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Vet88

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  1. This is the indicator. Looking at your tongue, does it tend to twist to the outside as you skate? If so this is because your foot is rolling in the boot and over the year the boot is breaking down (opening up) and now the foot is making contact with the eyelets. Replacing your boots is really the only long term solution but for a low cost fix try one of these:- stitch the loop half of a velcro patch to your sock, glue and or stitch the hook part of the velcro to the back of a gel pad. Now the gel pad wont move. Or, using medical tape, tape the gel pad to your foot (this is the quickest and easiest). Or buy eezyfit ankle booties. Or buy bunga lace bite booties like these and slightly rotate them on your foot -
  2. I gather you are talking about the cast iron bunion stretcher? https://footfitter.com/collections/boot-stretchers/products/footfitter-ball-ring-cast-iron-bunion-stretcher
  3. Last I heard was 9/16 but that was a few years ago.
  4. Its why any half decent fitter should put you in a Brannock first and manually measure your feet and then use this as a check against the scan.
  5. A few years ago (I think around 2012 or 13) we measured 2 Mission and 1 Bauer skate oven, all 3 heated to 180. Never tried a CCM oven or anything made recently.
  6. My recommendation when you do this is you leave some lace in and tie it up, say the first 3 eyelets only. This helps the boot keep the correct wrap shape around the top of the foot as you drive the puck into the toe box, so instead of opening up the upper portion of the boot the stretch occurs on the sides which is where you want it to happen. Good call on the puck though, I have used them many times to widen a forefoot area or toe box.
  7. I've recently changed pc's and lost access to some of the pics I had about this stuff. There is also some news clips / interviews where he talks about lacing 5 up for games, if I remember right when he started dropping eyelets he taped over the ankle and then later on stopped taping. I will try and hunt them down again. Here's a pic of him in an Alumini game without laces.
  8. In his early days he did but later on his career he played with just the bottom 5 laced (rules are that you must have laces and must have them tied). He played in AllStar games with no laces, the tongue flop was ridiculous.
  9. Where it seems to become a hinderance? What do you base this on other than your own personal experience of lacing up tight in a stiff boot? How about Darryl Evans who played games in the NHL with only the bottom 5 eyelets laced up. Or European ice hockey teams training with laces untied. You seem to forget that since humans started skating on ice - bar the introduction of composites - skates had next to 0 ankle support. Skaters did just fine with very little ankle support doing everything you seem to think they couldn't.
  10. You are never going to get a definite answer on that. It will range from my position (you can learn to skate just as well with full ankle motion ie laces untied) to you must lace fully up with the boot as tight as you possibly can go and no ankle flexion. At the end of the day it's all about what you are used to. If you have skated with a lot of ankle support then when you get to a boot with less support you feel it and it impacts on your skating. However if you stuck to those boots for a couple of years and got used to it then you would wonder what all the fuss was about. And for those that say you can't skate properly or fast without that above ankle support and fully laced up, go have a look at low cut speed skating boots.
  11. You can ship them but the boot needs to be marked and photos sent. To mark the boot I ask for this - get some lipstick and put it on your bump, foot in boot and then press the heel hard into the pocket. The lipstick will transfer to the liner and now the shop knows where to punch. Ideally though you find someone local so you can go back and forwards as needed to get it right.
  12. This says that you are relying on the boot to hold your ankle straight instead of you controlling the angle of the blade thru correct muscle control and correct bio mechanics. If the angle is changing then it indicates you are pronating, even with a good fitting boot you will still pronate in the boot, the boot just hides it. But if you don't have the time to train to fix it then the best fitting boot you can get is your next best solution. Have you tried using a heat gun to heat the upper rear quarter and then wrap the top in tape? I say tape as it is generally stronger than a sarin wrap and you can crank it really hard around your leg to pull the boot inwards. However a degree of caution here, if you pronate and you pull the top edge of the boot close to your leg it may start to dig in, I've seen this a number of times, even the comfort edge doesn't stop it.
  13. I'm not going to comment on the durability of liners, hopefully someone who works in a shop and sees lots of skates on a daily basis can make a more informed comment @PBH What I would ask is if you pronate or supinate? That wearing of the inside of shoes generally comes from the heel rolling and twisting in the shoe. If you do this in street shoes then it's almost guaranteed you will do the same in skates. You can fix your bio mechanics in skates but it takes a lot of time (you want to be skating at least 3 times a week) and doing specific training (ask if you want to know more). And that bump on the back of your heels is called a Haglunds bump, it and pronation generally go hand in hand. I urge you to get your boot punched for it, over time as your foot rolls in the boot the bump keeps banging against the hard shell, this causes irritation and the body responds by growing more bone so the bump gets bigger. Then your achillies gets irritated and your bursa get inflamed, then you can't skate, even just looking at skates makes the bump ache. So do yourself a giant favour for your long term skating health, make sure every pair of boots you buy you get punched for those bumps (and try and get a vertical channel punched, not just a round punch. Then if you get any heel lift at all the bump rides up and down in the channel.)
  14. The prongs go on the inside of the boot, they are there to drive into the sole so they stop the shaft from spinning as you tighten the bolt. However if you are putting them into a boot with a carbon fibre sole then I suggest you file them down so there is just a small nub left (or break them off bar one), I have seen instances where they have cracked the sole.
  15. A reduced ploughing force decreases the friction coefficient so yes a lighter steel runner should glide faster but the trade off is in acceleration and turns where an increase in ploughing force is important. Lol I'm more concerned about the 30lbs of excess beer baggage I'm carrying around my middle than 30 grams in a skate blade!
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