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05-06-2012, 08:33 PM
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Do you lace your skates right to the top?

Just bought a pair of new Bauer TO NXG`s and after skating on them a few times, I feel a little restricted in them for forward movement. I thought I`d try not lacing them to the top eyelet and was wondering if that`s a good idea. Does anyone else do this with their skates? I`ve skated for years and would consider myself above average....just never paid much attention to how people lace up their skates! Thanks

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05-06-2012, 09:02 PM
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Whatever feels comfortable. I do, personally.

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05-06-2012, 09:27 PM
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Many people do, but it's personal preference. Do what you find the most comfortable. I personally leave the top undone and an eyelet where the crook (?) of my instep is, about 4 eyelets down for better forward flex of the upper half of the boot.

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05-06-2012, 09:40 PM
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On roller skates I usually leave the top undone. I'm a pretty good skater on roller skates so I undo the top for more forward flex.

I recently started playing ice hockey and it's a whole new world. I'm a pretty terrible ice skater and I find lacing all of the way up gives me a little more stability. I played once leaving the top eyelets undone and looked pretty stupid out there.

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05-06-2012, 09:50 PM
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I once left the top 2 undone and it felt pretty good performance-wise, but it hurt my arch too much even with Superfeet. Too much pressure I guess.

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I leave the top eyelet open.

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I lace 'em all the way up, but I've left the top one open before. Didn't like the feel, but it may work for you, and I've seen guys do it often enough.

Hell, for that matter, I've skated with my skates completely unlaced before. That always surprises people. Haven't ever done it in a game though.

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05-07-2012, 12:28 AM
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Top eyelet open

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05-07-2012, 12:49 AM
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I've heard that Bauer skates have an extra eyelet compared to other brands. Yes, I leave the top one open(Bauer skates).

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05-07-2012, 01:23 AM
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I'm trying to skate with my top eyelet laced up right now. Never actually bothered trying.

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I do mine up super tight all the way to the top. It really bugs me if my skates feel loose at all and I always end up re-tightening them before I get on the Ice and then again after the warm-up. I guess its just personal preference though.

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I'm liking this adjustment quite a bit. Seems like my arches feel less sore with more ankle support. Might stick with this new set up for the time being.

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lacing it all the way to the top. tried unlace the top eyelet but its giving me terrible lacebite.

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I leave the top eyelets open.

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05-07-2012, 07:19 AM
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My player skates go as tight as possible all the way to the top. My goalie skates are as tight as possible without the top eyelet, I need the top eyelet open to put the laces from my toe-tie through.

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With my Grafs, I lace all the way up to the top because they have a smoother transition between foot and heel. Bauers have a sharp transition and I used to skip 1-2 eyelets when lacing.

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05-07-2012, 07:51 AM
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I've got Bauer's and I lace them right to the top. I keep em tight along the sides of the foot then super tight around the ankle to the top to the point where I'm sweating lacing up the ankle portion... haha

I don't feel confident in skating my hardest if my ankles don't have proper support.

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I tie the top ones, but skip the ones immediately below (second from top).

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I do bottom to the top.

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I lace from bottom to top without skipping any eyelets. But mostly that's because I didn't ever think about lacing my skates differently. Perhaps I should try something new.

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Just a visualization:





Note that the Graf has a gradual curve in the eyelets and the Bauer has a sharp curve, plus it looks like there are additional eyelets higher up on the leg. That's why I started skipping them.

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My player skates go as tight as possible all the way to the top. My goalie skates are as tight as possible without the top eyelet, I need the top eyelet open to put the laces from my toe-tie through.
You lace your toe tie through the top eyelet? I've never tried that and I don't anyone who does that either. How did you come to do that?

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Just a visualization:




Note that the Graf has a gradual curve in the eyelets and the Bauer has a sharp curve, plus it looks like there are additional eyelets higher up on the leg. That's why I started skipping them.
On the Bauers, do you skip the eyelet going upright or the lower one? I had a problem with my 0ne100s cramping my feet, so now I just leave the bottom laces normal and tighten the top 3 pretty good. Ill have to try skipping one of those.

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I would skip the top eyelet, or lace the top, skip the second and go to the third. Never had issues with the toes as I always had my skates punched there (wide forefeet).

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On my old CCM Tacks I left the top eyelet open as they were too restrictive otherwise.

On my Easton EQ5s, I do them all the way up otherwise I lose my heel lock. I do lose a little bit of forward flexion, but I'd rather be a little stiff in the ankles than have my heels sliding all over the place.

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