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    Going to a cage, what is good?

    I love my Bauer Re-akt titanium cages.
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    Quad II - jpeaslee

    Steel - Step Blacksteel 288 SB4.0 Hollow - 7/8" Profile - Quad II About Me - Played inline in South Georgia a little bit growing up and club inline in college. Took about a 10 year break and started playing Ice a year and a half ago after turning 30 and moving to a place that has legit hockey (yes it's "Alabama", but it's different than you'd think). I play 3 nights a week. Low D2 player, but skating is probably my biggest strength. I messed around with profiles a bit when I first started ice and wound up skating on 8'/13' w/ a minor forward pitch and that completely changed the way I was able to skate. FWIW, I'm a big guy, 6'2" 265, usually play forward. Review - So this is probably the least I’ve skated one one of these profiles before writing a review, but when you know, you know. THIS IS MY PROFILE. I liked the Zup M, I felt more comfortabe and I thought that was probably going to be the winner but I figured I’d try the Quad II before finalizing everything since objectively the QI was for 254-280, and the QII was for 263-296. Reminder, I’m on 288 steel. Immediately upon receiving the runners I noticed they had a visible amount of forward pitch. I asked JR about it before skating on them (Mostly to make sure I didn’t accidentally order the wrong profile) and he pointed out that they’re a bit different and do have a little bit more forward pitch since they’re designed for longer steel. To be honest, I got a little excited about this. I’ve been feeling like I wanted a little more forward pitch and figured I’d possibly experiment with that once I figured out what profile I was going to keep. Stepping on the ice, I immediately felt comfortable. Even though these technically have a slightly flatter series of radii, I actually felt a little more maneuverable. I think a lot of it is the pitch forcing me to be more on my toes. Stability still felt great when I put a little more weight on my heels. This is the first time on my new skates that I’ve actually felt BETTER than I did on my old skates (Nexus 9000, 288 LS Edge w/ step steel 8’/13’ combo radius w/ minor forward pitch). Overall I still feel like the Zup was a little more stable at speed and maybe a little faster overall, but there wasn’t ever really a point that I didn’t feel solid on my feet or like the profile was holding me back in any way. Without a doubt, this profile simply felt right. It left me without really Acceleration: 4.0 Mobility: 5.0 Stability: 4.5 Speed: 4.0 Other Profiles Tested: 11', 9/10’, Zuperior M  8'/13' (not prosharp) BIG shout out to JR for offering this up. I think this is a huge asset to this community and a great opportunity to try so many different profiles, which is not normally very feasible.
  3. A lot of the pro stock socks will have a piece of kevlar sewn in the back of them over the calf/ankle. It's not in the front, but they're definitely still a bit thicker and more durable.
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    Changing the lie of a skate

    I believe most people talk about this as the pitch of the skate rather than lie, but maybe that's a regional dialect thing or something. If you put a shim on the inside of the boot, it will change the way your foot sits in the boot, decreasing volume (possible lace bite) and probably most importantly changing where your ankle and other parts of your feet sit in the boot. I'd rebake after you do that. I've always done it with profiling rather than a heel lift. If you're doing anything major heel lift is probably the better way to go, but I haven't had any problems doing it with the steel.
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    Quad 1 - jpeaslee

    Steel - Step Blacksteel 288 SB4.0 Hollow - 7/8" Profile - Quad 1 About Me - Played inline in South Georgia a little bit growing up and club inline in college. Took about a 10 year break and started playing Ice a year and a half ago after turning 30 and moving to a place that has legit hockey (yes it's "Alabama", but it's different than you'd think). I play 3 nights a week. Low D2 player, but skating is probably my biggest strength. I messed around with profiles a bit when I first started ice and wound up skating on 8'/13' w/ a minor forward pitch and that completely changed the way I was able to skate. FWIW, I'm a big guy, 6'2" 265, usually play forward. Review - I’ve been skating on these for a couple weeks now, coming from a Zuperior M. I definitely felt a little more mobile on these compared the Zup. At first I thought they felt a little more stable on my heels, but it really might just been that I was more comfortable. Generally speaking I felt a little bit quicker and more agile compared to the Zup, though it remains my second favorite, with the Quad I being the number 1. The only place that I felt the Zup really was a little bit better was stability at speed and they were just a bit faster on the top end (unsure if they’re just faster or if I was faster due to the stability). After trying the Quad I, I’m really the most interested in a quad 0.5, or possibly a Quad II, though I’m curious if they’d really improve a whole lot. As I get further into these tests, I may change things up a little bit on some of the older reviews if I feel things aren't staying to scale. Acceleration: 4.0 Mobility: 4.5 Stability: 4.0 Speed: 4.0 Other Profiles Tested: 11', 9/10’, Zuperior M 8'/13' (not prosharp) Next Profile: Quad II
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    Superior M jpeaslee

