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07-28-2013, 02:09 AM
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Sorry Rhea.

No arguing here, I was just providing input on a skate that is supposedly high end for a nice price. Maybe AIREAYE is right and those skates are not good for you. All I meant was for you to try them on, not buy them right away. There's no harm in doing so.

If I created an issue, I apologize. I was just trying to provide a skate model for her to size.
it's okay, dude! Like I said, I'm definitely just gonna try on a bunch and see how I feel. When I originally bought my skates, I'm fairly certain they only had Bauer and maybe Reebok brands, and that was it. It was a super small skate shop inside a rink. I'm definitely going to wait until I move to the US to start looking for a new pair of skates, there's no use trying to find a decent pair here. That, and they're almost twice the price! I think mine were originally close to 200 dollars.

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Suggestions are appreciated, and there's really no problem with them. The point I was trying to make was that since Rhea was targeting a lower end model, there would not be a point in trying the top end one because it would not provide an accurate estimate of how they fit.

But obviously if the store hypothetically only had that skate in your size to try, it's better than nothing, and if anything, it gives you some idea of how models scale up the line.
Yup, that's basically my thoughts too. I would love to have a pair of higher end skates, but I'll have to see how my budget goes and what happens over the next 6 months.

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07-28-2013, 09:20 AM
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Waiting till you get to nj is a good idea. In nj, you won't be far away from several shops with good selection and help.

I love hockey monkey, but they have several great guys working there and a few iffy ones. Talk to them for a minute before sitting down. If they don't seem that interested in helping you, go look at sticks for a few minutes and try a different guy at skates. Its worth the effort to get one of the good staff.

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07-28-2013, 12:49 PM
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Should I buy the 2011 APX skates for $380? I have tried a demo of them on the ice and loved them. I have tried on the APX 2 skates and they fit well too, but are they worth nearly $500 more? Should I pull the trigger and get the original APX skates? I have till the end of today till the sale ends

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07-28-2013, 01:14 PM
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Should I buy the 2011 APX skates for $380? I have tried a demo of them on the ice and loved them. I have tried on the APX 2 skates and they fit well too, but are they worth nearly $500 more? Should I pull the trigger and get the original APX skates? I have till the end of today till the sale ends
I personally would, you're still getting a top of the line skate. And if you've already skated in them and know that they work for you then it's worth it.

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07-28-2013, 04:51 PM
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Of course, odd question lol.

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07-29-2013, 08:57 AM
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Should I buy the 2011 APX skates for $380? I have tried a demo of them on the ice and loved them. I have tried on the APX 2 skates and they fit well too, but are they worth nearly $500 more? Should I pull the trigger and get the original APX skates? I have till the end of today till the sale ends
i thought you started a whole thread about this. You should just get what you like if it fits. If you can get a great deal? even better

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07-29-2013, 12:39 PM
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i thought you started a whole thread about this. You should just get what you like if it fits. If you can get a great deal? even better
I did goonx. I have difficulty making decisions. I got the original apx for $380 so I'm pleased with my purchase. Thanks for the help

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Should I buy the 2011 APX skates for $380? I have tried a demo of them on the ice and loved them. I have tried on the APX 2 skates and they fit well too, but are they worth nearly $500 more? Should I pull the trigger and get the original APX skates? I have till the end of today till the sale ends
Yes, $380 is a sweet deal.

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Tried on size 4 rbz ee. They fit really tight and baking might address that but they were not deep enough. Disappointed. Lhs didnt have makos in widths in a size 4. Depth is a concern. Nexus looks promising so i might see how they fit.

Damn my small feet!

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Tried on size 4 rbz ee. They fit really tight and baking might address that but they were not deep enough. Disappointed. Lhs didnt have makos in widths in a size 4. Depth is a concern. Nexus looks promising so i might see how they fit.

Damn my small feet!
Your feet are as big as your post count

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08-09-2013, 09:09 PM
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If the RBZ was too shallow, then you need not try Mako. Nexus or Supreme is a good option to try.

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Quick question Im not sure, this may have already been talked about in the thread. Does a Bauer Vapor 7.0 in EE size fit the same as a CCM u+12 D size, in width?

The only reason I am asking is because I use a 10D in CCM U+12 and I have tried on an 11D in the Vapor 7.0, but even though my toes touch the cap barely, I think after they break in they will be too big for me. The 10.5D in the Vapors feels too tight around my toes.

Maybe a 10.5EE in the Vapors will work, but I havent found any to try on, only online?

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08-20-2013, 07:19 AM
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Hey guys, back again!

So I decided to relace my skates today because to be honest, I haven't done that since I bought them and I've always had issues of the laces slackening too quickly. It actually really helped....I know that's completely obvious, but I just never got around to it haha!

But I'm realising that my skates are totally made for much wider feet (they're Bauer Impact 100's that I got when I was 13 on the advice of some friends that played hockey at the time), and I just don't fill them out properly, even almost 10 years later at 22. I have to wear thick socks for my ankle to even lock correctly. I think I'm just gonna ditch these skates when I move to NJ and buy ones that fit properly, because it's really impacting the solidity of my skating. I recently got them sharpened to 1/2 and I just can't control my edges enough because my ankle tends to move around in the boot a bit.

