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The Pro Shop / Best suede care?
« Last post by Query on Today at 02:21:01 PM »
I know you aren't supposed to use an a "leather conditioner", on suede, like Lexol, because it destroys the nap and darkens the color.

I found various pages on suede care, like

In your experience, what are the best products for protecting and cleaning suede (skate) boots?
The Pro Shop / Re: Is this Lace Bite?
« Last post by Christy on Today at 01:08:34 PM »
As the boots are new and consequently quite stiff I've been tying the laces quite loosely, sometimes not tying the top hooks too. I do have superfeet insoles as the Edea ones don't provide any support. They are the yellow ones, same as I use in my other boots. I also wear the bunga pads but wonder if I need the lace bite ones?
The tongue isn't bunching up or anything.The pain only lasts for the time I'm doing the crossovers so I haven't been treating the foot, but I'll start resting it etc.
I'm wondering if the problem is because the tongue isn't molding to my foot because the laces are loose?
The Pro Shop / Re: Ice skates for adult beginner to single jumps
« Last post by tstop4me on Today at 12:37:46 PM »
One downside to the Classiques (which were my first skates) is that the sole is PVC, which means that the blade can't be moved or replaced easily. Leather gives you more flexibility with that.

I've read similar comments from other posters on various forums.  And I don't understand the rationale.  What determines whether or not a blade can be readily repositioned or replaced is not the material that the sole is made of, but whether the blades are attached with rivets or screws.  According to the Jackson website, the soles of the Classiques are made of PVC, but the blades are attached with screws.  So you should be able to unscrew the existing blade and move it, or mount a new blade.  The old holes can be suitably plugged, and new holes can be suitably drilled, as with leather soles.  Leather has certain advantages, but it is not a particularly robust material for securing screws.
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Hard or Soft Ice
« Last post by Meli on Today at 12:26:30 PM »
I spin better on hard ice, but jump better on soft ice.

Sometimes when the ice is too hard, I feel like I just can't get my edges in, which diminishes my overall "feel" for the ice.
The Pro Shop / Re: Help with blade sizing!
« Last post by tstop4me on Today at 11:32:19 AM »
Some skate techs don't care to have a portion of the sole plate or heel plate of the blade jutting out beyond the sole or heel of the boot.  If the blade length is exactly the same length as the boot, and the blade position needs to be shifted to position the spin rocker, then some portion of a mounting plate will jut out.  If the blade is 1/4" shorter, you have some wiggle room.
The Pro Shop / Re: Help with blade sizing!
« Last post by FigureSpins on Today at 09:33:29 AM »
Primarily, end-to-end allows the blade to be moved to a slightly-larger boot if the skater grows, making it more economical and reducing adjustment time on the second pair.

One fitter I used felt that on boots where the upper extends beyond the sole, the blade should be fitted end-to-end so that the rocker is aligned front-to-back properly.
At the time, I had Klingbeil skates like these:

To be honest, I didn't think the difference was significant when I changed from 1/4" shorter to end-to-end.  Turned out that the boot sole wasn't level in the first place, so I wasted several hundred dollars changing blades.

The Pro Shop / Re: Help with blade sizing!
« Last post by theiceprincess on Today at 09:14:41 AM »
My feet have stopped growing since a few years ago, so might have to go with the 9 1/4" blades!

Do you know if there is a particular reason why skaters/fitters choose to mount blades 1/4" less than the sole length vs. flush toe to heel?
The Pro Shop / Re: Is this Lace Bite?
« Last post by FigureSpins on Today at 08:34:32 AM »
Lace bite is more common when boots break down - you keep trying to get the skate to fit right, so you start tying more and more tightly, causing the pressure and pain.
More than likely, this is just a break-in issue since the boots are new.  The tongue is smooth inside, right?  The lining isn't bunching up or wrinkling?

I always need a center-tongue hook to keep the tongue from shifting off my foot.  It tends to slide towards the outside ankle, leaving the edge of the tongue pressing into the channel on top of my inside ankle.  That irritates a nerve in that channel, causing pain.  If you need a tongue hook, a pro shop or shoe repair place can install one.

I second the idea of changing the way you tie your skates and using some cushion to protect the area.  The problem with gel sleeves is that they make the boot mold a little wider, so once you start wearing them, you have to keep wearing them or your boot will feel too big/wide.

Make sure to treat the injury so that it heals between sessions.  RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression (wrap,) Elevation.  Massage really helps, too. 
It's easy to forget this step when you're not in the skates, but it really does help a lot.
The Pro Shop / Re: Help with blade sizing!
« Last post by FigureSpins on Today at 08:28:59 AM »
If you're not expecting to grow, go with 9-1/4", leaving the 1/4" gap at the heel.
If you're still growing, go with end-to-end - 9-1/2".  You might be able to move the blade to the new boot down the road, saving some money.

I've changed blade lengths by 1/4" several times because, as you say, different fitters have different opinions.  Frankly, I never noticed the extra tail length.
It's more important to get the toepicks and rocker in the right spot at the front of the foot. 
The Pro Shop / Help with blade sizing!
« Last post by theiceprincess on Today at 07:55:20 AM »
I've recently purchased a pair of Risport boots (traditional leather heel, not Cuban heel). The sole length is exactly 9 1/2" long and I want to know:

(1) Should I purchase a blade that fits flush from toe to heel (9 1/2" blade) or leave a 1/4" gap on the end of my heel and get 9 1/4" blades?
(2) How important is tail length? Will 1/4" make much difference to my skating? (I'm learning flip and Lutz jumps at the moment)

I've heard people around me tell me opposite things, and just thought I'd seek some more opinions! :)
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