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The Pro Shop / Jackson Fusion Line Anyone?
« Last post by Sibelius on Today at 02:36:58 PM »
Just looked at the Jackson website and saw they have a new subcategory of boots and skates with a new sole.  Called the Fusion line.  They offer the look of the Debut (nickel hooks, crystals) in the Elle and Freestyle skate/blade models, as well as a new softer Debut Std. (same stiffness as the Freestyle) and a Debut Firm, both boot only.  I asked some coaches a bit ago and all said the Debut was MUCH too stiff for my little skater, so maybe they found they needed to soften it up a bit.

Anyone seen one of these yet?  I've marked my calendar to when I have to order new boots (soon).  I like the idea of a lighter boot for my teeny skater, as well as a boot only option.  The photos are kind of meh, the sole looks like a rubber mat.  From the description that kind of sounds like what it is.  Found a youtube video from Jackson touting it as a lighter, more shock absorbing material.  Frankly it looks like a cost cutter, probably much cheaper than the LCL they currently use.  I can't find any prices on them yet.

Tried to add a link and a photo but failed.  :-[

The Pro Shop / Re: What size blade for EDEA Ice Fly 260?
« Last post by PrairieSkater13 on Today at 12:25:30 PM »
I'm really late answering this but....

I have Ice Flies in size 260 and needed a 9.5" Ultima Legacy blade.

I just switched to the Chorus skate in 260 and have a 9.5" Coronation Ace blade.

Neither skate fit the recommended 9.75" size. I had to wait until my new skates came in before ordering the blade since the Edea recommendation isn't always accurate.
The Pro Shop / Re: Are the blades set correctly?
« Last post by icedancer on Today at 12:17:35 PM »
Well this is true that as you get fancier there are more and more details!

Ugh blisters!!

Let us know how it goes once she gets back out there with these blades.
The Pro Shop / Re: Are the blades set correctly?
« Last post by ocug on Today at 09:59:31 AM »
Wanted to thank all of you for your valuable input. Took them to another specialist, she centered them and we’ll see how that works for this week.. her coach thinks they need to be a bit off centered inside but to do back spins this week and footwork and see how they feel.
She did get a big blister when. The blades were too inside maybe because the pressure of staying centered while skating made it happen or maybe just because the boots are new... though that had never happened again.
I wasn’t aware of all it took to get the blades positioned right! Before these skates, she’s gotten the boot and blades already mounted by whoever we bought it from and they worked well from the start! Guess that’s what happens when we try to get fancier :P
Will post blades when done with the job
Happy thanksgiving everyone!
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Do most U.S. rinks beong to USIRA?
« Last post by Query on November 19, 2017, 08:09:30 PM »
I recently saw a copy of Rink magazine, put out by the U.S. Ice Rink Association

which says it is a joint venture of the USFS[A] and USA Hockey.

Do most U.S. rinks belong to it, or is it mostly just a professional organization for some rink managers? Are rinks running USFSA and/or USA Hockey programs required to join? Do most ISI affiliated rinks belong?

The magazine deals with rink management, rather than teaching skating, or providing equipment to individual skaters. For example, there are ads for rental ice skates and supplies and equipment to maintain the ice.

They run an annual conference, NARCE (North American Rink Conference & Expo) which includes classes and trade shows.

The Pro Shop / Re: Am I overbooting?
« Last post by amy1984 on November 19, 2017, 07:39:31 PM »
I know a few people who have gone from Risport to Edea without problem.  I don't imagine you'd have an issue.  I've seen little kids in those boots and if you're a fully grown adult it should be fine.
The Pro Shop / Re: Am I overbooting?
« Last post by sampaguita on November 19, 2017, 06:20:05 AM »
I know some adults who've used Ice Flys when they were in FS 1. It's as comfortable for them as it is for elite skaters (although they break it down much later on). If you want Ice Flys for the comfort, I'd say go for it, but it's not exactly necessary.
The Pro Shop / Am I overbooting?
« Last post by icegal123 on November 19, 2017, 04:49:59 AM »
Just wanted to seek some opinions on what boot to get next...

I'm an adult skater landing consistently on all my singles and about to start learning the axel. I am currently in the Risport RF3s and am thinking of switching to Edeas, maybe the Ice Flys, but I'm not sure if I'd be overbooting? I've seen a lot of smaller girls at my rink in the Ice Flys and they seemed to be fine with them - some are doing axels and beginning doubles, others are on single jumps like me.

What are your thoughts?
The Pro Shop / Re: Cleaning Laces?
« Last post by Query on November 18, 2017, 02:22:39 AM »
If your laces contain nylon, I'm not sure putting them in the drier would be safe...

Even if they are all cotton, I wonder if there is a chance they might get tangled around the agitator.

I think the ends all my skate laces wore out before they got significantly dirty. I did used to occasionally wash tennis shoes, with the all-cotton laces in place, especially ones that I had taken into the mud. I think I used low heat in the drier, because I was worried the shoes would melt. (BTW, I do not think it would be a good idea to put skate boots in the washer or drier.)

If your laces are significantly dirty, for whatever reason, and it bothers you, you could always hand-wash them and let them drip dry. It's not like the experiment costs much, even if it somehow wrecks the laces. Whether it is worth the effort, given the minimal cost, is your choice, not ours.

Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Has anyone ever completed ALL usfsa tests?
« Last post by Query on November 18, 2017, 01:59:12 AM »
Jaya Kanal, who I once took a few lessons from, has Gold tests in 3 disciplines (Figures, Freestyle, Moves), but only list herself as pre-gold in Dance. If I remember right, she started skating as an adult (she already had a strong background in land dance, especially Modern Dance). Perhaps she could get Gold in dance too if she really wanted to...

I had another coach who had competed, I think at or near a U.S. Junior National level, in Freestyle. She had switched to competing at a roughly similar level in Pairs, then Ice Dance, because coaches said that gave her a better chance of making it to the top. It is possible that she had had to pass all the USFSA tests in all 3 disciplines. (I think Moves didn't exist yet.) But she said she had loved Freestyle best, that the switches weren't her choice.

I suspect many serious competitive skaters concentrate on one discipline, and don't bother preparing for or taking the tests they don't need to compete.

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