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08-20-2013, 08:02 AM
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Quick question Im not sure, this may have already been talked about in the thread. Does a Bauer Vapor 7.0 in EE size fit the same as a CCM u+12 D size, in width?

The only reason I am asking is because I use a 10D in CCM U+12 and I have tried on an 11D in the Vapor 7.0, but even though my toes touch the cap barely, I think after they break in they will be too big for me. The 10.5D in the Vapors feels too tight around my toes.

Maybe a 10.5EE in the Vapors will work, but I havent found any to try on, only online?
The EE in Vapor is closer to CCM D than Vapor D, but there is no way to tell for certain if they will feel similar to you. You must try them on because CCM fits very very differently from Vapor.
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Hey guys, back again!

So I decided to relace my skates today because to be honest, I haven't done that since I bought them and I've always had issues of the laces slackening too quickly. It actually really helped....I know that's completely obvious, but I just never got around to it haha!

But I'm realising that my skates are totally made for much wider feet (they're Bauer Impact 100's that I got when I was 13 on the advice of some friends that played hockey at the time), and I just don't fill them out properly, even almost 10 years later at 22. I have to wear thick socks for my ankle to even lock correctly. I think I'm just gonna ditch these skates when I move to NJ and buy ones that fit properly, because it's really impacting the solidity of my skating. I recently got them sharpened to 1/2 and I just can't control my edges enough because my ankle tends to move around in the boot a bit.
There are a lot of decent shops in that state. I recommend Pure Hockey in Fairfield...because that's the only one I've been to lol

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Anyone have any input on the Bauer one.7's? I have Graf 735's but wanted something a bit stiffer and wider...

I have been fitted for the Supremes and love the fit and have ee's ordered, but was wondering on others impressions on stiffness etc..

Thanks in advance!


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09-05-2013, 01:19 AM
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This will help you out if you're looking at a bunch of different options

Hey guys, if you're looking for a place to see whats currently available on the market and what other players think check out our new site http://hockeygearreviews.com/ or http://hockeygearreviews.com/skates/ specifically for skates.

We created the site so that you wouldn't have to bounce around each manufacturers site, reading the glorious reviews by their dedicated fans. Instead one place with the real reviews!

It should speed up the browse phase before you head to the shop to get the salesman's pitch. And we've also added as much information about each piece of gear to make it easier to read up on each pieces features.

And if you end buying some new skates, write a review!

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09-05-2013, 11:53 AM
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Does anyone know where I can get APX tongues without having to buy the APX skate? I want to replace the felt tongue on my Nexus 1000's.

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Yes you can.. i just ordered my 1000s with the new 3piece APX tongues.. talk to your local shop about just ordering tongues

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Yes you can.. i just ordered my 1000s with the new 3piece APX tongues.. talk to your local shop about just ordering tongues
Is that a custom skate or did you just order a retail Nexus 1000 and wanted APX tongues on the side?

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Is that a custom skate or did you just order a retail Nexus 1000 and wanted APX tongues on the side?
Unfortunately it is a custom skate (left skate is a 10EEEEB, right skate 10EEA and a whole bunch of other options) But there should be no issues contacting Bauer through the rep and ordering whatever tongue you want

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Alright, but try not to say that he can definitively if you're only guessing.

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Should I buy the 2011 APX skates for $380? I have tried a demo of them on the ice and loved them. I have tried on the APX 2 skates and they fit well too, but are they worth nearly $500 more? Should I pull the trigger and get the original APX skates? I have till the end of today till the sale ends
Wait where were you able to try on demo skates at?? That would be amazingly helpful for me to be able to try on skates at the rink for 5 minutes before I bought them. I weight 250lbs and 99% of the skates I have bought cause me blisters on my heel and sides of my feet and after a few practices a week by game time I spend more time wincing in pain than playing hockey. Is there a way to like send in my measurements of my foot like length and width and all of that to a company and have them tell me what size skate to use??

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Wait where were you able to try on demo skates at?? That would be amazingly helpful for me to be able to try on skates at the rink for 5 minutes before I bought them. I weight 250lbs and 99% of the skates I have bought cause me blisters on my heel and sides of my feet and after a few practices a week by game time I spend more time wincing in pain than playing hockey. Is there a way to like send in my measurements of my foot like length and width and all of that to a company and have them tell me what size skate to use??
Judging by this post alone it sounds like you need a wide pair of skates. I'd ask to see which skates come in wide and try them on. Maybe walk around the store a bit in them as well.

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Wait where were you able to try on demo skates at?? That would be amazingly helpful for me to be able to try on skates at the rink for 5 minutes before I bought them. I weight 250lbs and 99% of the skates I have bought cause me blisters on my heel and sides of my feet and after a few practices a week by game time I spend more time wincing in pain than playing hockey. Is there a way to like send in my measurements of my foot like length and width and all of that to a company and have them tell me what size skate to use??
If you're ready to spend enough, you can get a custom pair of skates from VH Hockey. I recently got a pair and they're amazing and worth the price. You download and fill out the order form from their site, including tracings of both feet with the measurements they ask for, and they send you a pair of skates which you then heat-mold in your oven.

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when do you know its worth it to shell out the extra cash for top end skates?

I dont ever feel like my skates have been holding me back, and im usually one of the faster guys on the ice north/south. im sure there is an experience thing involved here though.

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