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  1. gevorkya

    Quad 0 - gevorkya - Part 2

    Profile 5...but really Profile 3 with different hollow... Steel - StepSteel Black 272 Hollow - 5/8" About Me - I started skating when I was about 18. Skating turned into pick up hockey then on to beer league and has been that for over 20 years. Started out on cheap skates, no profiling, just was glad they were mine and not rentals. Went thru 2-3 upgrades still without knowing what profiling even meant. Skating was improving, as one would hope. Finally got a set of higher end skates that felt most comfortable so far, still with out of box steel and normal sharpening. Shortly after happen to stumble into a skate shop that had a pro who kinda explained profiling and possibly gave me his sales pitch. Decided to go ahead and give profiling a shot, he took down my height, weight, etc. and profiled my couple of month old skates. The difference was super noticeable, I felt completely different on the ice and couldn't believe the difference or how and why it took for me so long to figure out profiling existed and what it could do for one. About a year after that I came across t-blades, the reviews and opinions seemed positive, so I had the same pro switch me over to t-blades, which apparently had a very similar profile already on them out of the box with the option of the blade I was picking out. Well all that was another phase of my skating life and learning about skates/steel. December of 2014 I went back to normal holders/steel when I got new skates yet again. Had the same guy profile them, still not knowing exactly what kind of profile he was 'putting' on them. I also started coaching and started to focus and learn extra about all facets of hockey including skate sharpening and what profiling exactly is. About a year ago I bought my current pair of skates and this time asked what profile is being put on it, which, from what I was told is single 9' radius and what is now my control set. An engineer in me usually analyses everything that I do, so it's same with skating, I always try to understand how exactly the steel makes contact with the ice, how the depth of the edge cuts into the ice and all the other aspects that contribute to someone staying upright or actually being on the ice. Although I can't consistently put all of it together and be perfect, I consider myself a pretty good skater that can tell the difference between having an edge or not and beyond. When I found out about all the different profiles and started researching what they are all about, I reached out ProSharp and was referred to JR, which thankfully brings me here to this project. Can not wait to try out all the different profiles! Review - Numerically, this is my fourth profile done by JR - going from Single 9' radius to Zuperior S to Quad 0 to Quad 1 and now back to Quad 0. Was torn between Q0 and Q1, so asked JR to throw Q0 back on, but with 5/8" hollow. THIS IS IT! The speed that was 'missing' the first time around(with 1/2" hollow) was now regained/present! Felt like I had speed of Quad 1, which was probably the factor that kept me thinking about which profile is better...no more. Acceleration was there as previously tested with Q0 1/2", now Speed was also there, honestly as much of it as I felt with Q1, so that's 2 favorable factors. Thinking 5/8" hollow would do something to Stability was proven wrong, which is one of the million things going in your brain while you're really trying to think and decide what feels how and at what moment. So 3 factor, check! Mobility, turned on the dime and picked it up! Sorry, lame joke Overall - We have a WINNER! Acceleration - 4 Mobility - 3 - I'm not entirely sure how to judge this category, so it might be a 4 also...for a 40+ year old, I was pretty 'mobile' Stability - 4 - not going down unless i catch some type of rut on the ice or have a skating brain fart Speed - 4 - the critical area that was not as good on first trial of Q0 Want to Thank JR for everything that he has done for me with this project! I greatly appreciate all the answers, advice, time and everything else that you have done! I found my magic combination - Quad 0 5/8" hollow - and now will enjoy skating every time I hit the ice! THANK YOU!
  2. gevorkya

