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08-16-2013, 06:58 PM
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Goalie skates too sharp

I just bought a brand new pair of reebok 14k. I tried them out on the ice and i could barely move. If i try to turn, then the outside edge digs into the ice and i fall. Last thing i want to do is break my leg. I have tryouts in a couple weeks and dont want to get cut because i cant move in my skates. Is this normal? Any advice on how to fix it? Thanks.

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08-16-2013, 07:04 PM
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How were they sharpened?

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08-16-2013, 07:10 PM
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Sounds like the radius is far narrower than you're used to

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08-16-2013, 07:25 PM
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I got them sharpened at a goalie store.

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08-16-2013, 07:26 PM
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I even cut my finger after checking the blade

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I got them sharpened at a goalie store.
Understood. HOW were they sharpened? Hollow? Other details?

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Im not sure how they were sharpened. Im think 3/8- 1/2 somewhere in that range.

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Im not sure how they were sharpened. Im think 3/8- 1/2 somewhere in that range.
3/8 is pretty drastic for a goalie

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08-16-2013, 08:48 PM
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Id prefer a dull blade, like it came out the box. Any suggestions?

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Try a one-inch hollow.

If you get them like they're out of the box, then you won't be able to stand up on them.

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I would try 3/4" before heading all the way down the other end of the spectrum at 1".

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I would try 3/4" before heading all the way down the other end of the spectrum at 1".
This. 3/4 is pretty standard for out of the box type sharpens.

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only thing you can really do is play through it; i hate getting my goalie skates sharpened, I do it once a year. Eventually they kind of mold themselves based on your tendencies, angle of your legs. The only thing I do differently with sharp ones is clean my crease more often.

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only thing you can really do is play through it; i hate getting my goalie skates sharpened, I do it once a year. Eventually they kind of mold themselves based on your tendencies, angle of your legs. The only thing I do differently with sharp ones is clean my crease more often.
That's not true at all, that's just not understanding what is actually happening when you sharpen your skates. If you feel your skates are too sharp when you get them done then chances are you want to ask for a wider radius when you sharpen them. Freshly sharpened skates should feel great.

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That's not true at all, that's just not understanding what is actually happening when you sharpen your skates. If you feel your skates are too sharp when you get them done then chances are you want to ask for a wider radius when you sharpen them. Freshly sharpened skates should feel great.
goalie skates are different hence why so many people in this thread say they hate theirs sharp.

Goalies do a lot of one foot stops and it's hard to do with sharp skates.

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goalie skates are different hence why so many people in this thread say they hate theirs sharp.

Goalies do a lot of one foot stops and it's hard to do with sharp skates.
Goalie skates aren't different in the sense that they should feel great after you get them sharpened. If they feel too sharp, you're getting them sharpened at a too narrow radius

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Goalie skates aren't different in the sense that they should feel great after you get them sharpened. If they feel too sharp, you're getting them sharpened at a too narrow radius
Absolutely right. No sense having to 'break in' a sharpening when you can get it done right or changed to preference.

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I like my goalie skates dull. well more dull. Too sharp is no good. Unless you're rich, try to wear 'em down. That's what I did

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I like my goalie skates dull. well more dull. Too sharp is no good. Unless you're rich, try to wear 'em down. That's what I did
Why not get the right hollow the first time?

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Why not get the right hollow the first time?
Cause the first time I went, I had no clue what I was doing when I was a young child.

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3/8 is pretty drastic for a goalie
No, it's not.

Years ago goalies used dull blades. Today's butterfly goalies rely on their edges for powerful lateral movements.

If the ice is hard 3/8 is what I use. If it's softer then I'll take it down to 1/2. I also sharpen my skates twice a month. To me nothing worse than skating on butter knives.

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No, it's not.

Years ago goalies used dull blades. Today's butterfly goalies rely on their edges for powerful lateral movements.

If the ice is hard 3/8 is what I use. If it's softer then I'll take it down to 1/2. I also sharpen my skates twice a month. To me nothing worse than skating on butter knives.
Yes... it is. We (maybe not you but this section of the board) had this discussion a few months ago. 3/4 is a standard goalie sharpen for basically every skate sharpening place you'll head to. The reason for this is that most goalies are not technically sound enough to have a skate that sharp in net. If you push across in the butterfly and your other blade touches the ice you'll fly over yourself and potentially break an ankle/leg. That's also assuming everyone plays butterfly... if you don't there's no way you should be using a 3/8 cut.

I'm not saying you can't get them done that sharp, I'm saying for a shop to give you a 3/8 cut out of the box on a new pair of skates is very drastic and would explain every problem the OP is having.

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I have a pretty specialized method of sharpening my goalie skates. The first 25% of the blade is hollowed and the last 75% of the blade is the old fashioned cross-cut.

Best combo for butterfly goaltenders IMO.

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I'd suggest starting at 1/2" and work from there. Just get them redone.. most places if you go in there and say, "Hey, this sharpening was weird. Can you redo it for me at 1/2"?" they'll do it, no questions asked. Personally, I prefer 1/2" because it gives me good bite while still allowing me the ability to glide laterally. Some NHLers use 3/8", but that's a very drastic cut for a goalie.. there's no way I could do that without having the same problems. 1" cut is too much on the other side of the spectrum for me, too. I used to get 11/16" back when I weighed less, but you can't even find anywhere that'll do that cut anymore, sadly.

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1" is a better place to start if you like "dull" skates. 1/2" is fine if you're really small, but the 1" will allow you to move side to side yet still use your edges.

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