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  1. Though then a lighter runner would glide faster, but sharper edges could be used to counteract the loss of mass for ploughing force. Here’s a very basic article essentially stating that all, and none, of the explanations for the slipperiness of ice are completely accurate. https://www.insidescience.org/news/why-ice-slippery-its-not-simple-question yeah, I don’t disagree with that at all. Even if friction melting is happening, most people are going to see more improvement by reducing weight in other places, mostly their midsections!
  2. Both Bauer and CCM produced a perforated runner for a while. Bauer's had small triangles cut out. CCM used larger scoops. As Buzz pointed out, durability was an issue, especially on the Bauer version. Step Steel has always been considered superior because of the steel they are made from. It's a better quality, more consistent, sharpened better, and held an edge longer. The height and weight aren't as big of a factor.
  3. Yep, even that paper is seemingly using “ice” molecules and “water” molecules interchangeably “Ice friction is thus low due to the high mobility of the water molecules at the slider-on-ice interface at temper- atures close to the ice melting point. This slipperiness can be suppressed by increasing the local contact pressure towards the ice hardness. It is the exceptionally high hardness of ice, close to its melting point, that enables the slipperiness of ice and distinguishes ice from other solids.” If this paper is accurate, then the lower mass of lighter steel runners doesn’t increase gliding due to higher surface melting. But does it lead to decreased contact force and therefore lower friction due to the decreased mass?
  4. We're talking about layers only molecules thick. So yes, hard ice is faster than softer ice, or worse ice that's wet on top. But for moving on ice, the melted water layer creates a hydroplane effect that the blades move over. A little more water and you go faster, too much and then surface tension kicks in and you stick. Here's an article explaining it. https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/2/13/16973886/why-is-ice-slippery
  5. Manufacturers have been trying to shave grams off of the runner weight for decades, just like they've been trying to do to all the equipment. They switched the holders from metal to plastic. Then they added holes to them. Then they added holes to the steel runners. T Blades made a runner that was a smaller piece of metal and a lrger plastic holder. Bauer tried fusing aluminum to the steel. Now they're trying that with carbon fiber. If there was no tangible benefit, skate manufacturers wouldn't have been trying to cut weight essentially since they started making skates. I agree that the redution of even 35% of the weight of a runner, which results in just a few grams, is likely not going to make anyone faster or better when taken as a weight savings. However, there are two reasons I can think of that would actually make a difference and cause an improvement in performance. The first is overall weight distribution and balance. These runners are being included on Bauer's flagship skates. Those skates are incredibly light overall. Changing the distribution of the weight by even a few grams could make a pretty big difference to how the skates feel to the player. Reducing the amount of weight underneath the foot would likely improve the feeling the skater has with the ice. CCM has gone to one piece boots, not just to cut overall weight, but to eliminate the midsole and the weight under the foot as a result. As an example of this, forget the weight of composite vs wood sticks where the difference is huge, but look at how changing just a few grams here or there can result in a composite stick that feels too blade heavy, or not blade heavy enough to give good puck feel. Look at how adding one or two grams of lead tape to a golf clubs changes the swing weight and performance. Second is playing off T Blades design, and goes along with the development of countless methods of reducing drag like blade profiles, FBV, Z Channel, Flare blades, and many others. Skating creates friction between the metal blade and the ice. That friction heats the metal and causes surface melting, that melting is what allows us to glide on the ice. When skates are too sharp, the edges penetrate the surface melt and dig, reducing glide. By reducing the amount of metal in the runner, you also reduce the mass of the blade. Reducing the mass of the blade allows it to heat faster and higher, causing more surface melt, and increasing glide. An increase in glide and a reduction of drag could increase overall speed, manueverability, efficiency, and endurance, far more than the simple reduction in weight of a few grams could. Plus, less metal likely means less rigidity, and more flex on the blade. That flex creates more energy return, acceleration, and stopping efficiency (part of the theory behind Bladetech runners).
