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08-29-2010, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by madmutter View Post
The different feel of the two blades might have to do with different profiles of the blades rather than the overall length. I went from CCM skates with a factory profile to Easton skates with a factory profile and it improved my backwards skating but I couldn't turn nearly as tight skating forward. I had them profiled and it's almost a best of both worlds situation. New blades are meant to be profiled, it's the easiest customization you can get done to your equipment and if you buy you skates at a decent LHS it's likely included if you ask.
Yep, this is pretty much exactly what I was going to type.

As for the extra $100....its hard to say whether they will last you any longer, but if you can swing it without it being a big deal on your wallet, I'd say go for it. Its not going to hurt, and at the very least you'll get a nicer tongue and liner.

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