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  1. From what I've seen Intermediates have the same blade size as seniors. Yes, their shaft dimensions may be slightly smaller, but if the stick feels fine to you then don't worry, and don't over think it. Plenty of adults use intermediates.
  2. There were/are things I do to address the forward flex issue. First I stopped using the top eyelet. Second, I began practicing not using the top two eyelets and I eventually went down to not using the top three eyelets during practice. Found it strengthened my ankles and made it so I didn't have to tighten my skates as much. Third thing I did was start using two laces on each skate during games. One for my bottom eyelets and another for the top eyelets, still skipping using the top eyelet. This allowed me to better control the tightness of my skates. Fourth, I went back to using one set of laces per skate when I found a lacing method that gave me good lateral stability, great forward flex and great heel lock. Something you could try. If interested here's a link to a post with pics describing what I did.
  3. Hahha, no worries. You just gave me a bit of a scare. The market can be tough, and Cyclone has been around forever. It'd be sad to see them fall by the wayside. Any way, if you find the right fit, you should be able to get your skates profiled and ready to go all in the same day.
  4. Here are a couple of my favorite basic balance drills. This first video is full of drills you can try, but the video will start on my favorite one in the video, a one foot glide while bending the knee up and down. The second video drill I find helps me with balance in my stride. It helps to make sure I'm transferring my weight properly and that I'm getting a real good knee bend. A lot of imbalance stems from standing too tall. If you have a proper knee bend, the tougher it will be for your opponent to knock you over. If you want to be a better skater, start with the basics. I know how tempting it can be to want to start with some of those more fancy drills, but IMHO, it's better to spend the time strengthening your basics before jumping ahead. Why? I see a lot of people at the rink try to do advanced drills before they are ready. I mean they can barely do a forward cross over without falling, but suddenly, they want to start trying backwards scissor kicks like Pk Subban. What ends up happening is they end up learning how to do a bastardized version of the drill, and all it does is reinforce improper technique and bad fundamentals. The more solid your fundamentals are, the easier it will be for you to pick up on those more advanced drills and the less they'll feel like they're out of reach. A couple of years ago, I noticed a new guy at my local stick and puck. He could barely skate. It was obvious he was just starting out, and he was flopping everywhere. One of the guys that frequents the stick and puck session is a coach and gave him some basic tips on skating and later on shooting. The guy just worked on those basics over and over. In a year he was executing nasty slide turns and snapping shots bar down. Now this isn't saying he doesn't still have stuff to learn, but if I didn't know better, I would have thought he'd been skating for years, not just one year. Any way, my 2 cents. It's worth what you paid.
  5. Where did you hear that Cyclone Taylor's is closed? I just checked their website and there's no indication of closure, and this past summer, they made a big advertising push, with give-aways and stuff. I was in one of their locations last week. If you want to hit up one of the Vancouver shops for fitting, I'd recommend Cyclone Taylors and the Hockey Shop. Unfortunately, the hockey shop is going to be closed from the 13-18 while they relocate back to their original location. Another place is Ice Level Sports. I don't have any actual experience with skate fitting with them, but I've heard lots of good things. I've gone to them for sharpeninngs and eyelet repairs. They were solid on those fronts.
  6. I'm still using it. When I first switched, I noticed a significant difference, but in terms of performance feel, I chalked it up to new steel. I did notice a significant improvement in durability. Nicks were the exception rather than the rule, even when I kicked the steel posts under the bench. After a while, I stopped noticing any performance benifits. But then, the shop screwed up my sharpening and I had to go back to my old steel for a bit. Noticed the durability difference immediately. Old steed didn't hold a good edge as long. Didn't really notice a performance change until I went back to my Step steel. For me, the true difference in performance was very subtle. I realized the edges felt crisper, like I had more control on how the edges gripped or didn't. The old steel felt a little more sloppy. Then again, it could all be in my head. Any way, the difference in cost was $80 vs $100 Canadian, and for me, it was worth it just for the edge life and durability, regardless of any performance benifits or not.