    Steel - Step Blacksteel 288 SB4.0 Hollow - 7/8" Profile - Zuperior M About Me - Played inline in South Georgia a little bit growing up and club inline in college. Took about a 10 year break and started playing Ice a year and a half ago after turning 30 and moving to a place that has legit hockey (yes it's "Alabama", but it's different than you'd think). I play 3 nights a week. Low D2 player, but skating is probably my biggest strength. I messed around with profiles a bit when I first started ice and wound up skating on 8'/13' w/ a minor forward pitch and that completely changed the way I was able to skate. FWIW, I'm a big guy, 6'2" 265, usually play forward. Review - I got these installed about 2 games before taking a spill head first into the boards resulting in a moderate AC Sprain and 2 broken ribs. Got to take a nice 6 weeks off before getting back to skating. Subsequently, I’ve spent about 3 months on this profile skating about 3 hours a week. I immediately felt more comfortable on these than I did on the 9/10’. Got some of the agility back and they had a little more forward pitch (which i definitely like). They do feel a little more stable in a straight line, but lean forward a little bit and you get some maneuverability back. Backwards crossovers were a little easier, might be slightly less stable, but cutting was a little tighter and smoother. If I was stuck with these, I could definitely make them work, but a little more agility would still be nice. As I get further into these tests, I may change things up a little bit on some of the older reviews if I feel things aren't staying to scale. Acceleration: 3.5 Mobility: 3.5 Stability: 4.25 Speed: 4.75 Other Profiles Tested: 11', 9/10’ 8'/13' (not prosharp) Next Profile: Quad I
  7. For the record, I'm 6'2" 265 (bit of a belly), and usually wear XL in pants (most recent being Warrior QRL pants, Bauer supreme 190 girdle before that). I got both a Super Tacks and 7092 girdle in over the weekend. The 7092 was used once, the Super Tacks was "pro stock" and brand new. I'll be skating in the 7092 tonight and I'll update with my first impressions. I really don't see any difference in the padding aside from a few small things. Some of this has been mentioned before. back of the thigh padding - Segmented on the Super Tacks and maybe slightly thicker, non-segmented on the 7092 cushioned area to the right/left of the tailbone protector - lots of vent holes (honeycomb like) on the Super Tacks, Solid on the 7092 Belly strap - Extra cushion above the strap on the Super Tacks, no extra cushion on the 7092 Shorts/Liner - Super Tacks has it, 7092 doesn't and is a true wrap style. The weight in my hands feel essentially the same. Squeezing around on different parts, they seem to have the same amount of padding throughout the girdle. There obviously is a little more adjustibility to the Super Tacks with regard to the spine protector and the height of the thigh pads. While the 7092 isn't quite adjustable, because it's a girdle I can still get it strapped down where I want it to. I may slightly modify the parts that set the height of the thigh guards to raise them up just a hair, but even without doing that, I think these will be plenty comfortable enough. I'm very interested to see if these will stay up as well as they seem like they will. Normally with pants I wear suspenders to make sure they stay up well, and even with my Supreme 190 girdle I added suspender buttons to the shell to keep them up. I hate the internal belt in my Warriors and the belt on the Supreme 190 as they both are more internal and just dig into my hips. Size wise I'm definitely on the upper end of the sizing for this, but mostly just in my belly (the velcro is just barely all the way on there, any fatter and it'd be a no go.) I really just don't understand why they added the little shorts liner to the Super Tacks. As they are, I don't see them serving any purpose at all. I'd understand a little better if they had stock tabs and maybe a built in jock/cup pouch, but without those it seems like a redundant piece that prevents it from being a true wrap girdle. I'm going to try and take some side by side pics of the areas I'm talking about as maybe a little better comparison. Either way these seem to both be pretty well put together, very protective, fairly lightweight, and very mobile. UPDATE: After skating with the 7092 for a couple skates and then the Supertacks, I’ve ended up with the Supertacks. The 7092 worked great, but I have weirdly proportioned legs and prefer fairly short pants/thigh guards so the adjustability on the supertacks won out. The belly pad/fastener was a bit short on both and I really don’t find much value on the actual pad there (I’ve got plenty of “natural” cushioning). I ended up unstitching the belly pad and replacing it with the elastic strap off an old Supreme girdle. Also, I found the stiff and thin (3/4”) belt to be uncomfortable and replaced it with a 1” nylon tube webbing and a heavy duty YKK buckle. VERY happy with this setup. All of the comments about these two running a little small are probably true, especially if you’ve got a belly, but very easy to fix. The only other place I find them fitting on the small side is the thigh strap, but if that was an issue it’d be an easy fix as well. The inner shorts on the girdle are a little annoying, but big and stretchy enough I can easily put them on/off while wearing skates. I do feel like it does a better job keeping the butt padding in place and keeping everything a little bit of a close fit. I may mod it to add some velcro to function completely like a wrap girdle.
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    I need some big man help!

