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07-10-2011, 12:38 PM
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mbeam
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The stiffer boots just don't break down as easily and give you a bit extra support. I remember when I first switched to a stiffer boot I did notice the stiffness. The back of the boot didn't flop around or have any give and even after going in and out of them for years, the back of the boot is still super stuff, whereas my old skates would bend at the back as the material got worked in.

edit: as for how you notice it while skating: I found that my ankles didn't wobble around as much and I wasn't losing as much power in my stride. It didn't make a world of difference, but it was slightly noticeable.

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