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About Mattc555

  • Birthday 01/30/1982


  • Skates
    Bauer MX3
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    Sherwood Rekker EK15
  • Gloves
    Eagle X89
  • Helmet
    CCM V10
  • Pants
    Totalone Girdle
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Elbow Pads
    Old CCM
  • Shin Pads
    Reebok 11k
  • Hockey Bag

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    Chester, CT
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  1. The local is dressing the wheel at 5/8", and their equipment looks very similar to what my buddy uses. They just don't typically do a great job. This is a three sheet complex that I imagine services a ton of skates. In my 25+ years skating experience I've found some people are better at sharpening skates than others. It'd be great to have a consistent sharpening, but I'm not willing to spend Sparx money to get it.
  2. I get a 5/8" at my local pro shop. The sharpening isn't great, but it's all I can get conveniently. When I have time I travel an hour to have my buddy sharpen my skates with a 3/4". The sharpening is out of this world. The 3/4" feels sharper than the 5/8", with the benefit of increased glide. I've gotten a 5/8" from my buddy, and I had trouble stopping/felt like I was skating in sand. Way too much bite for me. If I hadn't been an experienced skater I could have assumed that my buddy did a terrible job with the 5/8". So, a good sharpening can in fact feel wrong if you've never had it right. Some of the guys I skate with don't like my buddy sharpening their skates, because they are "too sharp" afterward. Telling them to change their hollow is fruitless.
  3. Thanks for sharing. I'm enjoying following your journey. Keep working at it! Stick handling takes a ton of practice. A lot of the guys you see do it so fluidly have untold hours of drills under their belt. A golf ball on a hard surface is a nice tool to practice with.
  4. Mimizk, they're saying that 100g doesn't matter. I agree with them. In the world of MSH, every gram matters, but on the ice it won't make a bit of difference.
  5. Mattc555

    Eagle x89 Gloves

    Eagle x89, Tufftek and MSH3 Palm Size: 14" Black with grey lettering Time used: 1.5 years Fit: The Eagle x89 is very similar to the top of the line PPF, however it features a straight four roll design. The PPF's four rolls are angled. The glove offers room for your palm to move around, and, although the fingers are tapered, there is still plenty of room. I really enjoy this fit. 10/10 Weight & Mobility: I found this glove to be very light weight. Similar to top of the line Bauer four rolls. I would contribute this to the internal materials used, and the Tufftek outer material. The cuff is a loose fit, and is made of three pieces. This allows substantial mobility. The four fingers are made with two piece padding, which allows great dexterity. The thumb has two piece protection, which is very stiff, and a 1/2" tether that allows thumb movement. The four horizontal rolls move easily when stressed, providing unhinged movement. Mobility was great out of the box and has only improved over time. 10/10 Protection: I would consider the protection top notch. In almost a year and a half I haven't experienced any pain. This includes almost 200 games/pick up skates, numerous shot deflections, a large amount of slashes, etc. Each pad has a base of foam, and some kind of stiffer material over the top. This allows mobility without sacrificing protection. 10/10 Durability: The outer material of the glove is Tufftek. The palm material is MSH3. After 200 games/pick up skates there are no loose stitches, and minimal wear to the palm. I am not particularly hard on my palms, but I have been very impressed with how well they've held up. The Eagle logo is still completely visible on my bottom palm, and mostly visible on the top hand palm. 10/10 Palm: I love the MSH3 palm. It's been durable, comfortable, provides great feel, and grip is phenomenal when matched up with grip sticks. 10/10 Ventilation: I would say it's adequate. MSH3 is used on the finger gussets. This material is very durable; however it doesn't breath as well as some other gusset materials. The traditional fit of the gloves helps air circulation. 8/10 Aesthetics: These are very well made gloves with simple graphics. The material finishes, and level of craftsmanship are superb. Certainly the nicest made gloves I've owned. All of the logos are embroidered with high quality. It is a traditional look that I really like. 10/10 Overall: Fantastic gloves. If you like traditional four rolls, and the MSH3 palm, you're going to love these mitts. 9.7/10
  6. Mattc555

    Easton Mako

    Easton Mako 2012 model, no grip Flex: 85 Curve: Getzlaf Height: 5'-9" Weight: 200 Postition: D/C B level Adult Hockey player with 20 years experience Time-frame of use: 3 months Aesthetics: I was pleased with the white appearance and subtle graphics. The white paint does chip easily though, revealing the black carbon below. N/A Weight and Balance: My previous two sticks were Warrior Dynasty and a Totalone LE. I found the Mako felt noticeably heavier than both. Not so much as to be bothersome, but noticeable nonetheless. 8.5/10 Blade: I really enjoy the Getzlaf curve and the blade has good feel. I don't find it too hard, and don't have an issues recieving passes with it. It has been durable, and remained consistent after 40+ games. 10/10 Shaft/Flex: Coming from a 77 flex Totalone I was suprised by the sticks flex. This stick feels far whippier than the Totalone, and really took some getting used to. I eventually cut the stick down an additional two inches. For reference this puts the butt end of the stick at the bottom of my chin *without* skates on. I ended up enjoying the shorter stick, however if I couldn't have adjusted it would have been a deal breaker. Even so, if I was to purchase another I would move up to a higher flex rating. I may end up cutting it down further and trying a wood plug. The shaft is nice and responsive though, providing great feel and feedback. 8.5/10 Stickhandling and Passing: Passing is accurate and predictable. However the increased flex can cause the puck to pass under the blade when reaching far for an errant puck. 9/10 Shooting: Snap shots are crisp, accurate, and hard. Compared to the Totalone and Dynasty, slapshots and clappers are not as strong. The puck also releases lower than the Dynasty, which had a similar curve. 9/10 Durability: After 40+ games the stick is holding up great. Cosmetic chips to the paint, nothing else to note. For reference, my Totalone broke after a year(slapshot to the shaft), however the Dynasty broke(just above the blade) after 6 weeks of use. I haven't found the stick to be deteriorating in anyway. Flex and feel remain the same. 10/10 Conclusion: I really enjoy this stick, but wish I had purchased a stiffer flex. I will probably try something different next, but recommend it to anyone in the market. 9/10
  7. Considering the turn this thread has taken, I will not order from Hockey Tron again either. I was planning on ordering jerseys from them too. Too bad.
  8. I recently purchased the SK300 socks in bruins colors, and love them. The fit slightly tighter than Reeboks, but are much more durable. Very nice product, especially for $12.
  9. Helmet - Bauer 7500 Shoulder - Don't wear any Elbows - Old 1990s CCM Gloves - Eagle x89 Pants - Tackla Girdle & Shell Shins - Reebok 11k Skates - Graf G5 Sticks - Warrior Dynasty
  10. I don't know if they had a sidas machine. I liked that they had a huge inventory that included multiple widths. And the staff was knowledgable, patient(was there for 2 hours), and had the proper tools to shape the boot. Great experience, but ymmv.
  11. I was fitted at Hockey Monkey, and they did a great job.
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