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Quad 0 - gevorkya - Part 2

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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!

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