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  1. Have you considered that you can address the lace bite in the Vapors with eyelet extenders or option B skate straps? I use the latter, and they're great. Ugly as heck, but my feet thank me for them. If you don't want to try and work with the Vapors and would rather get new skates, IMHO, right now, I'd stop and think about what you're doing. You've got into two new pairs skates so far in the hopes they work, but they didn't. You're about to get into a third skate, without any guarantees that they'll work either, because you're having trouble finding stock to try on, which sucks. I'd start doing the math on how much you've spent. How much you're about to spend, and compare that to what it would cost to get custom skates, and think about if that might be a better to save up and go with that option.
  2. My feet are really small, so I'm in junior skates. There are no skates that fit me properly, while still passing the pencil test, unless I go custom. I dealt with lace bite on and off for quite a long time, while trying all the solutions under the sun. Hands down best solution I found were Option B skate straps. http://www.chooseoptionb.com/ They're ugly as damnation, but they work like a charm. My skates fit like a dream now. No pain or pressure anywhere. Because of the way they're installed, they give the boot about 1/2 cm more height.
  3. If it performs like or is similar to blade tape, then IMHO, its a decent deal for $5 per tape job. Blade tape lasts forever for me. And if this is more durable and provides similar grip, this is will definitely be something I'll use. Can't wait to hear everyone's opinions.
  4. I wonder how this is different than blade tape? Don't get m wrong. I love blade tape. I still use it, but it's hardly lighting the world on fire.
  5. I had something similar. It started with light muscle spasms just below the deltoid. Then my arm would go numb and tingle. That progressed into fingers numb and pain referred down my arm. Then it went into full pinched nerve, shoulder pain, referred pain, and a month of agony. Went to doctor. X rays showed some wear on a disk. Scared the shit out of me. Went to physio. They gave me stretches and exercises. In a week the pain went from like a 7 to a 2. It was muscle tightness around my shoulders, specifically some muscles in around my peck/armpit area clamping down on a nerve. Took me a few months of stretching all the muscles in my neck and around my shoulders to get things to where there was no pain. It was an hour of stretching every day during that time. The problem tries to raise its head from time to time, but I recognize the feeling and nip it in the bud with regular stretching.
  6. If it works for you it works for you. In reality, it doesn't matter how long or short the stick is. If you want the blade to sit completely flat, simply close the blade face. Rarely, if ever, do you skate with the blade perfectly vertical. Generally, if you have the blade vertical, you're just making things harder on yourself in terms catching passes and stickhandling, etc. In general, you just have to worry about if you're comfortable adjusting your hand placement, so that it allows the stick to sit in position that allows you to do what you need. I'm 5'5 I use lie 5 and lie 6 sitcks. Depending on how I feel, I'll tweak the heights, regardless of lie, so they're somewhere between my collarbone and just below my chin, which is between 50" and 52". When I'm using a shorter stick, my body positioning adjusts in different ways. My hands get closer together, my knees bend a little more, and the general height where my hands sit is a bit lower, which I'm fine with. When the stick is a bit longer, the opposite adjustment happens. I remember a while back someone posted a pic of a Crosby pro stock stick. It was 54" in height. Crosby is 5'11- 6"0.
  7. I find having a large knob on the top helps me get more leverage when flexing the stick, and more control for stickhandling. I used to have nothing there, but went to a knob. Found I like it way better.
  8. No, what I'm saying is when you "finish" your stride, there's less "toe" to push off on, so you lose power. But it feels easier because your finish doesn't require a last bit of effort, so you're not generating as much speed/power/efficiency in each of your strides. As for quick starts, are you sure you're actually starting off quicker, or is it just that it feels that way because it's easier to have a higher stride frequency? Just because your feet are moving fast does not mean your body as a whole is travelling at a high velocity.
