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  1. 21 hours ago, iceman8310 said:

    Has anyone in euro tried the new Tackla Breeze X1 ProZone Hockey Pants?  I contacted Tackla and they don't sell them in north america.  I can order them from Finland though.

    Tackla Breeze X1 ProZone Hockey Pants Sr - Tackla


    Those look interesting. Not sure how much actual function you will get from those vents. CCM introduced AER-TEC in their current pants, and I don't think it does much of anything. 

  2. 4 hours ago, flip12 said:

    That’s what I thought. My guess was they stuck with the same last but just slid the scale till the volume was a better match for the general standard. The toe cap certainly would have an effect. I was just surprised by @VegasHockey’s take because he’s a lot more familiar with the nuances of current skates than I am.

    Apologies, I read your post too quickly, and after having too many drinks, assumed you meant the HZRDUS skate compared with the Catalyst. 

    The TF fit bigger than the HZRDUS and the Catalyst. 

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  3. 14 hours ago, crispy92 said:

    So after buying power foot inserts and the extra red food bed for my tf9’s I ve got them to a decent place fit wise. However with the cat9’s being on sale, I’m looking to test them out. Would it be fair to say they are a slightly narrower, lower volume skate compared to the tf9.

    Also if I’m a size 7 tf9 should I shoot for 7.5? Can’t try them in locally. I have tried on 7.5 hzrdus’ which seemed like it could work but I remember my tf9 pre bake was almost impossible to get on and that wasn’t quite the case with hzrdus. 

    (p.s for what it’s worth. I went down 3.5 sizes to get a tf9 that fit right and any other skate I’ve tried on never dropped below an 8 hence why idk where I land on the cat’s

    The boot last is almost the same with the Catalyst and the TF9. I would order the same size and width as your TF9 if you are going to try the Catalyst. 

  4. 13 hours ago, caseyjones said:

    Damn, those are expensive.  I skated tonight and had zero pain in the areas I worked on.  I didn’t notice any more damage to the boots in the areas I punched either.  So hotspots on my inside ankle bone are completely gone, the pinching of the forefoot and my pinky and big toe are completely gone.  Now I’m fixated on the heel lock.  I don’t really notice it when skating, but I notice it when walking in the boots.  Aren’t jetspeeds supposed to have one of the more narrow heels out there?  My skates are a regular.  They didn’t come in fit 1, 2 or 3.  Just regular and wide 

    FT6 skates come in tapered, regular and wide. The new boot design had added more width and volume to the boots, which also increased the heel width. The current regular width fits more like an E, while the tapered fits more like a D. 

  5. 14 hours ago, OCpuckhead11 said:

    Put in order for set of custom Protos for Christmas gift. He is moving from Hyperlite as well, it was his first low kick moving from Nexus  but the Proto brought him back to Mid Kick gang. Hope Blade durability isn’t issue… fingers crossed 🤞

    Durability has been very good with the Proto so far. Not nearly the same amount of breakage as the AGENT and Hyperlite2.

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  6. 1 hour ago, caseyjones said:

    So I just punched out a hotspot on my new jetspeeds and it looks like it made the plastic material start to crack.  It looks like it’s eventually going to chip away.  I used the rip jaws tool that I just purchased to do the punch.  I didn’t heat the area before I did this



    Ouch. You just cut a significant amount of life out of those skates. 😞 

    17 minutes ago, caseyjones said:

    I heated it the first time around and still wound up getting those stress fracture looking marks.  2nd time around I didn’t use heat and I guess we see the result.  

    I still have to do the other skate in the same area so I’ll make sure to heat that up good and see how it compares.  Is a blowdryer sufficient or should I use a heat gun?  Was nervous to use a heat gun thinking it may melt the skate

    A blow-dryer does not get hot enough. You need either a skate oven or a heat gun. 

  7. 17 hours ago, stick9 said:

    Pretty much what I do. I tilt the gummy stone just a bit on coated blades.

    This is the best finishing stone money can buy: https://amzn.to/3G0W0d1 

    This is a great stone for removing damage to the blade, and then doing a final pass: https://amzn.to/3SE36fb

    Both of those stones will not damage coated steel, assuming you use the ceramic side. The diamond side is going for removing significant damage on steel. 

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  8. On 11/11/2023 at 4:04 PM, tcc said:

    I've had my custom SVH skates for just over a year now and this being my first custom one piece skate I have nothing to compare to (used Bauer Supremes my whole life) in terms of footbeds.  So I have no issues.  I actually like it.

