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  1. That’s exactly why I was asking. Trying to figure out if it’s good price. Hopefully I don’t get in a bidding war with any of you fellas.
  2. I liked it a lot compared to stock profiles, but I did also add some forward pitch at the same time. Ultimately I liked the Zup and Quad 2 better. I've tried a stock 9' and 10' radius after switching and I felt like a new born giraffe. No way I could ever go back. Skating on a 8'/13' now is definitely acceptable, but I don't have any reason to give up a little bit of the agility I get with the Quad 2 in comparison.
  3. Pro stock hockey usually has a good bit of these as well as p91a’s.
  4. I’ll second STX. The surgeon 500 are my favorites with the RX3 being a close second.
  5. I love my Bauer Re-akt titanium cages.
  6. Steel - Step Blacksteel 288 SB4.0 Hollow - 7/8" Profile - Quad II About Me - Played inline in South Georgia a little bit growing up and club inline in college. Took about a 10 year break and started playing Ice a year and a half ago after turning 30 and moving to a place that has legit hockey (yes it's "Alabama", but it's different than you'd think). I play 3 nights a week. Low D2 player, but skating is probably my biggest strength. I messed around with profiles a bit when I first started ice and wound up skating on 8'/13' w/ a minor forward pitch and that completely changed the way I was able to skate. FWIW, I'm a big guy, 6'2" 265, usually play forward. Review - So this is probably the least I’ve skated one one of these profiles before writing a review, but when you know, you know. THIS IS MY PROFILE. I liked the Zup M, I felt more comfortabe and I thought that was probably going to be the winner but I figured I’d try the Quad II before finalizing everything since objectively the QI was for 254-280, and the QII was for 263-296. Reminder, I’m on 288 steel. Immediately upon receiving the runners I noticed they had a visible amount of forward pitch. I asked JR about it before skating on them (Mostly to make sure I didn’t accidentally order the wrong profile) and he pointed out that they’re a bit different and do have a little bit more forward pitch since they’re designed for longer steel. To be honest, I got a little excited about this. I’ve been feeling like I wanted a little more forward pitch and figured I’d possibly experiment with that once I figured out what profile I was going to keep. Stepping on the ice, I immediately felt comfortable. Even though these technically have a slightly flatter series of radii, I actually felt a little more maneuverable. I think a lot of it is the pitch forcing me to be more on my toes. Stability still felt great when I put a little more weight on my heels. This is the first time on my new skates that I’ve actually felt BETTER than I did on my old skates (Nexus 9000, 288 LS Edge w/ step steel 8’/13’ combo radius w/ minor forward pitch). Overall I still feel like the Zup was a little more stable at speed and maybe a little faster overall, but there wasn’t ever really a point that I didn’t feel solid on my feet or like the profile was holding me back in any way. Without a doubt, this profile simply felt right. It left me without really Acceleration: 4.0 Mobility: 5.0 Stability: 4.5 Speed: 4.0 Other Profiles Tested: 11', 9/10’, Zuperior M  8'/13' (not prosharp) BIG shout out to JR for offering this up. I think this is a huge asset to this community and a great opportunity to try so many different profiles, which is not normally very feasible.
  7. A lot of the pro stock socks will have a piece of kevlar sewn in the back of them over the calf/ankle. It's not in the front, but they're definitely still a bit thicker and more durable.
  8. I believe most people talk about this as the pitch of the skate rather than lie, but maybe that's a regional dialect thing or something. If you put a shim on the inside of the boot, it will change the way your foot sits in the boot, decreasing volume (possible lace bite) and probably most importantly changing where your ankle and other parts of your feet sit in the boot. I'd rebake after you do that. I've always done it with profiling rather than a heel lift. If you're doing anything major heel lift is probably the better way to go, but I haven't had any problems doing it with the steel.
  9. Steel - Step Blacksteel 288 SB4.0 Hollow - 7/8" Profile - Quad 1 About Me - Played inline in South Georgia a little bit growing up and club inline in college. Took about a 10 year break and started playing Ice a year and a half ago after turning 30 and moving to a place that has legit hockey (yes it's "Alabama", but it's different than you'd think). I play 3 nights a week. Low D2 player, but skating is probably my biggest strength. I messed around with profiles a bit when I first started ice and wound up skating on 8'/13' w/ a minor forward pitch and that completely changed the way I was able to skate. FWIW, I'm a big guy, 6'2" 265, usually play forward. Review - I’ve been skating on these for a couple weeks now, coming from a Zuperior M. I definitely felt a little more mobile on these compared the Zup. At first I thought they felt a little more stable on my heels, but it really might just been that I was more comfortable. Generally speaking I felt a little bit quicker and more agile compared to the Zup, though it remains my second favorite, with the Quad I being the number 1. The only place that I felt the Zup really was a little bit better was stability at speed and they were just a bit faster on the top end (unsure if they’re just faster or if I was faster due to the stability). After trying the Quad I, I’m really the most interested in a quad 0.5, or possibly a Quad II, though I’m curious if they’d really improve a whole lot. As I get further into these tests, I may change things up a little bit on some of the older reviews if I feel things aren't staying to scale. Acceleration: 4.0 Mobility: 4.5 Stability: 4.0 Speed: 4.0 Other Profiles Tested: 11', 9/10’, Zuperior M 8'/13' (not prosharp) Next Profile: Quad II
