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althoma1 last won the day on April 3

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About althoma1

  • Birthday 11/03/1977


  • Skates
    Easton Mako II (ice), Mako M7 with Sprungs for roller
  • Stick
    Sherwood Rekker M90 with P28 curve, Inno Mania with Smyth curve
  • Gloves
    STX Surgeon 500
  • Helmet
    Easton E700 with CCM Fitlite Titanium cage, Easton E700 with Bauer Pro Clip Visor (ref)
  • Pants
    Warrior Projekt Girdle, Valken V-Pro with V-Elite Girdle for roller
  • Shoulder Pads
    Verbero Shield
  • Elbow Pads
    2012 Warrior Projekt
  • Shin Pads
  • Hockey Bag
    Warrior or RBK Pro

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    Toronto, ON
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  1. She's made the Quarter Finals, but is currently behind and needs help. She's facing off against against another Toronto design. To vote for her, you'd press UP this time when you get to her matchup in the Sherwood Hockey Instagram stories if you'd like to help. If you're not an IG expert (I'm not), to view stories, you click on the profile image (the logo in this case) and you can then view the stories. The stories will play and then you vote on each matchup pressing up or down. It took me a few minutes to figure this out during the first round and I've had to explain it to several friends and family members. Some tried to vote by leaving comments in the bracket photos, but that won't register as a vote.
  2. Maybe it's due to the pandemic and the inline shortages? It's definitely weird to see the previous model at full price when a new model is released. Usually the discounts on the old models start before the new models are released and get steeper over time.
  3. She's made it to the second round! Voting is now live for this round from now until 12pm ET tomorrow. This time she'd need you to press the DOWN arrow to vote if you're so inclined.
  4. Thank you for voting. My wife has always been very close to her brother (and I love him too), who happens to be on the spectrum, and her brother is obsessed with raccoons. He's always talking about raccoons, drawing them and gets more excited seeing raccoons at the zoo than any other animal. I suggested the Raccoon to my wife because I figured a lot of other Toronto submissions would focus more on just the Skyline/CN Tower or the Leafs and a raccoon would be something her brother would love. When my Mom saw the design, she asked if my wife designed it with a raccoon because my favourite stuffed animal as a little boy was a raccoon; that wasn't the reason at all, but it is a fact. The skyline is incorporated in a kind of crown for the raccoon with the 6 leaves (in the same red the Jays use) across the bottom representing the nickname "The Six". So the obligatory skyline and some leaves are included, but they aren't the focal point. I actually didn't know about the raccoon memorial until you mentioned it and I googled it. I agree that most people outside of Toronto don't know about the "Raccoon City" and trash panda thing. I'd heard of that, but my wife, who was born and raised in Toronto, didn't realize that was a nickname until I mentioned it. We know that not everyone will instantly think of Toronto when they see the raccoon, but we do have a huge raccoon population, it's something a little different and has personal meaning as well.
  5. My wife entered a puck design contest that Sherwood Hockey is holding. She designed and illustrated the puck and I provided a few ideas and feedback. Well, her puck was selected as one of the top 32 designs to compete in a bracket format on Instagram. Her puck design is Toronto #3 (Raccoon) and it’s facing off against the Anaheim puck today! If you want to vote for her, go to the Sherwood Hockey Instagram page, https://www.instagram.com/sherwoodhockey/, and click on their logo to view their stories. You can then click (on a desktop) or swipe (on your phone or tablet) to get to her matchup. When you get to her page click the UP arrow to vote for her design; that’s it. You cannot vote by leaving comments on the general bracket page – you have to go to the stories. It’s live now.
  6. Obviously, no one likes to see damage on their new skates, but I wouldn't be that concerned with a small crack on the lower part of the toe cap plastic. That toe cap is held in place with adhesives and the rivets from your chassis; I can't see it going anywhere and there's carbon fiber under that part of the cap (based on pictures I've seen of the True shells). Now, if it was a crack in the carbon fiber, that would be concerning.