    Quad 1 - gevorkya

    Profile 4 Steel - StepSteel Black 272 Hollow - 1/2" About Me - I started skating when I was about 18. Skating turned into pick up hockey then on to beer league and has been that for over 20 years. Started out on cheap skates, no profiling, just was glad they were mine and not rentals. Went thru 2-3 upgrades still without knowing what profiling even meant. Skating was improving, as one would hope. Finally got a set of higher end skates that felt most comfortable so far, still with out of box steel and normal sharpening. Shortly after happen to stumble into a skate shop that had a pro who kinda explained profiling and possibly gave me his sales pitch. Decided to go ahead and give profiling a shot, he took down my height, weight, etc. and profiled my couple of month old skates. The difference was super noticeable, I felt completely different on the ice and couldn't believe the difference or how and why it took for me so long to figure out profiling existed and what it could do for one. About a year after that I came across t-blades, the reviews and opinions seemed positive, so I had the same pro switch me over to t-blades, which apparently had a very similar profile already on them out of the box with the option of the blade I was picking out. Well all that was another phase of my skating life and learning about skates/steel. December of 2014 I went back to normal holders/steel when I got new skates yet again. Had the same guy profile them, still not knowing exactly what kind of profile he was 'putting' on them. I also started coaching and started to focus and learn extra about all facets of hockey including skate sharpening and what profiling exactly is. About a year ago I bought my current pair of skates and this time asked what profile is being put on it, which, from what I was told is single 9' radius and what is now my control set. An engineer in me usually analyses everything that I do, so it's same with skating, I always try to understand how exactly the steel makes contact with the ice, how the depth of the edge cuts into the ice and all the other aspects that contribute to someone staying upright or actually being on the ice. Although I can't consistently put all of it together and be perfect, I consider myself a pretty good skater that can tell the difference between having an edge or not and beyond. When I found out about all the different profiles and started researching what they are all about, I reached out ProSharp and was referred to JR, which thankfully brings me here to this project. Can not wait to try out all the different profiles! Review - This is my third profile done by JR - going from Single 9' radius to Zuperior S to Quad 0 to now Quad 1. Quad 1 felt similar to Quad 0, but one thing stood out right away, Speed. It felt like I gained speed as the glide increased, yet it felt like it came at a price of losing some acceleration. Stability and Mobility change seemed negligible. I was torn on my opinion of it, I felt like it was the best out of what I tried so far, yet at the same time I couldn't remember how Quad 0 felt as it was about a week between the 2 profiles. Overall I was very pleased, but since we're all in this project wanted to try couple of things JR suggested(changing the hollow, review of each change below..) Acceleration - 3.5 - decreased a little as described above Mobility - 3 - felt very similar, couldn't necessarily remember much of a difference Stability - 4 - transitions felt flawless and safe as with Quad 0 Speed - 3.5 - may be even 4, was very apparent as I noticed this right as I took my first few strides...there was that woooow! cheer in my head This was the last profile that would work on my steel size, so JR had me try changing the Hollow as I have access to Sparx machine - see more reviews below. Hollow - 5/8" Review - As I had access to a Sparx machine, JR suggested to try 5/8" hollow to see if it helps. Got on the ice, was right away aware of less edge or may be I was over thinking it Overall I didn't notice much difference in any of the areas, but since there was a little less grip, you can take couple of decimals off...and so I did in ratings below Acceleration - 3.4 - since it felt like a little less edge and acceleration already decreased going to Q1, rating speaks of itself Mobility - 3.1 - what felt like less edge made turning 'easier' yet held me back a bit thinking i'm going to lose it Stability - 3.9 - just because there was a little less grip, made me think of "in case of emergency, use your seat cushion as a floating device" <- I'm weird, but still not as much as goalies Speed - 3.6 - may be even 4.1, glide was definitely there, that's why i added the .1, but with it the 2 guys inside my head were pulling me in different direction and I couldn't enjoy the full benefit of less friction So, as previously mentioned, having access to Sparx machine, I tried their version of Flat Bottom sharpening using the 1/2" radius Hollow - Flat Bottom 1/2" Review - I've tried flat bottom sharpening before and absolutely hated it, but as I'm experimenting and the profiles that JR has put on my steel have been nothing but awesome, I decided to give it a try...and I think I like it! Again, letting my brain do most of the intimidation, I approached this from less confidence than normal and was surprised. Although not changing much on acceleration from normal 1/2" radius, the flat bottom kept and possibly increased the speed a tiny bit. Stability felt kind of like with 5/8" but mobility was just weird, not bad or good, WEIRD. See my results below. Acceleration - 3.5 - felt same as normal 1/2" Mobility - 3.05 - as stated - WEIRD Stability - 3.9 - science of how I imagine the blade positioning on the ice made this score stay the same Speed - 3.6/4.1 - felt as good as 5/8", may be tiny bit better even, but i kept the same score I sent the steel back to JR, going to go back to Quad 0 with 5/8" hollow and hopefully I remember what I felt with Q1 and can make up my mind...
  3. gevorkya

