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SolarWind last won the day on November 6 2021

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  1. Small feet, still size 13 youth, last size before junior sizes where replaceable blades become available. I could try to swap a holder and upsize but it’s too much hassle since he’ll outgrow these skates by the time spring hockey ends. And yes, most tourneys have 2 games per day, lots of opportunity to roll your edges when blades clash at the boards etc…
  2. Sparx is perfect Nick, no complains. But wife had no interest taking on the flight, it’s too big for carry on and checking it in is like extra $50 each way. Hence the comment - have no choice but to leave the safety of home sharpening and wonder into the wild world of random sharpeners lol
  3. Hi, My little guy is doing travel hockey now so I have to expand beyond the comfort of home sparx sharpening lol Are there any reputable shops that are open on weekends in Edmonton and Toronto that you’d take your own skate for sharpening where you can trust the edges will be level and the existing profile won’t be altered? thanks!
  4. thanks Nick! what about youth Bauers? like the new X5 pro?
  5. Does the same comment apply to elbows/shins also? The pro version has all sorts of cut outs on it for supposedly better ventilation so I'm curious if it actually works or just a marketing gimmick?
  6. I searched but couldn't find the answer: Does anyone know what's the stock blade profile is for the new CCM youth skates like ASV & FT6 pro? Some sources say it's 10' neutral, some say it's 13' and I can't find anything official from the vendor so any insight would be appreciated. Thanks!
  7. I'm still on the fence on this one: for a decade I shore by the grip liner Bauer puts in custom skates since it held up well, dried up fast and most importantly did not develop any FUNK! Personally I never had any issues with slippage but of course over time the liner detartrated in high wear spots. for custom Trues the overwhelming consensus was to go with Clarino mainly due to it's durability and how grippy it gets when wet, but just as my experience with Clarino in the past (One95 skates were the last I had Clarino in) despite drying up my stakes after every skate, and even spraying them with febreze they have develop the very familiar funk that just won't go away 😞 I skate in socks too, so that is definitely my biggest pet peeve with Clarino as compared with GripLiner.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. Thanks for confirming! Since they aren’t cheap do they ever run sales?
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. Is there a reason the catalogue states “shell stiffness level - moderate”? Or does it only apply to retail models?
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