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04-17-2008, 05:40 PM
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Thanks for the info guys. I will start trying on skates this week!!

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I won't describe it in detail, because this post is long enough already. Plus if you get that far you can probably figure it out on your own anyway. Good luck.
Thank you very much for your post, it wasn't too long, it was very helpful.

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I had been using figure skates all this time, and today I decided to try hockey skates...just for fun. At first it was like being back to square 1, but after a few minutes I got used to them and I loved them, I actually liked them more than figure skates.

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just take your time when you're on the ice, you'll get it

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A guy I know that used to play for the Sharks back in the early 90's just GAVE me a brand new pair of Graf 705 skates!!!

They fit pretty well, a little loose on the heal but they are free so I'm going to have to use them till I feel like I need new ones.

I haven't skated with them yet but am planning to tomorrow.

Anybody got any information on these skates or any opinions?

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  • The 705 is a lightweight extra-stiff boot well suited for Bantam to Pro players requiring that extra support
    Toe cap is "GRILAMID"
    Quarter side panels are CP93 extra-stiff
    Ankle uppers are CP93 extra-stiff with anatomically shaped ankle padding
    Cobra NT 3000 Holder (Pro 2000 on sizes 12 & above)

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Well I just want to thank you Trepanated again for your two posts here.

First, you advised me to go to some public skates before taking classes, and you were completely right. I've been going to the rink a lot, and after over 8 hours of ice time I feel completely confident on skates, I do not need pre-Alpha.

Second, you posted some great advise on how how to stop, and it was very useful to me. I can already do the snowplow stop without falling, I still have problems actually stopping when I'm going very fast though (I only seem to slow down, so I end up using the boards anyway). But at least I don't lose balance easily anymore.

I'm no longer afraid of the kamikazee mini-Ovechkins in the public skates.

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A guy I know that used to play for the Sharks back in the early 90's just GAVE me a brand new pair of Graf 705 skates!!!

They fit pretty well, a little loose on the heal but they are free so I'm going to have to use them till I feel like I need new ones.

I haven't skated with them yet but am planning to tomorrow.

Anybody got any information on these skates or any opinions?

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did you get them fitted? they shouldnt be loose.

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04-20-2008, 05:13 AM
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did you get them fitted? they shouldnt be loose.
No I didn't, they were given to me. I told the guy I wear a size 9.5 shoe and he said I'd be a 8.5 skate, he went home and found these and gave them to me. I said I'll take them because hell, I don't have the money for skates right now and they fit fine for the most part, just a tiny bit loose on the heel. They're brand new.

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The 700 series is made for elite players - NHL'ers used them before the G and Ultra series came out. Durability is very, very good - they should last you many years. Only downside is that compared to other skates on the market now, they are heavier. I skate in the 709's as I have a high instep + arch and I will not skate in anything but Graf from now on. (I'm sure you have heard a lot of other people say the same thing)

If they fit you correctly then you have a great pair of skates, but by the sound of it perhaps you would suit the 703's, which have a narrower heal. Your toes should be touching the end of the skates when you stretch them and your feet should be aligned with your legs, not caving in due to lack of arch support.



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A guy I know that used to play for the Sharks back in the early 90's just GAVE me a brand new pair of Graf 705 skates!!!

They fit pretty well, a little loose on the heal but they are free so I'm going to have to use them till I feel like I need new ones.

I haven't skated with them yet but am planning to tomorrow.

Anybody got any information on these skates or any opinions?

Here they are:


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04-26-2008, 01:27 PM
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Thanks for the input. I have gotten used to them, they fit pretty well once I get used to them. I am still breaking them in and haven't gotten them baked yet.

The only gripe I have is that they may be too narrow. I was told to tie them SUPER TIGHT, when I do that, the boot smooshes the sides of my foot together. I don't know if I'm tying them too tightly or the boot is just too narrow for my foot.

I am going to get them fitted though so hopefully that will help.

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I am going to get them fitted though so hopefully that will help.
Getting "fitted" means having someone guide you through trying on different skates.

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I've only ever had grafs but I like them. couldn't compare them to anything else tho!

In terms of buying your own skates - i guess it depends on how certain you are about skating long-term. If you're pretty certain, then go ahead. Although it will take time to break them in which might make it harder on a beginner.
Perhaps wait a few weeks until you're fairly comfortable skating before heading for those shops.

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