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  1. SB39

    How do YOU tie your skates?

    I tie mine tighter in the 3 eyelets by my toes, a bit looser by the arch of my foot, since that is where I get the most pain from constricted circulation, then very tight at the ankle, where I stop my laces. In response to IPv6Freely (great name btw), I have to tie them very tight since they get slimy and slippery as the game progresses and sweat accumulates. for this same reason I've switched from skating barefoot to with socks. I wish I could go back to barefoot but it gets too slippery, both from the wet environment and it's as if my foot loses volume as I sweat, or the skate chamber expands. This is 100% roller playing with an ice boot and mounted chassis.
  2. SB39

    Diet and nutrition for max performance thread.

    I agree for the most part with forgoing supplements. I used to take more but now I take only whey, fish oil, ZMA, and melatonin for sleep. I've considered going back to creatine mono for some strength and endurance, but overall work on your diet and workout hard and you'll be 90% there. If you get good at it you can eat healthy for pretty cheap and make it all taste good. Lots of spices and hot sauce.
  3. SB39

    Diet and nutrition for max performance thread.

    Duplicate. Take Naps!
  4. SB39

    Diet and nutrition for max performance thread.

    I make the same smoothie every week 5-6 hours before games. - About 2lbs o mixed fruit - watermelon, various berries, various citrus - Plain whole milf yogurt - Chocolate protein powder Excellent clean energy and it usually clears me out about 2 hours before the game. Perfect setup.
  5. Squat, deadlift, run hills, and make your stomach as strong as you can.
  6. SB39

    Alkali Hockey

    About Alkali pants, I tried on a pair at NARCH Winternats 2 weekends ago, and then ordered a pair of the RPD max pants. They make my old Mission Inhaler pants feel like wearing tin foil by comparison; lighter, softer, much more comfy, better ventilation. Huge difference and I can't recommend them enough.
  7. I came up with this a month ago. Take the roll left over from a roll of TP, put that over the thickest part of the stick (before it starts to taper), tightly tape it with as much duct/electrical tape to weigh what you want, then slide the weight down the taper and practice til your wrists fall off. This way makes applying and removing the weight easy, so you're not taping weights directly onto the stick which makes removal a pain and wastes material. You can swap it to whichever game or practice stick you want to use. I'll open this up for any other hacks for home practice.
  8. I'm curious what consensus may exist on MSH about using clunker sticks, that you would never use on the rink, for practice at home. I use a 2005 Nike Apollo to mess around in my kitchen, saving my Diablos and Mission VHex-2 for skates. I feel like this gives me stronger hands and better feel when switching over to the better sticks, after a short acclimation. Do others here use game or near game-caliber sticks for home practice or something a bit more... ghetto?
  9. When you guys practice at home, kitchen floor or garage or whatever, do you use a game stick or an old beater? I've been alternating back and forth in each session between my game stick (100 VHex) and a beater stick (87 NBH Apollo) which feels about a pound heavier. I start with the beater, then my game stick feels like air, and I think my hands warms up better doing the switch.
  10. SB39

    Repalming gloves

    Update: I talked to Yves, who picked up the initial call. I told him about the concern, he said "Oh Damn," didn't ask me for my name, and just told me to write the order down on the same order sheet and send it in. Not impressed with his response, but we'll see in another 5 weeks or so...
  11. SB39

    Repalming gloves

    Has anyone ever had any problems with Northern Sports Repair/fixitbymail.com? I sent out a pair of my gloves through my LHS to get goatskin palms, mesh gussets, and reinforcement on the right palm, and they came back with clarino palms and none of the other work done... The guy at Powerplay said he had never seen that before from them, but what about you guys here...?
  12. SB39

    Repalming gloves

    There is also Northern Sports Repair, somewhere in New York I believe
  13. I definitely skate better when my skates are wet. Usually when I skate on them dry (I'm still breaking them in without baking them), I have to skate for 20 min and get sweat going before I retie them tighter and better fitting. This also means that I usually need to take 4-6 Aspirin to deal with how tight my skates are going to be... But it's worth it, I love having a rink on campus.
  14. SB39

    CCM 852

    CCM 852 Tacks Details: all black, 14", 2003 version Fit: These gloves have a rgeat all around fit for someone that can't use loosey goosey Eagles but doesn't like the tight-ass fit of Nike Quests. The cuff is nice and giving, with the Flex-Zone portion on the cuff over the forearm bone nearest the thumb, whch helps mobility. 8.5/10 (Completely personal preference) Breakin: Not as bad as older Eastons I used, but you gotta use these for about a month, give or take depending on how often you play. It took me a month playing 3 days a week for about 5-6 hours total a week. I also would bend the fingers all teh way back and stack something on top of them overnight to work on flexibility. Especilly with how easy it is to breakin TPS or Eagle gloves, this is the worst aspect of these gloves. 5.5/10 Protection: They got plastic inserts along with single-density foams, I think. The only wrist or hand problems I've had were from falling on my left wrist at a bad angle, not their fault... No problems 9.5/10 Durability: I've played all roller on these gloves on smooth cement and sportcourt, ande I slide to block shots nearly every game, so they get dragged all over the place, on teh cement too. Just before the end of teh season did I see a break in the thin leather covering and some slight fraying on the edges. Great. 9.5/10 Weight: Hard for me to judge their weight in relation to others, cuz the last pair of gloves I had were the '01 852's, so it's anybody's guess. The only things I care that much about for weeight are my sticks, so they're fine. 9/10 Palm: These came with the normal clarino palms, though the '03's came with a thinner and less soft clarino than the '01's, which annoyed me. They also took even longer than the gloves themselves to breakin, for them to form to my fingers and palm. They're also screwed now cuz I've played the last few months with a TPS Rubber, so I'm gonna get em repalmed with goat... 7/10 Intangibles: They have a good traditional look, which I dig, with the wrist mobility of anyone except Eagle X50's, which never touched my wrists... they jsut seem to fit my hand great, but the palm jacks with my feel of my stick a bit, part of the reason I'm getting them repalmed and may be related to all my sweating and the slight coat of rubber due to the shaft... They also might not be for you if you play mostly roller and sweat a lot, causing me to need the rubber shaft and subsequently need new palms, so ventilation if a problem, but not for ice... 8/10 (partly my fault...) Sum Up: I love these gloves, except for their ventilation. I'm toatlly enamored with the fit, though I might try some slightly tighter nylon gloves with no cuff someday (custom HGT's anyone...), but overall, and I'm gonna combine their worth to ice and roller in the same grade, they're good gloves, not the best, but pretty damn good. 8.5/10


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