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.
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).
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).
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.
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?
I've owned low-end Vapors in both inline and ice skates, and also own some Reebok 5ks for inline. Main problem I have with them all so far is that after about 10-15 mins on the ice/court, I get a pain running down the outside of the top part of both feet. Taking them off and lacing them back up does offer some respite once that occurs, but it never fully goes away.
At this stage, I'm wondering if it's due to the width of my skates, which have all been Ds. They fit great in the shop, but each time it seems this issue occurs once I actually get out and use them for a bit. I've even tried putting Shock Doctors in my Reeboks and the problem still arises.
In terms of skates, I have quite a skinny ankle so Vapors have been the best in terms of heel lock. I've also tried Eastons, CCMs and Supremes/Nexii(?) in-store, but all have some extra degree of heel lift.
Should I be looking at Vapors in EE at this stage? Does anyone know if the pain I'm experiencing is actually caused by the width being too narrow? Thanks in advance!
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This past year, I've been using my Bauer supreme one 20 skates, and now the right skate is pretty banged up. The boot doesn't have the same shape as the left one because a hard slap shot destroyed it on Saturday. All my teammates are telling me that it's time for me to replace them for something better this time. One of them works at my LHS, and he says I should spend $200 on supreme skates.
I like the fit of the supreme skates, so I'm not gonna change that. I'm just wondering, is it necessary for me to spend a lot on skates ? I don't feel like that will improve my game at all. How much should I spend ?