  6. This could actually be the solution to the problem. Right now you have two fused pieces that don't truly integrate into each other. If Bauer added posts to the steel portion that ran up into the carbon fiber tabs, it would likely solve the issue of breakage, and maybe even make the runner more sturdy as well. Even simply adding metal reinforcement to the tab portion would probably fix the problem
  7. I'm a step-in girdle guy and have used many. The RBK 9K was the gold standard, and I wore one for a while. But man is it heavy. I recently switched to the Super Tacks and i love it. It's just as protective in most places as the pro level 9K, and even moreso in some, and is about half the weight (or feels like it). I wish it was a little more full step in like the 9K, but it's defintely better than a wrap style. if you want a step in girdle, it's a great option. You can find one on eBay or SLS.
  8. I got you. I’m in your boat. Picking the puck up is a totally useless skill that has no real application in a game and is pointless to try and learn. Or at least that’s what I tell myself because I can’t, for the life of me, figure out how to do it!
  9. Except that he didn't do both. He chose one over the other. And he stopped playing after a short time because it wasn't fun for him anymore. Once he progressed past the beginner stages and into games, he wasn't ever near the puck to make any hockey plays. He got frustrated and quit. So I do agree with you, hockey should be about having fun for most people. But emphasizing skills that are less or not utilized in most situations in favor of important ones is probably not a good way of having fun in the long run.
  10. I knew a guy that was a new player pretty determined to learn how to play. He used to go out to a roller rink every day and work on skills to improve. The problem is he wouldn't work on any skill needed to play hockey. Mostly he'd practice clappers and picking the puck up on his blade. He got really good at both, it was pretty impressive in warm ups. Too bad that once the game started he wasn't ever close enough to the puck to use those skills because he never worked on his skating, stick handling, or giving/receiving passes. He wanted to look cool, and felt that those two skills would accomplish that, while being afraid to fall and be embarrassed. Needless to say, he doesn't play anymore.
  11. That P90TM is an awesome curve. It does a lot of things well, without the negatives that each curve that makes it up brings on its own.
  12. That FT3 Pro is the best stick I've ever used. The hybrid kick point gives you power wherever you put your hand, and with whatever kind of shot you're taking, even off balance. At $159, the FT3 is a great deal, and I think the FT3 Team is probably just as good, but heavier. And it does have a more dampened blade core than a Vapor, which would help you with those passes. The issue for you is going to be that it's grippy.
  13. In case you wanted to find them, the Shanahan was the Bauer P10. Some pros are still using them, including Patrick Kane (though his is an extreme lie 7) and Giroux. You can order P10s through Bauer’s “Pro Custom” service. Though you could order P106 too, I think. I’m pretty sure Base is making a P10 clone too.
  14. I have one of those 1X bags, and I really like it. The backpack straps make it pretty easy to carry, and I really like that it stands up on its own so it takes up a smaller footprint in the room. Yeah the wheels are going to get some chirps, but it’s a solid backpack bag if you don’t want to use them. Rockstar Sports is making a goalie backpack carry bag that is getting rave reviews. It’s not on their website, so you have to contact them. I’m not sure, but they may make a player sized bag either off the shelf or as a custom piece. You may want to shoot them an email to see what they can do.
  15. I'll echo what the others have said and say that softness in the ankle of the skate isn't necessarily a bad thing, or an indicator that the skates need to be replaced. With a composite boot, I'd be more concerned about any delamination or softness in the heel, quarter, and especially outsole. And with a Bauer skate with an Edge holder, I'd be looking for movement from the steel in the holder. I have 2S Pros that are a little softer in the top as they were when I bought them, but like your son I also don't do the top eyelet and prefer a little more flex. I definitely don't think I have lost any performance in them with the softer ankle, in fact I think I'm skating better now. But these skates replaced a pair of MX3s where the outsole had delaminated and the steel was flexing in the holder. I definitely was losing power and performance from that, and the change to the new skates was immediately noticeable.
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