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06-09-2012, 10:20 PM
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Hence why anyone will tell you to get fitted instead of guessing at your skate size...

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06-10-2012, 12:25 AM
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I've had rental skates that were a size 13 that were just too small for my feet, so I can only assume that those were shoe-sized 13 skates.
Yes, rentals will usually have the "corresponding" shoe size written on them. You most likely won't be skate size 14.

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A little update:

Tried a pair of Supreme One60s size 6.5D, they fit close to my Vapor 7.0 size 6.5EE. I still felt noticeable pressure on my pinky toes but not super painful like the 7.0 (probably because the One60 is less stiff than the X7.0 too).

- I can't lift my toes (especially the 4th and pinky). They are too close to the roof of the toe cap, my 4th and pinky can barely be lifted. Is this an indication that I need more volume? How do you know if a skate's volume is right for you?

- The Supreme has more room above the ankle bone, this bothers me as well since I like that area snug.

- No problem with arch, heel is locked.

I think i'm getting there!

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06-16-2012, 10:06 PM
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I've never buying pumps again... Twice the bolts have come out the rivet.....

They were so hard to break into...

Their really stiff too.

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I'm getting a pain in the ball of my left foot about 30-45 min in. Is it a skating issue?

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After about a 30 year layoff from skating and playing hockey I have started skating again and bought new equipment, the skates being CCM U+12's. I did quite a bit of research on them and they seemed like the best bet for me, or so I thought.. I bought them, had them baked and still can't hardly skate in them! My 35 year old Bauer Special Pro 99's are so much easier to skate in that it's crazy! The old skates are worn out and I want to upgrade but what the heck? I was hoping to get used to the U+12's but I think I made a mistake. I read about the Bauer Flexlite 4.0's and while being a lower pricepoint skate they sound just like what I need. I read one review from another old school skater that they have the feel of a old style leather boot but with a modern touch. Any input on this? If I'd get used to the CCM's in time I'll stick it out but if I can get instant comfort again I might have to switch. Anyone else felt this way? The new style of boots and I just don't seem to click...

Thanks for any help and input!

**I just noticed that the new Bauer Nexus skates are available through HockeyMonkey-Are these supposed to be the new and improved Flex-lite 4.0's??


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06-17-2012, 08:30 PM
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I'm getting a pain in the ball of my left foot about 30-45 min in. Is it a skating issue?
Sorry, where is that? Ankle bones?

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After about a 30 year layoff from skating and playing hockey I have started skating again and bought new equipment, the skates being CCM U+12's. I did quite a bit of research on them and they seemed like the best bet for me, or so I thought.. I bought them, had them baked and still can't hardly skate in them! My 35 year old Bauer Special Pro 99's are so much easier to skate in that it's crazy! The old skates are worn out and I want to upgrade but what the heck? I was hoping to get used to the U+12's but I think I made a mistake. I read about the Bauer Flexlite 4.0's and while being a lower pricepoint skate they sound just like what I need. I read one review from another old school skater that they have the feel of a old style leather boot but with a modern touch. Any input on this? If I'd get used to the CCM's in time I'll stick it out but if I can get instant comfort again I might have to switch. Anyone else felt this way? The new style of boots and I just don't seem to click...

Thanks for any help and input!

**I just noticed that the new Bauer Nexus skates are available through HockeyMonkey-Are these supposed to be the new and improved Flex-lite 4.0's??
The Flexlite 4.0 was cheaper, yes, but it wasn't a pricepoint skate. The Nexus series replaces the Flexlite, but from what I know, the fit doesn't translate. The Nexus has a much deeper boot than Supreme, similar in depth to the U+12 and a squareish deep ankle pocket coupled with a wide forefoot like the U+12 except with a slightly wider toecap if I'm not mistaken.

Skates are something you NEED to try and buy in person. See what happened with your 12s?

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06-17-2012, 08:45 PM
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[QUOTE=AIREAYE;51024405]Sorry, where is that? Ankle bones?
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under my big toe

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Dunno man, you think it's a width issue?

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06-17-2012, 10:55 PM
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Sorry, where is that? Ankle bones?



The Flexlite 4.0 was cheaper, yes, but it wasn't a pricepoint skate. The Nexus series replaces the Flexlite, but from what I know, the fit doesn't translate. The Nexus has a much deeper boot than Supreme, similar in depth to the U+12 and a squareish deep ankle pocket coupled with a wide forefoot like the U+12 except with a slightly wider toecap if I'm not mistaken.

Skates are something you NEED to try and buy in person. See what happened with your 12s?
Actually I DID spend quite a bit of time trying them and other skates on at my LHS. My issue is I skated for years with regular leather skates and had never skated with the actual new style of boot. The closest I had tried was the old Lange boot. When they told me they need to break in and they were much stiffer I had no idea to what extent. lol.. Walking in them in a shop versus skating with them is entirely different. If there was a way to try them out on ice first I would have known pretty quick.

The older skates had a lot more flexibility and a complete different feel, and I have to believe there are other skaters who prefer that type of skate. Anyway, that brings me back to my original question... Are the Flexlite 4.0 or Nexus skates more of an old school feel? Any feedback on this from those who have made the switch and gone back? Does that make sense? If someone has always used the new type of boot it might not, it didn't to me! lol..


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Try on some Grafs.

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06-17-2012, 11:26 PM
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Try on some Grafs.
Are they more of a flexible boot?

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06-18-2012, 08:58 AM
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Yeah most of the Graf line (there a numerous different fits) is traditionally made, but they're quite pricey. See if Nexus works well before going into Graf.

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06-18-2012, 09:10 AM
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Yeah most of the Graf line (there a numerous different fits) is traditionally made, but they're quite pricey. See if Nexus works well before going into Graf.
Thanks, it's appreciated!

Has anyone tried the Nexus skates versus the Flexlite 4.0's?


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06-21-2012, 07:25 PM
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CCM/Rbk Skate Size: 7
US: 8.5
EU: 41
CM: 26

Bauer Skate Size: 6.5
US: 8
EU: 41
CM: 26

Does this mean CCM/RBK skates have a shorter length compared to Bauer's?

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06-21-2012, 07:31 PM
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Nope

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06-21-2012, 07:33 PM
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So i should just stick my current skate size?

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06-21-2012, 08:00 PM
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Refer back to my description of a perfect fit for an adult.

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06-27-2012, 09:46 AM
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What length are the stock laces on the One100 Jr goal skates? I can't for the life of me find it in any specs chart/info. I ask because they are too short for me and I need to replace them and don't want to get laces that will be ridiculously long...

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06-27-2012, 09:54 AM
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I believe the method would be to fold them in half and double the length in inches. Or quarter them and quadruple it.

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You know, you're right. It never occured to me to measure them... Thanks for the reality check tip! Lol

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Haha no worries, but it should be based on skate size as well. Some manufacturers put sizing guides on the back of their boxes so a size 'ab' would be a length 'cd'. That's for player skates though so I assume you go down a size for tenders.

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Updated for Bauer Nexus and new Easton Stealth RS.

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I'm looking to purchase my first pair of skates and to be honest its getting a little confusing in places.

Is there any skate people here would recommend to a beginner - I tend to walk on the ball of my foot and my feet are quite wide.

Ive seen the Easton Stealth S12 on offer for a good price, and also the CCM U+02, Bauer Supreme One.4 and Vapor X1.0 for around the same price also.

Are there any on that list which you guys would recommend or any others that I should try looking for? My budget is fairly limited but could be stretched a bit further - Ive seen the Vapor X2.0 for a little more if that would be worth the extra?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

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Have you tried on any of them?

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