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  1. Thanks all. Maybe I lost my mind for a bit. Hockey doomsday prepping. LOL! I tend to overthink stuff, just ask my wife. For now I have some roller hockey skates on the way in the right size (we had to stretch his ice boots at the end of the season to get the last month or so out of them). I tried some adjustable size recreational rollerblades that he was not digging, I think the extended wheelbase made them feel like skis compared to what he is used to. If he is really uncomfortable in the new roller hockey skates... I'll explore the Marsblades and some Vapor boots. If all else fails... I'll look at Can-Ice.
  2. What do you suggest Greg? I know development is a passion of yours from other posts. He has skated year-round since he was 3. That isn't to say he doesn't get breaks or we don't change up the intensity or nature of the skating to work on different muscles and techniques. Like your son, he WANTS to skate. He loves it. It is the #1 thing he is missing about the current situation. And I'm trying to think long term here, as this coming season may have significantly less ice time than we've seen, assuming the season even happens for him. Unlike probably most of you, our family is in a difficult spot due to existing chronic health issues, because of that, we may need to make a difficult decision and skip hockey as we know it this year. I'd like to ensure my son isn't left behind if that ends up being the case. He's earned his way into a spot on a successful AAA team. He has big dreams. I know the percentages are against him, but if I can provide him with a tool to help him make strides towards those dreams, I'm going to explore it. I'm all ears if folks have other suggestions, I'd love to keep my basement as a multi-use space. I'd be happy to not drop a few k on synthetic.
  3. Thanks for the input. Why would my son need to use a different boot? My plan would be to get a pair of used Vapors (his normal ice boot) and mount the O1 chassis to them. That way, he has a similar boot fit and I can use the same chassis as his feet grow and boots change. I did a rigid chassis conversion on a pair of skates for myself awhile back and have plenty of spare nuts and bolts to do the conversion for him.
  4. Wasn't sure where to put this... admin, please move if you think there is a better spot... With no legal ice available in our area... nor are we really too keen to use it if it was (wife is high risk due to chronic health issues)... I'm looking for alternatives to help my 10 y.o. son keep up his skills. For context - top D pair last season, skilled skater that does a lot of agility work in addition to regular practices, etc. His team finished top 20 last season. He loves this sport and works his tail off to get to where he is. I'd hate to see 3,4,5 months off the ice impact that. And yes - he plays other sports and has other hobbies, he's 10. I can make space in the basement or garage or driveway for synthetic ice or I can get him on rollers. Looks like Can-Ice is the best of the bunch of synthetics based on my research. Great glide, no shavings to deal with, etc. He's used rigid chassis rollers before and isn't thrilled with them, finds them too different from ice. So considering Marsblade 01 in hopes they would get him feeling as close to on-ice as possible. He's a size 2 skate, so he just makes the size minimum for a Small chassis. Obviously one choice is thousands of dollars, the other a few hundred. If I boil it down, the question is... are Marsblades close enough to the feel and motion of an ice skate to be a sufficient alternative.
  5. This is super helpful. Thanks for sharing the inside scoop. Curious what you'd suggest for someone with a narrow heel and wide forefoot? Ribcor D to get the narrowest heel and let the boot mold in the forefoot to get the width? Or maybe a Jetspeed EE? Maybe in a 1-piece boot to take advantage of the more moldable heel? I've had decent success in the Vapor line in a EE width. Had to punch out a few spots on the sides of my foot, but heel lock was pretty good. In Graf 535 Wide right now, but miss the stiffness of a modern boot. I'm not sure I want to spend the time building up all those tiny muscles to get the stability and performance I got in the Vapors. There is appeal to something a bit more point and shoot.
  6. Sorry Greg, wasn't trying to stoke the fire. You mentioned the USHL combines and I took it on a tangent. To some extent, I get the position you are in with your son. My nephew just had his U16 season on a team that was top 10 the last 2 seasons, on the road to nationals and made it last year. He's hoping for a local NCDC contract for the fall. Plus, we've been billeting the last 4 years. Our latest "son", who lived with us the last 2 seasons, will be playing for Dartmouth in the fall. Those experiences have given me a preview of what we could be in store for with my 9 year old if he decides he wants to pursue things to that level. I don't envy the position you and your son are in, the tip of the needle gets pretty thin. Hope you can figure out a solution for him and he rocks his upcoming season, whatever it may look like.
