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  1. Correct. Perfect blade contact for different situations is not necessarily the most ice contact. The shorter radius in the front of many of the profiles gives less ice contact though enables you to move much quicker. "Perfect" is obviously very subjective and will vary based on the skaters skill, style, and size.
  2. Facts are facts so I can't disagree with other findings though I've had a lot of players stick with the Ellipse. Most players who are already happy on the Quad end up sticking with the Quad over the Ellipse. As @PBH mentioned the higher level players love the Quad. It seems to offer maximum quickness and agility. On the flip side many skaters who were trying profiles for the first time preferred the Ellipse over the Quad. It's possible the Ellipse is a slightly more balanced profile than the Quad and works better for certain players.
  3. Should be the Quad XS. Size 7 and above should be the Quad Zero.
  4. I personally found the Ellipse XS to "short" for my taste on a 254 mm blade. I felt like I gained a lot of quickness though lost some power and stability. For me I'd likely go with the Ellipse Zero, the Quad Zero, or the Quad 1. There is my preference not necessarily advice for others to follow. I see skaters who like the Ellipse XS on longer blades. The other thing to consider is when you drop to the XS you loose the senior pitch offset. It goes from 20 mm to 17 mm. Not a huge difference though just be aware.
  5. The Quad 0 and the Quad 1 are very similar so I don't think it will make too much of a difference either way. It's possible the Quad 1 might take off more steel to get the 15' radius in the rear. I like the Ellipse though for my blade size I felt a bit in between the Ellipse XS and the Ellipse 0. Correct on the 20 mm. It's the pivot point of the blade. It can be customized to your preference.
  6. The Quad 0 is still a good fit for 254, you can likely stick with it. Quad Zero (6-9-11-13 ft, 221-263, 20mm) I personally skated on the Quad 1 for years with 254 runners and was my favorite. Quad I (6-9-12-15 ft, 254-280, 20mm pitch)
  7. I have 2 sets of True customs. The skates have different holders. 1 is 246 the other is 254.
  8. I think for the Ellipse profile Prosharp recommends the Ellipse XS for 254. I've skated on both the Ellipse XS and Zero lately and the XS does give you a bit quicker feet and agility. I did feel like I lost a bit of glide and stability though not enough that it was an issue. I've made a note to go back and try the quads again to contrast them with the Ellipse. I've been off of the quad profile for roughly 4 months. I didn't personally feel all the major differences that other people mention between the Ellipse and the Quads. This was just my experience, not discounting others opinions.
  9. If you're a size 254 holder then the Ellipse XS is the profile that's recommended by Prosharp for you. They recommend it for skate sizes 5 and 6. I think skaters were all over the place with what Quads they used where as with the Ellipse profiles you should start with the one recommended for your size. You may disagree though in some senses they've made it easier to find a good starting point. I would 100% agree with you with regards to the Quad being more for agility and the Zuperior being more of a power profile. It seems like this is mostly Bauer's marketing. If you read Prosharp's description of the Zuperior profile template it is mainly centered around speed, strength, and stability. Below are the points of emphasis. Excellent straight line speed. Excellent glide speed. Stability/balance to battle off opponents. Strength focus. I've recently went back and evaluated this profile again after being off of it for some time and I feel like the description is very accurate.
  10. The Prosharp concepts are the same. Shorter radius/shape in the front of the blade to allow you to move your feet quickly and a longer/flatter radius in the back for glide and stability. Both profiles seem like they're attempting to accomplish similar things in different ways.
  11. That's a fair opinion. I've found that many skaters are very interested in the process and more than willing to spend the time and energy. I dare say that many enjoy the process. Your point is valid though, it's possible it's not for everyone. From what I see, those who make the effort to find the correct profile and hollow they're pleased with the end result.
  12. That's interesting and likely why people need to try things for themselves. I've recently skated an all 3 (Quads, Ellipse, and Zuperior) and the found the Zuperior to be much different than the Quad and Ellipse.
  13. Just an example of what I think he's saying. Lots of quick cross-over strides with the toes pointing up ice. If you want quicker feet and more agility check out the Ellipse XS. I've recently been skating on this. Best way to describe is my feet feel lighter when skating. You will give up a little glide and stability though going to the XS from the Zero.
  14. It's possible they're just more in line with the size recommendations. For example size 254 is a size 5-6 skate. Based on the Quad recommendations you should go with the Quad XS though many skaters with this size were on a Quad 0 or Quad 1. Since the Ellipse profiles don't have any real specifications to examine it's possible the (Ellipse) profiles size recommendations are more accurate.
  15. Very true. Byonic blades have a pitch built into them as well.
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