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  2. You can deal with it with custom, yes. I would say that the placing on your 100k looks off. The 5th and 4th eyelets from the top (the ones that look like they're flared out) should be the tightest, and the upper 3 eyelets could be flared out more. Looks like you're tying looser there and creasing to flex the boot
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  4. Its all opinion. Thousands of top level skaters in history started on whatever random shape the blade came out of the box, continued with whatever shape it morphed into through repeated sharpenings, and then back to another random profile when they got new skates. What may seem intuitive may in fact be correct or it may end up being wrong. There are lots of examples where people have success doing the opposite of “conventional wisdom”. Until you have a body of actual data, it will continue to be opinion-based.
  5. @Westside @Miller55 We want to keep the fit of the lower and upper chassis as tight as possible to get the best possible stability. Unfortunately the visible wear is therefore hard to avoid but as I think you indicate @Westside it's only aesthetic. Hope that makes sense. //Per Mars, Inventor
  6. there is probably 20% more volume/depth around the top 3 eyelets as compared to NXGs, and it does feel too much for me personally. That's probably why pictures don't show how bad the situation is, since the ankle sits way back in the skate, and the tongue (which is thicker than the 3Flex tongue on NXGs) gives the false impression there is no volume issues. Around the foot the volume for regular fit seems on par with NXGs, but around the top 3 eyelets there is definitely considerably more volume. forefoot is odd: it looks Giant on the outside, but probably due to extra padding everywhere it feels snug on the inside. Then there is also uneven lacing, NXGs were perfectly straight and 100Ks have some odd wave pattern to it flaring around 5th eyelet then getting very narrow up top. CCM flex motion tongue is not stiff at all. On NXGs I've always staked with x-stiff insert (1mm thick Curve), and liked it much better than the 2 other ones included. Curious - can the depth/volume issues up top be addressed with the custom fit? Is that what advanced facing is all about? (unless it's only meant to move eyelets forward to add more volume vs move them back & cut the quarters accordingly)
  7. @SolarWind a lot of people report going to a shallower hollow on Scott Van Horne boots, as the more direct energy transfer makes for more direct edge application: the same hollow on a two piece skate tends to feel shallower than it does for the same skater in a one-piece. How stiff are the tongues on the 100K? Tongue stiffness can have a surprisingly large influence on forward flex. If it’s too stiff in combination with the stiffness of the quarters for a particular skater’s feel preference it can get in the way just like using a 120 flex stick if you’re more geared toward 80.
  8. I am going to go on a limb here and say the CCM probably have too much depth for you. I found the 100K fit a bit odd, had almost too much depth and volume for me (someone who gets lace bite with everything but Tacks and Nexus) but nowhere near enough forefoot width.
  9. as I mentioned the pictured don't do justice, so here's a couple more shots side by side next to my NXGs: https://ibb.co/Twb9D3r - notice that 100Ks are a much deeper boot around the top 3 eyelets, the rest of the boot has the same depth as the Supremes. also notice the shape up top, even unlaced it's very pronounced C vs U. https://ibb.co/0nv92gQ - as a result they complete wrap around my ankles. Can't figure out what the best angle to take the pic is to demonstrate it, but the result is that when I flex forward in a fully laced boot it actually creases massively around the 5th eyelet, the area where the top of the foot meets the ankle (not sure what the proper term is - mid foot?). In Supremes the ankle just flexes forward through the laces while the foot stays locked in place. I'm a strong skater, and pretty strong overall (190 lbs, 500 lb squat), but fully laced in 100K it's a struggle to bring the kneecaps over the toes. the weirdest part is - stopping on the outside edge all of a sudden is a challenge, ankle angle/flexion patter must be all wrong, catching edges vs stopping... I'll keep trying, ice availability is quite limited so going even twice a week is a challenge...
  10. Oh yeah, 100%. Just wondering if everyone else is experiencing the same wear on their chassis
  11. That just looks like wear from the Rocker motion within the chassis. Kinda odd that the tolerance is so tight
  12. I don't understand how putting new hockey players on a larger single profile would be better in any way over using something like a larger dual profile. For example I started on a 13' single profile but I can't help feel that I would have learned the game a lot faster on something like a 11'-13' dual profile. Having more steel at the back of the skate just feels "more natural" and biomechanically sound. I don't understand the logic of using a single profile anymore other than tradition.
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  14. CCM doesn't have a patent on one-piece boots overall. They have patent over a particular method of construction. So does True. So does Bauer: they own the Mako and MLX IP. There is no should/should not, only personal preference. One could work with you and make a recommendation if you're not sure. But there's no blanket statement about what to do. Kovalchuk: wrapped upper eyelets but creased to hell. It's always worked great for him. Shane Wright, the complete opposite (at least in Bauer, haven't been able to find a clear shot of his Trues that isn't too dark to see any detail). It's all up to the skater and the skates having a good relationship. Your images didn't match at all what I was expecting from your description. That's a bit of wrap, but nothing crazy. Looks very normal. Just a slight inclination from the sidewalls toward the midline of the boot.
  15. R1 owners.... How's the wear on your chassis? This is my backup chassis that I've only used a handful of times. It's obviously all superficial at this point, but I'm curious to see how other users are holding up. There's a noticeable amount of wear on the plastic portion of the chassis as well
  16. Yeah my bad, mixed up with the current True guarantee
  17. He has 90 days with the CCM satisfaction guarantee.
  18. Yes, the 50k was the last narrow heel fit the Ribcor had. After this the heel pocket was opened up considerably and the boot overall had more volume.
