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VegasHockey

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  1. I actually like the Alpha and depending on your level of play, it might be a good option. I have taken some nasty shots from NCAA D1/D3 and ACHA D1 players, and the girdle did fine with protection. Unless you are planning to eat shots often, the Warrior girdle would be fine. I like that they have a cup pocket in them so you can either wear two cups or not wear a cup in your jock and instead put the cup in the girdle.
  2. Looks like Nate Dog is testing the Bauer Proto.
  3. I think if you can't find anything at retail that fits well and doesn't cause you pain, then the only natural decision would be to go full custom. I skate with a lot of people who buy $1100+ skates, complain about the pain they have, yet refuse to pay the small fee to upgrade to a custom skate... It's not logical.
  4. I do. But it would be best to ask them, I don't think they would appreciate me sharing any of the proprietary information.
  5. I looked into these machines before decided to move forward with a Skatescribe ISP machine. The finish of the Skatescribe ISP makes this machine irrelevant.
  6. Not sure if I agree that the carbon ones offer any increase in performance compared to the comfort. They are both very different in design. IMO, the best foot bed is the one that feels most comfortable.
  7. I have never seen a 280 holder mount in 271 holes unless the holes are expanded or worn out. That is VERY weird.
  8. I can't tell from your pic of that is indeed a 271. Is that's what's stamped on the holder?
  9. It is possible. But then that would theoretically affect the engagement of all steel, assuming they all had the same dimensions.
  10. Dimensions are the same as the Pulse steel. You want something taller? Consider JRZ.
  11. Are both the DLC and SS exactly the same if you lay them on one another? Even a small variance could result in the problem you are experiencing.
  12. Agreed. I was kinda saying it “tongue in cheek” since it's been widely known he has had his fair shared of struggles. https://www.secondcityhockey.com/chicago-blackhawks-2022-23-nhl-regular-season-recap-connor-murphy-player-review/
  13. Maybe he will begin to deliver on the expectation that were set when he got drafted 20th overall 😉
  14. Maybe he didn't want to break in a new pair of skates. Who knows. I know a lot of players that use one brand for ice and another for roller. I never have thought to ask why...
  15. If the holders are MAX and the steel has the "locking pin" there should be no movement in the steel. I would take a video and email TRUE. This would be the first time I have seen this myself. The previous generation holders had some issues with smaller size holders, but the MAX holder resolved all of that. I too, am stumped.
  16. Warrior isn't going to fit you well then, I'm 5'11" and wear a 32" wearing a size medium. I think of you put it on it would sit too high and leave a significant gap between your shin and thigh. Do you not like the Jetspeed?
  17. He can get as many pairs of skates as he wants. I assume he had custom skates made for roller.
  18. It fits similar to the Tacks girdle and is more bulky than the Jetspeed girdle. If you want form fitted, look at the Warrior girdle. https://www.icewarehouse.com/Warrior_Alpha/descpage-ALPG.html
  19. Most young players are open-minded and not married to specific brands. Funny story, there is a big name sponsored NHL player and his kids wear TRUE. The TRUE rep was able to get the NHL player to try out a pair of TRUE custom skates, and he loved them. Said it was the first time he has ever worn skates that didn't hurt his feet. However, the money from his big sponsor was too large to give up. He is at the tail end of his NHL career and is looking to pocket as much cash as possible. Yes, he does. I have seen him wearing TRUE in a few practice skates. Also, there are pics of him wearing CCM too. Regardless, you could have that kid wear wooden shoes with blades duct taped to them and he would still look smooth. So much talent.
  20. Have to take the steel out and free hand sharpen it. Use a Blademaster or the CSW/Blackstone loose steel holder.
  21. I also prefer the comfort model, as the arch is more flexible.
  22. Golden Gate is good. Glen at Storeyline Hockey is also fantastic https://www.storeylinehockey.com, and he has an engineering background in aeronautics, everything with him is all about tolerances. Otherwise, on the West Coast (CA, OR, WA, NV, UT, AZ, I would not let anyone else touch my steel. They either don't give level edges, burn it, round off the heel or toe, wreck the profile., or do one skate with 20 passes and the other with 10 passes, changing the height between blades.
  23. There are already machines that self calibrate, however those are at the commercial level and use lasers to make adjustments at the micron level. They are also not easily accessible for most individuals since they are very expensive and many stores are already invested in "big machines" like Blademaster, Blackstone, ProSharp, etc. Those stores need to wait for the deprecation of their current hardware to drop so it makes sense to purchase new machines. Almost all high quality steel produced currently is roughly 2.95 - 3.02 mm in width. Usually ones with a PVD coating, such as DLC or TI, are on the wider side due to the coating. However, with good brands, like STEP, and JRZ, even those are well within tolerance. I check every pair I sharpen with a micrometer and log it on a sheet. Some older and lower quality steel falls outside that measurement, but only marginally. The self-centering clamp on the Sparx was actually their best innovation. ProSharp and other developer a self-centering clamp, but their overall clamp and machine design had too many flaws. SSM has a self-centering clamp on their hand machine which also works very well, but that machine has many other issues such as wheel calibration and is only as good as the operator. Typically, unless the steel is bent, damaged, or low quality, it should be within the tolerance and the machine should not require adjustment. Most hand sharpening machines use a jig, the weight of the boot plus clamping mechanism can change the outcome of the sharpening which requires a knowledgeable operator. Let's just focus on the edges, not on finish, and the hand sharpening process, which is all dependent on the operator and his overall performance. So, back to the matter at hand. Many times, people take measurements before they deburr a blade, which also can yield incorrect results. They then make adjustments to their machine and end going back and forth, overshooting a level edge, when 99% of the time it was most likely perfect to begin with. IMO, the issue isn't we need more tools. A micrometer and right angle work fine. They have for centuries. You wouldn't have most modern engineering if these items didn't work. The problem is we need better education for users. /end rant
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