I'm looking at a brand new pair of bauer 8000's my buddy has and I tried them on today and they feel pretty good but they have heel lifts in them. I was just wondering if anyone else has them in their skates as well because I'm not sure how I feel about it and was wondering if anyone had some opinions on them. Thanks!
Heel lifts? They're a good idea for a lot of skates. They put you on your toes more, which forces you to bend your knees and improves your stride. Some skates like grafs and eastons come with a forward pitch already, you don't need them. Profiling a blade to have a more forward lean can accomplish the same thing. Skating backward will be a little harder, but you do much more forward skating.
So yeah, it'll take getting used to, but it's a good idea.
Having a heel lift installed between the blade holder and the boot makes more sense. Putting a lift inside the boot moves your ankle and foot out of the position that the boot was designed around. But if it works for your foot shape, then fine.
If you like the overall profile of your blade but only want to change the pitch, I would go for the heel lift rather than the profiling. That way when the time comes to change the worn blade, you can just pop a stock blade in the holder and don't have to get it profiled all over again. I'm not saying it's the right way, it's just what I would do. You might even prefer the additional clearance between the boot and the ice on sharp turns. On a related note, ever notice the shims Koivu uses to raise the overall height of his boots on his holders?
EDIT: BTW, the heel lift I'm referring to is the shim between the boot and the holder.
They came in my last 2 pairs of Eastons and I removed them. Way too much forward lean. Changed out the foot pads to SuperFeet as well, the pads that come standard are cheap pieces of foam with advertising glued onto them.