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10-28-2012, 03:32 PM
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Any thoughts on blade profiling? I can't seem to find a good guide on how each profile might affect your skating.

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10-28-2012, 04:36 PM
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I could write up a quick one, but here's one that I quickly looked over : http://www.blade-tek.com/theProfile2.html

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10-28-2012, 04:59 PM
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http://noicingsports.com/skate_radius_profiling.html

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10-28-2012, 05:03 PM
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One thing to be mindful of is that it shouldn't depend on your position (F/D) but rather your preferences and skating style.

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10-28-2012, 05:21 PM
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Thanks for the links. So my pro shop doesn't do this.

1. Would you recommend this for a budding two way forward?
2. Is there a good online company I can go to?

Thanks!

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10-28-2012, 06:11 PM
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Learn your preferences before trying a profiling. Maybe you want a bit more forward lean, or quicker start, or stability when in full flight; it all depends. No idea regarding online stores, I would think it definitely preferable to have them done in person so you can have a dialogue with the profiler.

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10-28-2012, 06:26 PM
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Thanks,

At the very least I want both blades to be exactly the same. Ill check out this online place, my pro shop doesn't do it. See what they say.

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11-02-2012, 12:11 AM
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This thread is great. Really helped in picking out a new pair of skates a couple weeks back.

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11-02-2012, 11:52 PM
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This thread is great. Really helped in picking out a new pair of skates a couple weeks back.
Glad to be of help! Best of luck and report back on how you like them if you want.

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11-03-2012, 01:31 PM
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Ended up getting CCM Vector U+ 08. Only been on them a few times, but they feel great. Tried on 8Ks, one70s, vapor x4.0 too, but none of them felt as good as the Vectors. Really happy with the purchase.

Been a while since I had skates that actually fit right, it makes such a big difference having comfortable skates.

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11-04-2012, 08:10 PM
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So my problem is, I got brand new skates, 9.5, last pair was 9, but 9 in these skates couldnt fit whatsoever, and were way too narrow

overall, they fit fine, by the only problem is I can feel my ankle lift up when I push off.

Its bad enough to warrant trying to fix it, but its not bad enough to go a size lower, which would make them feel like a rubber band

so will my skate eventually get broken in enough that the ankle is easier to tighten? or what

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11-04-2012, 08:31 PM
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Nope, if anything, they'll get slightly looser as they break in. If your ankle lifts up, then they don't fit. Get another boot in the proper size that fits in all areas.

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11-06-2012, 02:04 AM
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Hoping you guys can help. I dont have much $$$, and the prices are a bit inflated here in Australia.
I've narrowed down my available choices to the following:

Bauer One.4 ($119)
Bauer Nexus200 ($129)
Bauer Vapour x2.0 ($169)
Bauer One.5 ($209)
Bauer Vapour x3.0 ($219)

I have a narrowish foot if that helps. I'm not in it to play competitively several times a week, I play once a week in a casual beginner to intermediate practice environment, so protection isn't high on the priority list. I'm looking for something that's light and comfortable. I have both the One.4 & One.5 and Vapour X2.0 & X3.0 because I was wondering if the extra amount for the upgrade was justifiable.

Thanks for any help.

EDIT: FYI, it's an online order, as there is nowhere in my area that I can actually try on skates. I can send them back if they are the wrong size.
I just spoke to a friend of mine who did a skate review article for the Hockey News, and he recommended the Vapours..


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11-06-2012, 09:05 AM
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Yeah, it's really tough for you guys

If you're playing hockey, even once a week, I'd look at the skate one above the bottom at the very least.

I would suggest you order the 3.0 and One.5 first and return the one that doesn't fit as well. Try the Nexus if the Supreme ends up being too narrow and/or too shallow.

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11-11-2012, 08:23 PM
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Yeah, it's really tough for you guys

If you're playing hockey, even once a week, I'd look at the skate one above the bottom at the very least.

I would suggest you order the 3.0 and One.5 first and return the one that doesn't fit as well. Try the Nexus if the Supreme ends up being too narrow and/or too shallow.
Thanks for the help AIRAYE. I ordered the Vapor X3.0s last Wednesday.

I got an email today saying the X3.0 are on back order and will take 2 more weeks. They offered to upgrade me to Nexus 400s (valued at $50 more). Should I wait or upgrade?

Edit: Just remembered Nexus' are wider, so I guess I'll wait. I could ask for one.6's, but they only have 8.5, whereas I believe I'm an 8


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11-11-2012, 09:15 PM
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The best is to probably wait and find out exactly what you need in terms of fit and size.

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11-12-2012, 09:10 PM
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Hi looking to buy new skates. At the moment I have a pair of Bauer one70 size 10D. Looking for a pair around the same price, probably a bit more. I like the fit, but would like to try another brand or newer skate. Any suggestions?

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11-13-2012, 12:29 PM
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I am between the CCM U+08 and Bauer Vapor X4.0 skates.

I play about once per week in a mens league/division that is fairly competitive. I have found both skates on sale for the same price, so I am wondering if one is significantly better than the other?

I tried on both, and am a D width in the CCM and an EE in the Bauer.

I could definitely feel pressure points on my ankle bones in the CCMs, although this may be alleviated after baking them and breaking them in a bit.

The Bauers felt more comfortable out of the box and there must be better cushioning in the ankles as I felt no pressure points / irritations in that area at all.

Any thoughts / opinions on which I should go with would be greatly appreciated!!!

Thanks!

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11-15-2012, 05:37 PM
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Hey guys, looking for some advice on Bauer sizing. I currently have Vapors and was thinking of getting Supremes.
I live in Australia so trying them on at a shop is a no-go and I lucked out with the sizing on the Vapors.
Are the sizing between Bauer models vastly different or should I be safe in getting the same size?

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11-15-2012, 05:42 PM
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Hi looking to buy new skates. At the moment I have a pair of Bauer one70 size 10D. Looking for a pair around the same price, probably a bit more. I like the fit, but would like to try another brand or newer skate. Any suggestions?
If you like the fit, then stick with it. If there are a few things you find uncomfortable, then post it here. What aspects do you want to change?

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Hey guys, looking for some advice on Bauer sizing. I currently have Vapors and was thinking of getting Supremes.
I live in Australia so trying them on at a shop is a no-go and I lucked out with the sizing on the Vapors.
Are the sizing between Bauer models vastly different or should I be safe in getting the same size?
Some people have had to go with a half size smaller in the Supremes coming from Vapor due to the wider heel pocket. Same comment to the poster above, why do you want to try Supreme? The two fit quite differently.

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11-17-2012, 05:04 AM
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Same comment to the poster above, why do you want to try Supreme? The two fit quite differently.
Thanks for help Aireaye. Im interested in the Supremes because the Vapours are just a tad too tight on my feet so they sound perfect if theyre considered wider.

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11-17-2012, 12:06 PM
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Best bet is to probably order a pair to try and return if they don't fit, don't know if that's possible.

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11-22-2012, 06:37 AM
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Which skates would you recommend for a free riding?

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11-22-2012, 09:42 AM
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What?

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Asked what ice skates would you recommend me for free riding.
Are these good (which is better):
CCM U+ 03
Vapor x:15

OR can i go with cheaper skates for comfortable skating?

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