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  1. In regards to Superfeet, a couple of things to consider. First, Superfeet will take up more volume than the stock beds. That could be a plus or a minus. Second, Superfeet lift the heels up, pitching the skater forward. For me, they made a neutral pitched skate feel like one that had at least a +1 pitch to it. I didn't realize it at the time, but that had a factor in putting me on my toes a little too much. I actually had to try a negative pitch before I figured out what was happening. Third, Superfeet are comfortable but becasue they're thicker, they mute the feel for the skate/edges. Again, I didn't realize this at first, but when I put my stock beds back in, it was like going from wearing mittens when typing to bare fingers. IMHO, if your kid doesn't need the arch support, the stock beds are probably better for skate feel.
  2. They feel similar to rollerblade straps. I've actually ordered some rollerblade ratchet straps to see how they work. The velcro straps, though effective, are starting to stretch after about 8 months. They look like they'll hold for a good while longer, but they'll need to be replaced eventually. As for chirping. I've never had anyone on another team say one thing to me. I've had teammates ask about them with curiosity. I've only had one ever make a snide remark, but he's the type that has that "Real Men Don't" attitude. I simply told him it helps my lace bite and acted like I didn't give a shit, because I didn't, and he STFU, because with his stride, he's the last person who should comment on another person's skates and/or skating. For me, I'm at that age now, that if it saves me discomfort and pain and as a consequence, lets me skate better, I'll wear high heels, a too-too, and carry around a fairy wand if I have to.
  3. I had/have similar issues, but for me it only shows up when I'm spending a prolonged period doing drills that put pressure on that area. Durning games, it rarely pops up unless I'm playing 2-3 games in a night. I found changing to Option B skate straps helped. Another option I've used in the past was to add the old CCM/Reebok lace locks on the eyelets around that area. It elevated the laces in that area and releaved the pressure. They're a little tricky to find now that skates don't use them any more, but you can pick them up on eBay.
  4. If your old steel has never been profiled, it's likely that as it aged, its radius has gotten smaller and you've gotten used to skating on a profile radius that's less, maybe even significantly less, than what the stock profile was. If this is the case, I'd hold off on changing anything until you've had a chance to feel things out more. It could be that after a few skates, you won't even notice anymore.
  5. It sucks that you're not seeing much results with the stretching. For me, I could feel things getting better fairly quickly. Personally, I use a rather large step knob made from tape. When I look at it from the top, the long side measures 1.75 inches. I make the knob by wrapping 1.5 inch wide tape around the butt end ten times. Then I wrap 1 inch wide tape around the butt around 20 times, and finally, I split the 1 inch wide tape in half and go around the butt approx 30 times until the knob is 1.75 inches wide. It looks like a step pyramid. I grip the stick with my my first three fingers and my pinky hanging over the top. I find the knob gives my tiny hands more leverage when I shoot, so I can give a harder tug on the stick with my top hand.
  6. I've had bouts with tendinitis in my top hand over the years. It first started with too much mouse usage from gaming and work. And later it would show up after long shooting sessions. One time it was bugging me for around six months, where I could barely grip my hockey stick. For me, I got under control by doing some simple stretching and strengthening exercises for my wrist. I'm not a doctor, but when my forearm muscles get tight from prolonged usage, I'm guessing it pulls the wrist tendon taught and they begin rubbing against something like the wrist bones when I move. That irritates the tendons and makes them inflamed. If I don't loosen the muscles, the tendons keep rubbing. By stretching, it loosens the muscles up and stops the the rubbing. No rubbing, the inflammation goes away. Since I started doing the stretches and exercises, I haven't had a bout of tendinitis, and I haven't changed any of my mouse and/or shooting habits. There were times were I could feel it coming on, like after a couple hours of shooting, but like I said, some stretching and exercise and I was good. I'm about the same vintage as you, and over the years, as I've gotten older, I've learned that I need to be stretching and doing maintenance work all the time, on my shoulder, on my hips, and my wrists. Etc. It's not the case where I do stretches, the tendinitis goes away, and never have to worry about it again. I have to keep doing the stretches and exercises on a regular basis, usually after exercise, to stop it from coming back. Maybe that's something for you to consider. Here's a video of some of the wrist stretches and exercises i do. Hope it helps.
  7. Sure, but the money has been spent. There's nothing to lose by pursuing this before spending more money on another pair from a different company. But thinking the thousand dollars or so isn't worth a few stern emails and/or some conversations with a retailer, well, IMHO, that's not the stance most people would take and just shrug and walk away from, especially when there's more that can be done.
  8. From my experience, the lie for curves is not consistent from brand to brand. For example, a Warrior W03 does not have the same lie as a Bauer p92. The Bauer is a 6 lie. The Warrior is something lower, a 5 or 5.5.
  9. If you have a problem with the skates, don't just walk away quietly. Put on your a-hole hat and demand what was promised to you, properly sized custom skates, not sort of close enough skates. Be clear, concise, and firm as to what you want and what you won't accept. You have nothing to lose by pressing the matter, because if you're not satisfied and don't plan on going back to them if they don't make things right, there's no risk of burning bridges.
  10. Generally speaking, the right flex will help you more with form and technique than a change in kickpoint. With that said, for me, the Covert flexes a lot smoother and easier than a Alpha. To test if a stick is too stiff for you, just put it into shooting position and try to flex it one inch. If you can't do it with almost zero effort, the stick is probably too stiff for you. When working on your technique, IMHO, it's better to err on the side of a little too whippy than not whippy enough. You can work with whippy, but not so much with too stiff.
