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yipperzz

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  1. Profile: Zuperior S by JR. Hollow: FBV 90/1 Steel: CCM SB 4.0 247 About Me: I started playing roller hockey in junior high ~25 years ago. Started playing ice ~20 years now. Beer leaguer that skates 2-3 times a week. Control set: Step Stainless 246. My old profile was a dual radius 8’/12’ with a medium forward pitch done by noicing. I am very comfortable with it now as I have been using them for 4 years. Acceleration - 4 Mobility - 3 Stability - 3.5 Speed - 3.5 Comments: The Zuperior S initially felt longer or flatter than my old profile. It felt a lot more stable, but I didn’t feel on my toes as much. That made it a little more uncomfortable for me as I have been on a forward pitch profile from noicing and my old Grafs. I didn’t ask JR to put a pitch on them, so that was my mistake. It took a while to get used to in my first game, but I felt pretty comfortable by the end. I went from FBV 90/75 to 90/1 because I thought 90/75 was closer to 5/8, but according to the Blackstone guide in the Pro Shop, 90/1 is more like 5/8 and 90/75 is more like 3/4. Since this is my first sharpening with JR, I figured I should try 90/1 and adjust from there. This may have been a reason I had to take some time to adjust. During the warmups, I felt like I could catch my edge easier and that affected my confidence and my mobility. As I got more comfortable, it felt easier to go edge to edge and my trust came back. By the middle of the 2nd, I was pretty comfortable with the stopping and accelerating. I really liked the agility towards the end of the game and I really felt comfortable accelerating and keeping good speed skating backwards. The first 3-4 strides felt good (even if I’m not on my toes), but I’m not sure if it was also due to the new sharpening as my old runners were due. Highlight of my 1st game: As I got used to them, I took the puck end to end and beat everyone but the defenseman that forced me outside. I had a battle along the boards, broke free, made some nice pivots, stops/starts, and broke away wide open. I felt very comfortable on my skates on that play. Lowlight of my 1st game: Later that period I took the puck into the zone right down the middle and went for a quick snap off my front leg. I lost my balance, flubbed the shot, and almost crashed into the boards. I think it’ll take me some time to get used to it, but it has been more good than bad so far. I’ve played ~10 games and feel a lot more comfortable now. Still not on my toes as much and have been off balance a few times expecting the forward pitch. Other than that, I feel a lot more stable skating forward and back. Acceleration feels better forward and back too. Top speed is not too much different, but feels better than stock. I’m starting to develop some soreness in the shin area due to my legs adjusting to this profile. It’s about time to switch back to the control set to see how they feel. I will try the quad zero on my other CCM runners and will try to add pitch to these if JR recommends.
  2. I agree. I was deciding between the 7092 and the super tacks girdle. I liked the 7092 slightly better, but had to go with the super tacks for the adjustment.
  3. I picked up the 7092’s recently and have about 10 games in them. I came from some RBK/Jofas and these felt pretty comfy. When strapping them on they feel great but I notice by the end of the games they’ve slid down and left myself unprotected. I was trying to use only the straps and progressively went tighter each game with no luck. Last game I tried clear tape on the lower part of the shins and they stayed up the whole game. I hope I figured it out because they feel great when I’m sitting on the bench before I start skating.
  4. Been using Jofa to RBK to Tacks shins now and have not been disappointed in the protection. If it fits your body well, I would stay with that line for the most protection. But I would definitely try them first with skates on to make sure they fit well. Having the most protective shins that don’t fit well are useless.
  5. I like this page that has been posted around here a few times. It’s interesting to see the differences between the sticks. http://twu.tennis-warehouse.com/learning_center/hockeyflexprofiles.php
  6. Pretty sure the SBP will be the same as before.
  7. Looks like the A series intermediate flex and length are going to be similar to the XC line as far as the 58/68 flex and the 58 being a little shorter. This is good for shorter people like me. I emailed True a while back asking if they would consider going shorter for the intermediates and it looks like they are. I’m excited to try it out. Have you tried shooting the new 6.0 or 4.5 yet @Zac911?
  8. High end sticks on sale will not always work. I used to do that too but you really get slim pickings when it comes to flex and curve, especially RH. I was looking for a specific 4.5 SBP and had problems finding it a few months back. Now that they’re on clearance, it’ll be even harder trying to find it. And that’s not even a 6.0 or 5.2. Always be on a lookout when you know a new model is coming out but you can kind of figure out whether or not the inventory is going to last. I feel like online shops aren’t stocking as much inventory as they used to, so it’s getting tougher to find popular sticks on closeout. At least that’s my experience anyway. Local shops around me aren’t very consistent.
  9. I dropped half a size from my Vapor to my new JetSpeed. I didn’t use 3D Scan, but that was just going by my own feel. Seems about right to me.
  10. Mine didn’t fog up very often. If I could guess, it would have been less than 10 times in the many years of owning it. When it happened, it was really annoying. But it took specific conditions to trigger it. It may have something to do with being in a warmer climate like So. Cal. During the times it fogged up, othrs on the rink with a full shield or hybrid had the same problem. Others may play in areas where it won’t happen as often. I was just bringing this up since a cage would not have this issue by design. I would not recommend against a hybrid, but I would want to make sure the OP is aware of issues that I have experienced in the past. There are a few products that I would recommend against purchasing and this is not one of them.
