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Davideo last won the day on July 21 2018

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  1. Eh, you can still get hit on the knee with thigh rises depending on how your leg is angled, hence the usage of knee pads currently. And beefy knee pads are still much smaller than the average thigh rise. I do find it interesting that thigh boards were made illegal, but a a thigh rise is perfectly fine.
  2. I would eliminate thigh rises on leg pads. I've never heard any reasonable protection justification for them, rather simply to block pucks. Until I tore my groin I played goalie some and had old pads with no thigh rise and when I tried some pads with just a modest +2" thigh rise the difference was noticeable. Much easier to close the 5 hole and block pucks low, inside the post.
  3. As one anecdotal data point, I had a pair of shin pads develop a small crack in the knee. I assumed the crack would expand, but went another half a dozen seasons without expanding. So it's possible that it does not get worse.
  4. Base might be the only company actively manufacturing tapered blades. If you don't need tapered then you have a lot more options. I still use 2-piece sticks, but regular shafts and blades.
  5. To be clearer, I should have said he *had* a lot of volume in his skates. It of course is eliminated when he tightens them. But as far as a portion of his foot sticking out of the skate and failing the pencil test, I would imagine he would ace that because he has so much wrap.
  6. Skate tongues are typically pretty pliable and form to the shape of your shin. I wouldn't think a V versus a U would make much of a difference.
  7. Ding, ding, ding, winner! Depending on brand and use case, I vary a full size in street shoes. I've also seen people insist they are a particular shoe size and then use a brannock device (metal shoe sizer) and they were off by 2 sizes, typically smaller then they think.
  8. I'm confused. Wouldn't he ace the pencil test? The eyelets on the two sides of the skate are very close together indicating that he has a lot of volume in his skate?
  9. If you want a curve with good retail availability, I agree the 88 would definitely be the closest fit. As someone coming from mid-90's Tacks skates: Ribcores and skip the top eyelet was my solution. I initially tried some RBZ's, but the fit wasn't great and felt very stiff. I know some older guys who like Grafs as well, but I don't have any personal experience. Proper fit is definitely the most important parameter though. The reality is also that you will just need to get used to newer equipment. I would imagine that you will adapt pretty quickly. For kicks, I used an old aluminum shaft with a wood blade that I used 20 years ago. It was terrible, but at the time I thought it worked very well.
  10. Do you know which model/generation it was? Previous TRUE blades had issues with breaking near where it mates against the shaft, but have not heard of issues more recently and never with splitting or chipping.
  11. The factories we work with are not up and running yet. Workers not coming back after Chinese New Year can already be a problem, rumors are that factories may be short staffed for a while.
  12. If you compare how close the two sides of the skate are compared to a more "normal" fitting skate you will see that yours are much closer together. This isn't necessarily a problem, but I'm guessing is what is leading to the creasing.
  13. Agreed. Though if the width is ok, and it is just a volume problem, i.e. your foot is too thin, you might try putting a piece a felt or something on the bottom of the tongue to decrease negative space. It's not the ideal fix, but could work.
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