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LS4 blades keep breaking ... best alternative?

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My kid has busted two LS4 blades in a week.  One in each skate.  He doesn't want Step Steel as he has had them in the past and found it too difficult to get in and out of the standard holders.  What would be less likely to break LS5 or Tydan blades?

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I know you said you had issues with Step being tough to get in, but I can't express how impressed I've been with my Blacksteel (I also use Edge holders). It really is a great product. I'm not against massive or tydan, but you can find Blacksteel for cheaper than both of those if you look around.

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Should be noted, if you go LS3, you will need to have them profiled. The heels and toes are brutal. I found the LS4 to be much more playable out of the box.

Also, are you sure you're getting the updated LS4 and not the old LS4 that had breakage issues?

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16 minutes ago, stick9 said:

Also, are you sure you're getting the updated LS4 and not the old LS4 that had breakage issues?

That steel never saw the light of day aftermarket-wise.  

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I am not.  One blade that broke was original to the skates purchased in June 2018 at Pro Hockey Life.  The other set where purchased in August 2018 from a shop in New England that is very particular. 

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Have you checked the mount?  Like...how did the steel break?  

There's quite a few factors, but just want to eliminate all of them as much as possible.  Step can be tough to put in (so is LS3), Tydan and Byonik are easier in that regard; Byonic is a bit taller than LS2 but not the tall steel you're looking for.

 

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One was in the left skate the other in the right so I don't think it's a bad holder.  One was a passed puck the other he has no idea.  The kid's away from home so I need it to be easy to put in.

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22 hours ago, JR Boucicaut said:

It’s been 90 days since last year. Used to be a year. 

Tydan and Step both do 1 year. 

Are you sure? I think steel.amd holders are still under 1 year. If not, can you link me to such. 

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JR is correct.  1 year on the holders and 90 days on steel.  Use to be on Bauer's website before they turned that URL into an online store.

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On 10/22/2018 at 5:33 PM, JONES199 said:

One was in the left skate the other in the right so I don't think it's a bad holder.  One was a passed puck the other he has no idea.  The kid's away from home so I need it to be easy to put in.

I would get Step XL 254 black. Similar to 4 but pitched forward already and a good profile out if the box. But before you do anything get the left holder realigned. I would say 85% of my replacements are Bauer left skates. Breaking right ahead of the trigger. 

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1 hour ago, Nicholas G said:

Are you sure? I think steel.amd holders are still under 1 year. If not, can you link me to such. 

Positive. They quietly made the change last year. 

 

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11 hours ago, JR Boucicaut said:

Positive. They quietly made the change last year. 

 

So the holder is covered for one year and the steel is now 90 days. Sneaky. 

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On 10/22/2018 at 3:33 PM, JONES199 said:

One was in the left skate the other in the right so I don't think it's a bad holder.  One was a passed puck the other he has no idea.  The kid's away from home so I need it to be easy to put in.

JONES199, forgot to hit "Quote", please see my message above!

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On 10/22/2018 at 8:43 AM, JONES199 said:

He doesn't want Step Steel as he has had them in the past and found it too difficult to get in and out of the standard holders.  

Once you break in the holder, Step is no harder to get in and out as stock steel. You may need to invest in a $12 heat gun to warm up the holders and dead blow hammer to get the steel in the first time but once you take them out and put them in a couple times, I don't notice a difference.

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On 10/22/2018 at 9:43 AM, JONES199 said:

My kid has busted two LS4 blades in a week.  One in each skate.  He doesn't want Step Steel as he has had them in the past and found it too difficult to get in and out of the standard holders.  What would be less likely to break LS5 or Tydan blades?

I would still be checking holder straightness 

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11 hours ago, CigarScott said:

Once you break in the holder, Step is no harder to get in and out as stock steel. You may need to invest in a $12 heat gun to warm up the holders and dead blow hammer to get the steel in the first time but once you take them out and put them in a couple times, I don't notice a difference.

Maybe he could shove the runners in the freezer beforehand, and wear gloves when putting them in. I have step and standard Bauer holders, no issues swapping blades, but obviously there are sample variations. 

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