SKATES - Buying Guide and Advice
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03-14-2013, 09:27 AM
Join Date: Jun 2009
Vapors in EE are narrower than other skates in a. Trying on a Nexus, Supreme, Reebok or CCM will show you this. You might want to have your Vapors either re-baked with you standing up to put outward pressure on the sidewalls, or get them stretched by your local pro shop to permanently widen them.
Changing insoles are not a good way to compensate for width.
Customs are only available on certain top-end skates. To my knowledge, Bauer will do NXG, Nexus 1000 and APX (you might have to wait a bit after APX2 launch for that to kick in). I know Easton will not do customs at retail and I would inquire about Reebok/CCM if it gets to it. My info isn't up to date on custom programs. The upcharge is above regular price and varies per shop, though I believe most places do regular + $100, so custom NXGs will be $850 + $100. Depending on the place, you might be fitted either by a specially trained employee or a company rep.
Try the bake/stretch first though.
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