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Events for Skaters / Re: Lake Placid Adult Camps
« Last post by sk8lady on August 18, 2017, 07:45:52 PM »
Email Paul ahead if time if you want a lesson--he's only there on Thursday this year so he will book up early.
And a warning: a lot of folks like Marc Fenczak, but he does like to talk. A LOT. Joel Dear also will be teaching dance. I"m just sayin.'
The Pro Shop / Re: Jackson Debut Boot
« Last post by tothepointe on August 18, 2017, 04:12:21 PM »
Hmm those Debuts look like really nice boots, but it seems they come only in 2 widths ("A-B" and "C-D"), which probably means they can't be semi-customed. (I need A or AA heel and E ball.)

They've only been out 2 months they are built around the new elite last so semi customs might be available. I got mine heat molded today and waiting for them to be mounted etc. The fit in the heel is snugger than the Competitor/Freestyle and they wrap around the instep much better. It's a really good improvement for those of us not quite ready for the higher end boots but have feet with "needs". I didn't think I'd look at Jackson again because their boots always look so clunky but these have a nice aesthetic to them once on the foot. The padding is really nice like a sneaker almost.

My fitter did say that Jackson is coming out with them next year with a thermo-plastic sole. I'm not sure if meant the lower level models that have plastic soles will now have this style boot or if the debut itself will have an Edea like sole. Considering one of Jackson's selling point is their soles aren't plastic I'm going to assume the lower end sets might be getting a makeover.

I'll update again once I've had some ice time with them. My current boot is a Reidell 910 Flair but I opted for the regular cut not the low cut this time.
The Pro Shop / Re: Jackson Debut Boot
« Last post by davincisop on August 18, 2017, 03:46:32 PM »
I thought about you in late April - were your ears burning?  I used the new Microsoft font, Gabriola, for a exhibition program.  It drove me crazy - loved the font, but couldn't figure out how to get the swirls and swishes to behave.  The font shows different flourishes based on the actual letters and it doesn't kern nicely.  Two of skaters have a two-word last name (no hyphen.)  The mom proofread the document and said "You left out the space!"  I hadn't - for one skater, it looked fine, for the other, there was no gap.  Putting an extra space resolved it, but it was so frustrating!  In the titles, it added spaces I didn't want!  If it hadn't been the middle of the night, I would have asked for your help.

Ah I just saw this, Figurespins! That's crazy haha. I hate when fonts don't work like you want them to. I know often a lot of fonts these days have opentype alternates (if it's a .otf, that's the big clue) and you can enable them in a menu bar, and there are sometimes options for alternate glyphs. Ideally the font is programmed that at the end of a word it subs the glyph that would allow it to look "finished" rather than one that would be a continuance, but that's always a toss up. :)
The Pro Shop / Re: knee highs
« Last post by Ethereal Ice on August 17, 2017, 05:33:18 PM »
I just saw this thread. I buy trouser socks to skate in and I have seen cream and white pairs offered from time to time. I have bought mine off of eBay, Amazon, and in Target and Walmart. I prefer them to be pretty thick, but they can really vary in thickness from very thin like nylon knee highs to as thick as my husband's hockey socks. I prefer buying them in person because then I can feel the thickness, but anyway, it seems like that might be an option. Plus they are usually really reasonably priced. Mine have lasted ages.
The Pro Shop / Re: Jackson Debut Boot
« Last post by tstop4me on August 17, 2017, 08:06:08 AM »
Hmm those Debuts look like really nice boots, but it seems they come only in 2 widths ("A-B" and "C-D"), which probably means they can't be semi-customed. (I need A or AA heel and E ball.)
You shouldn't make that assumption.  The two listed widths are for stock boots.  Contact Jackson to see whether they will provide a semi-custom split width in the model you're interested in.
The Pro Shop / Re: Jackson Debut Boot
« Last post by aussieskater on August 17, 2017, 07:21:53 AM »
Hmm those Debuts look like really nice boots, but it seems they come only in 2 widths ("A-B" and "C-D"), which probably means they can't be semi-customed. (I need A or AA heel and E ball.)
The Pro Shop / Re: Sore Feet
« Last post by Query on August 16, 2017, 09:57:37 PM »
I cannot guarantee that this is the issue, but whenever I've had arch cramping, it has been due to insufficient width in the forefoot. Unless you're sure that boot is wide enough in the front, I'd try getting it stretched.  Of course, that's only if the issue continues after heat-molding.

For me, the best thing proved to be to reshape the insole (or make a new one) that equalized pressure all over most of my feet (except that I like to minimize or eliminate pressure  on the sides and front of the toes). But there are people actually need excessive pressure in certain places - e.g., they might need extra pressure at the sides to prevent collapse, if their foot collapses too easily, to the point of creating pain, under weight. Yes, you can do much the same thing by adding extra foam under the arch of the foot, to try to prevent arch collapse that way, but for reasons that are beyond my understanding, many podiatrists have concluded that that doesn't work well enough for a few people.

E.g., if the o.p. happens to have a high arch (i.e., he/she has feet that need to be higher in the center or in the principle arch than the bottom of the boot is shaped to create), widening the boot could actually make things worse, because the pressure from the sides may be helping keep the center line or the arch of the foot high. In addition, if the foot is already not snug on the sides, widening the boot can make the foot slip around, causing blisters and/or losing control of the skate.

It's hard to give definitive advice without more info.

I'm somewhat with sampaguita on this - sometimes it helps a lot to try multiple temporary things to see what works.

Events for Skaters / Re: Lake Placid Adult Camps
« Last post by Pandora on August 16, 2017, 07:57:16 PM »
AgnesNitt, Thank you so much for posting the schedule! :) Paul Wylie complimented your mohwak?! That's AWESOME!!! (They are so hard for those of us with closed hips).  :(  I want to take a lesson. Hope he is not totally booked. I'm not getting there until Wednesday.  :( Oh well, I'm going to take all his group lessons for sure. Also, a few of the other classes. They look really good!
The Pro Shop / Re: Jackson Debut Boot
« Last post by tothepointe on August 16, 2017, 06:12:55 PM »
This is what I will be getting to replace my current pair. They didn't have my size in stock today but will on Friday. It's a nice little boot and has a better quality feel to it than the Competitor imho. I liked the micro fiber a lot more than I thought I would. It has a nice feel to it.

I'll update this post with my first impressions once I've been able to try them on the ice.
Events for Skaters / Re: Lake Placid Adult Camps
« Last post by Jf12 on August 16, 2017, 04:38:24 PM »
After reading the list of sessions I really want to go to a future camp. I'll admit I am a little intimidated by the caliber of skaters I assume attend the camp. I just finished Adult 6 and am working on pre-bronze moves, and envision seeing lots of silver, gold and above skaters.

For those that have attended / are attending this year: Is there a pretty wide range of talent, and are there a number of pre-bronze/bronze level skaters there?

As an aside: I just got the latest Professional Ski Instructors Association catalog of training sessions for this winter and there is a Freestyle ski jump clinic at Lake Placid in mid September. They usually have a Ski Jump (think Eddie the Eagle) camp sometime in the fall as well. Maybe I need to spend a month up there next year and try it all out. If they would only schedule things closer together I would definitely go. It is 13 hours driving without stops, so going in August, then September, then to Vermont in December for a week of ski instructor training (also around 13 hours) is a bit much.

I think the sweet spot for this camp is actually bronze.  I feel like to get the most out of group classes is when you're just in the process of starting the element that is the topic.  If you've already been working on it a while and perfecting the element, then you will know already what your issues are and you won't learn as much from a quick bunch of tips from the group coach and or watching your fellow students. 
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