by hand. It does, however, require the machine operator to know how to do this. Personally, if you have steel that you feel comfortable on you are much better off having someone copy that profile to your new steel. This is also easily accomplished with a ProSharp and a professional.
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    Looks like it:
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    I think its a little more advanced than things like Bladetape and such. Chara seems to be using it too. I dont recall the other companies having any professionals using their stuff ever.
  16. Yeah, all of my TRON socks fell apart really quickly. I do skate a lot though, at least 5-7 times a week.
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    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    You can just swap it in and go. If you want to be very thorough you can just bake the tongue in the oven for 4 min, attach it to the skate, and lace the skates up and wait for the tongue to cool down.
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    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    I have never seen the metatarsal tongue in person and we have never had a player order it. We have had quite a few people order the t-guard tongue, including myself, but I really prefer the new standard thin tongue. My understanding is with the metatarsal tongue the plastic is inside the fabric and with the t-guard it's external.
  19. I like these guys for socks and jerseys. Good quality at a killer price. https://pshsports.com/collections/hockey-uniforms
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    True skates coming from Supreme 2S Pro

    Yeah, I am wondering the same as well. Don't get me wrong, I love my TRUE skates but if you found something that works well for you why change things?
  21. From Seattle to Vancouver isn't that far of a drive We tend to have staff go to the white north every month or so to grab some items from Lowry and other brands to save on shipping costs. Recently we had to head to Vancouver to pick up 50 cases of pucks! The downside is dealing with customs when coming back into the US.
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    Are low kick sticks just hype?

    Looks like Gaudreau is also on the hybrid kick point bandwagon
  23. Skated with some AHL guys today and one of them had a Warrior QRE10 stick. I have seen them in the product catalogs but previously had not seen them in person. I was surprised they ditched the Edge Taper and are only using the Sabre Taper now for both the QRE and Alpha lines of sticks. I personally think the Sabre Taper is much better than the Edge taper, but with the two lines of sicks now being so similar I wonder what's the point in even having a QRE and an Alpha line....?
  24. Funny, the only Quad I have ever tried is the 0.5