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VegasHockey

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  1. Use one of these. They weigh a ton. https://www.hockeymonkey.com/blue-sports-accessories-adjustable-composite-end-plug.html
  2. Seemed to work for those players I know who played D1 and Major Junior. That being said, yes, it's not ideal, and I would not do it myself to my own holders. YMMV.
  3. The FT6 and FT6 Pro both have the Aer-Tec suspension system. I think it does make a difference in the shoulders and shins. Maybe a slight difference in the elbows, but the new strapping systems seem to be the biggest improvement with those. In the pants, there is no discernible difference at all. The main difference between the FT6 Pro and the FT6 is the FT6 has less ZoteFoam / DryFoam. See images below.
  4. I have seen some players use a dremel to widen the parabolic channel in the middle of the holder, so they could use their old steel.
  5. TC2 is a P92, not a P90. That would be the TC6. All the TRUE stick curve names will be changing this year though to be closer to other brands... Thank God! The new sticks releasing this year will have that curve offering.
  6. Yeah, the “cooling” in the FT6 Pro vs FT4 and others are pretty much non-existent. As you noted, the marginal changes are nice, but not significant. If I had to choose between the FT6 Pro at full price and the FT4 Pro at 40-50% discount, I would go with the FT4 Pro.
  7. I also have seen the FT6 Pro skate in person, no exposed carbon is visible. I think only the custom option will have exposed carbon. Such a shame, since they look so good!
  8. Most marine epoxy needs 24 hours to fully cure. Make sure to read the back of the packaging to verify, as it dependent on brand. The tape will get stuck to the resin, so use something like thin scotch tape which is easily removed with light sanding, or you can melt it with a heat gun.
  9. I checked LS Edge holder vs PowerFly holders at the store and the PowerFly holder is actually slightly longer than the LS Edge.
  10. I weighed the Hyperlite2 and Mach today. The Hyperlite2 was 10 grams lighter than the Mach without steel. With steel, the Hyperlite2 was 16 grams lighter.
  11. When I weighed the Mach and Hyperlite in the same size, there was about a 7 grams difference, with the Hyperlite weighing less. This was a size 7.0 Fit2. Maybe the larger the size, the less the difference in weight. Not sure. Agreed. Unless we are talking about 200+ grams, I don't think it really matters.
  12. Correct. It's a "like for like" replacement with the CCM XS and LS Edge. You can literally pop off an LS Edge holder and swap a PowerFly on if you want.
  13. It feels slightly similar to the SSM Natural profile, but less aggressive in the toe and heel with a little less glide. If you prefer a less aggressive heel and toe and are looking for more agility than glide, the Power Cut is a good option. I personally like the SSM Natural and also the Skatescribe Power Cut profile. For those not familiar with the SSM Natural here is that information: SSM has developed a set of multi-radius profiles in connection with the Sweden Hockey Institute. The SSM Natural Curve combines 4 radii and pitch to optimize your performance. The Natural Curve can be customized by adding pitch. The approximate specifications for the Natural Curve are (A) 4.9’, (B) 9.84’, (C) 26.24’, (D) 6.56’ where “A” is the front most section of the profile and “D” is the back. Radius A : A small radius gives perfect insertion and fast acceleration. Radius B : Choose from 10’ to 13’ for a combination of mobility and glide. Radius C : A large radius improves glide / stability / balance. Radius D : A small radius makes the profile fit an existing shape of a skate blade. The list below details the SSM Natural Curve profile options: Natural Curve Quick, Radii A, 10’, C, D (246-254) Natural Curve Quick, Radii A, 10’, C, D (263-272) Natural Curve Quick, Radii A, 10’, C, D (280-288) Natural Curve Quick, Radii A, 10’, C, D (296-306) Natural Curve 11, Radii A, 11’, C, D (263-272) Natural Curve 11, Radii A, 11’, C, D (280-288) Natural Curve 11, Radii A, 11’, C, D (296-306) Natural Curve 12, Radii A, 12’, C, D (263-272) Natural Curve 12, Radii A, 12’, C, D (280-288) Natural Curve 12, Radii A, 12’, C, D (296-306) Natural Curve 13, Radii A, 13, C, D (263-272) Natural Curve 13, Radii A, 13’, C, D (280-288) Natural Curve 13, Radii A, 13, C, D (296-306)
  14. The recommended ratio for mixing graphite powder with epoxy is 10% by volume. This is equivalent to 1.5 tablespoons of graphite powder per 8 fluid ounces of epoxy. Clean blade thoroughly. Do not use anything aggressive that could possibly melt the foam inside the blade. Buy some powdered graphite and marine epoxy. Make a mixture based on the values specified previously. Spread it into the cracks or apply to the rough surface. If you are filling in a damage area, such as a gash, tape it down to compact it and use a clamp if needed to keep pressure. You can lightly sand the area after the epoxy is fully cured, if needed.
