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The Pro Shop / Re: Ice helmet foam question
« Last post by Query on June 26, 2017, 12:37:36 PM »
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Would not a kayaking forum be the place for your question?

Probably. I also asked in such a forum, and received a number of suggestions.

BTW, I have a "full face helmet" designed for Lacrosse, that some have used for whitewater. Does not cover my forehead, nose or mouth - a suitably shaped rock could still kill me. Unless I added a face cage, making it impossible to drink or to escape a "strainer" branch that got caught in it. Hockey helmets, according to the local hockey store, get very heavy when wet. Single hit ski helmets are built to an international standard tougher than the whitewater standard - but multi-hit ski helmets are not.

So it really looks like helmets really are pretty specific to their sports, maybe for good reasons. I still think a somewhat bulky and heavy helmet with a retractable or flip-up face shield, a sufficient thickness of closed cell foam, and a quick release, could work for many sports (including figure skating, BTW) - but it probably doesn't exist off-the-shelf without modification.

Gath replied to my email to them, that two of their helmets meet the EN1385 whitewater rafting standard. On further research, that standard does not cover class 4 or 5 whitewater - but I don't plan to go that high again - did class 4 only a few times, got hurt once, and escaped a sticky hole by pure luck (a maneuver I didn't know was possible) another time.

Anyway, thanks for your replies.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Figure Skating Tattoo ideas?
« Last post by pegasus99 on June 26, 2017, 11:12:56 AM »
I have many obvious tattoos. Never had anyone mention them except some snooty coaches who told me that this was a family show and I should cover them. I did it once then never did it again because it was a total hassle and the makeup stained my costume.

Also I guess it was okay for their youth skaters to dye their hair weird colors but an adult skater like me can't have tattoos? Yeah there's no double standard here.  88)
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: New pattern dances
« Last post by davincisop on June 25, 2017, 09:13:33 PM »
Ooooo! I can't wait to look at these. :D
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The Pro Shop / Re: Ice helmet foam question
« Last post by Leif on June 25, 2017, 04:09:03 PM »
Apparently, most motorcycle helmets, like most bike helmets, are made of crushable foam (e.g., expanded polystyrene), and can take only one hit, because it is cheaper and lighter. But maybe there are exceptions.

I believe motor bike can only take one hit because the outer shell loses its integrity once damaged. And I would suspect they are dangerous in water due to the weight. The push bike helmets I have seen can take multiple hits, as can my inline skating helmet. Then again they are designed to take lesser impacts. Dare I suggest that you look at ice hockey helmets, and even American football helmets, as they can take multiple hits, and they have a cage. However, not being a kayaker, it may well be that such helmets are dangerous for kayaking for reasons unknown to me, so you really need expect help. For example, push bike helmets are usually unsafe for ice skating because they have a pointed back, which can cause neck injuries in a fall.

There are some full face kayaking helmets here:

http://www.canoeandkayakstore.co.uk/541/whitewater_helmets.aspx

Other good shops are available.

Would not a kayaking forum be the place for your question?
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The Pro Shop / Re: Blade options
« Last post by Query on June 25, 2017, 12:53:04 PM »
That's a wide open question! Like asking "Can anyone tell me the best type of vehicle?" or "Which type of home is best?"

Besides, people develop very strong preferences even within a given set of moves and disciplines, and don't agree at all on blade choice.

In practice, except for the change from beginner to more advanced blades, you might be cautious about major changes, unless you have money to burn and are willing to give each blade a few months or more to get used to it. For me, a change from MK Dance (7' rocker) to Ultima Dance (8' rocker; much shorter spin rocker curvature and length) was very difficult, but not because of main rocker, which I didn't really notice. Primarily because the spin rocker curvature and length were so different. If money had not been an issue, I should have stayed with MK Dance.

But everyone has different experiences.

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The Pro Shop / Re: Ice helmet foam question
« Last post by Query on June 25, 2017, 12:00:37 PM »
Apparently, most motorcycle helmets, like most bike helmets, are made of crushable foam (e.g., expanded polystyrene), and can take only one hit, because it is cheaper and lighter. But maybe there are exceptions.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Blade options
« Last post by tstop4me on June 25, 2017, 07:50:17 AM »
You mentioned in one of your other posts ("Skate Sizing Issues") that your current boots are now too wide.  The loose boots are more likely the cause of unstable footwork than the 7' rocker radius of the Coronation Ace.  Perhaps you should defer the blade issue until you fix your boot issue.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Riedell Skates
« Last post by nicklaszlo on June 25, 2017, 01:26:41 AM »
From the Risport website, it sounds like they are pretty similar.  The Motion has a reinforced top eyelet.  I recommend those, because without the metal reinforcement it is possible to tear out the top eyelet. 
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The Pro Shop / Re: Riedell Skates
« Last post by Seren on June 24, 2017, 11:01:09 PM »
I currently wear Bronze Stars. They have lasted me 2 solid years and are now on what I consider "duck tape hospice" (I have to tape them before skating in them- trying to get them to last a little longer before getting new skates). While I will not be getting Riedells again due to them just not fitting my feet as well anymore I have been happy with how they've held up. I am 5'6, 125 lbs and skate 3-5 times per week- have all singles and working hard on my under rotated axel.
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Events for Skaters / Re: Lake Placid Adult Camps
« Last post by skategeek on June 24, 2017, 08:50:03 PM »
I've got one more day to go... I've been pacing myself but I'm planning to go for broke tomorrow (8 or 9 classes).  It's been fun so far!

No idea about the locker room; I didn't pay close attention.  I'll try to look tomorrow.  I didn't bother with a locker because I have too much stuff I want to keep with me (snacks, phone, water, etc.) but I've been putting skates on in there just to hang out with other skaters.
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