  7. Not to go completely off topic... but do we really think the USHL and NAHL are going to have a fall/winter season? Don't those programs depend on ticket sales to give kids their tuition-free opportunity? What about billets? Are these programs going to be able to attract enough households to house the players? Are people going to send their kids to live with strangers? I'm sorry, I just don't see it happening. I'm not even sure I see a way for USPHL NCDC to have a season. Less from ticket sales (as they mostly depend on the tuition of their youth programs to fund the NCDC program), but definitely from a billet perspective. Sorry... back on topic... maybe a stupid question, but why does it even need to be a hockey-style lace up boot? I've been given advice on this site before that roller-blade type skates are sufficient for most applications. Granted, I am NOT a U15 trying to make a spot in the #1 league in the country. So... what are you hoping your son can continue to work on in his inlines? Fitness and the general skating motion or more specific technique that may not translate in a different boot?
  8. Similar to what I have (I have the older style tiles that don't puzzle piece together), works for me and my 9 y.o. You can find the old style ones much cheaper, about $8 a 18 x 18 tile. I highly doubt the new versions are significantly better. Our set-up is 12 feet wide (8 tiles) by 24 (16 tiles) and sits in our driveway. Son uses it all the time for stickhandling, shooting, battle drills, etc.
  9. What size space are you looking to cover? What other activities do you use this space for? Maybe we can help suggest some things that are more DIY. Unfortunately a $20 can of paint from Home Depot isn't going to get you the results you are after. Epoxy or something similar might, but will require significant prep work and likely won't save you much compared to a plastic purpose-built product. Either way you are probably looking at a few hundred dollar investment if you are looking to cover a decent sized space. If the Stick Wrap Around is more your speed, I've seen folks do something similar using thin sheet metal. This would allow you to customize the fit to the curve of each stick. Some Tin Snips, a sheet of metal and some hockey tape would be a small investment to protect your expensive sticks.
  10. Shooting pad/tiles? Either purpose-built or DIY? I've seen folks use plexiglass or melamine boards that are relatively cheap compared to the poly boards/tiles sold specifically for hockey.
  11. Thanks. The Nash helmet foam suggestion is interesting. But sounds like it does not stick and stay in place well, unless I add additional adhesive, and even then... who knows. Barge sounds a lot like the mastik I used to use to glue up tubular bicycles tires. The 3M 77 sounds a lot easier to work with. Maybe I'll just suck it up, cut my loses and get a different pair of gloves.
  12. Aren't all the Tacks the same basic fit and design? If you liked the AS1, why not look at something 1 or 2 levels down? Or do you need absolute bullet-proof protection?
  13. Anyone ever re-padded the backhand of their gloves? Bought a pair of used Vapors off SS. Previous owner cut the backhand pad out of them. Didn't realize until after I received and approved. I like a tighter fit on the backhand, anyone ever used thin foam or something else to tighten up the backhand of their gloves?
  14. Seconded. A few years ago when I was skating more and pretty comfortable, was at stick and puck (all ages) with my son, who was 6 or 7 at the time. We got a little cross ice game going, dads vs. kids. Was going after the puck with a kid, who was maybe 8 or 9, didn't want to crush him, ended up falling awkwardly, caught an edge on the way down, and dislocated my knee cap. Luckily it popped right back in, but the inflammation after had me in an immobilizer brace for a few weeks and knee brace for awhile after that. It was a tough lesson to learn.
  15. Interesting findings. I'm really curious now, maybe I need to try on some Jetspeeds again. I gave them a try like 3-4 years ago, but think it was a roller boot. Couldn't even get the tongue to lay inside the boot they were so shallow on me. Pencil test would have failed from down in the forefoot. And older Vapor 5EE I was able to get to work pretty well for my foot. I should have stuck with those, but got crazy and got some classic Grafs. Sold the Vapors before really seeing if I liked the Grafs. Basically exact opposite boots (one low and flexy, the other tall/normal and stiff). Don't get me wrong, I like the way the Grafs fit my feet, but feel and performance wise (at least for where my skating is at), is completely different. I'd like to get back to a stiffer boot, as they felt much more point and shoot to me. The Grafs are much more nuanced.
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