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SolarWind

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  1. Hi Nick, I’ve been trying to get hold of you for the last few weeks, was wondering if something happened! Could you please ping me re Flare? Thanks! K.
  2. Few years ago mods would have merged this thread with about a 100 others we had on this topic lol bottom line is - to each his own! There is no hard and fast answer since it depends on a player (not just skating style and level but height/weight/strength/femur length etc), playing style (contact plays big role calling for extra stability) and of course the model of the skates. The only general rule is that if you are unable to bring ur knees over your toes then your ankle articulation isn’t sufficient for proper shin angle. Otherwise I personally skates both with top eyelet done and undone, but in custom true they are allowing me to go as low as my ankle flexibility allows even with the top eyelet laced up. even top players like Barzal flip flop - from dropping the top eyelet to lacing all the way And taping ankles!
  3. I was wondering about Sparx? Looks like they only run bundles as their way of doing sales, but these bundles are set in stone, so if a particular ring that's included in the bundle is of no use then tough luck... Would have been much better if a bundle allowed to select rings. Also looking @ their Edge Checker I'm curious if it works with Flare? Edge Checker – Sparx Hockey
  4. Thanks for confirming! Since they aren’t cheap do they ever run sales?
  5. Does anyone know if Sparx Skate Sharpener can handle Flare’s extra width and angle of the runner? I originally thought they don’t offer shallow enough rings but upon another search I found 1&1/8 and 1&1/4 so that’s good.
  6. I personally disliked the blade on Ultrasonic, it’s nothing like previous Supremes which had dull blades. Ultrasonic is pingy so hard passes bounce where is with the trigger there is no bounce at all, just a dead stop since the blade is more dull. Not to the extend One95 blades were but certainly better that APX and ultrasonic’s
  7. haven't used vapor for a while but Trigger 6 pro is awesome! the blade isn't pingy, def a lot more forgiving that ultrasonic and shoots Way better!
  8. Is there a reason the catalogue states “shell stiffness level - moderate”? Or does it only apply to retail models?
  9. If it's stiffer laterally then it might be a great skate to check out... Are they going to offered as customs sometimes in the summer? re MAX - is it still heavily forward-pitched comparing to EDGE? even the original Shift was pretty tall so how much taller can it be?!
  10. How does the boot compare to TF customs in terms of stiffness and the boot wrap Nick? Also how does the Max holder compare with Edge? btw it took me several months to fully adjust to Flare because it actually exposed a flaw in my technique, which somehow I could get by with traditional runners. My issue was that I wasn't pushing directly against the blade on cross-unders, so it must have been the extra glide that Flare provides or the 6 degree gap the angle creates, buy the blade was just sliding back on me. Once I've noticed it and adjusted I was sold - Flare feels awesome in terms of glide, added stability, stops are smoother, and now cross-unders feel more stable also. Maybe it's just me but Flare seems to benefit from perfect form & mostly benefits aggressive skating style, which is why a lot of novice skaters try and don't see any benefits of Flare...
  11. Someone who owns an LHS please correct me if I’m wrong but given the current shortage of skates (anything pretty much) stores Really frown upon someone reducing their valuable stock just to try things out…
  12. A search would help, lots of posts on this topic actually. Even the total custom program for CCM is nothing comparing with True since true is built inside out based on the scan of your foot, vs CCM just does a press over the mold of your foot (supposedly). At least that was my personal experience since my customs didn’t even fit right and were Killing my feet, vs with Trues there was zero break in and since day 1 it feels like I have nothing on my feet how well the skates fit!
  13. So what happens when you don’t get it to that balance point? Does it require any adjustment from the skating dynamics used on regular blades? I’m curious if the 6 degree flare makes it a bit harder to get a bite when rolling edge to edge?
  14. My dry-land stick is 2” shorter I’m going to try shooting in skates off-ice, see if it mimics it better
  15. I’m sure my technique could use refinement, so any tips on how to increase the convergence rate between dry land and on-ice shooting would be appreciated. Kick point does have some correlation to MY technique since with all other things being equal (length, flex, curve) the mid-kick loads up much better on-ice than low-kick. I’ll try to take videos and compare but was just hoping someone could point a few things that might contribute to the loading issue…
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