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01-10-2014, 10:00 PM
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Those skates should be baked, does your local store have an oven you can pay to use?

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01-11-2014, 12:29 AM
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the RBZ 90's will be wider in the fore foot then the Bauers, I normally where a wide and when I got my RBZ's they where D's, the 90's where are great fit right out of the box, but having them baked is what really made the skate for me it really took any hot spots ( there wasn't any major ones) away and gave me that custom fit
Thanks. To be honest, they sound perfect. Only issue will be price - the skates are a Christmas present from the gf.

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Those skates should be baked, does your local store have an oven you can pay to use?
Yep. They have a proper one and I have copied the instructions from the RBZs thread. I assume they are still valid? Also, should I use my hands to apply pressure around the quarter package to ensure better moulding after baking?

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01-11-2014, 08:34 AM
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Nice, sounds like a decent wager.

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Thanks for the help fellas

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Anyone use the mako's? They seem like they'd be really hit or miss

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01-15-2014, 04:23 AM
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CCM U+CL stitching





Hi my CCM U+CL I bought in March 2013 have a little stitching coming undone on top outside of the boot. Is this anything at all to worry about as they are still under a year old?

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01-15-2014, 06:49 PM
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Link it through photobucket or something.

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01-16-2014, 06:45 PM
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Link it through photobucket or something.
ok, it appears to be working see above....

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01-16-2014, 06:53 PM
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That's a high wear area. I would see about getting a professional sew it back up while it's still an easy job.

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That's a high wear area. I would see about getting a professional sew it back up while it's still an easy job.

Thanks for the reply and advice. I live in Vienna, Austria so I am dealing with a language barrier so I have to ask a few more questions.

Who is a "professional"?

Do I need to take them back to my LHS where I've never seen a sewing machine. Is it better to take it to a guy who repairs shoes? Do I have to send it back to CCM or can I crazy glue it?

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01-16-2014, 07:29 PM
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Thanks for the reply and advice. I live in Vienna, Austria so I am dealing with a language barrier so I have to ask a few more questions.

Who is a "professional"?

Do I need to take them back to my LHS where I've never seen a sewing machine. Is it better to take it to a guy who repairs shoes? Do I have to send it back to CCM or can I crazy glue it?

thanks!
Yeah sorry, that was who I meant.

I don't think CCM will help you because you're out of warranty and I'm sure they'll argue (and I don't think they'd be wrong at all) that it's normal wear and tear.

I wouldn't glue anything until I'm sure no one can repair it professionally first.

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01-16-2014, 07:47 PM
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Yeah sorry, that was who I meant.

I don't think CCM will help you because you're out of warranty and I'm sure they'll argue (and I don't think they'd be wrong at all) that it's normal wear and tear.

I wouldn't glue anything until I'm sure no one can repair it professionally first.
Thanks, I'll go to a shoe repair guy tomorrow. I never figured I could begin to wear out (consumer) pro skates in under a year!

I guess, I shouldn't be so quick to buy shiny new gear but be ready to replace what breaks. 2 new sticks in under 1 year, skates (lightly) damaged, hockey bag worn out, shin pads' elastic kaput, hockey pants chewed up by the velcro on them,...

Well, I love this sport and I've dropped 15lbs. in 1 year playing it and now even my belts are too big. I suppose it's one of the more healthy addictions.

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01-16-2014, 10:24 PM
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Many pro skates and many people who order customs would do double stitching.

That's not entirely anyone's fault; its external stitching and of course some would come loose. Just need to keep it from getting worse.

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01-17-2014, 01:44 PM
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Many pro skates and many people who order customs would do double stitching.

That's not entirely anyone's fault; its external stitching and of course some would come loose. Just need to keep it from getting worse.
I'm sort of shocked that their top of the line retail skate doesn't warrant double stitching. I would happily pay an extra $50 on top of the price for that.

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01-19-2014, 02:00 AM
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So, I'm in need of some advise/suggestions in purchasing new skates.

The ones I currently use are called Nike Quest 2 that I borrowed from a friend. I really don't know anything about the skates other than the name, the size(8EE), and that they fit my feet well enough for me to skate on them with minimal discomfort(mostly just initial pain on the sides of my feet when I first get on the ice).

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What I notice while I wear these skates are:
-They seem pretty old
-They're wide but I feel that if they were a tiny bit wider my feet would feel better
-My feet feel too large(height wise) in them and that the tops of the middle of my feet(the arches?) bulge past the comfortable limits of the boot
-my heels may be a bit too wide for the skates

Overall, they are adequate enough for me to use but I feel they are hindering my progress and that I would do much better for myself buying my own skates.

My current end goal is to be a good enough skater to be able to play in rec or D league competitive hockey.

My budget(ideally but I'm a bit flexible) for buying new skates is min $80 and max $110. Is that a good enough price range for beginner/post-beginner ice hockey skates?

Anyone know anything about the skates I currently use and have suggestions on what skates I should look to try/buy?

All around I have pretty wide and high? feet, my second toe is my longest(if that affects anything), and size 8 seems to be my ideal fit length-wise. Also I'm in my 20's so I figure I'll be getting senior skates and not junior/youth(obviously).


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01-19-2014, 09:56 AM
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Look through the previous skate thread to get an overview of what to look for, there's no point repeating things that have been said countless times if you don't read the basics.

I would double your budget range at least. Also, being in TO, there's no excuse to just go out there and get fitted for something appropriate for the level of hockey you want to play. Nothing substitutes trying on different pairs; start from scratch.

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01-19-2014, 05:06 PM
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Longevity?

My buddy told me that skates are supposed to be replaced every 2 seasons??? I skate 3 times a week and I am 195lbs. and am an advanced beginner skater (I'm strong but my form is ragged). I have the CCM U+CL I thought I would get at least 3-4 years out of them.

Are there any guidelines as to what to expect for longevity and how to determine when you need a new skate?

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01-19-2014, 05:10 PM
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lol that's like saying you need to replace your car every 5 years and leave it like that...think about it.

When it's broken down, when you run out of steel etc.

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lol that's like saying you need to replace your car every 5 years and leave it like that...think about it.

When it's broken down, when you run out of steel etc.

That's why I came on here and asked you. It didn't sound right.

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01-19-2014, 06:07 PM
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Anyone know anything about the skates they sell at Dukes Source for Sports?

Why do they have different names? Are they better/worse than the original versions of the skates?

Are they well priced?

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Anyone know anything about the skates they sell at Dukes Source for Sports?

Why do they have different names? Are they better/worse than the original versions of the skates?

Are they well priced?


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wait did you get my point? lol

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01-20-2014, 09:17 PM
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Getting my first pair of skates and I am torn between the 12k and X50's. They would cost $20 and $150 respectively. Any one have any advice?

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01-20-2014, 10:16 PM
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Is it bad if you leave the first two eyelets (near toe) on your skates unlaced?

My current pair is too narrow before the toes and hurt to skate in after awhile so I tried it skipping those first two and now I don't feel any pain in my foot after a skate anymore.

They feel better but def a little looser, I was wondering if it's alright or if I should stop and get a better fitting pair.

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