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06-15-2011, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by EliasFan View Post
1. With the new Bauers I got, is it essential to get them heat molded? Or can you break them in eventually? Will heating them cause the skate to wear out faster? My old skates were Easton Z-Air's, and I do not remember getting them heated. Not even sure that was an option years ago, lol.

2. I had my old skates profiled when I bought them, is this something else that is needed? The profile my pro shop put on them was basically a forward style profiling. There was a degree to the profiling, but I can't remember exactly what it was. 7/8 or something like that.

3. Lastly, what type of sharpening would you recommend? I never really knew about this until I read the other thread about this on this forum. Every time I have gotten my skates sharpened over the past 10-15 years, they just take my skates and sharpen them. I really had no idea there were different ratios/fractions whatever of type of sharpness. What is the standard? (which I assume I have had) and what do the different types do for you? The other thread mentioned 1/2, 5/8, 7/16, 11/16 etc. What is the difference between them. I'm a pretty decent skater, but I always feel I top out at a certain speed. No matter how much harder I push/stride, I can't go faster.

Sorry to be long winded, just really looking for some opinions, I'd like to get my new skates dialed in!!
1 : Like Logie said, they speed up the process. They don't break down the boot because the newer materials in today's upper/mid end skates are all designed to be heat mouldable. Since bakings come free with a skate purchase, why not bake them?

2: Profiling, not pitch right? Profiling comes in 9' , 11', 13' etc. Lower the range the more rockered the steel is. There is no such thing as a 'forward' profiling, it's more personal preference.

3: Most and I stress MOST shops give 1/2 " as their standard, so that's what you would've gotten. Moving deeper has 7/16, 3/8 etc. which gives more bite and less glide. Moving shallower has 9/16, 5/8 etc. which gives less bite but more glide. If you've been on 1/2s for so long, you could try other cuts to find out which one you like best.

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