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Everything posted by Miller55

  1. This is mostly on point. The basic principles of Graf fit are the breakdown of the numbers. If it's a three digit number, the first number refers to the quality of the skate line. The higher the number the better quality skate. In addition to this, any skate that begins with a G is equivalent to a 7 and would be a top of the line skate. I believe there is such a thing as an F, and that would be a drop below top of the line. So a 7/G would be a top end skate, a 6 or 5 or F would be a lower level skate. This number has nothing to do with fit. The second number is the heel fit, with 0 being standard and then increasing fit a wider heel. The final number is the forefoot fit, with 3 being the narrowest and least coming overall and 9 being the widest and deepest overall. In addition to all of this, there are 3 width options: Narrow, Regular and Wide. So the numbers are basically the fit profile dimensions, and then they can take those same proportions into 3 different widths. So you can have x03, x05, x07, x09, x35, x55 etc. In terms of fit, and the x will vary depending on the level of the skate. And then you can mix in the width options. The peakspeed line fits like a 735 imo. 7 would be top end, 3 means a bit wider heel, 5 is a standard forefoot width. The depth is a bit more than a 703. This will fit similar to a Vapor in a wider width than D. The Classics fit as above. The G9000 I don't know about because the only way to see them is to special order from Switzerland. My shop offered to do it, but only if I guarantee that I will buy them. Obviously there's no chance I'm going to buy a skate sight unseen, so yeah, can't speak to that. G7 is the same fit as a 707. I would say this is like a Supreme E or EE, where a 709 might be closer to a Nexus. The G7 has a comp quarter package though, inline the 707 which is the standard leather style. If you're in a Vapor D then you'll probably do best in a 703, assuming the Vapor is a good fit. You might also like a 735 or a 705.
  2. While you might be right technically, I think practically you will get the same effect and any decreased support in either plane is going to be negligible until the boot starts to break down. Granted, it will break down faster this way than if you wouldn't crease it, but I don't think there will be any appreciable difference practically speaking. Anyway, I don't advocate either of these, personally I just drop eyelets. I don't find there is much loss in lateral stability. If you are very concerned, you can try Graf 707s, which are a bit better than the Langes but have a similar idea in practice. While I'm a big performance over style guy and think the idea of sacrificing performance for looks is absurd, I don't think I could be seen in those Langes.
  3. you could get the same effect by creasing the boot at teh spot where the hinge is and then just lacing up.
  4. I have a feeling there's a lot more "4500 or die" type guys out there than guys who will drop 4 bills on this helmet. When they come into stores I would definitely try one on though
  5. Honestly, just get a pair of rec skates. You'll look like a duster, but if the pain is that bad who cares. Edit- roller is just way better than ball hockey. It's worth looking like a scrub
  6. Never wore the volts, but they look similar. Tapered means it gets narrower at a certain point. Anatomical means it follows the natural contours of the foot very closely. That would mean that since most people have high arches and their foot is narrower in that area, the skate will be narrower in that area, which is probably not good for you.
  7. That's correct. Tour only makes one width and the toe is maybe a bit narrower than Mission D, and obviously EE. True TFs in Wide will probably have the most width through the arch and toes. Like @althoma1said, those fit longer so you need to size down. also, mission, even in EE, will be more tapered in the arch, as they are officially a more anatomically shaped boot
  8. Tour is the widest in the arches and midfoot. It's also the deepest. I have very tall instep and need tours depth, but if I go even a half size up in tour, they're way too deep. My point is that you have to be careful with sizing. If you know your size in Bauer length, either that size or a half size up will work for tour. Same size if you like to squish your toes, half size up of you want them to brush the cap.
  9. I would agree that they are not super wide, but they are definitely deeper than anything else on the inline market. The tour cap is actually not wide at all, maybe even a bit more narrow than missions. They are deep heel and wide through the middle of the foot, but they definitely taper a bit towards the toe. It's a bit counterintuitive because most people's heels are narrower than their forefoot
  10. P88 is relatively closed, so it's ideal for ball hockey where it's very easy to lift the puck. I personally like the p88 as well. I used iginla for a long time and went to PM9, but at this point I just moved to p88 and I love it. Coming from a PM9 it has plenty of curve to get shots from the point or slot high. I don't shoot a ton from in close, and if I do I tend to shoot 5 hole. If you're looking for the next step up, go to p92. In terms of kick, you can try the variable kick of the Jetspeed or STX rx3. It's really all a matter of preference, but a p88 with a variable kick is a pretty safe way to learn.
  11. It should at least be an option...
  12. The real question is... Are they gonna build up some heavy duty ear flaps on these?
  13. Then look on their twitter page for their email and shoot them a message. They'll probably have some way to help you
  14. Local retailer that I was using to try to fit retail skates arranged it. If you don't have a local retailer you can just send them an email. They're insta and twitter has their email all over the place
  15. Graf custom is amazing. They are probably the most accommodating brand nowadays, since True has become more rigid in their custom program. Graf will literally make you anything. They will make you a boot that fits like a 709 and looks like a PK7700, with carbon composite quarters or whatever you want. Different tongue options, anything. I got a pair of Grafs customs that they worked with me on and they were amazing. Unfortunately I ended up returning them because they made them way too shallow for me, but I liked them a lot. They took them back no issue. I used a very good retailer, but they did things by measurement and I guess my foot is kinda weird. But anyway that was the retailers issue, but Graf was great. I was going to reorder a pair but ended up moving across the country and just haven't gotten around to it yet. I'm probably going to get a composite 707 (ultra g7) but might go with the 709 fit depth wise. Not sure yet about the other specs. I would definitely recommend them, as long as you know that Grafs do not feel like Bauer or CCM and are prepared for that.
  16. Your best bet with anything Graf/Vaughan is to contact them directly via email. They're pretty good about responses
  17. Maybe in a game, but for training it's pretty safe as long as you stay within your abilities. I usually don't go full unlaced, but I drop like 4 eyelets.
  18. Yes. It's tight as heck. I flared the top few eyelets and the boot is definitely not stuff enough that I can't pull that area in when I tie them. But I laced one hole down and they're fairly low cut from what I'm used to (2S pros) plus being less stiff. I'm definitely a fan of the flexibility
  19. I do this with my 11k, since it just has the wheel in the back to tighten. With my e700s they just have the elastic inside so I never have to adjust them
  20. Personally, I would look on eBay or sideline for a pro stock coach duffel from a team I like. They're usually better quality nylon and the stitching is far more durable.
  21. It definitely is all personal preference. But, if you recall, this thread was literally for the express purpose of hearing the arguments against cutting loops. So it's not like people in here who explain why not to cut loops are trying to inhibit anyone's personal choice. They are just responding to the thread and staying on topic.
  22. I've tried the True tf7 roller. I like them very much. What I will say is that they are very fast, very comfortable and very well designed and engineered skates. The things I don't like are the look, the plastic materials that look cheap and feel cheap, and the tf7 tongue. But the performance is amazing. For comparisons sake, they are priced the same as the Mission FZ3s. The missions are tpu skates with cheap composite quarters and a plastic outsole. These are a one piece fiberglass boot at the same price. No contest, the tf7s are the winner.
  23. Just from my knowledge of the materials, I would say that there's no comparison. Today's skates are much stiffer. I owned the One95s and I can say that the 2S Pros are in a different league in stiffness. The CCM Super Tacks are not quite as stiff as the 2S pros, and from my understanding the as1 and as3 pro are stiffer than the 2015 Super Tacks, and probably similar to the 2S Pros, give or take a little.
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