  11. I grew up wearing a cage. I wanted a hybrid after watching Team Iceland in Mighty Ducks 2. I finally got one as an adult when I could buy my own gear. It worked really well but fogged up on me at times. Used it for almost 10 years and it finally got too scratched up and had to be replaced. I went back to a cage to see if it would mess with my vision. It’s so much lighter with a cage and the air flow is much better so it’s a cooler. I don’t think I’d go back to a hybrid. You do lose something with those bars on the cage. But the weight savings, cooler air flow, no maintenance/cleaning, and less fogging are more beneficial to me. Try it out. The things that matter to me may not bother you. I used it for a long time, so it wasn’t that bad. But I think I figured out what works best for me.
  12. On topic: Went from Vapors to last years Jetspeed. Vapors were just right when I first bought them. I think they may have been a little shallow in the depth side for my foot. As the tongue broke down over the years, I got some bad lace bite. Like someone mentioned, the Jetspeeds fit my slightly narrow shaped foot fine and gave me the extra volume I was looking for. It's going to depend on the models you look at and you should try them out in the store if possible. The Ribcors felt great but were hurting my previous lace bite since they didn't have the depth like the Jetspeeds. Off topic: Daryl Evans
  13. Hmm...the weight difference between my SB 4.0 and Step runner is 6 grams. I don't consider that very heavy.
  14. I'd take any of the Step steel options over the LS2.
  15. Went from Vapors to JetSpeed's. My old vapors fit pretty well. They lasted a lot longer than most of my skates and I think the volume started giving me problems as the tongue started to break down over time. I was having some bad pain from lace bite and when I tried the new Vapors, it fit OK but gave me some pain since I didn't really recover 100% at the time. The JetSpeed fit me pretty well all around and didn't cause me the same pain as the Vapors. I had some pain in my foot around the arch too. Fortunately baking took most of the pain away. A few more games broke it in and I don't feel a thing anymore. So far the fit is better for my foot than my old Vapors. But I'm not sure how long they'll hold up. I'll take a shorter life rather than the pain and numbness I was feeling.
  16. To follow up on my last post, I played a couple of games on my Step and I don't hear the clicking at all. When I rotate back to the CCM runners, I'll listen out for them again. I'm guessing the tolerances on the CCM's are not as close and there is a gap somewhere and that's why the article above fixes it. Assuming that is your actual issue. It could be more than one reason for those noises. It depends on your specific skate.
  17. I noticed this on my Jetspeed 300's after my 2nd skate. It was noticeable while walking from locker room to the ice. I got some new Step's and I haven't noticed them but I haven't really been listening for it either. I don't skate again until the weekend, so I'll try to listen for it and see if the new runners helped.
  18. Same here. Went .5 size smaller on the JetSpeed. Went from Vapor to JetSpeed and it fits a little better for my foot. Tried the 1X and had some pressure on the tongue because of my old skates breaking down and giving me lace bite. The JetSpeed gave me a little less pain and gave me a slightly tighter fit. I've only had 3 games so far, but I'm liking it. Hoping to get some new Step steel with my old radius eventually. Trying to figure out how much I want to pay for the different models/options.
  19. So do we have the ability to block/ignore people on the forum? I think I tried searching before but didn't find it. Thanks.
  20. I'm so happy to read this. I love the sharpenings from no-icing!
  21. Will the sale be announced if it happens? I'm going to need a sharpening soon and hoping I can get it done before anything happens.
  22. Hmm... are you sure it's where they're from rather than their actual skill level? I've never seen a pickup where you could tell what coast they were from by just looking at the way they play. In the higher level divisions here, I see most teams play an "east coast" style according to you. But maybe that's because nobody from the West Coast is good enough to play in higher level divisions?
  23. I agree. I do notice at times when I'm just taking my time and try to warm up the goalie nicely, My shots are perfect. Once he's all warmed up and ready to take full on shots, I start getting inconsistent. Same thing when I'm in a game vs. messing around at stick time or pickup. I know I have to work on being smoother and that usually means I have to slow things down. Thanks for the reminder.
  24. I didn't want to post my experience until I got a couple of games in. I ended up forgetting to post a review and now have done quite a bit of skating with them. I picked up the junior size as I am using some older 5.5 Vapors. Started with the shims in there but it didn't feel very good on my feet. At times it felt too tight and my toes went numb. After taking them out, they felt much better. I posted earlier in this thread since some people who were right at the Junior/Senior cutoff had the same questions. I think the junior size fit my Vapors fine. I don't think a Senior size would be much of an improvement in fit. I wasn't expecting much from these since they were so inexpensive. I figured I could try them out as a cheap experiment. As I read more of the reviews, I started hyping it up in my head too much. I was a little disappointed that I wasn't skating circles around people when I first started using them. I didn't see that explosiveness or speed increase that others were talking about. But now that I've skated a while with them, I do notice that my skates are a lot more comfortable with the Powerfoot inserts. One benefit that I get from being comfortable is having the confidence that my skates are going to do what I want it to do. I don't know if I'm explaining it clearly. But it feels like my skates are more part of my foot rather than something I throw on to my foot. It feels very stable and I don't think I'd want to skate without these anymore. Of course everyone's experiences will be different and maybe a better, stronger skater would see more improvement than I did. Yeah, I'm not going to be lightning fast with a small pad I threw in to my skate. But the comfort improvement alone has helped my skating in other ways that I never thought was an issue. I will recommend these for my friends and teammates. Since the price is so reasonable, I may pick some up later for some Christmas gifts.
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