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Torikkun

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  1. Torikkun

    9'/10' - Torikkun

    Played a game last night. I didn't notice any difference when I got on the ice, but I also didn't swap steel in the middle of the game. One thing I felt odd was that I had great stability on the right skate, but my left still had a "rockery" feeling. I'm going to try going to pick-up and swapping steel in between to see if I notice any significant differences.
  2. Torikkun

    9'/10' - Torikkun

    Steel - Step 220 Hollow - 3/4" Profile - 9'/10' (Test 1) About Me - I started skating about 2 years ago and started playing hockey about 1 year after that. After reading a ton of threads, everyone emphasized skating, so I wanted to make sure I could skate before I got into any hockey. Had I done things differently, I would have starting skating and doing off-ice stick work because when I started playing, my hands couldn't keep up with my feet. (They still can't hahah, but I'm slowly getting there.) Every time I play hockey with someone new, they've always commented on how good my skating looks. I've been asked multiple times if I figure skated in the past. A lot of people think I'm really fast (at my level), even though I always lose in straight races with my friends, so I think the "fast" perception comes from smooth skating. I definitely feel like technique wise, my skating is very smooth, but my greatest weakness is agility with turns/pivots and explosive power acceleration/stops. I also have a bad tendency to skate upright in the back, even with my knees bent, and this comes from scoliosis surgery I had at 13. (My posture is great though!) This causes me to be a bit more on my heels than I should. Being an engineer, I love to tinker and try out new things. When I felt I was a decent enough skater I started fiddling with hollows. This site got me interested in profiling, but I could never justify trying out a bunch of different profiles, so this project was the perfect excuse! I've had my skates profiled once when I upgraded my skates. The boots were physically the same size, but since the listed sizes were different, CCM used a smaller holder/steel. The new skate felt too rockery, so I had them profiled to a 10'. Review- There really wasn't much difference between this profile and the control 10'. The biggest difference was the added stability and extra heel in the back. Since I my natural posture/balance point is more in the back, I felt like the extra heel interfered with my balance a bit. A lot of time the extra heel felt like it was dragging and causing the skates to feel slower. The extra heel didn't feel different with backwards skating. Stopping: The steel seems to catch more--but only along the back half of the blade versus if you were to increase the hollow and feel the extra bite right at the center/rocker. Just a small annoyance--we'll see if this changes if I play in a game where I'm not focused on skating. Power Pulls: (This is where you switch from outside to inside edge on one foot.) Initially, I had trouble doing these. After the 2nd, 3rd pass around the long side of the rink, I was able to adjust my skating and do them again. My feeling was that the rocker point was in the same spot but what made it harder was that all my weight seemed to be stuck on the back so when I initially started, I couldn't really use the edge correctly. I didn't notice this issue at all when I was purely doing just 1-foot c-cuts (inside or outside edge). To adjust, I needed to lean my weight more forward so I was more balanced on the rocker properly. Overall, didn't really like this profile. It felt like having a toe pick on my heel. Acceleration: 2.5Mobility: 2.5 (-0.5 from control)Stability: 3.5 (+0.5 from control)Speed: 2.5 Profile Tested Before This: 10' (control)Next Profile: n/a (Additional Comment)I've skated one public skate on this, so I'm going to play a game tomorrow night and report back! Maybe one other public skate.
  3. Torikkun