  9. Some things to consider, the actual profile edge is, from my research, is only about 1-2 inches of that 60% of the runner you're talking about. Everything else is the gradual transition from that profile edge up to your toe. That transition will get more aggressive or less depending on the length of your runner AND how much "toe" or "heel" you have. The less "toe" or "heel" you have the more aggressive/steep that transition curve will be. Generally, this will make the skates less stable as you rock off that profile edge and it quickly transitions up to the toe. Think trying to keep an upside down pyramid balanced vs something shaped like a rocking chair. Now striding on a runner with less toe will fee easier, but IMHO, that's because you're not required to put as much power/effort into finishing your stride off, which will result in less power imparted into your stride and thus less speed. It's kind of like pedalling a bike on low gear vs a high gear. With a low gear, you have pedal more to get the same results, but each push is easier. Versus the power and effort required to do one push on a high gear. IMHO, if you chop off your toes, there's a real possibility you'll end up losing power in your stride and make you less stable. The degree in which you're affected is, in part, dependant on the length of your runner. If you have large runners, this effect will be reduced. But in general, the effect will probably feel like you're skating on an even smaller radius than the profile you're using. Coming from an old skate, if you haven't profiled your edges regularly, you were not only skating on a reduced toe with your old skates, you were probably skating on a way rounder profile. With each sharpening, skate runners tend to get gradually rounder. For me, I like lots of toe. I like feeling the bite and power when I finish my stride. When a sharpener fucked up and shaved mine off, it made the runners unusable, because I have extremely small feet/runners and the net effect was extremely reduced stability and bite. Everyone has their own unique needs based on their body type, but just remember there's no such thing as a free lunch. There are always give and takes with each tweak. For me, it's about finding the setup in which you give up the least to gain the most. And that's going to be different for everyone.
  10. You're slightly bigger than me. I'm 5'5 175lbs. The best thing I ever did for my shot was drop flex. Unfortunately though, the best flex for me puts me into the junior stick range, 50 flex and below, and that comes with new challenges on it's own.
  11. Another thing to think about for release is the flex some of the NHL players use relative to their weight/strength. Matthews is 223lbs and uses an 80 flex. I bet that helps him get an easier and quicker release while maintaining more stability in the blade. I don’t know about anyone else but I see beerleaguers who are not as big or strong use 80+ flexes
  12. I don’t know if there’s a difference in release speed, but I do notice a difference in feel when loading and releasing. I find it’s a lot easier to shoot snappers with a QRE or Ribcore than a Supreme or Tacks. As for Barzel and McDavid using Tacks, do we know if they’re using the low kick version of the Tacks stick or not? And didn’t Matthews switch to an Alpha for last playoffs because he was having issues scoring? Edit: I also find if I drop flex with something like a Tacks or Supreme, they take a step towards feeling more like shooting with a low kick stick.
  13. Over the years, I've gone from a stick that was an inch below my chin to one that's at my eyebrows to one that's about my nose to one that's at my chin to collar bone right back to where I started just an inch below my chin. I went to a longer stick because I wanted to shoot better and the whip I got off the longer stick was great, and the extra reach wasn't too bad either, but even though I stuck with it for years, I could not get used to the length. There were always instances where I'd loose the puck because I couldn't stickhandle in close, and it was very frustrating. In hindsight, it kind of screwed up my stickhandling in tight quarters. Now, I'm not saying I was Datsyuk, far from it, but before I started using the longer stick, at my level, which isn't high, I could tuck pucks by players and step around on a regular basis. And when I went back to the short stick, I was still struggling with pucks in close. It's been years since I went back to a short stick, and I think I'm only now beginning to feel a little more like my old self. In terms of shot and being able to change the angle while shooting. I found that dropping flex mitigates that loss of leverage. Personally, I wish I'd done that in the first place instead of going for the longer stick. The one positive I can think of is, after all the drastic changes, I can now tweak the length of my stick to be anywhere between my collarbone and chin and still be relatively comfortable with it. Depending on how things are going, I'll either take an inch or two off or add one or two. This seems to be a thing I do now. I either do this by changing butt ends or by taping the knob lower on the stick and leaving a small tale so to speak.
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