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Nicholas G

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  1. Nicholas G

    Bauer 2X / 2X Pro

    Was in a shop this afternoon and came across these little guys. Really digging the new toe cap. Not a huge fan of all the bright neon yellow.
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    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    Not the new standard thin tongue. The optional one does.
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    Tydan blades

    Tydan mimics the standard profile of steel.
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    Bauer 2X / 2X Pro

    I don't think top of the line Bauer or CCM skates are nearly as durable as they should be for their price point. IMO, the new Vapor skates look kind of cheap compared to the FT2. That's ugly bright yellow and such really devalues the look of the skate.
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    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    The new skates have a different type of hook/loop velcro that is much more durable. However I would love to see them use snaps or something more durable as some players really yank on the skate tongue. I get a lot of customers requesting to hard stich the tongue in their skates or to add button snaps.
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    Flare Steel + Sparx Fire

    Had a customer who wanted to use a Fire cut on his Flare and with the help of Sparx and the aid of computer software we were able to determine the following: The takeaway was that for a 3/4 FIRE, you could get a sharper bite angle for the same depth as a 1" hollow on a Flare blade. Therefore, the 3/4 FIRE might be a good choice for Flare blade.
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    Help with vision in a cage.

    Get a Bauer Re-Akt cage, you won't even notice the bars, The weight savings is also significant as well.
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    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    Size 8.
  9. I would suggest using an epoxy rated at least 900 PSI or higher.
  10. As mentioned above. Work it into the holes. I personally like to mix some crushed carbon fiber into it and then smear it a bit on the inside and outside to lock the epoxy in. If you want to make it look really nice you can wet sand it to a nice glossy finish.
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    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    So I got my new pair of TRUE skates and the weight change is significant. Previously my skates weighed in at 979 grams and my new pair tip the scales at a light 869 grams. https://www.instagram.com/p/B1FN5wkA2g8/
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    Flare Steel + Sparx Fire

    I assume because there is a significant difference between the Sparx FBV (Fire) and the Blackstone FBV. I tested with the Bldemaster FBV (X cut) and it also seems to work, though not nearly as well as Sparx. With Sparx using a smaller flat surface area and larger "fangs" there is a larger "sweet spot" to getting the FBV to cut properly on Flare. As you sharpen you change the overall width of the steel but the attack angle doesn't change. You always have the 6 degree attack angle until the steel is worn to a point where you would typically change it. Also, since you are going with a more flat hollow and the steel is wider I find you don't need to sharpen them nearly as often. I know many players that go 60+ hours of ice time before they sharpen them. This is good for the players but bad for pro shop owners like myself I've tested the steel wearing them down to nearly no flare being left and the entire time continue to use the same hollow I always skate on and didn't notice anything specifically. However, I skate on a relatively flat hollow to begin with even on standard steel so maybe I am just not as sensitive to the change in width and such. As I mentioned above though, many players change how often they sharpen their steel which usually prolongs the life of the flare width.
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    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    I would look at the tongue with enhanced impact protection. They are the same thickness but have a beefy metatarsal guard.
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    Flare Steel + Sparx Fire

    The width doesn't matter. It's the increased angle which makes the Flare ideal.
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    Tydan blades

    Tydan is great. There is no difference between Tydan and STEP steel.
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    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    The new thin tongue is now the standard. You can still get the thicker tongue, which was the standard on the previous version. You just need to specify such in the order. As for the thickness of the previous standard version, about 3/8" is correct.
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    Tydan blades

    I think the STEP runner are very slightly taller.
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    Ask STEP!

    Yes.
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    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    The new standard tongue or the previous generation?
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    Blade pitch question - SB XS from LS Edge w/ Step

    We just got our shipment in this week of Tydan DLC, STEP DLC, Byonic DLC, Flare DLC, and BladeTech Armour for the XS holder.
  21. What manufacturer makes this steel?
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    Bauer ADV vs BGP2P (Pro Stock ADV) weight?

    All I can say is, WOW. I grabbed one of these for myself, and I am shocked. The shots come off so hard and fast with this stick its unbelievable. I usually use a shorter stick, top of my collar bone, as it helps decrease the swing weight feel and makes it easier for controlling the puck with one hand. With this stick being so light I increased the length to just slightly under my chin which also allows me to load the shot better and the puck literally rifles off this thing. While I am still adjusting to the increased length my shooting has been unreal. Last night I was practicing one timers from the top of the circle and shattered a glass pane which is something I haven't done in quite a long time. All of the shots came off blistering fast with a ton of power even when the puck wasn't in the "sweet spot". Also, everyone was right that the top 4-6" of the stick is double walled and once cut it dropped a TON of weight.
  23. Had a chance to tinker with a pro stock Bauer ADV wrapped as a 1X Lite and the first thing I noticed was it didn't weight the same as an ADV and felt heavier, it was very apparent as soon as I picked it up. I weighed it and uncut 64", without tape, it tipped the scale at 410 grams. Significantly heavier than an ADV. This doesn't seem normal? I know for sure it's an ADV as I got it from a Bauer Rep and it has the BGP2P code and the ADV green marking on the lower part of the stick. What gives? I know some pro stock sticks can vary in weight (up or down) depending on the blade the player uses and such, but 60 grams difference is significant.
  24. @JR Boucicaut @Vet88 @oldtrainerguy28 I’m out on vacation currently and a player came to the shop asking for someone to validate if his holders are properly mounted. Apparently, he put 272 holders on a 7.5 skate, replacing the stock 263, and is saying they feel too far forward and he feels like he is falling forward. I would help him out if I was home in Seattle, but I am in Arizona for the next 10 days. I asked him to share some pics and he sent me the one below. To me, they look too far forward by about 1/2" or so.
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    Is this holder mounted properly?

    It looks like they mounted it specifically for the player who might have pronated or supinated... Can you take picture looking straight down with the whole skate and holder in the picture.


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