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Larry54 last won the day on November 16 2018

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  1. Larry54

    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    If you go back to the first VH skate, the current skate would be more like V3 or V4. And with all the small constant changes along the way, it's like they had V1.1, V1.2, V2.1, V2.2, etc. I mean my VH skates are identical to the ones that came out a month later except for the "improved" tendon guard. I don't know when the last small improvement was made, if there have been any since True took over. But, unlike other brands, if True has kept the VH philosophy, rather than introducing new models with new graphics just to jack up the price, and holding back all the improvements ntil the "next model", they will just be constantly evolving the current model... unless True doesn't continue the VH way of doing things, that is.
  2. Larry54

    Is this holder mounted properly?

    Wouldn't it be off by 4.5mm since the rear tower should be 4.5mm more toward the rear and the front tower 4.5mm toward the front to have the 9mm longer holder centered fore and aft?
  3. Larry54

    Is this holder mounted properly?

    Maybe because longer is not necessarily better.
  4. Larry54

    Is this holder mounted properly?

    How about 263 holders with Step XL steel? If I'm not mistaken the XL steel is longer than regular Step.
  5. Larry54

    Heel Punch

    I've also noticed this recently after having followed your advice for a while. At one point, I wondered if your techniques contradicted the concept of requiring perfect heel lock. After several months with looser skates, I'm not even preoccupied with heel lock, and my skating just feels free and un-confined. On a side note, I've even been wondering if people could solve lace bite just by adopting your techniques.
  6. Larry54

    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    The shoehorn is only required for putting them on while baking to avoid damaging the foam while it's hot. You can use a shoehorn every time you put them on, but I just unlace the top 3 eyelets, pull the tongue out far, and I insert my foot like in the video but I keep my foot toward the toe to avoid exerting to much pressure on the heel foam while inserting my foot. It works for me.
  7. Larry54

    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    Even though your feet are similar to your dad's, you re-molded them to your own feet, didn't you?
  8. Larry54

    Speedplate 2.0 cutting off arch-support

    You shouldn't be trying to mold the SpeedPlates to the skate. The Speedplates' purpose is to conform to your feet, not to the skates, otherwise your defeating their purpose. If you really want to use your fingers to shape them, then shape them to your feet and not to the skates. I've read of someone shaping the speedplates to their feet before inserting them into the skates and it did the trick for them. While my arches aren't that high, they're also closer to the front of my feet than the average person. Before getting VH skates I had success with Graf/Sidas molded footbeds in Bauer Flexlites. Orthopedic insoles or orthotics might just do the trick for you.
  9. Larry54

    Marsblade Ice Holder

    I had a feeling that would be the case as I wrote about a year ago.
  10. Larry54

    2018 Third Jerseys

    I like the way that the small T is placed like the apostrophe in Irish names starting with O.
  11. I had Bauer/Nike Flexlites that had tongues which looked similar to yours but the middle section was a bit wider like in this picture. The problem I had was that the plastic insert was too low, so when I flexed forward, the top of my ankle would bend over the top of the plastic insert which would sort of dig into my ankle causing lace bite symptoms. I had removed the tongues with the intention of replacing them with something else by unstitching the bottom where they attach to the toe cap. But once the tongue was removed, with the absence of stitching at the bottom of the tongue I saw that I could reach inside and detach the flimsily glued plastic insert and re-position it higher. I then had the tongues re-attached at a sports repair shop. I don't know if the construction of your tongues are the same, but it might be a way of removing the insert or replacing it with something less rigid. I can't guarantee this solution but it might be something to consider ( at your own risk ). Or maybe you can heat the tongue nice and slowly with a heat gun and hope the plastic insert gets malleable enough to shape it to the top of your foot.
  12. Larry54

    Unknown jaw protector / combo shield

    If the metal was titanium, I'd surely try it.
  13. Larry54

    replacement tounges?

    Out of curiosity, I've done loose untied laces a couple of times for the first half hour at open practice. It was a real eye opener, to say the least. The mechanics of skating became so much clearer. At my age, only a couple half-hour stints of laceless skating won't turn me into a Paul Coffey, but I truly believe I benefited from the learning experience and will be doing it every opportunity I get. And as a by-product, even though I only skip the top eyelet when playing, I don't tie my skates as tightly as I used to. I used to occasionally be distracted by lack of forward flex while playing but now I'm not even preoccupied with my skating.
  14. Larry54

    Tips for cleaning gloves (inside)

    Every 6 months or so, I turn on the hot water tap and let the hot water flow into each glove until the water leaking through it turns clear. It removes the crustiness caused by salt deposits and whatever other minerals are in my sweat. You could always wash them afterwards and rinse them again.
  15. Larry54

    True/VH pro stock skates

    theinfamoust94 did you bake them for your feet?