  7. The retail Ribcors are lowkick sticks similar to Vapors and QRLs, BUT, each stick has its own characteristics that make it feel unique. For example, I find Warrior sticks in general load up easier, and I can really feel the slingshot effect. With my Trigger 2, I don't get the same feel when I shoot. I think the reason is that the kick point on the QRL line's is lower than the Ribcor line. I find the secondary soft spot in the handle allows me to more easily bow the stick. I find it doesn't really affect where the stick is kicking though. I have an older generation ribcor. It kicks similar to my Trigger 2, but that soft spot near the handle does change the feel of when I'm shooting.
  8. I do this too, and I find it definitely helps. My sticks rarely chip at the toe. And when they do, it's because I wasn't diligent in retaping once the tape wore away. I have sticks that are several years old and when I strip the tape, other than a few surface scuffs, the blade is almost new. I also run strips of tape up the shaft, top and bottom, to protect the slash zones.
  9. Funny thing, my story is kind of opposite to yours. For the longest time, I used stiffer sticks, like rebar stiff. Didn't think the stick mattered beyond weight because, well, I sucked regardless. Quick wristers and snaps were pretty sad all around, so relied a lot on slapshots for anything at a distance. Then one day I picked up a 55 flex for giggles, just to see what it'd be like. Suddenly, accuracy and power on snaps and wristers went up, and everything just felt right. Personally, I like the lag. For me, it feels like I can decide to shoot first, and then while in mid-shot, I can read the goalie, decide where it's going, and adjust to get it there.
  10. I wear 7.5-8 shoes and size 4.5 skates. When I got my current skates, I came down from a size 5. Took me a little while to notice that I was more unstable and my foot was sliding out from under me with my underpush in my cross overs. Blamed it on user error. So spent 6 months working to correct the issue with little improvement. Then last April, I tried changing my profile to a 12' +1, and it made the world of difference. I'm in a 13' +1 profile now, and after 6 months, barely notice any loss of agility. Only notice the positives now.
  11. From what I've read, the Ek365 has the same blade as the EK60, so puck feel should be similar. Having used both sticks, personally, I like the QRL better. The main reason is because it plays more whippy, so I can load up shots a lot easier and quicker. But not everyone likes that whippiness. One of the reasons you may be having difficulty stickhandling could be because of the difference in lies. Every stock CCM stick I own has a higher lie when compared to most other brands. So the CCM may play a little longer than it actually is, and thus affects your stickhandling. The lie could also be why you're not getting as much power on your shot. Lower lie, a little more difficult to get over the stick and generate whip. Any way the stock QRL should have the same lie as the Sherwood, so you should be good either way in that respect. My 2 cents. It's worth what you paid.
  12. The Jetspeed and the Vapor are the lines that are meant to be more form fitting. With that said, I'm 5'5 and I wear 13" 1Xs and I don't find they restrict my movements. As for looks, sorry man, not everyone can look slim and trim like an NHL player. Different body types means different looks. Worry about being properly protected. I'd rather be the ugliest looking guy on the ice that the prettiest dude in the hospital. And if you really want to look good, dangle a defenseman and tuck one under the bar.
  13. Don't know how legit this product is but only a big gambler is going to give it a go for those prices. It could be a gem or it could be...
  14. From what I know, generally, a stick blade has a foam core with a composite wrap. So if you cut into the blade, you're going to expose that foam and the internal fibres of the composite. Depending on how the blade is structured internally, you could be compromising the blade's stability too. Exposure to external moister is one of the reasons why a stick breaks down. Chips open up the internals of the stick and allow moisture into the blade and/or shaft. Over time this, weakens the stick a little at a time and eventually it breaks. Now, I'm sure you could seal exposed areas with some sort of resin to protect it from moisture. But not sure if you can do anything about a weakened structure. my 2 cents. It's worth what you paid.
  15. From what I've seen, that's what they claim. The shaft is softer near the blade, gets stiff in the middle, and then is softer in the handle. So depending on where your hand is place, it will react differently.
