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moteef17 last won the day on June 12 2015

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  1. I had a somewhat related topic in the last week regarding my journey over the last 2 months with skates and sizing for my 12 yr old who appeared to be crossing over into Adult sizes. I will simply say this: my son wears an 8.5 sneaker and skated in a size 5.5D Bauer Vapor skate last night. Aside from a mild concern over the tightness in the forefoot (he had been in Supremes for the previous 18 months), he had no issue with the length or toe box. Do I think he'll be in this skate for a long time? No. But it's not so easy as following the sizing chart from the manufacturer. Those are just guidelines and can't speak to individual fit, feel and preference. Where my boy should technically be wearing a size 7 in Bauer, he's still in a 5.5.
  2. He played a game last night in the Vapors, size 5.5D. I had him leave the laces at a superficial tightness across the top of the foot and only pull tight in the top 3 eyelets (which he ties himself and can only get 'so' tight). He was very happy with the skate, said the little bit of pressure in the forefoot was barely noticeable. I think we'll live with these for now. I have a size 7D in the Supreme 190 which we'll put him in when his foot and legs are ready.
  3. I think Bauer nailed the blue that they worked into the Nexus design. I have the Nexus 400's from a few years back and will try to get into the 9000 when I can.
  4. He's a solid skater, yes. He pivots and transitions well and has decent outside edges as well. He's got a short / quick stride and he'll need to learn over time to lengthen that and get more efficiency going. And, that short stride is party what made the GRAF's stand out as not working as well for him. I could almost see him getting back into the GRAFs (unless his foot grows drastically) in the next year or so once he's got a more powerful and longer stride. He wore the vapors around the house a bit last night and I think we've figured out a lacing technique that alleviates the pressure on the forefoot enough to get through an hour's ice time. He's always tended to cranks his laces from the lowest eyelet all the way up the foot. Modifying that approach will help him with the Vapors for now.
  5. I'm working through some sizing realities with my 12 yr old. He's been in a pair of Supreme ONE60's for about 18 months, size 5D. He loves those skates. He's an average sized kid for his age, perhaps on the petite size. But, his feet are getting longer.... Recently I bought him new sneakers, size 8.5. I asked him how he was still fitting into his ONE60's, so I pulled the footbed out and had him stand on it. His toes were about an inch past the end of the bed. He said his toes had been curled for a few months but it wasn't bothering him too much. I had purchased a pair of Vapor X60's (2015?) from another parent in a size 5.5D several months earlier, since they were practically giving them away. He tried those one, liked the fit, was excited to be back in a Vapor skate, since having the Vapor 4.0's when he was 9 and 10. He did indicate that they felt more snug (which didn't surprise me, because I know that fit doesn't lend towards a wider forefoot as well as the Supreme. He skated in those a few times at free skates, and while he said he liked the skate overall, the tightness was bothering him enough to talk about it. And, I realized that at an 8.5 sneaker, he probably needed to be in a larger size anyway. My next move......... I picked up a pair of closeout Graf 8035 for him. This was an experimental skate to try for him, but I have a good barter / trade relationship with several other parents and I figured I could let this skate go if the experiment failed. I got a size 6.5 in the Graf. My son loved the fit/feel of the skate and wore them for about 15 hours over the course of a 5-day camp. He had no complaints about the fit, feel, etc. But he said he felt like was just moving slowly. The 6.5 is an adult size skate, and got the 75 flex (lowest available). I think due to his overall size and weight, the skate is just too bulky, heavy and not offering him the forward flex that he was very familiar with on the Supreme ONE60 (and the Vapor X60). I've since been able to barter/trade into a size 7D Bauer 190. It's a nice looking skate, but my concerns are that he's now entered the Senior sizing and it's a lot 'more' skate to handle. His sneaker size is between a 8.5 and 9. I'm confident his foot type lends to the Supreme line and that's why I got a hold of the 190's in his very next size. But, I'm also thinking i'll have him finish out his summer season with the X60's to enjoy his last few months in Junior sizing. Anyone else have this struggle when crossing over from Junior to Senior sizing (for yourself or children, friends, etc)?
  6. When I got into Bauer Nexus boots a few years ago, my low arch was catching up with me and I was experiencing pain throughout my foot. Super feet YELLOW was recommended, and I haven't skated a day without them since. I'm on my first pair of the inserts and I coach about 2-3 hours a week during the season and play about 1 beer league game per week as well. I haven't had any issues and they are holding up really well.
  7. Any specific feedback on SP's performance socks - matching the SP Evolution series stock jerseys?
  8. Currently AK is part of my team quote and I'm comparing it to SP and Bauer out of curiosity. All things being close to equal, it sounds like I'm getting a good sock with the AK. I'm actually getting SP jerseys, but for some reason the exact sock I want to match the stock jersey isn't available, so I'm opting to AK just for socks.
  9. I don't have any direct experience the performance team socks out there. Our youth league has always used Knit. However, we are considering a change to the full polyester performance socks. Between AK, SP, Bauer, Reebok, etc, are the products all very similar in terms of the structure and sizing of the sock? For example, if I prefer a specific pattern that AK has over, say, Bauer, am I trading anything significant brand for brand?