    Quad 0 - gevorkya

    Profile 3 Steel - StepSteel Black 272 Hollow - 1/2" About Me - I started skating when I was about 18. Skating turned into pick up hockey then on to beer league and has been that for over 20 years. Started out on cheap skates, no profiling, just was glad they were mine and not rentals. Went thru 2-3 upgrades still without knowing what profiling even meant. Skating was improving, as one would hope. Finally got a set of higher end skates that felt most comfortable so far, still with out of box steel and normal sharpening. Shortly after happen to stumble into a skate shop that had a pro who kinda explained profiling and possibly gave me his sales pitch. Decided to go ahead and give profiling a shot, he took down my height, weight, etc. and profiled my couple of month old skates. The difference was super noticeable, I felt completely different on the ice and couldn't believe the difference or how and why it took for me so long to figure out profiling existed and what it could do for one. About a year after that I came across t-blades, the reviews and opinions seemed positive, so I had the same pro switch me over to t-blades, which apparently had a very similar profile already on them out of the box with the option of the blade I was picking out. Well all that was another phase of my skating life and learning about skates/steel. December of 2014 I went back to normal holders/steel when I got new skates yet again. Had the same guy profile them, still not knowing exactly what kind of profile he was 'putting' on them. I also started coaching and started to focus and learn extra about all facets of hockey including skate sharpening and what profiling exactly is. About a year ago I bought my current pair of skates and this time asked what profile is being put on it, which, from what I was told is single 9' radius and what is now my control set. An engineer in me usually analyses everything that I do, so it's same with skating, I always try to understand how exactly the steel makes contact with the ice, how the depth of the edge cuts into the ice and all the other aspects that contribute to someone staying upright or actually being on the ice. Although I can't consistently put all of it together and be perfect, I consider myself a pretty good skater that can tell the difference between having an edge or not and beyond. When I found out about all the different profiles and started researching what they are all about, I reached out ProSharp and was referred to JR, which thankfully brings me here to this project. Can not wait to try out all the different profiles! Review - This is my second profile done by JR - going from Single 9' radius to Zuperior S to now Quad 0. Where do I start? At first it felt super weird, felt like I was about to fall, yet in reality completely stable...yes my mind was playing tricks on me or this might be normal, seeing some of the other reviews online. Took it for a spin a few times, each time realizing that I've gained in every one of the 4 categories. More on each one below, but acceleration was definitely an improvement, speed didn't seem like it changed from the triple, but I was more mobile while being stable...yes, see why I say weird. I think the name says it all, all 4 categories are represented and they seemed pretty consistent. This might be the one, unless other quads give me something I can benefit from even more. Acceleration - 4 - increased from 3/3.5 on the triple, seemed that when I made contact to take a stride, there was a lot more grip when I pushed off Mobility - 3 - increased a little bit from triple, crossovers seemed to be quicker as I felt more safer doing them Stability - 4 - transitions felt flawless and safe Speed - 3 - stayed the same as triple, which was also the same going from my single profile...may be I'm just slow Next profile will be Quad 1
  4. gevorkya

