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  1. Will a custom fitting address pronation? Short answer is no. Long answer is yes but... Will a custom fitting address the bony protusion? Yes but only if they get the measurements right. As to your foot pain, I suspect it's because of the shape of the foot in the boot and its loading up on the forefoot pad, this is very common with pronation. I have dealt with it and helped other players with it. pm me (or start a new thread) if you want more info as this isn't the thread to discuss this. The sad reality is that there isn't a quick or easy fix.
  2. Fit is realtive to how his bio mechanics are. If he aligns naturally over the skate blade he can basically get away with skating in anything, but with performance degradation as the fit gets worse. However if he does not align naturally over the skate blade, eg pronation or supination and or other issue/s, then even the best fitting boot only hides the problem. Every Haglunds I've seen in skating comes with associated foot rotation in the skate because of bio mechanical issues. A good fitting boot will help but I'd also be looking at his overall bio mechanics: gait. posture, balance, leg alignment etc and then getting the skate adjusted to suit eg shimming, holder alignement, foot support. A good fitter, typically from the figure skating side, should be able to help here or at least guide you to someone who can help. For his long term skating health you want to be trying to address the cause. And since he has a haglunds bump, whatever skates he gets you want to make sure you get the boot punched to accomodate it. I wish you the best finding someone who can help, unfortunately I can't provide any names but if you want him to see someone outside of skating who has experience with foot issues / skating then have a read of this: https://www.aapsm.org/pdf/humble-skatinga.pdf and maybe find someone near your location from here: http://www.aapsm.org/members-south.html Or he can correct any bio mechanical issues himself if he has the opportunity to put the time into training AND has the dedication to do so. pm me if you want more info.
  3. Looking at the orthotic I'd shim inner front and rear and have the rear shimmed around 1mm-2mm extra in thickness. All the work I have done (and from others who have worked at this and AREN'T selling orthotics) shows that adding foam / whatever to the insole doesn't work, there is nothing for the support to lever off to correct the pronation / supination, all it does is cause the outside of the skate to collapse further. A while ago in a thread somewhere in the forum, I posted a link to an article from the APMA (I think), it detailed how they dealt with various foot issues in ice hockey skates and how their members were trained in ice hockey skating management. I'll have a hunt for it and post it, from that you might be able to find a member of the association in your area. edit: found it, aapsm. Here's the article and here is a link to their main page that has a members directory, https://www.aapsm.org/pdf/humble-skatinga.pdf http://www.aapsm.org/members-south.html
  4. I've seen this before and still see it today in players at a top level. Spend enough time training / skating and the body does adapt and they learn to balance over the skate blade. It doesn't mean the pronation / supination has gone, it's just nullified enough so they can skate. The sad part about this is that it isn't identified early enough and hence the skater never reaches their full potential. As the skater gets better they don't want to do anything that might interfere with their skating ability, even if this might mean they skate better in the long term. It's the short term view that rules, I'm on the team and I'm not going to do anything that might put this at risk. Ultra stiff, well fitted skates do help as they help to lock the ankle straight and reduce any deviation in the subtalar joint. Given the level he skated at, I'd leave it alone. You could suggest that he might want to try a small shim and see if it made any difference but I suspect it will be very hard to get him to change given his history and possible mind set. Which goes back to my earlier point, it's a shame to see these players never reach their full potential but for a someone who knew what to look for during their formative years.
  5. I can understand this for 1/2 sizes but in some cases we are talking 2 or 3 sizes out. Given a size is around 1cm, I've yet to come across anyone who has a toe 3cm's longer than any others! My personal experience with this (fitting skates for many years) is a misguided belief around comfort, to quote - "I chose that size because the skates didn't hurt when I laced them up". This is because they are so long and wide there are no pressure points on those little foot bits that don't quite fit within a retail skate profile. As to comparing shoe size to skate size, one of my great bug bears in life. Everyone wears shoes differently and shoe manufacturers still don't follow consistent sizings, I just don't get why this keeps getting repeated verbatim instead of - your feet measure 26cms long so you start with a size 6.
