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Brunomics 02-16-2009 08:21 PM

heel lifts
I'm looking at a brand new pair of bauer 8000's my buddy has and I tried them on today and they feel pretty good but they have heel lifts in them. I was just wondering if anyone else has them in their skates as well because I'm not sure how I feel about it and was wondering if anyone had some opinions on them. Thanks!

Ti-girl 02-16-2009 08:39 PM

I have them in my skates.

What questions do you have?

cptjeff 02-16-2009 08:44 PM

Heel lifts? They're a good idea for a lot of skates. They put you on your toes more, which forces you to bend your knees and improves your stride. Some skates like grafs and eastons come with a forward pitch already, you don't need them. Profiling a blade to have a more forward lean can accomplish the same thing. Skating backward will be a little harder, but you do much more forward skating.

So yeah, it'll take getting used to, but it's a good idea.

Brunomics 02-17-2009 12:00 AM


Originally Posted by Ti-girl (Post 17972009)
I have them in my skates.

What questions do you have?

how do you like them? Advantages like I know you can get more on your toes like cpt said but also if there is any disadvantages as well.

LarryO 02-17-2009 09:48 AM

Having a heel lift installed between the blade holder and the boot makes more sense. Putting a lift inside the boot moves your ankle and foot out of the position that the boot was designed around. But if it works for your foot shape, then fine.

pcgflyers12* 02-17-2009 01:48 PM

no i dont recommend them....i thought they were really hard 2 get the hang of so i just went back to regular.

LarryO 02-17-2009 06:58 PM

The heel lift I'm referring to was discussed once in a post on this board with pictures. Here it is:
Heel lift thread

Ti-girl 02-17-2009 07:02 PM


Originally Posted by LarryO (Post 17991219)
The heel lift I'm referring to was discussed once in a post on this board with pictures. Here it is:
Heel lift thread

Those are my skates. :)

adaminnj 02-18-2009 12:43 AM

pushing the stance forward is better done by profiling the blade rather than the shimming the holder or orthotics in the boot.

It's called profiling or radiusing the blade. The more forward you skate the faster you will skate and the better your turns are but you louse allot skating backwards.

I just went thru a few different setups getting my skates the way I like them profiled 25 - 50.

see if you can give the skates a go if the boot feels good. Or if the price is right you can get them moded to how ever you like.

good luck.

LarryO 02-19-2009 08:54 PM

If you like the overall profile of your blade but only want to change the pitch, I would go for the heel lift rather than the profiling. That way when the time comes to change the worn blade, you can just pop a stock blade in the holder and don't have to get it profiled all over again. I'm not saying it's the right way, it's just what I would do. You might even prefer the additional clearance between the boot and the ice on sharp turns. On a related note, ever notice the shims Koivu uses to raise the overall height of his boots on his holders?http://www.artoftom.com/custom/koivu.jpg
EDIT: BTW, the heel lift I'm referring to is the shim between the boot and the holder.

Heat McManus 02-19-2009 08:59 PM

heel lifts can also be installed if your arch is not lining up well with the arch of the skate.

The Tikkanen 02-19-2009 09:36 PM

They came in my last 2 pairs of Eastons and I removed them. Way too much forward lean. Changed out the foot pads to SuperFeet as well, the pads that come standard are cheap pieces of foam with advertising glued onto them.

backhander 02-22-2009 12:21 AM

i use superfeet...they work great

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