Boot tear in the heal
I just started skating again, after a long layoff, in February. Just went to a few public skates and stick and pucks before jumping into a low level league in July. I've basically been playing games once a week since then, with random stick and pucks thrown in here and there. Last week, during the game, I took a shot off the heal of my boot and when I went to throw my skates in my bag for tonight's game I noticed a decent tear in the heal that even went through the carbon fiber-ish material. I can't think of any other time when my skate has been smacked back there, and the cut isn't nice and clean like I'd figured another skate would have done. Wondering if this can be repaired? Should I even bother? I'm a bit annoyed that the skates are just ~8-9 months old and this happened.
Are there any shoe repair shops in your area? If so, see if they can do anything with it. We have one here and they've done great things with my skates. I had a pair of Missions a few years back and the back of the boot actually started to tear (the guard that rises up the back to protect your achilles was tearing off the boot) and they were able to fix them up better than new. Mission did replace the skates but it took a while for the new ones to be shipped in so I had to make do with what I had for a while.
If not, and they aren't under warranty or anything, you could try an epoxy glue, silicone, or PL construction adhesive. I rebult a goalie stick blade with PL adhesive and it hasn't even chipped yet.
I believe JR gave you a good answer over at MSH.
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