  7. I went from KOR Shift 1 to Shift 2 to OG Mako to Mako II. My short answer is the Mako is similar and a small improvement in comfort for me, but not a giant improvement since the Shift 1's were already great. In regards to the KOR skates, the Shift 2 was a good skate, but I preferred the Shift 1. At first the Shift 2's worked well, but after a while I started getting a blister between my baby and second largest toe and had to wear a sleeve - there was a ridge where the to cap and boot met that was just a little too narrow. Even though the Shift 1's were supposed to be slightly narrower, I never had that issue in those skates and I also preferred the lower cut of the Shift 1's. I also enjoyed the comfort of the built in, heat moldable footbeds, the snug feeling of the toe glove and the smaller tendon guards on the Shift 1. The tendon guards did tend to get floppy on the Shift 1 though and I did not use them to take off the skates (I undid two eyelets completely and really loosened the boots before taking them off). All my KORs had the Mission Pitch holders which had great steel that held an edge nicely (I believe I went with the neutral setting with the Shift 1 and +1 with the Shift 2 because I felt the boot pitch was more neutral on the Shift 2). The OG Makos were just as thermoformable as the KORs and were lower cut like the Shift 1's. The toe box is amazing - it's lower profile and is quite wide (at least on the EE). I have no pinching or discomfort in the toe area with the Makos. The OG Makos were less durable than the KORs though - they got softer sooner and the padding near the top of the boot flattened out. I also enjoyed the flexible tendon guards that could be replaced. The CXN holder has great steel that's similar in quality to the Mission Pitch steel and, to me, the stock pitch feels similar to the Pitch holder on the +1 setting. The Mako II's fit and feel the same as the originals, but they're more durable, are stiffer and have more pleasing aesthetics (at least to my eyes). So my revised ranking, (I originally posted here in 2019, if you go back in the thread and had both Makos ahead of the KORs due to the toe box) after giving it more thought, would be: 1. Mako II - great ergonomic, low profile toe box, great looks, flexible tendon guard and good durability. 2. KOR Shift 1 - felt and performed great. The tendon guard went soft, but it wasn't a huge deal. The toe box wasn't ergonomic or low profile, but didn't cause any pain. This is a VERY close second. 3.Mako M7 - fit and feel like the Mako II and only slightly heavier with a thicker tongue. I have a pair of these converted to roller and they're an amazing value. They've held up way better than the OG Makos (I had multiple pairs of OG Makos for both ice and roller). 4. OG Mako - fit and felt great, but had durability issues - padding compressing, going soft and even the seam splitting between the lower unibase and the upper thermoplastic on one pair. 5. KOR Shift 2 - thermoformable one piece boot, but higher cut and there was an issue for me where the toe box met the boot. I'll be trying out a converted pair of TF9 boots with the Marsblade R1 chassis in the next few weeks; so, I'll be able to give my thoughts on those boots as well after I have them baked and have used them. From trying on the TF9 ice boots, they feel low cut like the Shift 1's and Mako, but the toe cap isn't ergonomic and is taller than the one on the Mako. I didn't feel any seem where the toe box meets the boot though. I still think the Mako II's will hold on to the top spot, but I expect the TF9s will crack the top 5 and will be ahead of the Shift 2 and hopefully the OG Mako (as long as they hold up).
  8. The Mission vs Vapor sizing difference is odd unless you have old Mission skates made before 2009. Post 2009 Missions use the Supreme last which should be the same length as Vapors, but wider and deeper. Whatever True size you try, use them as much as possible over the next few weeks in case the sizing does change after break in and you have to use the 30 day guarantee. Do your toes brush after baking the 7.5s?
  9. Well, you have a 7 and 7.5, right? Measuring the inside won't help since the foam is a different thickness, but maybe measuring the length of the bottom of the boots? Lining them up side by side with their heels against the wall to see how the eyelets line up may be helpful as well. @oldtrainerguy28 already measured the size 7 and 7.5 skates back in September and said the 7.5 was definitely longer, but I'm not sure if that was inside or outside the boot:
  10. Actually, it seems like the 7.5 might use the same last as the 7 boot, but with thinner padding. If I'm reading it correctly, the full sizes get the thicker padding and the half sizes get thinner padding. Similar concept; it's just the size below the half size is the same boot, but with different padding rather than the size above. An 8 would be using the same last as an 8.5, but the 8 would have thicker padding. If that's the case, it'd explain why @PBH had size 7 TF9s that felt like the right size at first, but felt a bit big after break in. If the 7 is really a 7.5 boot, but with thicker padding then it'd feel closer to a 7.5 in length after the padding starts to compress.
  11. The original O1 chassis was absolutely made for ice hockey players training in the off season. I've seen a few players use that in rec leagues, but I've never seen it used at high level tournaments. The R1 is a new chassis that just launched last summer and it is designed to improve inline hockey performance. I haven't used it yet and haven't seen it used at high levels in person (all roller hockey in my region has been shuttered since last March), but in the promo videos they do have high level players like John Schiavo (Team USA), Jordan Mula and Nick DellaMorte (New York Roadrunners), Jake Coughler (Team Canada) and Fabian Morschler (Team Germany) using them. Having officiated some high level inline tournaments that have come to the Toronto area in the past, I agree that the Flagship Mission and Bauer skates with the HI-LO chassis is the most common setup. I've seen a few pairs of Sprungs and notice those because it's what I use myself, but they're a rarity. I think most of the high level roller guys grew up playing with the HI-LO and it's what they're used to; so they stick with it. Marsblade seems to spend more on Marketing than Sprung ever did and already has a few high level players using the product; so perhaps they'll make better inroads than Sprung did.
