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The Pro Shop / Re: recommend me a boot ??
« Last post by AgnesNitt on September 09, 2017, 08:32:53 PM »
I had to go to full customs to get boots to fit my narrow heel / wide forefoot.
However, Harlicks does have an X-Line fit for stock boots, so call that semi-custom.

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X-Line Design:
All stock boot models are available in the X-Line Design at no additional charge.
The X-Line Design is a special boot last that allows for a rounder toe box, fuller arch, and
one width narrower heel.

However, they wouldn't fit me, so I had to go full custom. And after getting one boot refit, they've done me for a couple of years.
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I'm posting this at the request of Karen, the skating director at Ice Vault in Wayne, NJ.  She is looking for more coaches to teach Learn To Skate classes - if you live in the area and are interested - contact Karen at (973) 628-1500 or by e-mail KarenC@icevault.com

   Both experienced coaches and those who would like to start teaching are welcome to apply.
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The Pro Shop / recommend me a boot ??
« Last post by xoxo_tw on September 09, 2017, 04:00:10 PM »
Im curious to try something new.....

I struggle to find a great fitting boot   as my feet are screwed... I got a 2"  wide heel and a 4" ball width..... any good recommondations ??

or do I need to get custom made ??

thank you ^^
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Events for Skaters / Re: Tossies at big skating competitions!
« Last post by icedancer on September 08, 2017, 02:10:25 PM »

I wonder if the advocates know that they can probably skate in the Opening Ceremonies, which would give them even more exposure?

Also in the Gala at the end of the competition - we had adult ice-dancers, a Special Olympics couple and various other local skaters in the first half before the competitors did their exhibitions!
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The Pro Shop / Re: Laces come off hooks
« Last post by dlbritton on September 08, 2017, 07:07:41 AM »
I would say you're tying too loose. But it may also be that your laces are old or the wrong material etc.

You might want to try Kat Strapz to hold the laces in place. If you just want to try what it's like, you can go to the dollar store and get some ponytail holders and loop them over your hooks to hold the laces in place. I used to do that, but ponytail holders only last a couple of weeks, and Katstrapz last a couple of years.

I am embarrassed to say I had Katzstrapz but managed to lose them.

I was thinking about ponytail holders. My wife may have some. I believe my supply from college 40 years ago is long gone. LOL

I also leave my blade guards at the rink several times a year, but have my name written on them with a Sharpie, so I always get them back. Got a bit of ADD going.
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The Pro Shop / Discontinued Ultima Matrix Bits and Pieces
« Last post by FigureSpins on September 07, 2017, 09:09:41 PM »
Came across this eBay store - it's probably left overs from the now-defunct Tidewater Ice/MDS Sales internet store:

http://stores.ebay.com/MDS-The-Closeout-Place/_i.html?_nkw=blade&submit=Search&LH_TitleDesc=1&_sid=1191507633

They have a bunch of things for Ultima Matrix blades - those were the ones with the removable runners.
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Events for Skaters / Re: Tossies at big skating competitions!
« Last post by Jf12 on September 07, 2017, 08:31:20 PM »
Maybe that person should look into being a NHL ice girl/boy.. those are all adults, but you might have to wear a crop top   :D
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Events for Skaters / Re: Tossies at big skating competitions!
« Last post by FigureSpins on September 07, 2017, 08:21:59 PM »
That's the conversation I was talking about - while the discussion-starter said they felt it would promote adult skating, my initial take was that they really wanted others to watch him/her skate. 

I wonder if the advocates know that they can probably skate in the Opening Ceremonies, which would give them even more exposure?
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The Pro Shop / Re: Laces come off hooks
« Last post by FigureSpins on September 07, 2017, 08:15:39 PM »
I had that problem with my SP-Teris - I was constantly retying my skates in the hockey box because the top hooks would "pop."  Changing to cotton-blend laces helped.  Changing my lacing technique helped more. (see below)  Switching to boots with a wider ankle solved the problem.


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I was able to attend a great PSA Conference session on skate injuries and rehab.  Mitch Moyer from US Figure Skating had Jason Brown demonstrate a new method of tying skates to help prevent tendonitis and lace bite.   It's different from the Edea method, although Moyer said that Edea's version is based on his technique.

The PSA hasn't shared a video of the session as yet, but here's a description:

. Tighten the laces up to the top eyelet, then tie a half-knot.  This keeps the lower section snug.
. Skip the bottom hook.
. Lace over the second-to-bottom hook, from top to bottom.
. Repeat all the way up, then tie a half-knot.
. Now, go back down to the bottom hook and bring the lace around it, from bottom to top.
. Tie a half-knot and bow right above that hook. 

Yes, it looks odd to not have the bow at the top, but it feels good!   This lacing pattern distributes the tension better. I've been using it for a month and I have great ankle bend without the skate feeling pinched, tight or loose.  My heel sits back in the heel cup better, too.  Give it a try.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Figure Skating Blade Reference - Archives
« Last post by FigureSpins on September 07, 2017, 08:09:36 PM »
Found this very well-written blade guide on the Precision Blade website, along with a ton of data and information:

http://www.precisionblade.com/faq.html
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