  19. Idk those look pretty fine to me, are your ankles super skinny? Can bake them at the same time, no problem. 90 degrees sitting is best, maybe a touch forward but unless you know what you're doing better not. Pencil test, I have no idea, I have very flat feet and fail the pencil test on everything except Nexus and I still wear Supreme without issue, even though I fail the pencil test horribly (and I use the Bobby Clarke thick felt tongues which eat up even more volume lol). Personally I would say to give it some more time and skate as much as you can during the 30 day warrantee period. You're coming from 10 year old One95s, it's gonna take time. You have 30 days, try to skate at least 3x a week, even 4 or 5 of you can swing it, and then make a decision after a dozen skates
  20. From those 2 pictures I'd say there's not overwrap. It's okay to bake both at the same time. You could stand as long as you don't flex forward, but I never have anyone do that. Ideal is sitting with knees bent at 90 degrees. IMO the pencil test is overrated. You can fail and still be good.
  21. Here's a couple of photos, not sure they give justice, since even when tied loosely as in the pic, the skate still wraps quite a bit. The laces aren't waxed so I can't keep them tight anyways, but when I pull on them the top eyelets come to about an inch within each other. Top quarters are quite soft when it comes to squeezing them together (ie side-to-side), but the boot itself feels very solid front-to-back. So I'm not really sure where the forward flex is supposed to be coming from... On all my bauer skates the top of the skate always looked like U with sides never really molding. Here's a couple of photos https://ibb.co/6wnFZMn https://ibb.co/sv6NNVL What's the correct baking procedure for these skates? Still one at a time or doesn't matter? Flexing forward or 90 degree knee angle? Does the pencil test still work @ the top of the boot to determine if there is too much volume and quarters need to cut back ideally?
  22. I'm also interested in hearing @datsvechkin's thoughts on Sprungs vs. the R1. I'll provide my general impressions as I have also used both. I've used Sprungs for well over a decade, most recently with Easton Mako M7s. I've only skated R1's twice that are on True TF9 boots - I hope to give these a better work out and play some pickup games soon, but my general impressions after briefly using both back to back were: The R1 was a bit heavier and I could tell the difference when I wore the two skates back to back. The Sprungs felt a little more mobile and I had better control for turns and stops, but the R1 is still good for turns and stops and is better than a flat chassis. The R1 and Sprungs both allow for a full stride extension unlike a more traditional flat chassis The movement in the R1 was less noticeable than with Sprungs (that's also comparing new R1's to used Sprungs though) The R1's had a more robust and solid feel - I think they'll hold up better long term. So far, I like the Sprung feel a little more, however; I still liked the R1 much better than from what I recall of using an older flat chassis or the ancient Tuuk Rocker. An alloy version of the Sprungs would be ideal, but I don't know if the planned Fizix frames will ever happen since the FB page hasn't been updated in almost a year. With that said, I think the R1's are the best current alternative to Sprungs and seem like they'll be more durable (it's hard to be sure as I've only skated twice on them and I did read about people that had some issues with the early versions of the plastic portion. Apparently, they've reformulated the plastic resin to eliminate those issues and they did take care of the people that had breakage issues). I definitely prefer the R1 to any of the non-Sprung alternatives. Keep in mind, this is only my initial impression after only two light skates with the R1. What I'm thinking of trying to do is go to a couple pickup sessions with both skates and switching skates part way through. Getting a feel for both back to back during game play will give me a better idea of how they compare.
  23. I started looking around for step steel blades as well this past week as the ones I have are getting a bit short from being sharpened so many times, but was told CCM bought the company and they are tough to come by. Its on my list to try and find an alternative.
  24. Just wondering if the fit of the ribcor line has changed over the years? Looking for a replacement pair for my 50k’s and nobody local has any ribcor skates in stock.
  25. I'm in the same boat, love sprungs. The stability and feel is unmatched. My issue is that I do feel like there is a bit lacking in power compared to a fixed alloy chassis like the kryptonium. I have a pair of R1s on the Alkali Revel 1 boots that Marsblade offered from the factory. I use them for outdoor roller and I really don't like them. However, I really think the issue is that I don't like the boots, and therefore it's hard to get a real idea of how the R1s perform. I'm planning on converting another pair of TF9s, and I'm undecided if I would rather just stick with the sprungs despite the fact that they're a bit slow, or if I want to try out the R1s on a different boot. I'm a big net-front power forward type, and I love the stability of the sprungs, makes me very hard to move. What would you say are the pros and cons of the R1s compared to Sprung?
  26. @SolarWind - Purely out of curiously, could you please post a photo of the wrap you're experiencing? Did you follow the heating instructions exactly? My main skates are M8s, which are ludicrously malleable, so I'm interested to see how malleable a CCM can be. @PBH - Is there anything one should be aware of when using the plastic wrap technique with non-True skates? For instance, is it a risk to over-condense the ankle padding if one wraps too tightly, resulting in too much space when the shell opens up a touch after cooling? Anything else to be aware of? I went straight from Grafs to Makos, with a pit stop in Trues, so my understanding of what baking does to modern, mass-market skates is limited. Thanks for any insight. I have some 100Ks coming and am hopeful I can get a normal retail skate to fit and flex to match my skating style. My experience with custom wasn't great, nor were some trials in Vapors, so I'm hopeful the approach that CCM is taking with Ribcor will be an option going forward. These M8s are near death.
  27. Thanks guys! I was nervous to try out the R1 being on sprungs for over 7 years now. Adjusted quickly and have no complaints
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