  15. No. The Hyperlite weighs less.
  16. Decent price and options. I tested a Hoapa stick a long time ago, and it was respectable. I wonder if their sticks have gotten better. I did notice they mention the weight of 360 grams at 58" length. Kinda of sneaky.... "Notes: Hydrogen 360g weight standard 58” inch senior stick. Shorter stick means lower weight." https://hoapahockey.com/collections/sr-custom-sticks/products/hydrogen-2-pack
  17. I am interested to hear your feedback on the Mach. I got them when they released and HATED them, I think I used them about 5 times before selling them. I assume I disliked them mostly due to the 263 holder, which I could have replaced with a 271, but overall I didn't like the way the skate fit compared to CCM and TRUE.
  18. It depends. Sometimes yes and sometimes no. An example would be this pair I am selling online that has some upgrades but very few modifications to the actual fit of the skate: https://sidelineswap.com/gear/hockey/skates/6508133-ccm-ribcor-100k-pro-stock-hockey-skates
  19. I personally prefer to seal the old holes and then drill out the new holes. Too many stores try to use whatever lines up and the holders end up twisted. If you do it properly, it not that big of a deal.
  20. I have had multiple pairs since launch day and would rank their durability as a B+ overall. Because the boot is solid gloss black and the graphics are minimal, it will show every single imperfection, much like if you have a black colored car. Overall the boot and liners are very durable. If you can find a pair of Pro Stock, that would be ideal, since those usually have the upgraded liners (clarino) and extra padding too.
  21. All brands are trying to either develop their own IP or materials to avoid licensing costs or royalties that need to be paid to other brands. While I would like to think this is to help lower the cost of products, it's more to increase the profit margins. This is also why all the big players are trying to go direct to consumer and cut out stores, so they can have significantly larger profits. One example, the CCM AS-V Pro skate. Wholesale for most stores is about $620.00 (with STEP Blacksteel), depending on the store size and their booking discounts. Retail is 1199.99 (with STEP Blacksteel) which leaves a store a decent margin of about 50% if they sell the skates at full price without discounts. If CCM can instead sell that product directly to the consumer, they make their wholesale margin plus the retail margin for the same items. That's a pretty significant increase in profits. This also allows the companies to own the relationship with the consumer directly, which is also profitable. The company that is best known for doing this is Apple, and they have been VERY successful at it. Bauer has been VERY aggressive with DTC (direct to consumer) and has been closing retail stores at an aggressive pace in 2023. This has many stores, both big and small, concerned that Bauer wants to own the end-to-end sale of their items to increase profits while decreasing their overhead on selling to retailers. Don't be surprised if in the next few years you see Bauer attempting to partner only with big box retailers and closing the accounts of all medium/smaller stores. Bauer already closed a few big stores in 2023, and some of those stores were selling more than 20M in Bauer product annually. Away, I have gone way off-topic, so I will step back into the shadows.
  22. I notice the balance more than the overall weight. Seems the balance point is higher up the shaft due to the lighter blade. Definitely has more pop and feel than the FT5 Pro. I also took some significant slashes last night in front of the net and expected to see some battle damage, but the stick looks like new. I like the FT5 Pro graphics more too, but they will have the FT6 Pro in chrome soon, so that might look excellent.
  23. End of June is the official release date, but most bigger stores should be getting them now.
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