HFBoards

Go Back   HFBoards > General Hockey Discussion > The Rink
Mobile Hockey's Future Become a Sponsor Site Rules Support Forum vBookie Page 2
Notices

The Rink For the not so ready for prime-time players, coaches, referees, and the people that have to live with them. Discuss experiences in local leagues, coaching tips, equipment, and training.

Graf Skates Make My Feet Numbingly Cold

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old
03-10-2011, 03:46 PM
  #1
91
Registered User
 
91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: the ghetto
Country: Canada
Posts: 3,821
vCash: 500
Graf Skates Make My Feet Numbingly Cold

Hey guys,

I have had my Grafs for about a year now and I dont think I have put them on once without having my feet numbingly cold. Has anyone else experienced this? What have you done to combat it? I have tried those feet warmers that you attached to a sock and that was OK but I wonder if it is just poor circulation in my feet although I barely tie my skates that tight. I am at my wits end and might consider selling them to move back to Bauer if I can't find a way to make my feet comfortable.

91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
03-10-2011, 03:50 PM
  #2
Jarick
Doing Nothing
 
Jarick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
Country: United States
Posts: 25,249
vCash: 500
Do they fit pretty tight? What kind of socks do you wear?

Jarick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
03-10-2011, 03:52 PM
  #3
91
Registered User
 
91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: the ghetto
Country: Canada
Posts: 3,821
vCash: 500
They are a perfect fit. I have a bit of a wider foot but I got the wide version in my size. I wear the sport socks but I found my feet are actually slightly less cold when I go barefoot which is weird to me...

91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
03-10-2011, 04:37 PM
  #4
BlackDog13
Registered User
 
BlackDog13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: PA
Country: United States
Posts: 471
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by 91 View Post
They are a perfect fit. I have a bit of a wider foot but I got the wide version in my size. I wear the sport socks but I found my feet are actually slightly less cold when I go barefoot which is weird to me...
By virtue of the fact your feet are warmer without socks, it sounds like your skates are too tight. The thickness of the socks are contributing to constriction of the blood vessels which is why your feet are cold. I'd suggest having them stretched.

BlackDog13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
03-10-2011, 07:39 PM
  #5
blueberrydanish
Registered User
 
blueberrydanish's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,371
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackDog13 View Post
By virtue of the fact your feet are warmer without socks, it sounds like your skates are too tight. The thickness of the socks are contributing to constriction of the blood vessels which is why your feet are cold. I'd suggest having them stretched.
Thats what Id go with, seems to be a very common thing and solves alot of peoples problems that have similar issue.

blueberrydanish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
03-10-2011, 08:18 PM
  #6
The Tikkanen
Pest
 
The Tikkanen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Yorba Linda
Country: United States
Posts: 7,080
vCash: 500
Send a message via AIM to The Tikkanen
If that doesn't work I'd also look at your whole body insulation. I've had teammates who had to switch to the full body under armor-type thing to keep their toes warm. First thing that goes cold in your body when it faces cold temperatures are your outer extremities. But, if you didn't have that problem in your previous skates and switched brands you probably should switch back. Perfect fit in skates usually means sticking with that brand.

The Tikkanen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
03-10-2011, 10:13 PM
  #7
kingscourt26
Registered User
 
kingscourt26's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 269
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by 91 View Post
They are a perfect fit. I have a bit of a wider foot but I got the wide version in my size. I wear the sport socks but I found my feet are actually slightly less cold when I go barefoot which is weird to me...
I had a similar problem which was due to the sock absorbing water the getting cold. I don't know if that's what you may be experiencing but it's worth a shot.

kingscourt26 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
03-11-2011, 09:29 AM
  #8
Jarick
Doing Nothing
 
Jarick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
Country: United States
Posts: 25,249
vCash: 500
It sounds like the skates themselves are a bit small. You could try getting them baked, or have them stretched, that might help. It's a lot cheaper than new skates. It's always better to have slightly small skates and have them stretched out wider than to have slightly large skates and not be able to fix them!