    Warrior QRL3 and QRE come in XXL. I'm a 38-40 in waist and wear an XL in those. Sherwood makes the 4030 in a XXL too. They've got wider shoulders than any other pads I've found.
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    Expensive bags worth it?

    I was really interested in a Mammoth or Pacific Rink bag when I saw one pop up on Sideline swap probably minutes after it was posted. I put in an offer of $100 and luckily the seller accepted. That was about 8 months ago. It's in pretty much exactly the same shape that it was when I got it, like new. I can't say for sure, but it sure seems like it's going to last a LONG time. The zippers are fantastic and everything else on the fit and finish is great. Looking at how it was designed and put together, I don't see weird design flaws that will end up ripping out after a year or two of use/abuse. I'm the same way with my gear, I'm gonna spend $$$ and get something good. That said up until now, bags were pretty much disposable for me. I do really enjoy the pockets. The middle divider doesn't work for me. I have to put my gear in the same way or I end up forgetting stuff (elbows inside of shins, inside of pants. shoulders at the bottom. Gloves and helmet at the top of the pants).
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    Bauer Vapor 1X Tapered Shafts

    Still available?
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    Removing graphics on JetSpeed FT1?

    That would be awesome!
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    Removing graphics on JetSpeed FT1?

    Have you done this on your AS1s as well, or just the supertacks?
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    Removing graphics on JetSpeed FT1?

    Anyone try this on AS1s? I tried for a bit last night using some nail polish remover but it didn't seem to have any reaction to it.
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    Bauer Nexus 2N Pro 87 P92M 87 Flex RH

    Still available?
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    9'/10' - jpeaslee

    Steel - Step Blacksteel SB4.0 Hollow - 7/8" Profile - 9'/10' About Me - Played inline in South Georgia a little bit growing up and club inline in college. Took about a 10 year break and started playing Ice a year and a half ago after turning 30 and moving to a place that has legit hockey (yes it's "Alabama", but it's different than you'd think). I play 3 nights a week. Low D2 player, but skating is probably my biggest strength. I messed around with profiles a bit when I first started ice and wound up skating on 8'/13' and that completely changed the way I was able to skate. FWIW, I'm a big guy, 6'2" 265, usually a bit of a 2 way forward. Review - After a 2 hour open skate, I felt a huge improvement on these over the single 11' profile I had in the skates before. Definitely not quite as much on my heels and had a good bit more agility. Oddly enough they actually felt more stable as well. Huge improvement over the single radius. Comparing them to the 8'/13' I was skating on before this experiment, they're not quite as agile and not quite as on my toes, but more stable through long powerful crossovers. I did feel like I really had to make a special effort to get forward enough on my toes to work my outside edge on a single foot without eating it. In quick starts I could feel the little bit of extra steel up front and I feel like that did help with acceleration. If I stayed with this profile I might go to a slightly shallower ROH to give a little less bite. *edit* after playing a game in these a couple days after the open skate, I definitely began to feel a bit more comfortable in them. I'm not sure if it was the difference of a game vs open skate, getting used to them, or just that my mind was focused on playing and not skating. I did actually feel like I had a little more glide than on my 8'/13'. As I get further into these tests, I may change things up a little bit on some of the older reviews if I feel things aren't staying to scale. Acceleration: 2.5Mobility: 2.0Stability: 2.75Speed: 2.5 Other Profiles Tested: 11' 8'/13' (not prosharp)Next Profile: Zuperior M and Quad I (I think)
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    11' - jpeaslee

    Steel - CCM SB +2mm SB Runners 288 Hollow - 7/8" Profile - 11' About Me - Played inline in South Georgia a little bit growing up and club inline in college. Took about a 10 year break and started playing Ice a year and a half ago after turning 30 and moving to a place that has legit hockey (yes it's "Alabama", but it's different than you'd think). I play 3 nights a week. Low D2 player, but skating is probably my biggest strength. I messed around with profiles a bit when I first started ice and wound up skating on 8'/13' and that completely changed the way I was able to skate. FWIW, I'm a big guy, 6'2" 265, usually a forward. Review - While I normally skate on Step black, when I got new skates I had them profile the factory runners to 11'. This won't be completely an apples to apples comparison as they're not quite as tall as my step black. The 11' profile is definitely a bit different than what I'm used to and I immediately knew it wasn't going to work (not that I really had planned on it). I felt completely on my heels and way less agility without really being more stable in the straights. Trying to do a strong crossover, pushing and building speed they were a little bit more stable, but in a straight line, not as much. I definitely don't see myself going back to a single radius anytime soon. I definitely don't like these and it's crazy to me that so many people don't even know they can change their ROH, and even fewer know anything about all the profile options out there. In this batch I also got some 9'/10' which was a big improvement over these. You can see that review below. As I get further into these tests, I may change things up a little bit on some of the older reviews if I feel things aren't staying to scale. Acceleration: 2.5Mobility: 1.0Stability: 2.5Speed: 2.5 Other Profiles Tested: 9'/10' 8'/13' (not prosharp)Next Profile: Zuperior M and Quad I
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    Ccm custom skates