    Is there another footbed available to use to feel more connected as a one piece skate should feel like??

    A lot of players, myself included, find the Bauer Speedplate (or similar) offers the most connection to the ice. However, they are not heavily cushioned. 

    I personally do not like super thick insoles or anything with significant foam, as it dulls the feel. Bauer Speedplate: https://www.bauer.com/products/speed-plate-2-0

    Many players use Lake Cycling insoles too. They are heat moldable and also provide good feel.  https://www.lakecycling.com/products/custom-insole


  9. 2 hours ago, Sniper9 said:

    Honestly for rec and beer league that is no contact who cares about that's stupid ratings. 

    Head injuries and concussions don't always require high level hockey or full contact. You can catch an edge anytime and fall hard on the ice or into the boards.

    One guy I often skate with played NCAA D1 and got tripped on a breakaway by a player on the opposing team. He was going full speed and the trip occurred about four feet in front of the goal. He went hard into the boards head first. Unable to slow himself, other than tucking his head into his hands, he couldn't protect himself from the boards. The end result was a broken clavicle and a significant concussion. 


  10. On 11/5/2023 at 10:50 PM, shoot_the_goalie said:

    Ok all.  Getting a little off topic here.  I wasn't asking whether people should wear neck protection or not.  I have made a conscious choice to wear it (I owe it to my family), and I was asking what was the most comfortable.  Happy to have a debate on products.  Thanks all.

    Yeah, it got off topic. It happens. 

    But one thing that has been pointed out is that most of the neck protection on the market today is actually lacking in genuine protection. Wearing a cut proof mock neck isn't going to prevent you from getting a crushed trachea if you take a slapshot to the throat. 

    This is mostly due to manufacturers not focusing on these products, they usually go to where the money is; reactive not proactive. I would imagine we will see lots of new companies "pop up" too. 

    If it become a standard globally at all levels we will likely see some new and updated products released. Hopefully these will provide better protection and also be significantly more comfortable. 

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  11. 9 hours ago, jeffg said:

    Has anyone use this or the CCM Ghost? thoughts on stick handling, catching passes, shooting & durability? aside from the very high price tag

    FT Ghost is basically the FT7 Pro, changes from the FT6 Pro to FT7 Pro are mostly in the blade. Softened the blade, made some minor adjustments to the kick point, other minor changes too. If you like the FT6 Pro but wanted something a little more tuned, the FT Ghost is a good option.  

    Proto is basically a updated version of the Nexus 2N Pro XL (extra light) version. They got rid of the 5 sided shaft, sticking with a more traditional Nexus shape. Updated the carbon, carbon layering, stiffened the blade, added boron, and a few other changes. Lots of updates and modifications to an already good stick. 

    I personally prefer a softer blade, so the FT Ghost is more desirable to me. The Proto was very good though, but the stiff blade was not my personal favorite. If the Proto could be made with a slightly softer blade it would have been a very difficult time for me to decide between the two of forced. 


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  12. 3 hours ago, caseyjones said:

    Appreciate the suggestions, I should have clarified though I’m looking at the ft690s which are $500.  I just hate the idea of buying new skates just to dismantle them and I wouldn’t trust purehockey to do the mount so I’d likely be shipping them out to get it done.  Do the one piece boots hold up well with holder swaps?  I’ve done many myself on older boots with screws and t-nuts but would not attempt that on the newer skates. I guess at the end of the day I don’t have much of a choice here.  It’s crazy with all the “options” nowadays, that there’s no retail option to make this type of change 

    Simple process, but I would have a professional shop do it. Not a Pure Hockey or Hockey Monkey. 

  13. I am fine not wearing a neck guard. If something happens, it was meant to be, and I accept that 🤪

    Statically, I am more likely to die in the shower (It is estimated that about 1 person in the U.S. dies every day from a bathroom-related injury occurring in either the bathtub or the shower) or in my vehicle (car crashes remain a leading cause of death in the United States, with over 40,000 annual fatalities). According to available records, there have been a total of 24 reported cases of hockey players dying on the ice since 1905. 

    So should I never shower or drive? 

    If others want to wear protection, I am fine with it. I don't judge. I wear a full cage instead of a visor, mostly because I spent a lot of money getting my teeth fixed after taking pucks to the face when I was younger. I also wear it because my wife likes my face and wants to keep it the way it is, lol.

    People sometimes joke about me wearing a cage, then a year or two later, I watch them take a puck or stick to the face and their teeth are blown out of their head. 

