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Equipment

  • Skates
    True Custom
  • Stick
    Pro Stock Bauer: Nexus 2N Pro Warrior: Alpha QX, Alpha DX Stock CCM: Jetspeed FT2, Reckoner, Trigger ASY
  • Gloves
    CCM HGTK, CCM HGQL, Warrior Luxe, Warrior Dynasty AX1, Covert QRL
  • Helmet
    CCM Tacks 310
  • Pants
    CCM HP UCL
  • Shoulder Pads
    Easton Pro 7
  • Elbow Pads
    CCM RBZ
  • Shin Pads
    Easton Pro 950

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  1. Gear arrived today so I was only able to try it on. The shin pads feel really sturdy but not bulky. The calf wrap and the 360 strap really keep the pad in place. So far the only issue I see is the top flap above the knee is fairly rigid. When I bent my knees I notice the flap doesn’t tuck back in under the leg openings of my pants. There’s also a fairly shallow kneecap donut hole compared to other pads I’ve used. I don’t have any doubts about them being protective enough, but I have a beer league playoff game tomorrow night and might not want to use them in a “high stakes” game where I’m not 100% comfortable/familiar with them to use them just yet. The shoulder pads seem to fit well, I do kind of like how the bicep straps are fixed to the pad rather than with removable with Velcro, it will take a little bit of getting used to putting them on and off.
  2. Took advantage of their 50% sale this past week, getting the RX3 shins and RX3.1 shoulders, hoping I’ve found a good replacement for my aging Easton gear.
  3. ***SOLD ELSEWHERE***
  4. Alpha Pics Used P28 Standard Senior Length Alpha QX 80 flex $75 shipped to US, extra to Canada Alpha DX 75 flex, $85 shipped to US extra to Canada SOLD
  5. Sticks: Easton Ultralite, I started playing right when there was the mix of wood, aluminum and graphite and the Ultralite just seemed miles better than everything I had tried to that point. Runner up would be the Bauer Supreme Total One. After taking a long break from hockey and getting back into gear it was the first high end one piece I used, having tried a few midrange sticks and this just seemed like a huge leap. Honestly in the 10 or so years since then I can’t say the tech has advanced that much more aside from shedding weight and I’ve tried a ton of sticks from the major manufacturers in that time. Skates: Gotta go with the True customs as well. Best mix of more recent tech but the customized sizing that I need. Gloves: Easton GX4000. I had the GX9500 and my god were they heavy and hot as hell. These were so much lighter and easier to wear for longer periods.
  6. CTB

    LH CCM Pro Stock Sticks

    Thinning out my stick rack. Would prefer to sell in bundles. All are pro stock, used but in very good to excellent condition. LH, measuring senior stock height (60” heel to buttend) Only the sticks with a description are for sale: - 2 CCM Ultra Tacks, 80 flex, P28, C shaft dimension, grip ***SOLD*** - 2 CCM RBZ Speedburner, 85 flex, P28, T shaft dimension, grip - 1 CCM Ribcor Reckoner, 75 flex, P28, C shaft dimension, dimple grip texture - 1 CCM Ribcor Reckoner (dressed as Trigger ASY), 85 flex, P90T, C shaft dimension, grip Buy 2 for $130 Buy 3 for $185 Buy 4 for $235 (free shipping in lower 48) Shipping from US ZIP 06820
  7. Update: Deeper ROH blades definitely helped. Definitely felt more comfortable with the extra bite and felt more balanced.
  8. Could be, it’s a good thing they include the extra set of steel so I can use one as a test case to find the right hollow/profile. These are definitely the right type of boot so I want to explore all my options with the steel.
  9. Thanks for the advice all. I think my course of action is to do the following: 1. Try the deeper cut on the 2nd pair of Shift steel out 2. If that doesn’t work then get one set of the Shift steel profiled to match the last pair of skates I was comfortable with (Tuuk Black Steel) 3. If that doesn’t work then get the Tuuk Black Steel mounted
  10. I see, do you know what the profiles would be for the Step Shift steel vs the Tuuk black steel? Might it be an option to get one of the sets of Shift steel profiled to match the black steel if I still am having issues with adjusting to the Shift steel? Or are the Shift holders specifically designed for one type of steel profile?
  11. Yeah the lower cut is taking some time to get used to. I wouldn’t say my feet feel less supported, because I certainly know there’s no negative space in them. I guess I just really have to adjust to the amount of ankle bend that these skates offer. Coming from the stiff composite boots of the last few years it’s been a challenge.
  12. Yeah it’s only been 3 skates as rinks have just opened up. Normally I would’ve at least tried to do a few stick and puck sessions or maybe even public skates to get more used to the skates. I should’ve added that this isn’t the first set of Step that I have used as I have Step black on Tuuk holders on my FT1s. With those I went with 9/16” and eventually got used to that. The 2nd pair of steel I swapped on isn’t my normal hollow, maybe a 9/16” or a tick shallower. Would there be any major issues if I eventually swapped on the Tuuk and Blacksteel or is the Shift holder really the best one for the boot?
  13. Been able to skate a few times in the pair I ordered earlier this year (then couldn’t pick up/use for 4 months). A few thoughts: Comfort-wise they feel great. I had been skating in FT1s and also Tacks 9080 and before that Vapor X800s so fairly stiff composite boots for the last several years. I also had 1st gen Makos but got terrible Mako bumps, no such issues with these. I am still adjusting to the softness of the boot In comparison to aforementioned models I’ve used in recent years, I need to sort of retrain my ankles because they can bend more in these than with the stiffer boots. The store I bought these from recommended I go with a shallower hollow and to be honest I think this is where my issues with the skates start. On non Step Steel skates I would go with a 1/2” hollow, I think the store cut the steel that was attached to the boot at maybe 5/8”, possibly even shallower. I understand the rationale, more ankle bend will theoretically allow for tighter turning and compensate for a shallower hollow but I think they may have gone too shallow. I am not a heavy player (6’2”, 175 lbs) nor would I say I have powerful legs (I have distance runner build, my legs are more about stride efficiency than power). Even with softer summer ice I don’t feel the bite when I push off. I had them sharpen the 2nd pair deeper so I have swapped them before my next skate. The other issue along with the lack of bite (or because of the lack of it) is my turning feels longer. If it’s not necessarily due to the hollow could this be a radius or pitch issue? I really want to like this pair, no complaints with the boot so I am hoping that it’s nothing a new hollow or profiling can fix.
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