Was searching and reading old threads about profiling skates and was wondering if it was a good idea for my 8 year old son? He plays forward with some D mixed in and is one of the more stronger skaters on his team. I was thinking about going with a little more forward pitch to improve his speed and turning. Does this make sense to do?
He will be needing new skates next year for sure and my LHS said it would cost $30 for the profiling. I was thinking that if it didn't help or he didn't like it I would only be out the $30 because we need to get him new skates next year. He is skating on Bauer one40 skates right now.
Your reasoning behind the $30 and new skates after makes sense, but you should also consider the level of play he's at. Generally, I wouldn't advise fiddling with the profile at his age, especially since he's still growing, developing those motor skills and essentially still learning to skate and use his edges. Pitch and stuff like that should only be used for older players who want to experiment with stance or players transitioning from a previous skate with the same stance/pitch.
Like you said though, it wouldn't hurt to try, but not in the long-term for the reasons I mentioned above. Let him develop his skills first before permanently switching.
Sorry to bring up an old thread, just wondering how you made out with the profiling and your 8 year old. Just had my son's done today, should be interesting. Been reading and talking to the guy who sharpens them, and he swears by it. There are couple others on his spring team going to be trying as well.
Luckily he has the X-100's and worst case scenario is I will need to purchase new blades if he is not comfortable with the new profile.