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sticktime

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sticktime last won the day on August 16 2015

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About sticktime

  • Birthday 08/04/1972

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    Reebok 28k size 6
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    Best stick for under $100
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    Reebok 26k

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  1. That’s it. I feel like if I get a negative pitch on the blade that when leaning forward I’ll be able to put maximum pressure on my forefoot, thus up on my toes. I’m going to maybe try that this week and report back.
  2. That is correct though still wondering if anyone had experience with a negative pitch on their blade? If I recall correctly there were some guys on here that did it with their Mako’s.
  3. They all feel the same way to me: slightly pitched forward and pushing up on the back 1/3rd of my foot. I googled old hockey skates and from what I see, at a certain time period they began to look like figure skates at least from the standpoint of a raised heel. In other words, it seems like before the change it looks like most skates had the same height of the front and back towers. But then I’m sure people profiled the blade for forebears lean. But maybe that evenness allowed people of all foot types to learn to skate better as kids or adults. But now, since all skates have a higher tower the back, people who learned to skate at a young age are just adapted. So to boil it down, you always hear that you want to be on your toes, whether that’s by the way the skate is made, or getting even more with heel lifts, or pitching the blade. Or for those wild and crazy guys, lifts and pitch on blade. It seems like if you had a reverse pitch, one that evened out the pitch of the boot, would make you sit flat. What I can’t fifure out though is if when you step on the ice will it make you start gliding backwards.
  4. 46 yrs old, started skating about 4 yrs ago. Currently skating tacks 5092, have s180’s, x90’s and mako 2’s. The issue I have with every skate is that the heel feels like it’s too high, like it’s pushing up on the bottom of my foot, starting from like just behind my mid-foot but more towards the back third. In other words, it feels like I’m on high heels. With all of the skates. So I’m wondering, had anyone had the same issue and what did you do about it? I’m wondering if a simple fix would be to simply put a reverse pitch on the blade? To even out. Seems like this would be an Occam’s Razor fix (the simplest solution is usually the best) I’ve tried to cut half an insole for the front half or front third of my foot to try to achieve the same effect but it doesn’t work.
  5. Want to switch from long sleeve wicking shirt to short sleeve but don’t want all the sweat rolling down my forearms and into my glove, and cause slipping grip. So I’m wondering if anybody who wears nothing under their shoulder pads or a short sleeve shirt also wears wrist bands. I guess my main concern if whether or not wristbands will feel too bulky as that’s where the glove cuff rolls around your wrist when your stick handling. Don’t want to restrict wrist movement.
  6. sticktime

    Balance

    No laces....i can see maybe gliding around the ice leisurely, but to actually play a game? How would your feet not come right out of the skates?? Gonna try it though. I think I remember seeing a pic of an alumni game, red wings maybe, and dude was playing sans laces. Mind blowing.
  7. sticktime

    Balance

    Interesting. To update, I tried fiddling around with insoles, as I always do to try to get a better fit and balance. Does anyone skate with out any insoles? Either both feet or one foot? My foot issues are that I have flat feet, and my right foot has always been a miserable SOB to deal with. Tried all kinds of fixes. To explain it, I guess it pronates or wants to fall in the the inside of the heel. So I had to resort to wedges at the heel, with a little support in the form of a cut up insole at the arch. It only on the inside. That means I've taken out the insole and just have this set up. The left foot? I have no insole. Meaning my foot feels best when it's flat in the skate. Any type of insole just feels like it's pushing up on my foot, tried Superfeet, CCM's, the stock, other kinds. Even just simple craft foam 2mm thick cut in the shape of an insole. I just like the few of nothing in that skate, nothing under my foot. I wear thin socks by the way, Thinnees, and still can't feel the rivets. So I'm curious if anyone else doesn't use any insoles? Just likes nothing under their foot.
  8. sticktime