Jarick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
03-11-2011, 11:43 AM
  #9
ponder
Registered User
 
ponder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Vancouver
Country: Canada
Posts: 12,654
vCash: 500
Agreed with the other posters, cold feet are almost always due to overly tight skates, take them to a good hockey shop (preferably the one where you bought them, if it was at a good shop) and they should be able to help you out with some stretching/baking.

ponder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
03-11-2011, 03:34 PM
  #10
91
Registered User
 
91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: the ghetto
Country: Canada
Posts: 3,821
vCash: 500
I did get them baked when I bought them. I bought them at the Pro Hockey Life store. I was messing around with them last night and I noticed that even then I thought they were loose because I was using wax laces and have like no give in them once you tie them even slightly tight you are locked in. I tried some non-waxed laces and felt immediate relief. I didnt think my skates were that tight until I tried the different laces... how odd is that. I have a game tonight so I am hoping for the best! Can you imagine that after like a year and a half all I had to do was buy new laces?!?!

91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
03-11-2011, 03:37 PM
  #11
gintonic
Registered User
 
gintonic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Country: United States
Posts: 459
vCash: 500
I don't think this issue is just a Graf issue, it can happen in any skate, and as most have said, it's usually from tightness in that you're cutting the circulation off in the foot. This used to happen to me often until I was more careful when tying the skate not to make it too tight. It's a careful balance I think. You can't have it too lose as that will affect your control on the ice, but if it's too tight you'll get the foot pain/numbness issue.

gintonic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
03-11-2011, 04:26 PM
  #12
Jarick
Doing Nothing
 
Jarick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
Country: United States
Posts: 25,249
vCash: 500
You found the same thing I did at first! I was in Bauers and used wax laces because they Bauers were stiff and the waxed ones held them tight. The Grafs on the other hand are softer so the wax laces were digging in to my feet and causing pain and pressure. I switched to Bauer cloth laces as they are wide and soft and the problem went away. Now I'm back to waxed but I barely tighten them until the ankle.

Jarick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
03-12-2011, 09:05 AM
  #13
91
Registered User
 
91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: the ghetto
Country: Canada
Posts: 3,821
vCash: 500
Yeah the regular cloth laces did the trick! my feet were cold but not anywhere near as cold as they were before. everyone gets cold feet in the rink we play in but i could feel them all game! cant believe it was just laces! thanks guys

91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
03-12-2011, 12:01 PM
  #14
BlackDog13
Registered User
 
BlackDog13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: PA
Country: United States
Posts: 471
vCash: 500
Expect our collective bills in the mail.

Glad they're working out for you, it'd been a shame to give up on a pair of Grafs.

BlackDog13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
03-12-2011, 12:52 PM
  #15
The Tikkanen
Pest
 
The Tikkanen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Yorba Linda
Country: United States
Posts: 7,080
vCash: 500
Send a message via AIM to The Tikkanen
Quote:
Originally Posted by 91 View Post
Yeah the regular cloth laces did the trick! my feet were cold but not anywhere near as cold as they were before. everyone gets cold feet in the rink we play in but i could feel them all game! cant believe it was just laces! thanks guys
I think changing laces regularly is probably more important than most of us realize. Once they start to get tangled I've been changing them out as I've been experiencing ankle bone pain or lace bite after never having a problem with my feet or skates.

The Tikkanen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
03-12-2011, 09:40 PM
  #16
91
Registered User
 
91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: the ghetto
Country: Canada
Posts: 3,821
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackDog13 View Post
Expect our collective bills in the mail.

Glad they're working out for you, it'd been a shame to give up on a pair of Grafs.
Yeah, I think i have determined that these skates actually fit my foot so perfectly that the waxed laces even when tied loosely created too much of a restrictive hold on my feet causing my foot to not be able to move at all. Playing on feet that aren't numb is such a huge difference its not even funny!

91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Forum Jump


Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:47 AM.

monitoring_string = "e4251c93e2ba248d29da988d93bf5144"

vBulletin Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
HFBoards.com is a property of CraveOnline Media, LLC, an Evolve Media, LLC company. 2016 All Rights Reserved.