  6. Drew Doughty is an example of how this isn't true. Drafted as an elite skater with very good stick handling skills, at his Kings first camp he was last in just about every metric possible wrt strength. For example he could only do 2 chin ups. Further examples of this are found all throughout pro sport, players who bulk up on strength in the off season and come back slower than before (very relevant in rugby league and rugby union). Yes, strength is a component in the overall picture but it isn't the reason you are fast at something, your fast twitch muscles are. And in full agreement with @YesLanges, as someone who has spent the last 3 years training every day with laces untied, I can guarantee you that at the ripe age of pushing towards 60, I ain't ever going to get any stronger yet I'm skating better now than I was in my younger days (when I ironically thought I was a good skater lol). Yes, you will get a small % edge as your strength increases (eg power in stride) but your base speed, technique and muscle coordination are not driven by strength.
  7. I put sand into some old sticks, as long as they are hollow down to the hossel it adds a nice balance to the weight. I have also taped pucks to the bottom of the shaft, doesn't work that well when you shoot but it's good for puck handling and passing. Recently I got hold of some 2kg ankle weights and wrapped those around the bottom of the shaft, they worked really well.
  8. If you don't want to go custom you can go with a retail skate but you need to work at it and you would have to look at the upper tier range as you need the stretch capability. Buy whatever you can that fits your heel (this is the hardest part to fix if the fit is wrong). Then if it is too narrow across the forefoot get it stretched and punch the toe box if needed. Where your volume fails consider either a thinner tongue and or eyelet extenders, either of these or a combination will fix your volume issues. I have done this for a number of skaters over the last few years (customs aren't available as there are no in country scanners) and whilst it can take a bit of fiddling to get everything sorted you essentially end up with a custom fit skate.
  9. I agree with @flip12, by going custom and targeting top end players, their exposure is becoming significant thru NHL games. In these playoffs, it seems every play I see has someone in True skates. And whilst it may not be your favorite NHL player in them, there are enough now that it generates exposure and brand awareness. Now it comes down to the LHS experience and this may be where they fail, the customer facing side still only wears Bauer or CCM and even though True is in store, they don't really get pushed. Now if every shop employee wore True skates then I suspect the in store experience would be very different.
  10. Supremes, Vapours, Jetspeeeds, grafs - 254. AS1 speedblade 255. For Euro sizing - Supreme 40, Jetspeed 39, AS1 40.5 So the AS1, on paper, is the larger holder and Euro size yet it's the smallest fit of every size 6 (or equivalent) skate I have ever tried. And it's not just me, my son is in size 6D mx3's, he can't wear them. 2 other people who can wear a 5.5 Jetspeed and 6 Supreme tried them and found them to short for length.
  11. Anyone want to comment on the sizing, especially in relation to an AS1? For length I fit a Jetspeed 5.5, a Supreme 6. I have an AS1 6 and it is definitely 1/2 a size too small, my toes aren't just brushing but pressing hard against the toe cap. I have an opportunity to get some AS3 pros in a 6 but am reluctant to given how the AS1 was sized.
  12. As someone who sharpens skates, I often see an issue with the edge holder over time. The blade starts to get loose in the holder, when I put it in the jig to sharpen the blade, the boot flops downward. This isn't a regular occurence and certainly not as bad as it was a few year ago but I am still seeing newish Bauer skates with this problem. The fix, other than replacing the holder, is to take the blade out and put teflon tape down the sides of the blade and then press fit it back into the holder. As your blade needs to move in the holder, a teflon tape repair job most likely would impact on the performance of the blade. What are your suggestions for dealing with a loose blade in a holder (other than a holder replacement)?
  13. With a 30" waist a senior medium would not be tight in the waist area. Thats not to say elsewhere might be tight as I have no idea of your body shape but waist wise you will be ok.
  14. Been there, done that, including going to china and sourcing sticks. Regardless of who you buy from, you get what you pay for and no warranty (unless you lock them up in a supply agreement and even then it can be risky). If you want a cheap stick with dubious performance and durability and no other expectations (other than the graphics you want splashed on it) then go for it, aliexpress has have lots for sale and your purchase is covered if it doesn't turn up. If you are looking for a cheaper stick with known performance, warranty etc then look at all black sticks or similar, they take the risk of dealing with chinese manufacturers.
  15. This. I did the same thing and had the same results and it really pissed me off. Then I learnt the technical part of shooting, how to do it properly. My shot went to s**t for about a year, nothing worked properly because the mechanics were so different and I was having to unlearn everything bad and relearn the good. Then the pieces started to click and with the same stick that I shot wristers at 65mph, 18 months later was consistently at 73mph with the occasional mid 70's. No gym work, no stick change, just solid technique.
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