  10. My '04 peewee is currently in Supreme one60's (yes, 2 series older than the current 160's). Before those skates he was in a Vapor 4.0. As a general rule, I'm purchasing skates for $100 or less and often buy from friends / other contacts around hockey. The Vapor 4.0's were bought on closeout for a great price, and he got about 3 years out of them. He skates about 4-6 hours a week and those 4.0's were scuffed to hell, but still totally functional until he grew out of them. About 2 years ago I came across the Supreme one60's in 2nd-hand store - used perhaps 1 time and barely sharpened. They were his 'next' size up, and bought them for $25 and tossed them in a bin. He started wearing those about 10 months ago and loves the skate. They are stiff enough to offer good protection and after a few key 'punches', felt great around his ankles. He's scuffed the hell out of them, and they certainly look used, but the structure and key elements are all in good shape. He'll use them for another few months at least. Recently I bought a pair of Vapor x60's for $40 from another parent who's kid jumped ahead a full size. At the moment, it doesn't appear to be an issue for him to bounce between the Vapor and Supreme lines with 1-2 years between skate fittings. Eventually he'll probably prefer 1 over the other based on fit and other factors. But, as 12 yrs old, we're not investing $1000's in skates - we're playing it smart and having fun. Good luck in your search - hell, look for a pair of one60's on ebay!
  11. UPDATE: Still using the same 20K stick, but I think we're down about 1cm I blade length over the course of the season. I've opted for gorilla glue and gorilla tape to seal off that end, in addition to taping all the way across. We get about 2 weeks out of each glue / tape set up, and I think we'll be able to finish up the season on this twig. I've opted not to invest heavily in sticks for his age group, preferring to get into good protective and that's why I've been adding life to a stick that many probably would have replaced by now.....
  12. Not trying to resurrect this thread but wanted to share that we tried on many pairs of pants during the summer and he hated just about everything, until........CCM Tack 6052 pants in a Junior Large. He puts those on and loved them. He's been in them all season and couldn't be happier. I was a little disappointed that CCM opted for a heat-press 'CCM' leg logo on the Junior 6052 pant, because they did stitch that logo on the adult sizes of the same pant. But that's probably just a pet peeve of mine...
  13. My boy is an 11 yr old, PeeWee. As hard as he works and as hard as he has worked for the last 4-5 years coming up through LTP, Mites and Squirts, he can still be a little sensitive or distractible based on what is 'said.' He's a solid player, but not a stand out. More importantly, he's a hard worker and that's carried him a long way. Thankfully, he is starting to recognize that he lets comments simmer and fester and needs to develop a process to let them go. Case in point, he and another kid on the team tend to chirp each other during warm up drills. They are competitive, try to beat each other in every drill and, in most cases, it's a healthy nudge to do better for both of them. But, my boy tends to have to 'filter it out' in the car ride home, etc. He'll have to comment on 'so and so said this and that' When he's done, I'll remind him that most other kids have already moved on to dinner, video games, homework and are no longer thinking about practice. I think and I hope he's starting to get it. I tell him often, his biggest battle is in his head during practices and during games. He needs to be quicker about letting things roll off and he knows it. What's great this year is that we have a kid who is our star player and he says NOTHING. He just grins and works his ass off. He's a great example to the other players, especially my kid who tends to think he needs to talk about his own game and ability. My point: In hockey, as in all other youth sports, you're going to see some unique variety in the kids and the parents you encounter. The kid who says "you suck" is probably not saying it for the first time, and I wish his parents well in finding a way to adjust those patterns. Most kids are repeating things they here or things that are reinforced in the home. My other point, which I'm echoing from above: your kid probably does suck since he just started playing. My 5 yr old is in his first LTP session and has skated for about 4 hours in his life. He's awful, and he's supposed to be awful at this point. My 11yr old was just as awful at that age. Encourage your kid(s) to be hard workers and they will have ample opportunity to overtake the kids who showcase early 'skill' and never develop the work ethic to support future development.
  14. This was my solution for off-ice for my kids: I put together 2 passing pads with materials that, for the most part, I already had on hand. The only $ I shelled out was about $18 for a 4x8 sheet of dense panel board that had a smooth finish on 1 side. I didn't even opt for 'white' panel board for $10 more, since the concept was to keep this cheap and experimental. I cut the 4x8 sheet into thirds, so each panel was about 32" x 48". I used scrap 2x4 and 1x3 to make an 'H' shaped anchor to hold the actual rubber bungie. I screwed that 'H' set up to the panel and, after removing the 'S' hooks from the bungie, found that a metal roofing screw (with the gasket and washer already set up) was perfect to go into the empty slot where the 'S' hook had been and mount to the front side of the 'H'. A little Pledge spray wiped across the panel will get you enough slide to be functional. What's really nice is that these 2 pads can be aligned to offer an 8 foot option with bungie returns on either end. My kids like to do that and work forehand and backhand passes at the same time. The 3rd piece of panel board is just a shooting pad. I did this about 6 months ago, and I use the pads myself. In addition to my kids using these regularly, I've pounded a few hundred shots off the pad and it's holding up just fine.
  15. My son started using a Reebok 20K twig about 2 months ago, so let's estimate about 20 hrs of 'on-ice' use and another 5 or so shooting at home. The toe has already split open (along the outer edge), though it doesn't appear to have compromised the blade's functionality. Looking at his older Bauer twig, I noticed the same split in the toe, but he used that stick for almost 2 full seasons. He does play D and will end up along the boards fighting for pucks, so perhaps that work along the boards is the main culprit. I've tried taping all the way out across the toe and trimming the extra tape off to no avail. 1) Any recommendations for adding longevity to the toe and/or basic repair I can do to the existing toe split to prevent further damage? 2) Is there a history of this specifically in the 20K?
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