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clarkiestooth

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clarkiestooth last won the day on January 9 2018

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  1. clarkiestooth

    Baking gloves.

    I just answered my own question. Just tried it on a new pair of CCM Jetspeed pro stocks. I think the extra padding made them feel tight and stiff on the hand. Steamed using the kettle and they loosened right up.
  2. clarkiestooth

    Baking gloves.

    Hhhhmmm. Never thought of doing this. I don't own a steamer. Do you think it would work bringing a big tea kettle to boil and holding the glove over the steam release thing?
  3. clarkiestooth

    This season has started out terrible.....

    First off, you should ask the other guys on the team what they're trying to get out of playing. If they just want an hour of light exercise and enjoy fraternizing w/ a beer after the game, that's fine. You're more competitive and it's not a good fit. Tell them nothing personal, but I'd like to switch to a more serious team because I don't want to harsh your mellow. If they say they hate getting smoked too, introduce some easy rules to follow. Without ever seeing your games, I would guarantee you that shifts are too long (need 45 seconds hard and off) and D coverage lacking (too many odd man breaks, no backchecking). If you agree to fix these 2 items, the team will be fine.
  4. clarkiestooth

    2019-2020 Gear Sightings

    Have you ever looked at a hockey skate that has been used.....for hockey? They actually get scuffed, marked, scratched, dirty. Black is practical and will look good longest. Do you know what a white skate would look like after a month's use? Probably the same reason you don't see too many all white tires on cars.
  5. I'm looking at this from a different perspective. I'm an instructor with guys from the Swedish national program. When players "wash out", it comes down to 2 things: core strength and technique. Sharpness/hollow have nothing to do with it. When a kid goes into puberty, core strength/weight ratio goes down, as does flexibility.
  6. clarkiestooth

    Custom Skates: CCM vs. Bauer vs. True

    I think in your case, use your last skate purchase as a learning experience. Get properly fitted at a shop that knows what they are doing. A mid level skate that fits will be WAY better then a top level skate that does not. You can't go wrong with CCM or Bauer these days, as long as you get the proper fit. As you experienced, you can't cut corners on fitting.
  7. clarkiestooth

    Best skate sock?

    Elite Pro-Liner Coolmax skate socks. Ten bucks at IceWarehouse. I searched through many a sock to find something this thin yet durable. They used to be branded CCM. I bought 3 pairs in case they discontinued them.
  8. clarkiestooth

    2019-2020 Gear Sightings

    That Canucks jersey is one of the nicest in the league.
  9. clarkiestooth

    SWOT - Super Light Senior Shoulder Pad

    If you're going to wear shoulder pads , you might as well wear ones that offer protection. For $50, these don't look very protective ( no sternum guard, no real bicep/tricep/deltoid protection). You can still find new Bauer X700 out there for $30-$35. I'd go that route.
  10. clarkiestooth

    Depth of hollow and speed/effort

    We have a saying, " if your skates feel dull, bend your knees more." It's a simple statement, but true. You're probably able to go to a shallower hollow after your skating lessons because you're bending your knees more and have better form. Personally, I'm 5' 10.5"/ 168 lb, and use 3/4 hollow.
  11. clarkiestooth

    Stiffness of skates

    Heal lock helps with edge planting and edge feel. The flexible tendon guards on today's skates help do what you're talking about: allow easier full straightening of the pushing leg, thus facilitating the toe flick.
  12. clarkiestooth

    Stiffness of skates

    Ideal stiffness is dependent upon the skater. It depends on the players ability (generally, more powerful skaters like a stiffer boot). The player needs to be able to flex forward and bend the knees for proper stride. For example, a Bauer Supreme 2S would be too much skate for a weak/intermediate skater, while a Bauer Supreme 180 would probably enable him to have a better stride. That's the short version.
  13. It's a long season. Look what the Blues did.
  14. clarkiestooth

    ccm custom skates

    With the CCM custom program, is the fit also customizable? For example, in Bauer I have a "Supreme 1S" foot shape, not a Vapor (lace bite). If I have a Super Tack foot shape, could I get a FT2 skate with a fit for me?
  15. clarkiestooth

    CCM FV1 Full Face Visor

    To me, it seems identical to the Bauer one, with the exception that the fasteners are made to fit the CCM helmets, unlike the Bauer bubble.


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