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marka last won the day on December 16 2023

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About marka

  • Birthday 01/01/1970


  • Skates
    Mako M8
  • Stick
    True XCore
  • Gloves
    QRL Pro
  • Helmet
    Bauer Re-Akt 200
  • Pants
    Easton Pro 15
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Elbow Pads
    Reebok 11k
  • Shin Pads
    CCM Ultra Tacks
  • Hockey Bag
    Warrior Pro

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    Youngstown, OH
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  1. Howdy, Damn dude, that doesn't sound pleasant. You need like a frequent flyer card for medical shit or something. Like an automatic upgrade to the first class waiting room. Mark
  2. Howdy, Maybe counter-intuitive, but if you make the thigh pad sit lower down, will it be less likely to get caught by the top of the shin guard in a deep bend? Mark
  3. Howdy, Holy shit dude. Mark
  4. Howdy, If you're handy, this isn't crazy to do yourself as well. The blade straightener tools I've seen make it easier / faster, but some sockets and a vice let you do the same things. Mark
  5. Howdy, Really? I'm almost positive that the Crosby Learn to Play around here still has the 'free equipment' part of the deal... checking... Yeah. Still head to toe gear: https://www.nhl.com/penguins/community/learn-to-play Of course, this doesn't do much good if that's not available to you, but I thought this was the standard. That Bauer extend stuff looks pretty sweet! Certainly seems like a good option. Mark
  6. Howdy, I really liked the Reebok 9k elbows I used to have. But if I was going to have to pay someone to repair them, I would 100% go to modern Tacks. If for no other reason, just because of the odor resistant materials. Mark
  7. Howdy, I guess, looking at that, its not really all that triangular any more. An even earlier version had layers of 1.5", 1", and then .5" tape. Still weird though! 🙂 Mark
  8. Howdy, Check out my weird knob. https://photos.app.goo.gl/e4e5hMW4zQoVKnt4A (wait, we can upload photos now? What is this, the future?) The one on the left is the one I use now. The one on the right is an earlier iteration, before I found VukGripz (from someone here, and its fucking awesome) which shows the layers of tape build up. My thought is that I'd design it so that the end of the stick was inserted into the knob, with maybe a 1/4" or so cap/top. That way most of the force would be in compression which seems like it would be stronger vs. just a plug type thing with the knob sticking way out and a bunch of leverage on it. That means that I'd need to measure up the specific sticks I'd do it for because presumably wall thicknesses can vary, etc. but if I have a 3d printer, that doesn't seem like the end of the world. I expect if I'm no longer constrained by "need to build it with tape", I can also smooth out the transitions, experiment with making it more of a spherical shape vs. a cone, etc. The biggest thing I need to help my wrist seems to be just the overall diameter giving me a little more leverage on the stick. Mark
  9. Howdy, I need an excuse to get a 3d printer. And I use a funky triangular knob end to help my old man wrist deal with hockey forces. Today said knob end is made by doing 15 wraps of 1.5" tape followed by 15 wraps of 1" tape, then covering the whole deal with VukGripz. That's sorta a pain. I think it would be nicer to be able to 3d print the underlying part of the knob end, then cover / hold it in place on the stick with a bit of tape & cover with VukGripz. I know I'll have to model the knob end & slice it and whatever... My question for those of you that know something about 3d printing (I don't) is "what material should I use?" A knob end that fractures off or can't take being whacked into the boards or whatever would suck. Thanks! Mark
  10. Howdy, If you want the injected eyelets to hold the lace less, I don't see why filing down the teeth a bit wouldn't work just fine. Obviously less is more, since you can't un-file it. Mark
  11. Howdy, So how much does one of these Elite ES4 machines cost? I'm not going to buy one, just curious what a 'production' CNC approach would be. Mark
  12. Howdy, I'm at least passingly aware of how hockey helmet ratings work. I, like lots of folks, would like something better than an outright pass/fail rating. Using your parallel, you'll notice that the NHTSA implements a star / tiered rating system to help quantify differences between various car models and their performance in different tests like frontal, side, rollover, etc. That's most similar to what VT is doing. CSA and HECC is nothing whatsoever like that. They're more like SNELL helmet ratings where you either get a pass or a fail. I agree that's better than nothing and that its the 'standard', but like a lot of people I'd like to see that standard improved to be something more like the NHTSA testing you mention. People also LOVE to say that an improperly fitted helmet can't provide good protection without, as far as I have ever seen, any actual evidence to back that up. If you take that approach to the extreme, everyone will be out there wearing a wool beanie as their helmet, since those fit really, really well. There's every chance that the custom Tacks X helmet is super comfortable because it uses really low density foams that conform to the head well and it JUST BARELY passes HECC / CSA certification. But we'll never be exposed to that type of compromise design solution being chosen, at least not from the manufacturer. Mark
  13. Howdy, You've got a lot more faith in unknown / unreviewed biased manufacturer-only testing than I do. Mark
  14. Howdy, Thanks! How does that compare to the mainstream hockey stuff, either independent guards or integrated with baselayer? Mark
  15. Howdy, If you care only about cut resistance, would something like this be reasonable? https://www.amazon.com/Resistant-Protector-Protection-Motorcycling-Paintball/dp/B07P83G4T9/ref=asc_df_B07P83G4T9/ Mark
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