  12. I second the Medium/Yellow 80a Labeda Gripper recommendation. I haven't used them myself, but know several people that swear by them for use on smooth concrete. Pre-pandemic I basically only played organized hockey on Sport Court and paid for high end wheels meant for that surface, but just used whatever was cheapest for the odd outdoor skate or to officiate on smooth cement. So I don't have personal experience with the Grippers, but the guys who have recommended them have played in a league with smooth cement for years and say that they've tried everything from expensive dual pour sport court wheels to cheap rec wheels and the wheel that provides the best performance for them on that surface is the Yellow Grippers.
  13. Pre-pandemic I was reffing and/or playing most days. I've only played 2 organized indoor ice hockey games (in early October 2020) since March 13, 2020. After being off the ice from March 13, 2020 until mid-August, I officiated some tournament games in late August and September. Some of the games were being officiated with one official; pre-pandemic I used skate 2 hour solo shinny sessions for a bunch of 9 year old AAA kids that are all excellent skaters with ease. It was obvious I hadn't done enough cardio during my down time as I was sweating buckets when I started skating 40 minute games in August. Oh, and then after doing a few one official games with young kids, I was asked to skate a couple high level 2-man games; the assignor told me it would be competitive hockey, but when I got out there on the ice I saw a bunch of OHL helmets mixed in with the usual AAA helmets. I've officiated some AAA games, high school hockey and high level inline, but even in pre-COVID condition the pace of OHL players would be an adjustment. I had a good partner, they were no hitting games and most of the players and coaches were well behaved (there was one PITA coach and a couple minor situations to manage, but overall it went well); so it was a good experience and one I may not have had if it weren't for the pandemic. My endurance definitely improved after a couple of weeks and by the end of September I was much closer to my pre-pandemic condition (but not quite there). For the games I played in October, I'd already built up a bit of endurance via reffing, but my hands weren't great as I'd only skated outdoors with blades and a ball a couple times. Then, in mid-October, all hockey in Toronto was shut down again, hasn't opened back up and it still looks like it'll be forbidden for at least another few months. Hockey also hasn't been allowed on the outdoor rinks all winter (only pleasure skating); so I haven't skated indoors or outdoors since October 9. Once the ice is taken out and the snow melts, I do plan to start skating on the outdoor rinks with roller blades. I'm hoping to be able to do that by late March or early April. I can't see them allowing indoor hockey until at least May (and probably later; the doctors and politicians are really hesitant to open things up here due to the variants floating around and the fact that only a very small percentage of people have been vaccinated. I can understand that, but wish it was safe to play sooner). There are plenty of cities and towns across the province where hockey is allowed now, but I've been staying close to home. I really miss it, but I'm trying to respect the guidelines and stay safe; it's just been a long time with no hockey. I did get a spin bike in late December that I've been using; so hopefully my cardio won't be as bad as it was in mid-August. Toronto was one of, if not the biggest, hockey hotbeds in the world pre-pandemic, but during the pandemic it hasn't been a great place to be for playing or officiating organized hockey. Driving to other regions, having a backyard rink (I'm in an apartment style condo; so that's not an option) or trying to find a safe pond are options, but it's definitely a challenging area to live in for a hockey fanatic right now. I was born in the smaller city of London, Ontario and still have family there; my cousin's kid plays competitive hockey and he told me there was hockey until December there and it's allowed again now. So they went a few months without hockey, but in Toronto there's been far more time without hockey than with it in the past year. It doesn't help that the vaccine rollout in Canada is much slower than in a lot of other countries, but even in Canada, it seems like Toronto is the worst place to be in Canada if you want to play hockey anytime soon. I expect when I come back that it'll take a few games to get my legs back and several weeks to start getting my hands and shot back, but most people in the area will be in a similar situation. Since I've been doing some cardio and weight training, I hope I feel better than when I returned in August.
  14. Yeah, with the 30 day offer with select retailers you can bake and use the skates; you just have to return them within 30 days if they don't work for you.
  15. Read through the TF9/TF7 ice skate thread. The ice and inline boots use the same boot. Some key points: The True skates fit a half to 3/4 sizes larger than Bauers in the same size after baking They're very thermoformable and the fit changes after baking The Trues in W are some of the widest skates on the market Participating retailers have a 30 day satisfaction guarantee on the Trues. So you could buy them, bake them and try them and if they don't fit or are the wrong size then you can return them for a refund. Missions are built with the Bauer Supreme last. So are the RX and RSX skates. The difference in sizing will be the width. The RSX come in R; which is slightly wider than a D Supreme, but not as wide as a EE. I'm over 200lbs; so would never consider a skate with a two piece chassis, but you might be OK for a while at low level play if you're lighter. I just don't know if an R RSX would be wide enough if you had width issues in Tours. Personally, I'd try the Trues baked from a shop that is participating in the 30 day satisfaction guarantee and if that doesn't work out then try EE Missions from a place that offers returns on unused skates (just don't use them until you know they fit).
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