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04-14-2010, 11:27 AM
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Skate guard size?

How tightly should skate guards fit?

I was in need of a pair, and happened to stumble across some that had been left at the local rink (it was after-hours, no theft involved here!). They fit on my blades, but it takes a bit of tugging to get them on. Maybe this is normal, having never had a pair before I wouldn't know exactly how small is too small.

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Did you happen upon the hard plastic kind that you walk on or the cloth kind for storage? If it is the hard plastic kind you will want ones that you have to tug slightly on to make sure the cover doesn't fall off while walking on it. If you have the cloth ones and have to tug to get them on I don't see that hurting the skate at all they might just prematurely rip if they are too tight.

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They're the hard plastic kind you walk on.

Something that occured to me last night: I have been using them for storage so far, so the only time I put them on I had to hold the skate under the crook of my arm and pull hard on the guard to get it on.

Should I just wait until I'm actually wearing the skates to try and put them on? That might make it less of a struggle to hold and pull at the same time.

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Don't use the hard plastic ones to store with, they trap moisture in the guard and will cause your blades to rust. I used to be a sharpener and plastic guards for storing is bad news. If you want something you can walk on and be able to use for storage get something like this:

http://www.hockey.us/skate-guards-an...r-p180424.html

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I usually tighten mine using about 25 lbs per square inch of pressure. Keeps them pretty snug.

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Yikes, thanks for the advice. Guards coming off tonight.

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