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11-22-2010, 01:26 PM
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Skate lacing question.

I have read the "proper way to lace an ice hockey skate" but how come I see some players with their tonques hanging over almost like the skate is not tight to the top?

Has anyone noticed any difference in their skating when they lace it differently then the regular way?

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11-22-2010, 01:33 PM
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Someone ppl dont do the top 2 eyelets or so. I have been told it gives more mobility in the ankles.

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11-22-2010, 02:27 PM
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Some guys like extra long tongues that they can flop over to look like their favorite NHL players. And some skates are so stiff that some guys like to skip one or two eyelets to be able to bend their knees and ankles properly.

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11-22-2010, 03:32 PM
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Lacing your skates looser towards the top gives you more ankle flexibility. It does require you to have fairly strong ankles in order to maintain a proper edge though.
Personally, I lace my skates all the way up, but I lace the top 3 eyelets only moderately snug.

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11-22-2010, 03:41 PM
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Pros who like to have the tongue hanging out have custom longer tongues on their skates so that they can flop the tongue out like that. Some players, as mentioned, don't lace their skates to the top eyelet.

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I flop my tongues and skip the top eyelet. It makes a world of difference in my skating. You do need strong ankles to skip eyelets though. First time I skipped eyelets I felt like my ankles would snap at any moment.

I have One80's which are pretty dang stiff, so when I laced up all the way it prevented my lower shins from leaning forward too far so I didn't get a very good knee bend. I tried skipping the top eyelet one day and I it increased the knee bend I could achieve tremendously. I tried lacing my skates up all the way a week later and I could get zero knee bend with how stiff they are.

As for flopping, the tongue does hinder the forward bend a slight bit too, so it's easier to just bend it down and keep it out of the way for good. If you tuck your tongues under your shins that'll kill your forward bend too if your skates are too stiff.

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