    10' - Torikkun

    Steel - Step 220 Hollow - 3/4" Profile - 10' (control) About Me - I started skating about 2 years ago and started playing hockey about 1 year after that. After reading a ton of threads, everyone emphasized skating, so I wanted to make sure I could skate before I got into any hockey. Had I done things differently, I would have starting skating and doing off-ice stick work because when I started playing, my hands couldn't keep up with my feet. (They still can't hahah, but I'm slowly getting there.) Every time I play hockey with someone new, they've always commented on how good my skating looks. I've been asked multiple times if I figure skated in the past. A lot of people think I'm really fast (at my level), even though I always lose in straight races with my friends, so I think the "fast" perception comes from smooth skating. I definitely feel like technique wise, my skating is very smooth, but my greatest weakness is agility with turns/pivots and explosive power acceleration/stops. I also have a bad tendency to skate upright in the back, even with my knees bent, and this comes from scoliosis surgery I had at 13. (My posture is great though!) This causes me to be a bit more on my heels than I should. Being an engineer, I love to tinker and try out new things. When I felt I was a decent enough skater I started fiddling with hollows. This site got me interested in profiling, but I could never justify trying out a bunch of different profiles, so this project was the perfect excuse! I've had my skates profiled once when I upgraded my skates. The boots were physically the same size, but since the listed sizes were different, CCM used a smaller holder/steel. The new skate felt too rockery, so I had them profiled to a 10'. Review - Since this is the control, there's not much to say. The most I noticed switching from the old 9' to 10' was that I had relatively more stability, but the steel felt "slower". When I would try to accelerate and glide, the extra steel would seem to drag. My ideal profile would have the stability of the 10' but the agility of the original steel. Other things such as edges and crossovers didn't really feel any different. I do recently feel though I wish I could get more agility but have a small area near the rocker "flattened" since pivoting on it feels a bit unstable. Based on this, here are my ratings: Acceleration: 2.5Mobility: 3Stability: 3Speed: 2.5 Profile Tested Before This: (none)Next Profile: 9'/10'
  4. Torikkun

    spinal fusion and ice hockey

    I've had spinal fusion done, but the context was very different. I was diagnosed with scoliosis at 13 years old and it had progressed to the point where wearing a brace would do nothing to improve it. Surgery was the only option to fix it. If you looked at a straight on x-ray of my back from the back, you'd expect a normal person's spine to look straight. Mine was backwards S shaped with the second curve being something like 68 degrees. The other curve wasn't as bad, but beyond the 30 degrees limit that a brace could treat. I went to see 3 different spine orthopedics and ended up doing the surgery with the one who made me feel the most comfortable and informed about the procedure. I was told that if I didn't get the procedure done, I'd probably have significantly worse back pain when I was older in addition to other problems. (I didn't have any back pain or issues before this, the scoliosis was actually discovered by the PE teacher when they do the scoliosis check in middle school.) Initially, the doctor said they best they could correct it was 50%. I'd be able to do anything aside from heavy lifting jobs and heavy contact sports like football. Post operation, she had corrected my spine perfectly. It's basically perfectly straight now and still holding up. I started hockey a year ago and at 23/24 and my back has been doing perfectly fine. The biggest thing I've noticed is any time a seat doesn't provide good back support, I'll get some irritation right where the fusion ends at my L4. A few months ago I was having some lower back irritations, but after going to the ortho for it, they said the back was fine it was probably just some tense muscles. Gave me some stretches to do and the pain has gone away. The only weird thing hockey wise is that when I skate, I basically skate with a completely straight back and upright. It actually looks super back breaking, but because the rods are constantly holding my back straight, arching my back and bending over like people normally do is weird. There's no pain associated with it, it's just kinda the natural stance of my body. This season, people have said I look less upright so I think it's definitely correctable, but I've been playing for the past year with no issues. This is really important advice. That's what I liked about the surgeon I went with is that she explained everything to me and didn't patronize me. Her assistant told me that they had a serious ballerina get spinal fusion. Within a year, she worked really hard at the PT and was able to completely touch her toes and regain most of the flexibility she had lost. Of course, me being a 13 year old and not an athlete, I was like "Yeah, I'm okay with not playing football / [insert super heavy contact sport here]. And I'm not super physically talented anyway, so I'm sure I'm not going to be a carpenter or construction worker when I grow up." Playing hockey now, I just try to not get into collisions with poor skaters, practice falling at public skates all the time, and stretch before games just to make sure I prevent injuring myself. My situation is a little different from yours in that I was recovering as a child, but I think if you stick with the PT, you should be able to play hockey with no issues.
  5. Torikkun

    Welcome!

