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The Pro Shop / Re: Jackson Debut Boot
« