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06-14-2013, 03:12 PM
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OMG!!!! It has been said a million times on these boards. TRY ON YOUR SKATES!!!! Don't just use your LHS as a fitting station.
Umm... I tried on a Supreme, Easton lower end model, Nexus, and RBK skate when I was there. So I tried on a bunch of skates? What are you saying?

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06-14-2013, 09:10 PM
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Took a chance on a pair of Grafs (couldn't return or try on before buying, but were a really good price), and they are perfect! I did a bunch of research on the fit of this specific model, and it totally paid off. I finally feel like I have skates that are working with me, rather than against me. The only problem is the t'blades, which feel awesome to skate on, but theu make me sound life a car with bad brakes. I don't mind the crunch sound, but the squeal every time I turn is ridiculous. Still, can't wait to play a game on these skates, I just feel so much more agile and thats a great feeling!

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06-14-2013, 09:56 PM
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He's saying to not just use you store as a fitting station only to waste their time and rob them of the sale by buying online. They spent the time and effort to fit you properly, so you should buy from them. Also, I don't know why he put you half a size up in a wider skate as well. You shouldn't compromise length for width normally.

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06-17-2013, 10:49 AM
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He's saying to not just use you store as a fitting station only to waste their time and rob them of the sale by buying online. They spent the time and effort to fit you properly, so you should buy from them. Also, I don't know why he put you half a size up in a wider skate as well. You shouldn't compromise length for width normally.
Ah, gotcha. The store is the place that told me to go online, that they didn't have any and wouldn't be ordering that model. He used the CCM measuring tool in the store and that's why he sized me up in length. I was tempted to take his advice but the skates are only on clearance so no returns. Maybe I should wait for the release of the new CCM RBZs?

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06-17-2013, 11:27 AM
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I don't know when the rbz price point skates will be released though. and their sizing scheme is different.

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06-17-2013, 12:31 PM
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New RBZs seem to be running a bit large. Best to wait and try them on if you're going to go for them.

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06-17-2013, 01:39 PM
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New RBZs seem to be running a bit large. Best to wait and try them on if you're going to go for them.
Good to know, I think I'll stick with my current CCMs and see what comes out soon. It'd be hard to drop $400 on a pair of CCM CLs just to have them not be much better.

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06-18-2013, 08:57 AM
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Anyone using the new Easton Makos? I tried them on this weekend and I was impressed with the super low volume of the boot and how moldable they felt. In the end I couldn't bring myself to go so unconventional, but I was wondering if anyone had any experience with them(?)

BTW, IMO the experience you get at the LHS is well worth the premium you pay for the skates over finding them online. I went to WESCO in CT and the guys there were awesome.

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06-18-2013, 10:04 AM
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check out the huge mako thread over on mesh.

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06-20-2013, 09:32 PM
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Kinda off topic but why isn't this a sticky anymore? I refer to this thread and the others alot..

Edit- never mind I just figured it out.. It was moved to the saved threads thread.

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Just ordered myself some Step V-Steel. Now I just need to upgrade my Supreme One.6s .

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06-21-2013, 08:55 AM
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Do manufacturers set the blade radius on new skates or is that done by the sharpener? What do they tend to default to if none is specified by the customer? I recently picked up a pair of APX2's and while I know they are lightyears ahead of the CCM Tacks they replaced in many ways, they seem to have more rocker to them than I'm used to and I'm finding it hard to balance at times. I haven't checked the blade radius, but I am wondering if that is the cause.

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06-21-2013, 09:16 AM
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I think the old tack pro-formance profile blades were a 10' radius. Your new APX2's are likely different (9'?). Go to a good sharpener & get them profiled, either to match your old skates or try something new.

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06-21-2013, 09:35 AM
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Certainly feels that way. I am going to call my shop this afternoon and ask them.

Edit: I noticed that the replacement Tuuk Fusion runners are advertised with a 9' radius from the factory. I assume the APX2's come with the same runners. Pardon my ignorance, but can these be enlarged to an '11 or so by the shop?

I tend to do a lot of inline skating so I think overall I am more comfortable on a larger radius. I know a lot of my issues are probably user error, but I feel better with the peace of mind knowing my equipment is fitted properly.


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06-21-2013, 10:37 AM
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Certainly feels that way. I am going to call my shop this afternoon and ask them.

Edit: I noticed that the replacement Tuuk Fusion runners are advertised with a 9' radius from the factory. I assume the APX2's come with the same runners. Pardon my ignorance, but can these be enlarged to an '11 or so by the shop?

I tend to do a lot of inline skating so I think overall I am more comfortable on a larger radius. I know a lot of my issues are probably user error, but I feel better with the peace of mind knowing my equipment is fitted properly.
Yes, make sure the shop is familiar with profiling. I've seen a lot of botch jobs (like tech not knowing how to use a blademaster profile marker properly). I did a cag profile on my new skates, best thing I've ever done for my skating. My old profile was a 10' standard.

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06-21-2013, 11:13 AM
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All Bauer steel is a 9' factory radius except for the LS3, which is 10'. All Reebok/CCM steel for the last few years have been a factory 10' (E-Pro). Not sure about the upcoming Speedblade steel on the RBZ line.

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06-21-2013, 02:07 PM
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New RBZs seem to be running a bit large. Best to wait and try them on if you're going to go for them.
I am hoping the RBZ's run really large. I would love to find some 12's or better I could squeeze in to. I tried on some Bauer x30's today(not a great skate, but for sizing purposes since they were the only 12's in the store) and my right foot was good but my left was mashing the toe pretty bad. I think a 12.5 would have been close. I am hoping the RBZ's might have a skate in my price point that would fit.

I had pretty much given up looking, but HO LEE CRAP what a difference they were in weight from the bricks I am wearing now.

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06-21-2013, 08:45 PM
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Going to order the RBZ pro-form. RBZ stick and skates for a killer deal. Too good to pass up.

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06-24-2013, 07:23 PM
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Currently have Bauer Supremes but have been turned on to the look of the new CCM RBZs. I've read a few posts back that they run a bit big; does anyone know if they are good for a wider profile foot?

I chose the Supremes over the Vapors because of foot width.

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06-24-2013, 09:01 PM
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yeah, they're a wider skate.

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yeah, they're a wider skate.
Thanks! I may try on a pair at my rink.

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07-01-2013, 01:35 PM
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Looking forward to the ccm rbz and easton mako writeup.

Wide feet. The moldabilty of the entire boot on the mako intrigues me ive read reports its narrow. Got an email from easton that said thats the perception until theyre baked.

Yes i know. Fit. Fit. Fit.

I just need to get out to a HS to try stuff on.

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07-01-2013, 08:06 PM
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The RBZ writeup will come soon. I just sent my first pair back to CCM to be exchanged for size (which will be explained later here). They should be on their way tomorrow and I should get a replacement pair before next week in the best case.

Mako will unfortunately have to wait until I get more experience with them in terms of fitting others for them.

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07-03-2013, 03:39 AM
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Give me advice about volume in new APX2 skates, i fail pencil test around 3-5 eyelets from top in APX, but don't have lace bite, APX2 have more volume around this area?

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What's the magic word?

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