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03-14-2013, 02:20 PM
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New Skates Frustration!

Anyone ever dealt with the torture of owning new skates? I bought the first pair of skates in 15 years in January- my old Bauer Supreme skates were so comfortable, I had them since High School. I was always a really good skater before- but now with these new Bauers (and I also took two years off from playing), I took to the ice in rec league and could barely stand up- like staggering and falling all over the ice!!! What the %$@$%#$ is going on? Breaking in new skates is a hassle, but this bad? I even had them baked before I left the store!

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Sounds more like you need to learn how to skate again.

All kidding aside, you're breaking in a new set of skates, which takes time regardless, from a pair of slippers you've had for a loooong time.

Give it some time (2-4 skates worth) and you'll be as comfortable in them as you were previously.

Also, if i'm not mistaken, the materials in the newer skates are less flexible. You'll get the hang of it.

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I bought new skates recently, and they were driving me nuts. No matter what I did, they always felt too loose. After a few games, it occured to me that the laces that came with the skates were not waxed. I took the waxed laces from my old skates and put them on my new skates, and it made a world of difference! Ordered some new wax laces and skates have been fine ever since.

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Probably a dumb question but the shop sharpened them, too?

A buddy of mine had new skates, got 'em baked at the shop, was super excited, stepped on the ice and was falling down all over the place. Baked but not sharpened.

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Probably a dumb question but the shop sharpened them, too?

A buddy of mine had new skates, got 'em baked at the shop, was super excited, stepped on the ice and was falling down all over the place. Baked but not sharpened.
Yeah, they were sharpened- but I guess the composites used in the skates make them harder to break in.

Sucks, my balance on skates is like a 4-year old. My buddies were laughing their ***** off.

So I guess it will get easier after 5-10 skates?

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Yeah, they were sharpened- but I guess the composites used in the skates make them harder to break in.

Sucks, my balance on skates is like a 4-year old. My buddies were laughing their ***** off.

So I guess it will get easier after 5-10 skates?
It will.

Current skates are actually easier to break in, especially with baking. And yes, you are right in regaards to the boots being of a harder material. It will be an adjustment period.

Give it a few skates and really try to work them in. They'll get better.

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Mine hurt until I got them punched out up front, which is necessary because of my wide forefeet. I had trouble skating (turning, using edges) until I had them profiled to match my old skates. But I had been skating for ~ 5 years by then.

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Aside from the actual fit of the boot (which could be corrected by baking, punching, etc.), you're probably dealing with a lot more steel underneath you if your old blades were worn down a lot. This can definitely throw you off. In addition, the guy at the store could have sharpened them differently than you're used to (different radius of hollow). Or maybe your old skates had a different profile/radius/rocker or a forward lean, etc. If you still have 'em, you could maybe take your old skates to a competent pro shop and ask them to replicate your old set-up on your new skates.

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you're probably dealing with a lot more steel underneath you if your old blades were worn down a lot
Yeah, never thought of that! My old blades were pretty more down, i'd say 1/4 to 1/2 inch less than the new ones.

I guess the only remedy is to keep skating, skating, skating until I get used to them!
Boy, the things you get used to, like those old ones.

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Yeah, never thought of that! My old blades were pretty more down, i'd say 1/4 to 1/2 inch less than the new ones.

I guess the only remedy is to keep skating, skating, skating until I get used to them!
Boy, the things you get used to, like those old ones.
It's the same with any new gear, there will be a break in period.

Just be thankful that you're a player and not a goalie.

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Today's skates are also much stiffer than the older models. I have to leave the top eyelet unlaced on my new Bauers or else the loss of mobility makes my ankles feel like they are in casts.

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