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  1. I have a graf question for the graf experts... Thinking of trying Graf skates. I am in a Bauer Vapor now. There is a lot of comments comparing one graf to another graf... Can someone clarify the general fits of the different graf lines to the different CCM and Bauer lines (Vapor, Supreme, Nexus and/or fit 1,2,3) ? Thanks
  2. 30 day follow up: I ended up buying the potent stickhandling trainer. I can’t compare it to a Superdeker because I’ve not spent much timewith a SD. Unboxing: The set up comes in a small box about the size of two textbooks. It includes the training tool, a charger, and a ball and puck with strong magnets inside to set off the sensor. Spread out, the unit has 5 sections and is about 5 feet long. Inch for inch, or his seems kind of expensive for the size of box it comes in. But I am so glad how small this thing folds up and that I don’t have to store a SuperDeker somewhere. I can see myself slipping a hockey stick under the luggage and taking this thing on vacation because it packs up so small. I primarily use the ball on a lynoleum floor but the puck works too. It has rubber sides that are a bit softer than a real puck and I suspect it might be a hair larger diameter but overall it feels good and has worked fine when I’ve used it. The ball just rolls over the imperfections better. the game function is very simple. See how many hits you can get in 45 seconds. The unit does not store a high score so I take pictures when I get a personal best. The sensors do not trigger unless the ball passes directly under it; not just through the hole. So, it has forced me to be precise. It is pretty entertaining to play for a while at a time. Some times I’ll play for a few minutes and other times I’ll go at it for longer. I am very happy with the Potent trainer. It forces you to lift your stick on every hit. It’s forced me to snap the puck/ball on every stickhandle rather than just drag it around on the blade of the stick. In game situations, I’ve noticed a more positive feel on the puck and have noticed a few times that I recovered the puck noticeably better I haven’t found that I can skate around everyone and deke goalies much better but overall it has helped in puck control Hopefully the dekes will come later. 46 hits is my high score. If you have one, What’s your high score?
  3. I don’t have both but I believe I read somewhere that they have different hole patterns. But, I think shops can drill new holes and mount them anyway.
  4. Does anyone have experience with both the Superdeker and the Potent Hockey stick handling trainers? Which one do you like better. I want to get one or the other. The Potent trainer is $169 and the Superdeker is $250. Its mainly for me but I hope my kids would find it fun and play with too. Thanks for the feedback.
  5. Is the bushing setup the same on the R1 vs the O1? What’s everyone’s impression? From folks who have used both, what are the differences and what do you prefer?
  6. Now that the R1s and O1 are out there, what is everyone’s mpression on them and the differences? Does the R1 use different bushings than the O1 to achieve more movement than the R1? How much more movement do you feel in the O1 than the R1?
  7. Actually. the R1s have the bolt and bushing also and the inserts seem to limit the amount of rock in the front or back. this video shows loosening the bolt and separating the lower and upper parts of the frame. https://m.facebook.com/groups/2743257915802367?view=permalink&id=2974659689328854
  8. Maybe this has been answered.... The R1 has inserts to create different Heel (H) and Toe (T) radiusses (radii?) what are the H T settings on the O1?
  9. I had the same question about 8.5 and users of the O1 recommended going with the recommended size on the chart. My feet are bigger than I thought so I ended up with 9.5 skates and size a large. Looking forward to skating on them
  10. I ordered at the lowest price and I got the same message. Looks like week 33 is August 10-16. Thankyou Marsblade for the update. I’ll stop standing by the door waiting for the UPS guy until August.
  11. @Marsblade are the preordered large R1’s still on track for July delivery to the USA?
  12. Resurrecting this thread to ask if any pronators out there experience pain at the top of their boot along the outside of the ankle at the very top of the boot where it seems to pinch a nerve. Wondering if I should increase my arch support and put some stabilizing wedges under the inside of my heel. I use the speed plates and would re-mold them with the arch and support underneath. I haven’t seen any talk of shimming skate holders in years since most skates became heat moldable. These are the wedges I’m looking at along with an arch support. www.tognar.com/amp/ski-boot-fitting-heel-wedges-pr/ I also get pain under the ball of my foot where it just feels like I grind my ball into the hard baseplate of the skate. Maybe more arch support would help. (My shoes always wear out first under the ball of my foot but my resting stance is with my toes pointed out to the sides so I tend to roll off of the ball rather than the end of my toes.) Or maybe my ankles are just weak. Any good exercises out there to fix the pain at the top of the boot?
  13. Anyone know anything about the Alkali boots that are included on the full skate options? Heat moldable? Sizing vs Vapors/Supremes/tacks or CCM models? Stiffness? Etc. I got the R1 on preorder but play ice only. These would be for training and fun skating around town. Wondering if I should switch to the O1 with boot instead of finding my own. also, what’s folks experience using an ice boot outdoors? Does it matter? Is it hot? Fit different in warm weather & flip flop season?
  14. Thanks. I ordered the large R1 chassis/wheel combo. I’ve not used Marsblades. Can anyone explain what they know about the different rocker options. I saw in one post that the O1 radius was 4ft. What does that mean? And what is the difference between that and the multiple R1 options? Also, Ill be using mine outside for off ice training and general recreational skating with my kids. I saw only one wheel option that seems pretty soft. Is there an option to get harder wheels included with the frame? And/or does anyone have recommendations for hardness of outdoor wheels I should look at when it’s time to replace them. I have 5 ice rinks within 25 minutes and I don’t see myself playing indoor roller hockey at this time. But I do have a nice park with a good concrete skating path nearby.
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