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Posts posted by Miller55

  1. On 1/13/2024 at 8:44 AM, x-axis said:

    Yes, Thom is making components. I know Sprung has changed hands may be between 2 other owners between Keith and Thom? I know at least one other is John Noris. 

    I believe Joe (not John) Norris was involved with Keith. Not sure if they both sold to Thom or Joe stayed on our what his involvement is currently

  2. I'm basically still in mostly Easton, but it has started to shift as some gear has worn down and I have yet to find replacements.

    Skates- was in Supreme or Nexus forever, two years ago went to True and haven't looked back (except I do have a pair of Mako 2s).

    Protective- I'm in Easton shins, girdle, chest and elbows still (all the old pro stock synergy protective), Easton gloves as well, with some Bauer, eagle and warriors mixed in. When the time comes for new under protective, I will definitely move to pro stock CCM though, as they have carried on the JDP stuff.

    Sticks- pro stock hockey sticks at this point, but I have a mix of Easton, Bauer, CCM and Warrior, although in the last 2 years I've pretty much only bought pshs


  3. Big fan of pro stock sticks. I have a bunch and just placed another full custom order. I also have quite a few curves in both the big brands and pshs version (nylander NXG and 2s pro, eichel, MacKinnon trigger/reckoner, Brayden point's coverts, Panarin jetspeed) and can say that the quality is definitely not worse, in some cases better on the pshs build. To each their own but I'm a big fan of the super round shaft, but I also used a trilage for like 3 years so you can't really trust me lol

  4. On 3/27/2023 at 8:41 AM, sdmd80 said:

    @Miller55 @althoma1

    I read all 62 pages of the mood squad thread about sprungs and was very keen to try them. 

    Two days ago I fitted a6 frames on my size 4.5 CCM ribcor boots. Had to make new holes in the chassis for the heel part as the frames are slightly wider than the skate soles (they are meant for size 5 skates and up).

    Played hockey in them yesterday and am blown away by how amazing they feel. So much so, I've ordered two more sets, one for outdoor and one for when this set fail. I'd like to have enough stored up so I don't have to ever change back to a normal chassis in the future. 

    I'd love to know more about the longevity issues - you both mention friction wear - where exactly wears? Just wondering if it's better to stock up on spare pivot pins, rocker arms, frames or springs. Or if it all wears and I should just buy a number of chassis. 

    I'm 65kg, play pick up hockey once a week for 2 hours. 


    I use A7s and actually have not had longevity issues myself. I have a few pairs as I bought backups, but in reality I have only used one set for 3 years now basically, 3-5 games weekly indoor sport court and haven't had issues. The original a6 did have issues but the A7 are pretty sturdy. To be fully honest, I have not taken them apart to clear in about 19 months and they're fine, but I suspect that my laziness will affect the longevity down the road

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  5. 7 hours ago, xstartxtodayx said:

    McDavid with a Jetspeed 5 Pro and, more interestingly, a Super Tacks girdle???





    Also, Panarin in a Bauer bucket instead of the usual 710, just looks odd in that helmet.  His skates look different too but might just be some new blue graphics, can't tell if they're his usual Jetspeeds or Tacks.  Video here:



    Panarin skates look like ribcor to me...? Interestingly enough, he was using Jetspeed sticks until the major supply chain issues last season, and then he went back to Bauer and scored a filthy goal with the Nexus and stuck with it after that. Can't find the clip but I recall him putting to the Bauer logo on the way back to the bench. Was against Florida iirc. Wonder if he's going to end up back in Bauer gear. 

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  6. On 7/14/2022 at 8:16 AM, PBH said:

    PSA about the new Catalyst skates for those that will be ordering online without trying them on in-store. 

    We have noticed they fit roughly 0.5 SMALLER than other brands. This is the opposite of the previous generation of TRUE TF series skates which fit 0.5 sizes LARGER than other brands. 

    For example, in the TF9 I wear a size 7, in the Catalyst 9X I wear a size 8, in Bauer/CCM I typically wear a 7.5 (excluding the new Bauer Mach and CCM ASV-Pro skates, which I wear a size 7.0)

    My suggestion is to try them in-store and not order online if possible. 


    On 7/14/2022 at 11:21 AM, Asian Tomatoe said:

    I found the Catalyst skates to be the same sizing as the TF series except that there is a thicker foam piece in the front of the toe.

    I was lucky able to bake both a size 6.5 and a size 6 and, as stated by everyone else, baking really changed how the skate felt from pre-bake.

    Pre-bake, the size 6 felt way too short and and the 6.5 was the right size but post bake, my feet settle in towards back more and it was too large and wide.

    The skates, open up a lot when baked but i did notice that there is a large front pad that affects the perception of sizing.