  16. Do you have a preference in kick points, low-kick, mid-kick, etc.? Do you have blade preferences in terms of more lively or dampened? Of the current generation of sticks, the CCM Jetspeed is probably the closest to what the APX2 was in terms of how the stick is designed to flex. If you want to stick with Bauer, the Vapor 1X is the direct descendant of the APX2. Though, they have made significant changes over the years, so I'd also look at the Bauer Nexus 2N Pro. Those are the Bauer sticks that I'd look at. In terms of True, check out their A series sticks, the A 6.0 SPB and the A 6.0 HT. The SPB is the midkick version and the HT is the low kick version. Also, when you're comparing at sticks between Bauer and CCM, watch out for their naming systems. They can be confusing. For example. The 2N Pro is the top stick in the Nexus line and the 2N is second on he pole. With CCM the Jetspeed Pro is second on the pole, while the plain Jetspeed is the top stick.
  17. I just recently noticed that my skates felt a little weird after sharpening. Felt like I was pitched forward more than usual and I wasn't as stable. I thought it was all in my head until I swapped into my back up steel and things felt normal again. I then compared my current steel to my back up pair and saw what's in the pictures below. Both sets of steel are the exact same age, bought within a week of one another.. The one on the bottom has only been ground twice. Once to a 12' radius and then to a 13' radius. The steel on top has only been profiled once to a 12' radius and then sharpened approximately 10 times. I know the two blades are different radii, but Is this much steel supposed to be missing on the toes and heel after 10 sharpenings? Any opinions and/or insight would greatly be appreciated. I don't want to bitch and moan unless I'm sure. Thanks in advance.
  18. Shooting a golfball is not the same as shooting a puck. If you try to develop your mechanics this way, there's a good chance you are going to develop some bad habits. It's a lot easier to get under a golfball and lift it than it is a puck. If you want to take your shooting pad somewhere, just take it to a park with a flat surface and a chain link fence and fire pucks at that. Tennis courts are nice. And if you're ambitious, you can even bring a net.
  19. One thing you can try is not using the bottom eyelet and start your lacing on the second eyelet. Releves the pressure but allows you to lace the rest of your skate as tight as you need. If it doesn't work try not using the first two and see if that does anything.
  20. As mentioned hard to diagnose. One of the things I do to help diagnose issues with my own skates is to remove the insole and see how my feet feel skating around like that. It'll feel plenty weird, but it will help figuring things out. Don't do this while playing a game. Do it during a public skate or stick and puck session. If the pain goes away, then it points toward it being an issue with volume. If there's still pain, then it's probably something else like maybe arch support. Propper fitted skates can still feel uncomfortable when they're new, but there shouldn't be pure pain that makes you want to rip off your skates.
  21. I agree with Mcguire's opinion on things. Ekblad doesn't have a rep and Domi was having a bad game and decided to take out his frustrations on someone who did nothing but play hockey https://www.tsn.ca/video/mcguire-has-his-say-on-domi-s-sucker-punch-and-subsequent-suspension~1495810
  22. Suspended for the rest of the preseason. What a joke. Players don't get paid in the preseason, and plus, he probably wasn't even going to play all the preseason games anyway. And I love Domi's statement that he didn't mean to hurt Ekblad. That's another crock. You don't hit someone in the face without intending to hurt them. Did Ekblad have a piece of veggy on his lip and Domi was just trying to wipe it off?
  23. The stuff I used to use way back when was called Tough Toe. I still have a tin lying around. Google searched it and it came up with this. https://www.marks.com/en/tuff-toe-boot-protect-38010.html?cid=DRMKT&gclid=CjwKCAjwxILdBRBqEiwAHL2R84aMV1qaMBp2ENlVKbFtAtTCpBW1NTS9g4dTvIER27Vs7ubBL05CaxoC_1wQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=COGfz_WrxN0CFQQIfQodOHgCWQ#38010=BROWN&38010=NO
  24. I have all three. Like the Qx for shots and Trigger for puck handling. Haven't used the 1s enough to give an educated opinion. But from what little I have used it, I like overall feel of the stick. Lighter than the Trigger. Undecided on the puck feel and pop.
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