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Skate radius, pitch explanation

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08-10-2010, 09:29 AM
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Skate radius, pitch explanation

Just bought my son a new pair of Bauer X60 skates. He is coming off the Easton SE 16's.
He has tried them only once but complains of a sore right "quad" muscle. He also states "they feel like I'm leaning forward". I know its too early for him to start forming negative opinions but should these skates be custom radiused or should he skate on them for say 5-10 sessions before he throws in the towel?...

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08-10-2010, 09:39 AM
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Bring in both skates to a pro shop and have them look at the pitch/radius...maybe they can match.

I tried to live with the forward pitch and 11' radius of my Graf skates for months, and as soon as I went back to the 9' radius and neutral pitch like I had been on, my skating improved quite a bit.

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I bought a pair of X60's, and after skating on Eastons before and I had difficulty with the Bauers. It felt as though I had to move my weight and stance way back on my heels, and the right skate wouldn't glide well.

My sharpening guy took a look and noticed that the right blade had an 8ft radius, and the left was a 9ft radius. He evened things up by bringing the right closer to a 9ft, and that helped a great deal.

I'm still not crazy about the steel in these skates, as they go dull pretty quick and pick up dings easily.

I will likely spring for some better steel and a proper profile radius.

It seems disappointing that a top line skate comes with soft steel an poor quality control.

BTW, watch for warped blades, I had to return the first pair I bought because of the wow in the blade. The holder had been riveted off angle. I found other pairs that had similar issues, on most of them the problem was with the right skate.

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