    Hi JR, were you able to confirm that triples and quads need at least 246mm steel? I've got 220mm. I looked through ProSharp's pamphlet and I think 220mm would only be able to do singles and doubles.
  6. Torikkun

    The Prosharp Project

    This definitely sounds like an awesome project! Just out of curiosity, what skill level of skaters are you looking for and how many profiles can you try out? I've only been skating for about 2 years now, so definitely not at the level of most people here, but I've always been curious as to how different all the profiles are.
  7. Torikkun

    Profiling Help

    Just thought I'd give an update. I took my skates to a reputable pro shop and told the guy about my problem. We compared my old skates to the new and found the new skate blades were pitched way too far back and had some crazy small radius. It definitely curved more and had less blade on the ice. Guy profiled my skates to the standard 9', fixed the pitch, and now I'm back to skating the way I was. Moral of the story, when you buy new retail (crappy) skates/blades, get 'em profiled for the first sharpening!
  8. Torikkun

    Profiling Help

    Hm, sounds like I should start with something simple like you too first. Definitely aware that I can't hold a quad, my blades are nowhere near large enough, hahah. I was surprised too. I've messed around with hollows and usually by the end of a skate session, I've fully adjusted. Do you think I should just leave the skates as is and try to adjust my skating posture instead? I've tried a 2.5 for ~8 skate sessions and still couldn't quite get used to it. Yeah, I've definitely thought about this. I compared my old holder length and think it would definitely fit on the smaller boot too. I just started reading up on profiling and thought I'd get some opinions. Agreed, that was just the best way for me to describe the sensation skating. So would you swap the holders plus try out profiling, or just profiling?
  9. Torikkun

    Profiling Help

    Tldr; of Below: Recently switched from a size 3.0 (runner 230) skate to size 2.5 (runner 221), skating now feels unstable, should I and how should I get my blades profiled to match the runner length? Should I go with a more complicated profile or would that be a crutch for poor skating? -- Hi all! I have some questions about profiling and I'm hoping you guys can help me out. I've gone through and read ProSharp's and No Icing Sports' descriptions of profiles so I have an idea of what they are, but I'm not really sure what would work for me. I'm 5'1, 108 lbs and been skating for about 1.5 years. I used to skate probably 3-4 per week (2hrs per session) but recently have moved so it's closer to 1-2 times w/ league games 1-2 times per week. I feel like I'm a pretty decent skater for 1.5 years--I can do the inside and outside edge "half-circles" on one leg, forwards & backwards, just haven't been able to get as low as touching my glove on the ice. Tight turns are okay, but definitely could be better. Basically most of my current skating problems are not being able to get very aggressively on the my edges, but I wouldn't say I'm a complete amateur. So here's my current issue. I just upgraded to new skates. My old skates were a 2015 Jetspeed Shock (260/270) size 3.0 (runner 230). My new skates are the Ribcor 68k size 2.5 (runner 221). I've only skated on the new skates 2 times, once during pick up and once during a class. Before this I had tried out the 66k in a size 2.5 about 8 times before returning the skate because the heel of the boot was giving me issues. While the smaller boot is the perfect size, I'm now having skating issues because the runner is shorter. Based on my most recent experiences, the 2.5 feels more "slippery" and I feel like there's less blade contacting the ice. Sometimes I'll lean a tad forward or backwards and then lose my balance because it feels like I'm expecting there to be blade, but it's not there anymore. The next time I'll be able to properly skate is Tuesday/Thursday and I can try out edges, turns, and stops more, but as of now, I can't really say much except that I feel much less stable front to back. I was initially just thinking of going with a larger radius to "flatten" out the blade's curve a bit. I think stock CCM comes in 9'? Should I just increase it to 10'? I'm not sure if you all think if I should go with anything more complicated? Based on my reading, it seems like profiling can really help my skating, but I also don't want to the blade to be a crutch for my poor skating ability. I currently have my skates sharpened to 1/2" hollow. I started at 5/8" and worked my way up to 7/16", but backed down to 1/2". While I really liked how the 7/16" felt when I tried to do turns and edgework, I wasn't able to adjust my stopping because the blades would grip the ice too much. Right now at 1/2", my stopping is smoother, but like I stated earlier, getting really deep, aggressive edges has been a problem. It feel like I'm not able to get enough weight on that edge to get a tighter radius. If you've read all this, so far, thanks, hopefully I've given enough helpful info! EDIT//Forgot to add that I have a bad tendency to lean a little too far back when I skate. I've been working on leaning forward, but haven't completely killed the bad habit yet. Leaning too far forward I feel like I'll almost "slip" on the curve of the blade. I've tried my friend's Vapors for about 15 minutes and hated the forward pitch, but I'm not sure if that is something that would fix my bad habit.


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