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NHL: Inside the Equipment room ( SKATES )

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03-05-2010, 12:55 PM
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NHL: Inside the Equipment room ( SKATES )

Latest article on skates (March 5th, 2010)
How to buy and break in a new pair of skates

Another article on skates (October 9th, 2009)
Proper fit the top consideration in buying skates

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Cool thanks for the links!

I am just about to get off break at work, so I will have to dive in when I get home.

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thanks 4 the reads

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How do you know when it's time to replace your skates?

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How do you know when it's time to replace your skates?
Good question would really like to know myself. Ive been with my XVI for just over a year now and they seem to be holding up pretty well but Ive noticed there is starting to be a decent amount of rust on the rivets makes me wonder. Havent noticed the boot itself breaking down at all though so thats good and still got a decent amount of life left on the blades I believe.

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There are players who use the same pair of skates for many years. As long as they work and you like them, then keep em. That is unless you feel like dropping some cash on a lighter more fancy pair.

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Good question would really like to know myself. Ive been with my XVI for just over a year now and they seem to be holding up pretty well but Ive noticed there is starting to be a decent amount of rust on the rivets makes me wonder. Havent noticed the boot itself breaking down at all though so thats good and still got a decent amount of life left on the blades I believe.
Externally my boot looks OK, but I think my blade holder is screwy now (skates creak when I walk on them off the ice). I'm unsure whether to get new blades/holders (my blade suffers from pitting anyways) or just get new skates (bought in '07).

I find that the ankle support on my left skate isn't as good as it once was.

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Externally my boot looks OK, but I think my blade holder is screwy now (skates creak when I walk on them off the ice). I'm unsure whether to get new blades/holders (my blade suffers from pitting anyways) or just get new skates (bought in '07).

I find that the ankle support on my left skate isn't as good as it once was.
Ya thatd bother me too, Id try and get somethin like that checked out or tightened/whatever needs to be done. Last thing you want is to have your only pair of skates bust on ya when you got somethin commin up.

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There are players who use the same pair of skates for many years. As long as they work and you like them, then keep em. That is unless you feel like dropping some cash on a lighter more fancy pair.
That is what I do ... I get new skates when mine let go somewhere from use. Usually the heel seperates from the boot. Not the holder but the soul glued onto the skate boot.

I'm big and put a lot of torque on skates which is why I am trying to avoid these newer composite skates unless I get a bargain price on some.

Last summer I went and bought the same exact skate I was replacing by shopping online and buying them as a closeout for $99. new they were about $270-$300 in 2003 and are one of the last Bauer Vapor skates to be made in a traditional manner. they do have some composite stuff on the bottom of the boot but overall a traditional skate.

Yeah they weigh more than the composite skate but hey like I said if some composites come along at a decent cheap price as a closeout I may try some.

I want some Graf skates actually now that I think about it.

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Externally my boot looks OK, but I think my blade holder is screwy now (skates creak when I walk on them off the ice). I'm unsure whether to get new blades/holders (my blade suffers from pitting anyways) or just get new skates (bought in '07).

I find that the ankle support on my left skate isn't as good as it once was.
The creaking just means you need new rivets. Go get your skates re-riveted. You can replace the steel on most skates without replacing the holder (unless you have super cheap skates) so that will help save you some money.

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