    I hear ya man. I ended up ordering mine from the shop in Alpharetta. I'll let you know how they did. I don't think we're quite in the same boat, but 6'2" 265, size 13 sneaker right here. I'm pretty confident in the guys at that shop, my only real concern is the toe box. I didn't have any options for holders to be unmounted or anything. Is it that you want different holders, or want them mounted/aligned different from stock? They do give an option for differently sized holders.
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    Wearing a Mask in Beer League?

    Couple things. 1. Chirping is part of the game, and in most of the leagues I play in more of it comes from my own team than anywhere else, and it's almost all in good fun. Any serious chirps from other players won't have anything to do with a cage, they're much more likely to have something to do with my mom. 2. Wear what you're comfortable with (which hopefully is at least a visor). I play with a couple guys that have gotten pretty jacked up by random pucks. One played 7 seasons as a defenseman in the SPHL and never lost a tooth to later play in a easy parent/kid game, puck rolled up the stick and knocked out his 4 upper fronts. Another guy I've played some pickup with with had a puck deflect off someones stick in the neutral zone and had a retinal detachment making him essentially blind in that eye. Dental work isn't cheap and it's super shitty to have done, but losing an eye really sucks. I don't like wearing one, but I won't play without a cage. Bubbles are too hot and fog up for me, but i know plenty of guys that like them.
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    Do your edge holders squeak?

    YES! Pretty much same deal as you. Don't notice it on the ice. I still often get it after games. Happens with my STEP black and my LS3. I ordered some new AS1s and was thinking about pulling LS3s on them but that lasted until I remembered the squeak.
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    Ccm custom skates

    You can advance the facing on the ankle (top 3) or the forefoot (bottom eyelets, I think all of them except top 3) or you can advance all of them.
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    Ccm custom skates

    Seems like you should have some ground to stand on. I'd go back to the shop and talk to whoever is there. If they don't fix it, I'd escalate it to the manager/owner and go from there.
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    Ccm custom skates

    Weird. Did they happen to review the order with you on the screen of the 3d Scanner?
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    Ccm custom skates

    Sounds a little fishy about the advanced facing. It's on option in their catalog and in the scanner that you can do 1/4 or 1/2 forward or 1/4 inward. Was this a pro custom order, or a 3d scan total custom? Are you getting lacebite or discomfort from the depth/volume? Have you talked to the LHS/CCM about it?
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    Ccm custom skates

    I just ordered some Sunday from North Georgia Hockey in Atlanta/Alpharetta. I was pretty impressed with the guys at the shop. Hopefully in 3-4 weeks I can post some actual feedback on how they turned out, but until then I'll just have to say the entire fitting process is pretty impressive. Here is a catalog of all the options (Compliments of Nicholas G). The only option I think I had that wasn't listed in there was the lacelock.
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    Super Tacks AS1 Skates

    I ended up ordering some Custom AS1s this weekend. Did the CCM scan and Bauer volumental scan at North Georgia Hockey in Alpharetta/Atlanta. I'm about 3.5 hours away in Huntsville, AL but they're the closest place that does custom skates and I was passing through Atlanta anyway. Geoff and Alex are solid guys and I'd definitely recommend stopping by the shop if you're in the area. Hopefully I'm not putting the cart before the horse on this, but I've struggled to get good fitting skates. I have an E width forefoot and a regular/narrow heel with high arches and a really high ankle depth. Nexus has been the closest to a good fit, but it's still too loose in the and just not a great fit all around. The new tacks line was a pretty good fit, but not enough volume and the toecap was a little narrow (my whole foot/toes are shaped like a V), Jetspeeds in a EE width were the same deal, but failed the pencil test even more. Supremes just feel terrible, especially in the toe cap. Custom skates ended up being being AS1 10D +1/2 facing (though even with that it's still barely enough volume), Donut ankle pad Forefoot comfort pad Oversized toe cap +3mm Enhanced comfort pad 7mm Tritech Pro Ribbed HPE White Clarino Grey liner Orthomove Insoles +2mm runners They said typical turn time is 4-6 weeks, but lately they've been closer to 3. Can't wait! Ordered my


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