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gosinger last won the day on September 29

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  • Skates
    Ice: Vapor 1x 2015, Inline: Mako 2 w/ Marsblade
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    Warrior QRL Pro 75 Flex W28
  • Gloves
    Warrior Franchise MEGA, Warrior Luxe
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    Bauer 5100 w/ aviator cut visor
  • Pants
    Reebok 9k girdle
  • Shoulder Pads
    Easton EQ Pro
  • Elbow Pads
    CCM Ultra Tacks
  • Shin Pads
    Easton EQ Pro
  • Hockey Bag
    Sherwood N8, Alkali CA9 Bagpack

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  1. I've had an interesting discussion with an inline-hockey youth coach, who raised an interesting perspective. With their smaller inline rink and 4v4 setup, their kids are not not far behind the top level kids in ice-hockey youth programs run by pro teams, but their cost is a fraction due to not having to maintain ice and being able to operate all year long. In Austria, we are currently seeing rinks remaining closed (or delaying opening until external temps drop massively) due to the rising energy cost, and the remaining rinks increasing their fees, which raises the financial burden to play hockey even more. So inline hockey might be gaining momentum in the near future was his prediction.
  2. I think the problem with "no replacement part" is actually a "no customer-replaceable unit (CRU, intended for end-users to install)" or "no field-replaceable unit (FRU, intended for qualified service techs to install)". If this was offered as a part, each LHS would also have to know how to install them, what tools to use, etc. So I fully understand that they don't offer it as a replacement part, and that a "good" LHS / pro-shop would simply create their own part from plastic and sew it in-place with varying degrees of workmanship.
  3. While I'm not familiar with the US league system, I've experienced fast skaters across a few beginner leagues. My advise to them usually is: be aware of your potential speed, and use it when it makes sense. Imagine a TV camera catching your game, all players should always be in the same frame - a pass to a person half-ice up shouldn't be attempted. So don't sprint "away" from your team, don't go full speed all the time. Come back to your hashmarks, assist your puck-carrier, it is _your_ job to be open for passes as the man without the puck. Use your speed by _changing_ your speed - you always can go faster, while your opponents might not, if you use this as a deception this can be your greatest weapon. When you get the puck, use your speed to buy a few seconds to find open players, read the game. Being fast is a great base, but once you move up and others are as fast as you, but they are stronger on the basics (stick, positioning, etc) it gets very hard not to get frustrated. Use the novice league for gaining skill, so that you can be the type of player that assists you on those 1-3 C-D level pickups for the people in the novice league. This will further your skills and understanding way more. Side-note: Imho games don't build skills. Practice does. In a game you have <10 shots, in a practice you have that within a few minutes. Same for almost any other skill
  4. The craftsmanship on those decals looks horrible close-up, was this skate an interns first project?
  5. Sizing with Mako and TF9 is rather different for me. Just slipped into my old 8.5EE Mako 2 (not worn in years, also some weight-loss) and length-wise it still fit ("feathering the toecap"), but in my TF9 I now wear 7.5R with the same feathering. If you can combine the drive to the shop with something else (business travel, vacation, ...) I'd highly recommend the travel, otherwise email your preferred retailer and ask if they can ship you multiple sizes to try and you return all but one of them (with you picking up return shipment cost). I did so with a small regional retailer during a lockdown, they were happy to do so.
  6. Or you could get yourself a speedy stitcher and mod it a little. In the past I've added the spine protection from an old pair of shoulder pads to a TotalONE girdle, you could do something similar here without having to spend money for another girdle (especially since the ST has also been discontinued and there now is the JetSpeed)
  7. I was thinking about swapping holders to LS-Edge as I still have plenty of them plus steel, but I managed to get used to the Shift holder. As there is no shop doing profiling around these parts, I still run the stock profile, and don't have any issues. So as long as there is no issue with getting replacement parts, I'll stick with the shift holder as I'm happy with the performance. Plus having to drill new holes when switching is annoying, so best give em a try for a couple skates and see how you like em
  8. Speaking retail, APX1 were Curv/Alive, as were APX2. Last top-model tech mesh was the x:60 (the generation before the APX1 was introduced), prior to that the XXXX, and the XXX before that. Don't know about earlier models as those pre-date me playing hockey. Same year that the APX1 was released, the x7.0 (not X7.0, which was mid-tier) was the second-tier skate that was identical to the x:60/XXXX. The APX1 was extremely stiff, with a tongue that offered very little protection. APX2 was said to be less stiff in the boot, as plenty of people complained. So I wouldn't be surprised if the APX1 retail is stiffer than what is out now in retail. Pro-Stock there was the Nexus 1N/7000 V-Cut, which was a x7.0 re-dressed as a Nexus skate.
  9. For those that switched from Shift to Tuuks in the same length, did one side of the holes on the True skate line up for "proper" alignment or did you have to fill and re-drill them slightly offset?
  10. 1. True/VH - performance, fit, protection, everything is perfect. Both custom and retail (TF9) are absolutely great. 2. Easton Mako 2 - performance, fit, but lacking protection - had to wear a shotblocker with those. Converted them to inline and love them as I don't have to block clappers 3. Bauer Vapor 1x - performance, protection, decent fit (clamping down the heel to get decent lock), stiffness is perfect (the original APX was way too stiff imho), my current set of "backup" skates. All my 1x were blacked out, due to damage on the outer-most silver layer. 4. Bauer Vapor x:60/x7.0 - performance, protection, decent fit, durable, but somewhat heavy. Still got a few pairs of new / almost-new as backup if I ever find the True/VH/1x too stiff, and my first set of x:60 were converted to inline and are still going strong 5. (Short-term) Ribcore 70k - only wore those during injury recovery, very flexible, very comfortable, allowed me to get back on the ice in relative comfort when everything else was too stiff.
  11. What I did on my 9Ks / 8k (integrated pant shell) but could also be done on the ST/7092 is to simply fold the elastic over before the velcro and stitching it in place, effectively shortening the strap. Done in <30 sec and gets it as snug as you might need it. On the 8ks I had a slight overlap in padding (not backed by plastic in that area) iirc from this, but wasn't an issue.
  12. I'm not aware of anyone but Base doing the whole videos, sensors, etc for an individual "stick fitting" where you customize flex, length & curve to an individuals specification (in order to fit their shooting style) at retail level.
  13. I still run Superfeet Yellow in all my VH/True skates, both custom and retail TF9. I simply love the feel and stability. The Speed-Plates 1.0 were great from a performance perspective, but too uncomfortable in the Trues (perfectly fine in the 1X & other Bauers - in the True they felt too stiff for 90+ minutes of usage).
  14. Don't confuse the classic "Pro" line (which is what the OP is showing) with the new "Pro series" - Bauer is getting rid of Nexus and is now re-branding the protective as "Pro series", which is what you see in the European web shops already. Personally, I've transitioned from the old Pro line to Nexus 1N and found fit and finish very similar, with improved materials (lighter, dries faster). The old ones are still in my travel gear bag, as those really are some of the best pads ever.
  15. On a related note, for once such an offer also extends to Europe, at least I see European shops (e.g. HPS) offering this promotion - usually this is limited to USA/CAN.
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