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  14. 20 hours ago, caseyjones said:

    I’m in a similar situation.  Skating is Graf 707’s.  Looking to make the switch to newer technology skates but can never make the jump.  I put custom plus on my Grafs.  So I can fit into a 7 or sometimes a 6.5 on older model skates, always with a 263 holder and 9’ profile.  That’s my comfort zone.  

    I’m easily a 6.5 in today’s skates, but the problem is they all come with a 254 holder.  I only skated on a 254 once in my life and it was awful.  And that was on a cobra holder which have a longer stock profile than my custom plus.  Longer profile didn’t seem to help or offset anything.  

    so I’m stuck in the position of having to buy new skates, then buy a separate set of holders and steel, rip apart the brand new skates and re-drill for new holders.  Idk what to do.  Currently looking at ccm ft6 in size 6.5

    I am a size 7 Tapered with a 271 holder. The newer CCM skates are made a little bigger than previous models, which makes putting an oversized holder on much easier. However, at the price you are paying for a FT6 Pro at retail, spend the extra money and go custom with oversized as mentioned by others. It will cost about the same as buying holders/steel, removing the 254, and installing the 263. However, you get all the benefits of going custom too. 


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  15. 16 hours ago, zom said:

    Careful using the Tacks X, they have a terrible rating.. I'm surprised that CCM is coming out with a goalie helmet with their 3d printed webbing. 



    If I had a dollar for every person that quoted VT ratings... I appreciate what VT is doing, however they need to refine their testing process more.

    Too many times, I have had parents “explain” to me what is the ideal helmet for their kids, quoting VT ratings. They push for a helmet that doesn't fit the player's head, and cannot comprehend ideal fit is responsible for 90% of the helmet's effective protection. Things like rate sensitive foams, liquid/gel pods, and all of this other new technology are only effective if the helmet fits properly. 

    1 hour ago, marka said:


    You've got a lot more faith in unknown / unreviewed biased manufacturer-only testing than I do.


    All hockey brands perform internal testing and then partner with other companies and universities for third party testing. The fact is, if a helmet gets CSA or HECC certification, that is genuinely all that matters. That is the standard. 

    Think of it this way, there are many cars on the road. They all must pass crash safety testing. However, some cars have better results than others, this could be in all categories or in select categories. Regardless, if they pass, they are approved and sold. 

    I like how they word this specifically: 


    "ratings don’t mean they’re unsafe, but they could be better."

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  16. 47 minutes ago, BenBreeg said:

    Seems to me the ideal would be a CNC-type profiler that could accept any profile.  Ideal for the consumer and middle man (skate shop that does profiles).  Vendor-wise, not so sure how the business model would work.  That's only from an implementation standpoint.  Still WAY too little data and knowledge to match a skater to a profile.

    That's the beauty of Skatescribe machines, you can create any profile you want. It's all software driven, there are no templates.  

  17. 22 hours ago, OCpuckhead11 said:

     Hopefully we get some of those machines out here sometime in the next decade… always last to the party with new tech in this market. looking at website I’d definitely like to try it out. Is that shop local for you or do you mail your steel in? Did your boy use any prosharp profiles prior to the Quad Hybrid profile?

    Are you in So Cal? I assume so based on your user name. 

  18. On 10/30/2023 at 2:44 AM, famous76 said:

    Hi everybody,

    I would like to make a diy glove dryer for a hockey team.

    I clearly don't have the money for a 6 or 12 gloves pairs but I would like to know if some guys who has a blademaster glove dryer already made a teardown of it and have pictures of what is inside ?

    I know that they are using Dayton 1TDT3 fan but I don't know for the heating resistance and the electrical system ...

    Thank you very much for your help !

    It will cost you more to build rather than just trying to find a used one in good condition. I recently bought one that came from an AHL team for about $300 USD, and it was in perfect condition. 

  19. 45 minutes ago, stick9 said:

    Get your check books out boys cuz I'm not loving it, least not right out of the box. It doesn't fit as deep or wrap as well as my 710. Also, I don't care for the adjustment system. I much prefer the system on the older 710's even though mine recently failed. I'm gonna skate with it tomorrow and see if that changes my mind. If not, I'll grab another 710 and flip the TacksX.

    This is the retail Tacks X, right? The custom and retail are both entirely different. The retail model is good, but does take some adjustment time. The custom is softer, more plush, and just feels amazing out of the box. 

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