  11. Imho if you were meh on the tc4, you probably shouldn't go for a p30. It's another toe curve. If you didn't liked the E38, the other brand equivalent is th p88, so avoid that. According to the chart found here. https://hfboards.mandatory.com/threads/sticks-buying-guide-and-advice-part-3.2515143/ The p92 curve is probably what you want. It's a jack of all trades. But one thing you should also consider is lie. If you're used to one specific lie and try using another, it can throw you off a whole lot until you adjust regardless of curve.
  12. I was using a 12' radius and just recently switched to a 13' with a neutral pitch, and for me, I love it. I had switched to a 12 with a +1 pitch last year. At first it felt like I was losing some agility in turns, but after a while I stopped noticing. Now, it feels like I've gained agility because the extra stability lets me hit turns and crossovers way harder. Since I went up to the 13' radius, I also found I could loosen my skates around the ankles for more mobility and better feel for my edges, which I feel has translated into longer strides and more power. Honestly, right now, it feels like I turned back the clock ten years and found my old legs again. Now, I'm a smaller guy in junior skates so ymmv with senior skates. But like I've said, it's been nothing but positive for me. I've even been playing with the idea of a 14' radius.
  13. I went down half a size last time I got skates and ended up with smaller steel. Ended up with a similar issue, on my toes more and less stable. I simply went to a larger profile radius, 12' with a +1 pitch, which evolved into a 13' radius and a neutral pitch. You can probably get things sorted by tweaking your profile.
  14. It's funny, someone on another forum made a thread asking how to deal with an a-hole around the Seattle hockey community. https://hfboards.mandatory.com/threads/question-for-older-players-about-handling-a-serious-problem-player.2637201/
  15. IMHO, it's all relative. If a stick is feels and performs just right for you, then it's worth every penny. The stick can have all the bells and whistles on it, but if you don't like the feel of it, then as far as you're concerned, it's garbage. We're all different in what we each like and look for. Sometimes what we like skews toward the expensive side of things. Other times it can be in lower price ranges. If there was a way to guarantee 100% that a stick would flex the way I wanted, had a bladed just the right stiffness, and had the curve and weight that fit me perfect, I don't think I'd grumble too much at having to dish out for it.
  16. Doesn't seem like they have that much more than what you'd find in retail right now for Intermediates and juniors. Was hoping they'd have the option of a p28 in a lie 6. Nope. Hopefully more options to come once things have been running for a bit.
  17. The only rule is what you're comfortable with. If you're being an ass, you'll get chirped. If you get chirped for doing nothing, that person is the ass. There's a difference between playing with high level players vs low level players. High level players are in control most of the time, from where they shoot to how they wield their stick. They tend to be aware of what's going on. Low level players are wildcards. They'll aim low stick and send it into the rafters. They'll skate like they're baling hay, poking and jabbing guys all the way up the ice and not even realize what they're doing. In general, they can be menaces to others and themselves. So if you're playing with low level players, strap a cage on. Hell strap two cages on.
  18. Just popping in to agree with the p30 as the curve closest to what the OP described.
  19. The simplest thing you can probably do is to use two laces, one for the bottom of the skate, and one for the top of the skate. That way you can control the tightness on top and bottom. Another thing you can try is to skip one of the eyelets right above where it's hurting to reduce pressure on that area. Aside from lacing, you can try the lace bite version of bunga pads.
  20. For me, getting new gear isn't all that exiting. I'm more exited about finding stuff that matches what I like. Once I find it, I'm exited about having it. I try to keep up with what's coming out because I realized that doing that is much simpler than doing rushed and sometimes panicked research when I need to replace something. It also allows me to spot good deals when I see them.
  21. Glad things worked out for your kid. Sad that that "coach" doesn't get hoisted up on his petard. That's a silly way to run a team at that level.
  22. Honestly, there's nothing to be gained from playing out the last 6 seconds. But there's plenty to lose. In those types of games, people aren't in the best of moods. All it takes is for one person to do something to aggravate the other team, which can be anything from a dirty look to taking a comment the wrong way, and it's a brew-ha-ha. It's better to sacrifice those precious 6 seconds and get everyone to their beer therapy sooner.
  23. I don't have any experience with these models, but I have some experience with the increased thickness in tongues. I'm in Bauer S190s and one of the features in this model is an extra thick tongue. One of my initial concerns was that the thicker tongue was kind of giving me lace bite. When I talked to the fitter, they said it was a common complaint. Any way, making a long story short, at first, the thick tongue along with the plastic lace bite guard on it was definitely giving me discomfort and bit of lace bite. But after 2-3 months of regular use, the tongue slowly broke in and became less fluffy. Now it's fine. No lace bite.
  24. I was contemplating giving them a try. How do they compare to the free resources out there? How much more detail do they get into?
  25. When the skate breaks in, the liner can compress, making the skate around 1/4 size larger. According to this chart below, at 25.5 cm, you're somewhere between a 6 and a 6.5. Not sure if the EE are a half size larger, but if you're wearing a D, it's harder for your foot to shift around, so it may seem smaller. For me, I'm in between sizes too, but I went to the smaller sized skate and found that choice worked out better. One thing to remember is you can stretch skates at least 1/4 size larger to get them to fit better, but you can't really shrink them. From your description, there's a good possibility that after the liner compressed, your skates are about a half size too large for you right now, especially if you fail the pencil test. Aside from getting new skates, you can try wearing some padding like bunga pads. They'll push your foot up a tiny bit, but it's still an imperfect solution and may affect heel lock. The lack of support is probably due more to the skate being a bit big than the actual material. In general, you can learn to skate and get used to skating with little lateral support from your skate. I'm not expert on figure skates, but from the outside looking in, they don't have nearly the same support as hockey skates, and well, most do just find with them. http://www.hockeytutorial.com/uncategorized/ice-hockey-skate-sizing-chart-width-and-length/
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