  10. Steel - Step Blacksteel 288 SB4.0 Hollow - 7/8" Profile - Zuperior M About Me - Played inline in South Georgia a little bit growing up and club inline in college. Took about a 10 year break and started playing Ice a year and a half ago after turning 30 and moving to a place that has legit hockey (yes it's "Alabama", but it's different than you'd think). I play 3 nights a week. Low D2 player, but skating is probably my biggest strength. I messed around with profiles a bit when I first started ice and wound up skating on 8'/13' w/ a minor forward pitch and that completely changed the way I was able to skate. FWIW, I'm a big guy, 6'2" 265, usually play forward. Review - I got these installed about 2 games before taking a spill head first into the boards resulting in a moderate AC Sprain and 2 broken ribs. Got to take a nice 6 weeks off before getting back to skating. Subsequently, I’ve spent about 3 months on this profile skating about 3 hours a week. I immediately felt more comfortable on these than I did on the 9/10’. Got some of the agility back and they had a little more forward pitch (which i definitely like). They do feel a little more stable in a straight line, but lean forward a little bit and you get some maneuverability back. Backwards crossovers were a little easier, might be slightly less stable, but cutting was a little tighter and smoother. If I was stuck with these, I could definitely make them work, but a little more agility would still be nice. As I get further into these tests, I may change things up a little bit on some of the older reviews if I feel things aren't staying to scale. Acceleration: 3.5 Mobility: 3.5 Stability: 4.25 Speed: 4.75 Other Profiles Tested: 11', 9/10’ 8'/13' (not prosharp) Next Profile: Quad I
  11. For the record, I'm 6'2" 265 (bit of a belly), and usually wear XL in pants (most recent being Warrior QRL pants, Bauer supreme 190 girdle before that). I got both a Super Tacks and 7092 girdle in over the weekend. The 7092 was used once, the Super Tacks was "pro stock" and brand new. I'll be skating in the 7092 tonight and I'll update with my first impressions. I really don't see any difference in the padding aside from a few small things. Some of this has been mentioned before. back of the thigh padding - Segmented on the Super Tacks and maybe slightly thicker, non-segmented on the 7092 cushioned area to the right/left of the tailbone protector - lots of vent holes (honeycomb like) on the Super Tacks, Solid on the 7092 Belly strap - Extra cushion above the strap on the Super Tacks, no extra cushion on the 7092 Shorts/Liner - Super Tacks has it, 7092 doesn't and is a true wrap style. The weight in my hands feel essentially the same. Squeezing around on different parts, they seem to have the same amount of padding throughout the girdle. There obviously is a little more adjustibility to the Super Tacks with regard to the spine protector and the height of the thigh pads. While the 7092 isn't quite adjustable, because it's a girdle I can still get it strapped down where I want it to. I may slightly modify the parts that set the height of the thigh guards to raise them up just a hair, but even without doing that, I think these will be plenty comfortable enough. I'm very interested to see if these will stay up as well as they seem like they will. Normally with pants I wear suspenders to make sure they stay up well, and even with my Supreme 190 girdle I added suspender buttons to the shell to keep them up. I hate the internal belt in my Warriors and the belt on the Supreme 190 as they both are more internal and just dig into my hips. Size wise I'm definitely on the upper end of the sizing for this, but mostly just in my belly (the velcro is just barely all the way on there, any fatter and it'd be a no go.) I really just don't understand why they added the little shorts liner to the Super Tacks. As they are, I don't see them serving any purpose at all. I'd understand a little better if they had stock tabs and maybe a built in jock/cup pouch, but without those it seems like a redundant piece that prevents it from being a true wrap girdle. I'm going to try and take some side by side pics of the areas I'm talking about as maybe a little better comparison. Either way these seem to both be pretty well put together, very protective, fairly lightweight, and very mobile. UPDATE: After skating with the 7092 for a couple skates and then the Supertacks, I’ve ended up with the Supertacks. The 7092 worked great, but I have weirdly proportioned legs and prefer fairly short pants/thigh guards so the adjustability on the supertacks won out. The belly pad/fastener was a bit short on both and I really don’t find much value on the actual pad there (I’ve got plenty of “natural” cushioning). I ended up unstitching the belly pad and replacing it with the elastic strap off an old Supreme girdle. Also, I found the stiff and thin (3/4”) belt to be uncomfortable and replaced it with a 1” nylon tube webbing and a heavy duty YKK buckle. VERY happy with this setup. All of the comments about these two running a little small are probably true, especially if you’ve got a belly, but very easy to fix. The only other place I find them fitting on the small side is the thigh strap, but if that was an issue it’d be an easy fix as well. The inner shorts on the girdle are a little annoying, but big and stretchy enough I can easily put them on/off while wearing skates. I do feel like it does a better job keeping the butt padding in place and keeping everything a little bit of a close fit. I may mod it to add some velcro to function completely like a wrap girdle.
  12. Warrior QRL3 and QRE come in XXL. I'm a 38-40 in waist and wear an XL in those. Sherwood makes the 4030 in a XXL too. They've got wider shoulders than any other pads I've found.
  13. I was really interested in a Mammoth or Pacific Rink bag when I saw one pop up on Sideline swap probably minutes after it was posted. I put in an offer of $100 and luckily the seller accepted. That was about 8 months ago. It's in pretty much exactly the same shape that it was when I got it, like new. I can't say for sure, but it sure seems like it's going to last a LONG time. The zippers are fantastic and everything else on the fit and finish is great. Looking at how it was designed and put together, I don't see weird design flaws that will end up ripping out after a year or two of use/abuse. I'm the same way with my gear, I'm gonna spend $$$ and get something good. That said up until now, bags were pretty much disposable for me. I do really enjoy the pockets. The middle divider doesn't work for me. I have to put my gear in the same way or I end up forgetting stuff (elbows inside of shins, inside of pants. shoulders at the bottom. Gloves and helmet at the top of the pants).
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