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salayc

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  1. Boris, you should get a proofreader for your Kickstarter. It's hard to take the project seriously when the copy is full of errors.
  2. salayc

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    After having some ski boots custom fit, which included a 3D scan and a lot of measuring of feet, ankles, legs, knees, etc. I decided to try out some of the adjustments on my skates. I used duct tape under the insoles to shim left-right, forward-back. By layering the tape I could adjust in all directions. I was also able to add or subtract depending on the feel as well as adjust once I learned how each adjustment felt. Try it out, it's easily reversible and a lot easier than shimming holders.
  3. I have this problem as well. With skates, the problem was most pronounced when using Graf skates, I tried everything: moving the holder, shimming, Superfeet, Graf custom insoles. Moving the holder worked a bit, Graf insoles were the most comfortable, but not much better for pronation than Superfeet. For skates, I just changed skates (4 times) until I found what worked. I discovered, for me, the most important factor causing pronation was heel and ankle fit. Too much volume allowed my skates to turn under. My solution has been to heat and clamp skates at areas where there is too much volume and that in turn solves the pronation problem. It works best with the highest end thermoformable stiff skates BTW. That said, your problem could be more of a foot issue. For my cycling shoes I used Surefoot insoles. They started as an insole company for skiers, and branched out a bit. They 3D scan your foot and make an insole with a CAD router. That might solve your problem, but if it's ongoing and severe, an orthopedist might be your best bet, or at least your first stop. So in short: 1. Yes, a little. 2. It's pretty even in my experience. 3. Yes, and it went pretty well.
  4. It would have been a 9EE when I tried them on. The length was similar, Reebok were much wider. If I had it to do over again I would have bought Mako 1 as a D and then stretched them to fit. (I think that was their original intent.) but I bought Mako's as an EE. If you're a Reebok D then you're a Mako EE - assuming you're wearing a modern Reebok skate. The Mako IIs are much truer in width. i.e. a Mako II 9D is closer to everyone else's 9D when trying on. I went from Mako 1 EE width to Mako II D and the Mako II were still a little wider than my Mako 1.
  5. FWIW, I just bought some APX2 and despite that the LHS said, I heated them with a heat gun and clamped at various places to form them better to my feet. I did a little research on the Propex site (the supplier of Curv composite to Bauer) and felt like taking the risk after reading up on the properties of Curv. Worked like a champ.
  6. http://pro-filer.com/rivetrepair/
  7. Sharpen his skates with a 5/8" ROH so he can get the feel of sliding.
  8. Forget the puck. If he's good, the puck will move much faster than you can skate, and you can't predict where he'll put it (in fact, he's counting on that.) Get wide, get in his skating lane, and watch his shoulders. When he moves, you move. Get in his way and stand up.
  9. There's always two sides to the story: http://www.mikereinold.com/2013/06/groin-injuries-in-hockey-players.html
  10. Look into Tackla pants in long length. Yes they're more expensive than what you're considering, but you're going to have a hard time finding something that will fit otherwise.
  11. I wouldn't want to imply that more expensive skates are a solution, but I found Grafs put me in a different position than Bauer or Easton did. I'm a little older than you, and I find that stability and alignment changes cause injuries much easier than they used to.
  12. Oh man, I just got over a groin strain that was with me for about a year. Good luck. The only thing I can offer is that when I tried Grafs they changed my skating quite a bit and put me more on my inside edge. After a couple of months I couldn't take it anymore and switched to Makos. The difference was immediate and I could easily get on my outside edge again and no longer felt like my feet were leaning inwards. I imagine it all flows uphill so the Grafs may indeed be your problem. You may want to try shimming the holder or Graf custom footbeds.
  13. Look at Graf boots. I can't remember all their fits, but they have one and the guide is on their website as I recall.
  14. As a former cyclist who has done a lot of intervals, I would add that you need a way to measure your intensity. A heart rate monitor is fine, and do a little research on calculating your anaerobic threshold. Hockey is a high intensity sport, so I think you're on the right track with the type of training. Your duration sounds a bit short, but it probably doesn't matter much. If you can complete a set of 10 intervals above your threshold you're going to hurt.
  15. I think it depends on where you are, and what your instructor wants to do. For my levels 1 and 2 there was on ice for an hour (give or take.) It's nothing to worry about, there's no pass or fail. In my group we had a couple of guys who could barely skate as well as a few ex pros. While a couple of the guys might have been a bit embarrassed, they still got their certification at the end of the day, and it was all good fun.
  16. A question on Mako steel. I have been skating for over a year on Makos and just picked up Mako IIs. The steel profile is quite a bit different, especially the heels and toes of the blades. On the Makos they heels and toes were shaved quite a bit, while on the IIs they're much flatter. Perhaps along the way, the heels and toes were shaved from sharpening, but it seems like a lot unless they were done intentionally (they weren't) I had the feeling that the pitch was different and a lot more bite of the Mako II blades on my first skate. Anyone else notice a profile difference on the steel of Mako vs. Mako IIs? I'm going to try swapping steel and playing tomorrow to see if that changes the feeling of the skates on the ice, but for now, I prefer the original Makos.
  17. FWIW, it looks like Julie Chu is skating on Mako 2s in Sochi.
  18. Directly from Step when I inquired a week ago: "We are still in the process of making runners for the new Easton Mako skates. We believe they will be available to public early spring."
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