    Zuperior S - gevorkya

    Profile 2 Steel - StepSteel Black 272 Hollow - 1/2" About Me - I started skating when I was about 18. Skating turned into pick up hockey then on to beer league and has been that for over 20 years. Started out on cheap skates, no profiling, just was glad they were mine and not rentals. Went thru 2-3 upgrades still without knowing what profiling even meant. Skating was improving, as one would hope. Finally got a set of higher end skates that felt most comfortable so far, still with out of box steel and normal sharpening. Shortly after happen to stumble into a skate shop that had a pro who kinda explained profiling and possibly gave me his sales pitch. Decided to go ahead and give profiling a shot, he took down my height, weight, etc. and profiled my couple of month old skates. The difference was super noticeable, I felt completely different on the ice and couldn't believe the difference or how and why it took for me so long to figure out profiling existed and what it could do for one. About a year after that I came across t-blades, the reviews and opinions seemed positive, so I had the same pro switch me over to t-blades, which apparently had a very similar profile already on them out of the box with the option of the blade I was picking out. Well all that was another phase of my skating life and learning about skates/steel. December of 2014 I went back to normal holders/steel when I got new skates yet again. Had the same guy profile them, still not knowing exactly what kind of profile he was 'putting' on them. I also started coaching and started to focus and learn extra about all facets of hockey including skate sharpening and what profiling exactly is. About a year ago I bought my current pair of skates and this time asked what profile is being put on it, which, from what I was told is single 9' radius and what is now my control set. An engineer in me usually analyses everything that I do, so it's same with skating, I always try to understand how exactly the steel makes contact with the ice, how the depth of the edge cuts into the ice and all the other aspects that contribute to someone staying upright or actually being on the ice. Although I can't consistently put all of it together and be perfect, I consider myself a pretty good skater that can tell the difference between having an edge or not and beyond. When I found out about all the different profiles and started researching what they are all about, I reached out ProSharp and was referred to JR, which thankfully brings me here to this project. Can not wait to try out all the different profiles! Review - This is my first profile done by JR - going from Single 9' radius. Took me a couple of skates to be able to fully analyze the profile and I'm actually glad I did skate a couple of times instead of writing a review right away. Noticed that there really are 3 different zones, don't ask how, but it showed a ton during transitions and basically going from inside to outside edge and from outside to inside. The issue that I mentioned in my review of my control set practically disappeared, I didn't catch my heel a single time when I transitioned from forward to backward skating. I didn't notice anything decrease in any of the 4 categories, everything stayed the same or got better. Front third seemed to give me more acceleration, didn't time it by any means, but felt that I was tad bit faster off the line. Middle felt similar to what I had with single profile, but I think that's normal. Back third I believe is where I gained the most, considering I wasn't catching some spot that would cause issues in the past. Can't wait to try the Quad! Acceleration - 3 may be even 3.5 - This area noticeably increased Mobility - 2.5 may be more towards 3 - if part of this category is responsible for the issue i've been having, then definitely went up to 3 Stability - 3.5 - felt very stable, although Stability and Mobility are sort of opposite, but my heel issue going away feels like increase in both areas Speed - 3 - stayed the same Next profile will be Quad 0
  5. gevorkya

    9’ - gevorkya

    Profile 1 - Control set Steel - StepSteel Black 272 Hollow - 1/2" About Me - I started skating when I was about 18. Skating turned into pick up hockey then on to beer league and has been that for over 20 years. Started out on cheap skates, no profiling, just was glad they were mine and not rentals. Went thru 2-3 upgrades still without knowing what profiling even meant. Skating was improving, as one would hope. Finally got a set of higher end skates that felt most comfortable so far, still with out of box steel and normal sharpening. Shortly after happen to stumble into a skate shop that had a pro who kinda explained profiling and possibly gave me his sales pitch. Decided to go ahead and give profiling a shot, he took down my height, weight, etc. and profiled my couple of month old skates. The difference was super noticeable, I felt completely different on the ice and couldn't believe the difference or how and why it took for me so long to figure out profiling existed and what it could do for one. About a year after that I came across t-blades, the reviews and opinions seemed positive, so I had the same pro switch me over to t-blades, which apparently had a very similar profile already on them out of the box with the option of the blade I was picking out. Well all that was another phase of my skating life and learning about skates/steel. December of 2014 I went back to normal holders/steel when I got new skates yet again. Had the same guy profile them, still not knowing exactly what kind of profile he was 'putting' on them. I also started coaching and started to focus and learn extra about all facets of hockey including skate sharpening and what profiling exactly is. About a year ago I bought my current pair of skates and this time asked what profile is being put on it, which, from what I was told is single 9' radius and what is now my control set. An engineer in me usually analyses everything that I do, so it's same with skating, I always try to understand how exactly the steel makes contact with the ice, how the depth of the edge cuts into the ice and all the other aspects that contribute to someone staying upright or actually being on the ice. Although I can't consistently put all of it together and be perfect, I consider myself a pretty good skater that can tell the difference between having an edge or not and beyond. When I found out about all the different profiles and started researching what they are all about, I reached out ProSharp and was referred to JR, which thankfully brings me here to this project. Can not wait to try out all the different profiles! Review - Since this is my control set and what I'm used to, my ratings will be in the middle for most categories, unless one category feels just way above and beyond or completely stinks. So below is where I think i'm starting. One thing that bothers me and always had with any profile or no profile, is my heel sometimes catches too much ice, especially during transitions from forward to backward skating - i've taken a few spills because of that reason and hopefully will find profiling that will help me with minimizing or eliminating that. Acceleration - 2.5 Mobility - 2.5 Stability - 3 Speed - 3 First profile I'll be trying is Zuperior S


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