    Balance

    Curious as to what switching insoles would do to one's overall skating - like if you're used to using the stock insoles and you switched them out for the thick Shock Doctor's, would it throw you off big time? Since their more beefy all around would that increase thickness in the toe/midfoot/heel throw off your skating? Or, if you're used to using Superfeet or the CCM high/medium/low arch, or any other aftermarket insoles for that matter, would it throw off your balance or make it harder to hit your edges or skate in general if you changed to a different insole? Another example would be if someone just skated the stock insoles for years then suddenly dropped a pair of Superfeet in would it make it almost impossible to skate/maneuver? I know it would for me.
  9. Pronation is such a wide-ranging thing. Mild to moderate to pretty bad. Anything that pushed my arches up, be it 3 different sizes of superfeet yellow so I could hit the arch further back or forward, or the CCM's or any other arch support product, they all simply felt like they just twisted my foot and made it worse. Raisig in the heel strangely is the only thing that works. And also a metatarsal pad stretching from side to side, that's so the front of the foot doesn't collapse and is slightly raised as well. No arch support in between. As as far as moving the holder medically/laterally I don't have Graf's and the there's no room to do it on my skates. And the question I have with that is do you then use Superfeet or some other corrective insole in conjunction with moving the holders? Seems like if you did it would maybe help them do what their intended purpose is?
  10. Like a lot of you guys on MSH I've struggled with foot issues, and my right foot is my trouble spot. I basically have low arches (very low) or essentially flat feet. And my right foot is duck footed in that it points out kinda. So the combo has given me a lot of fits in regard to power skating. To explain it more simply, it always feels as though my foot is sort of twisting in the boot, heel twisting in and front of the foot sort of twisting outwards. Then it feels like the blade runs from the inner side of my heel through my big toe. I've been to a foot and ankle specialist and he said that there are no alignment issues, that my heel and Achilles line up with my calf, and all I needed was some arch support. This was two years ago. So from that point I tried the CCM Currexsole's in high to low, the superfeet rainbow if colors, Reidell R-Fit customizable footbed kit, heel wedges, and lifts. Nothing ever worked to make my foot feel normal. Arch supports of any kind just made it feel as though there was more pronation. The wedges kinda felt ok but there was always a resulting imbalance, which I'm assuming was because that's not what I needed and it just put my foot in a further awkward position. The left foot, I should mention, never gave me an issue, I could use the useless paper thin stock insole or one with arch support and either worked. It's worth mentioning that the stock insole let me feel like I was right on top of the blade and had complete control, however with an arch support your arch doesn't collapse and you feel more powerful pushing. So basically after about two years of experimenting what I found was that a heel lift inside the boot and a metatarsal pad that stretches from side to side is the only thing that felt normal. The heel lift is the one that comes in the Reidell R-fit pack, and I have others, they're all about 4-6 millimeters thick and slope downward. Metatarsal pad is pretty thick. So I'm curious as to what others have done to cure their foot ailments that ready made corrective insoles never could.
  11. Appreciate the offer, however I ordered the ones from great saves website. I'll post a review in this thread to let other know how they compare. They look the same though.
  12. Anyone know if or where you can still buy the 55 flex product? Mine snapped. Alternatively I'll try the link to the leather version above.
  13. He uses a blademaster, total hockey in Cranberry Twp. uses blackstone. I've had both places do pitch for me before and they're equivalent as far as their pitch they put on. I think they both just go by the clicks on the dial. So both machines must be even as far as their pitch settings. That said, one of the skate techs at the total hockey in Robinson Twp. said a guy was in there last month and wanted a +7 on T1's to match his old Mission skates. The only way I can even fathom these preferences is if the are large size skates. That said, I recently went up to an 11' radius. With either a +3 or +4 pitch. Figured on a size 6 skate I needed to get some good forward lean so they didn't feel like battleships on my feet. Felt so much more stable than on a 9'. No loss of agility at all, or quick lateral movements. I attribute that to the pitch.
  14. Wanted to chime back in here with some interesting info. Stopped in for a sharpening today by the rink and the owner and I were talking about pitch and blade size, yadda yadda yadda.......and he tells me that one of the hockey skating instructors at the nearby university team is on a +8!! And that this instructor works with some of the Pengiuns and they are on a +3 and +4. He sharpens theirs and the instructors. So I'm wondering how in the world people can skate on that pitch. I know that when I fiddled around with pitch I only went up to a +2 and it really was a drastic difference: Liked the "get going" feeling, but, it messed up my shot. And balance was something to get use to. Anyone out there skating on a big pitch?
  15. Wondering if anyone has had their skates contoured to different specs on each skate. Like a neutral radius on one and a pitch of +1 or +2 on the other? I've been tinkering with insoles and profiles for some time and and this was the next progression of experiments I did. Neutral on left skate and +1 on right skate works great. Don't know why though. Also moved up to 9/16 sharpen from 1/2 inch, and also want to push that even further.
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