Gear advice for an overweight beginner
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12-17-2011, 03:20 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
I think you can get some great skates used. I bought a pair of Vapor skates that retailed for $300 that had been used for one season for $25 off Craigslist. They were beat up pretty bad but still super stiff. Problem was I don't have the right foot. You need to get the heel lock and depth correct, and then find the right width up front and/or stretch.
I'm 200 pounds now at 5'8 (ugh) and the mediums are smaller on me but I just tried to buy some large Warriors last week and they literally wouldn't stay up on me even tightened all the way. So Warriors might be a good option. Or if you've got the cash, Tacklas are phenomenal. They run big. Which is probably why the size 50 ("medium") fit me okay. Would fit a lot better if I were 175 though.
For flex, check out the big thread up top on beginner stick advice, but 75 flex is a whippy senior flex. Once you cut it down 6-8" it will feel right.
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