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Media Center / Re: Figure Skating as an Adult (Blog)
« Last post by Sam_Bryant on April 24, 2017, 11:32:03 PM »
Brand spanking new blog post is up! It's a recap of some of my recent ventures as well as the first of my ballet lessons! Any input is greatly appreciated!
The Pro Shop / Re: Light up costumes
« Last post by nicklaszlo on April 24, 2017, 09:19:45 PM »
At a show last week I saw an impressive fire breathing routine.  Fortunately the costume did not light up.
Rink Roundups / Re: Carolina IceZone (formerly Bladez on Ice) - Greenville, NC
« Last post by nicklaszlo on April 24, 2017, 07:57:03 PM »
medals and old blades in the prison entry,

I was so confused by this until I read your other thread. 

I guess this one will not be going on the ice rink tourism bucket list. 
Events for Skaters / Re: Adult Nationals 2017
« Last post by CaraSkates on April 24, 2017, 07:51:47 PM »
I was there for many hours Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat as a competitor (Gold Ladies 1 FS, Light and Dramatic!) and spectator. Gold Light 1 was the last event on Forest rink on Saturday so it was a long day, as I wanted to watch Champ Gold first thing in the morning. It was fun to see all my friends and make new ones. There were some issues with registration - I arrived Tuesday night and had to make 3+ trips to registration Tues/Wed to get my credential, program/pin (pre-purchased) and goodie bag. Luckily I had a friend volunteering that helped me out.

Whoever did the sweeper hairbows and the "tossie targets" shirts is genius, I LOVED them! The tossie game was strong, I've never ended up with as many tossies as this! BINGO was very popular, by Friday even the officials were playing! The whole thing seemed very well attended and the Wake bleachers were packed all day Saturday for Champ events.

After the Great Easterns Power Outage of 2017 and no heat all weekend, I figured anything would feel warm (I skate in a cold rink normally) but I was roasting skating all week! I was in leggings and a t-shirt on all my practice ice sessions! No complaints about that, the weather was GREAT! Locker rooms were decent, I liked the one with the graffiti advice on the bathroom door "Don't B Stupid".
The Pro Shop / Re: Light up costumes
« Last post by ChristyRN on April 24, 2017, 06:22:31 PM »
A gentleman at Nationals skated to "Rhinestone Cowboy" with a flashing hat. It was effective because the hat was black, the lights white.
The Pro Shop / Re: Skating pants sizing - Kami So / Chloe Noel / Jerrys / Mondor
« Last post by Christy on April 24, 2017, 05:56:51 PM »
Because I've found that the sizing charts don't always reflect the actual fit  ;)
The Pro Shop / Re: Skating pants sizing - Kami So / Chloe Noel / Jerrys / Mondor
« Last post by AgnesNitt on April 24, 2017, 05:34:18 PM »
Can anyone help with the sizing of skating pants from the different manufacturers please. If I fit an Adult L in Chloe Noel, would I fit the same size with the other manufacturers please?

If Chloe NOEL L fit you, why not just look up the size measurements and compare it w the size measurements of the other brands?
The Pro Shop / Skating pants sizing - Kami So / Chloe Noel / Jerrys / Mondor
« Last post by Christy on April 24, 2017, 04:45:08 PM »
Can anyone help with the sizing of skating pants from the different manufacturers please. If I fit an Adult L in Chloe Noel, would I fit the same size with the other manufacturers please?
The Pro Shop / Re: Anyone tried moldable foam insoles or liners?
« Last post by Query on April 24, 2017, 03:20:46 PM »
I already tried that type of thin heat-moldable insole, which warp to fit the bottom of the foot. I tried a couple of brands, including, I think, ones from Superfeet, specifically designed for skates.

BTW, they don't really need to be so terribly thin if you remove the old insoles, or replace them with something thinner, cut to shape. And it makes sense to me, if you are willing to do what it takes to make them fit to start with boots that are slightly too large, because it is easier to fill space then to stretch to fit. (I've tried stretch fits too - the boot eventually unstretches, so you have to keep redoing the stretch, especially with modern thick boots.)

Those thin heat-moldable insoles didn't work well for me. Specifically, one brand rocked around inside the skate. The other brand fit tight, but exerted sufficient pressure on the sides of the boots to not rock very much, but the boots eventually changed their shape from that pressure, expanding outwards, so the fit became very loose. It is better to have the insole mold volumetrically - i.e., compress where needed to fit the foot.

Some ski shops use cork insoles, which are heated before foot insertion. Some people on this forum have used cork too. But I assume cork isn't very durable, and that it takes a fair amount of expertise and equipment - especially since it molds at a fairly high temperature e.g., gives 200 - 275 degrees F for "Birko-cork", which is one such product. That sounds too hot for skin contact - I'm not sure what they do to make it safe. (Maybe it helps that cork, has a low heat capacity - so it is a little like walking on hot bubble-filled volcanic rock?)

What I have been most happy with so far is cutting a piece of foam (I currently use a high quality closed cell foam carpet pad) to 3D shape. It doesn't just go under the foot - I wrap it around anywhere there is excess space or insufficient contact pressure. I start with boots that are a little large, which eliminates the It's very cheap, and I can experiment, and I have by now got it down to a few minutes.

I am fortunate not to have the type of problem, that some skaters have, in which the arches collapse asymmetrically - i.e., if I place my edge down on the ice at a given depth, it stays at that edge depth when I put my full weight on it, which works well for figure skating. So all I need to do is to make the feet feel the same pressure everywhere, and everything will be fine. (Except, of course, that for various health reasons one should avoid sideways and front pressure on the toes, which is why people making foot casts to use in making lasts for custom shoes often use toe caps while making the cast. Also, you need extra space ahead of and behind the area above the ankle, so you can flex and point the ankle.)

But I'm diabetic. My feet are still sensitive to places that have more or less pressure on them, but it is quite common to get a condition called "diabetic feet", or "insensitive feet", in which the feet are numb and insensitive to pressure. If I stop being able to feel pressure, I won't be able to use that sensation to create a good fit.

I am also considering this as an issue for other people, who, when I describe the idea of cutting foam to shape in a 3 dimensional way to fit, say it is much too difficult. I figured out how to do this over a period of years, starting with a more primitive method, adding tape and adhesive foam to thin insoles, cut to the same peripheral shape as the original insoles. Perhaps that which by now seems to me intuitive, really isn't.

And I still dream of making my own skates, partly for fun, and maybe for others too. A removable moldable and washable liner, made of skin-safe materials, such as certain medical grade materials, would be a perfect starting point. Some high end roller skates, speed skates, and ski boots are already made with such a liner, and some people claim that the results are wonderful.

The Pro Shop / Re: Light up costumes
« Last post by Clarice on April 24, 2017, 10:46:53 AM »
We just did lighted costumes for a show, but it was under spotlights.  We used lights under the skates, rave gloves, and battery-powered strings of LEDs that the skaters wound either around one arm or one leg. It looked pretty cool.
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