    For reference, I'm a size 6 fit 2 in the Hyperlites and a size 6.5 fit 2 in Ultrasonics. Mach skates I only got to try on a size 6.5 fit 2 and those seemed to be perfect with a wider toe cap than the Ultrasonics.

    Didn't get to try on a size 6 to see if the wider toe cap allowed me to fit smaller but the 6.5 had my toes barely brushing the toe cap pre-bake.

    Well, this just got interesting.


    Question for Thursday who have tried them- is the boot lower cut than TF?

  7. 4 hours ago, bl4 said:

    Thanks, all! Very helpful.

    Cavs019 & Miller: If I were looking at pro stock Warriors, what should I keep an eye out for to distinguish the good from the bad?

    Going w/custom Eagles is tempting. I'm still kicking myself for not picking up a couple of pairs of x50s when they were still around.  (The PPFs are great, but the thumb isn't my favorite.)

    Pro stock Warrior Franchise ideally look for Canadian made, good condition, and the right sizing. Franchise gloves came in 13, 14 and 15 and 2 widths, narrow or std, which is more like a wide. The concern is that if you're going pro stock, there are lots of different specs and you won't always know exactly what you're getting, such as liner adjustments, extended or shortened fingers, materials, etc, so that's a big factor to keep in mind. For example, Chara wears 14s that are marked as 14s, but the fingers are extended because Chara is huge, but you would never know that from any markings on his gloves 


    Personally, if you can swing the 2-250 for Eagle customs, and you can get through a couple more months, then I wouldn't think twice about it, and I think Eagle can make some of the x series gloves as customs, even though they don't offer it. Just gotta email Kelsey

  8. Pro stock Easton MiC or MiC Franchise. You can still get custom PPFs though, but the lead time is about 3-4 months for customs at this point.


    From the general options though, I prefer the Bauer Pro Series, which used to be Nexus. Light and durable and a nice liner. Warrior quality is horrible at retail these days, and CCM hg97 would be in the middle for me. But Eagle is the best out there at this point, and if you can wait a few months and afford customs then imo it's a no brainer

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  9. 20 minutes ago, Sniper9 said:

    So the svh replaces the tf customs. Aka updated original true customs. And the cat is the new like but isn't offered in a fully custom skate?

    Kind of confusing. Weird how they wouldn't make a fully custom version of the cat.  

    I imagine they will see how the Cat sells and if there really is a market for a softer boot and go from there. Personally, I'm intrigued. I have 2 pairs of tf9s currently (ice/roller) and am very happy. That said, I would prefer a bit more flex forward and a toebox more similar to the Mako. But I also want to wait to see feedback on the cat series before buying (I also don't really need new skates as these are holding up extremely well)

  10. On 6/28/2022 at 12:59 PM, Hills said:

    In that case I don't think there are that version of XC9 in pro stock. So only really Catalyst 9X. But if you are going pro stock there is really reason to buy them when Bauer and CCM exist unless there is a very specific spec you are looking for.

    Lol ya I'm still mostly in Easton gloves honestly

  11. 3 hours ago, Hills said:

    The 2nd edition XC9 were good, and the 9X are also solid. If you search on YouTube for them there is a few good videos showing why 😉

    I remember a certain review of the xc9 and I tried on a pair at BTM at one point and didn't like the cheap feel, but I never realized that they released another edition. How can you tell the difference?

  12. On 6/25/2022 at 10:51 PM, Hills said:

    Where to begin...

    QRL were a great idea but the foams were way too soft/weak for protection and the finger pieces weren't sewn tight enough together so massive gaps appeared and sticks could easily get between them.

    QX glove was basically the exact same as above.

    QRE fixed a bunch of the foam protection issues but went down to 3 piece backhand padding. Which isn't the end of the world but annoying.

    DX fixed most of what was wrong with QX, it was a solid glove.

    QRE 10 put 1 GIANT piece of foam/plastic in the backhand which conflicts with how hands actually move. Flex cuff was more open which I think is a step backwards but is fine.

    FR Pro & LX Pro... killed off the solid DX to make a cheaper in everything FR Pro. Which is pretty disappointing all around, meh foams, 2 piece fingers, restrictive cuff.
    LX Pro is the glove no one really asked for, with good foams and overall design but a way too restrictive cuff.

    I think the QR5 Pro glove is probably solid, but I haven't seen it yet.

    The problem with Warrior now is there is just more competition for them as well. CCM still makes solid stuff, Bauer makes okay stuff, True makes excellent gloves, Sherwood even makes really good gloves. So they have to do something actually good and decent to warrant anyone going to them.

    Have never used True gloves, which ones do you like?

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