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jaco0557 06-12-2012 09:57 AM

Custom Skates
 
I have had foot pain for the last year and a half in my skates, and after seeing three or four guys at LHSs in my area I was informed that my skate was too narrow, and that there were not skates in production that were wide enough. Simply put, I have very wide feet.

So the solution for me is to go custom. I am trying to choose between Graf and Bauer, and I am not sure which to choose. Which custom skate is likely to last the longest? fit the best? be free of defects? etc.

Seanconn* 06-12-2012 10:08 AM

Graf if you've got the money to spend...

esidebill 06-12-2012 10:37 AM

Join the NHL! :laugh:

You've tried on every single skate?

AIREAYE 06-12-2012 11:01 AM

Have you tried a Stealth boot in W? Have you tried and baked a CCM U+CL/12 in a EE?

You can get whatever width you need in a custom boot (EEE,EEEE etc.) and same with heel width too. You will need to get fitted by a custom skate specialist though and your LHS should be able to help you out there.

jaco0557 06-12-2012 11:16 AM

I have tried both the Stealth in W and the CCM U+ in EE. I didn't bake them because every shop I have been to requires that one buys skates that they get baked.

The Stealths were about the closest to being wide enough, and it is possible that they might work if stretched and baked. However the fit was far from ideal, in other ways. Secondly, everything else I have purchased from Easton, has fallen apart rather quickly.

EazyB97 06-12-2012 11:26 AM

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Originally Posted by jaco0557 (Post 50821599)
I have tried both the Stealth in W and the CCM U+ in EE. I didn't bake them because every shop I have been to requires that one buys skates that they get baked.

The Stealths were about the closest to being wide enough, and it is possible that they might work if stretched and baked. However the fit was far from ideal, in other ways. Secondly, everything else I have purchased from Easton, has fallen apart rather quickly.

Have you tried on the Graf 609/709/G9 series?

jaco0557 06-12-2012 11:30 AM

"Have you tried on the Graf 609/709/G9 series?"

Yes, and they didn't work for my feet.

AIREAYE 06-12-2012 11:55 AM

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Originally Posted by jaco0557 (Post 50821599)
I have tried both the Stealth in W and the CCM U+ in EE. I didn't bake them because every shop I have been to requires that one buys skates that they get baked.

The Stealths were about the closest to being wide enough, and it is possible that they might work if stretched and baked. However the fit was far from ideal, in other ways. Secondly, everything else I have purchased from Easton, has fallen apart rather quickly.

Ahh too bad, that CCM boot gets quite soft when baked and can even expand widths to accommodate wider feet. Perhaps you could request a half-bake from them to try so you could get a better idea?

Out of the custom options, I would see if I could reach CCM first for their CLs. They seemed to have the least amount of problems form what I've seen.

jsykes 06-12-2012 04:05 PM

Its too bad they wont bake the CCMs. The CCM material can be baked multiple times so its not a problem to do it before a sale. We do it all the time for customers.

AIREAYE 06-12-2012 04:08 PM

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Originally Posted by jsykes (Post 50835281)
Its too bad they wont bake the CCMs. The CCM material can be baked multiple times so its not a problem to do it before a sale. We do it all the time for customers.

Likewise, albeit quite rarely.

jsykes 06-12-2012 05:11 PM

I should add that we do it a lot for customers before they purchase, but VERY rarely do they ever not purchase after baking and feeling them fit to their foot.

AIREAYE 06-12-2012 05:24 PM

I have a colleague who custom ordered a pair of X:60s and after trying/baking the CLs, he actually preferred them over his customs...

PuckHogs29 06-13-2012 08:19 PM

I had the same problem, I went with Bauer, never looked back.

CunniJA 06-13-2012 10:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jaco0557 (Post 50821599)
I have tried both the Stealth in W and the CCM U+ in EE. I didn't bake them because every shop I have been to requires that one buys skates that they get baked.

The Stealths were about the closest to being wide enough, and it is possible that they might work if stretched and baked. However the fit was far from ideal, in other ways. Secondly, everything else I have purchased from Easton, has fallen apart rather quickly.

Easton's are about the worst for wide feet. I have wide feet too, and Easton's are hell. They make them pretty dang narrow.

AIREAYE 06-13-2012 10:34 PM

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Originally Posted by CunniJA (Post 50889957)
Easton's are about the worst for wide feet. I have wide feet too, and Easton's are hell. They make them pretty dang narrow.

The Stealth has perhaps the widest forefoot on the market and the Synergys aren't narrow either. What IS narrow however are the ankle and heel pockets.

heusy_79 06-13-2012 11:40 PM

I know a guy with frankenstein skates, they're custom made to his exact liking and have parts and pieces from at least 3 different models of Graf and something off a CCM skate. Some people just seem to have weird shaped feet and for those people there are custom options out there. In that regard I'd say Graf is the best way to go, I've heard its easier to mix and match Graf parts into custom skates. I myself intend to have a custom pair of Grafs this summer and I'm gonna be real picky and play with every variable I can until I find the perfect fit. I'm on my skates about 5 or 6 days a week and sometimes for hours at a time so comfort is a huge factor.

AIREAYE 06-14-2012 12:31 AM

With a custom skate, you won't need to mix and match parts when you're paying for the complete custom package...

cptjeff 06-14-2012 02:37 AM

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Originally Posted by AIREAYE (Post 50890837)
The Stealth has perhaps the widest forefoot on the market and the Synergys aren't narrow either. What IS narrow however are the ankle and heel pockets.

Yup. As a guy with a wide forefoot and a narrow heel, I absolutely love the fit Easton has with their skates.

Frankie Spankie 06-14-2012 09:37 PM

I know some companies make their boots wider than others. I had a pair of CCM Vectors that I replaced just because they were falling apart, the width was fine though. I got a pair of MLX skates when they had the 50% off coupons. Their website says, "Don't worry about the width, MLX skates mold the the shape of your foot." Well sure enough, the skates were too narrow... They ended up making a custom pair of boots but my point is a company that tells you not to worry about the width was too narrow when a pair of CCMs were fine.

Heat McManus 06-14-2012 11:13 PM

Did you ever have the skates stretched? Punched? Any kind of augmentation? Where is the pain in the boot?

Fanned On It 06-19-2012 01:33 AM

I've got a question about custom skates as well so I'll just post it in here: I'm going through my store's Bauer rep to get me a pair of custom skates that will accommodate my extremely narrow heel but normal forefoot, and he said they could do it, but they can only do it in either the Total ONE or the APX (their two top of the line skates... he didn't mention the Nexus but I'm not in the market for those anyway). I was under the impression that they could customize any semi-top of the line skate they offer, and I wanted to go with the One100's to cut down on cost. I've read on other websites that they should offer skates other than their top of the line options for customization... is this true? Or do I pretty much HAVE to go with the TotalONE? I'm not interested in the APX (that's one ugly ass skate!)

AIREAYE 06-19-2012 01:36 AM

It's only top-end and you will be able to customize Nexus 1000s after they are officially released in September, but the wait time would be pretty significant.

jsykes 06-19-2012 12:44 PM

You have to go with the NXG, they do not offer customization on anything but the APX and NXG (and Nexus 1000 when its available).


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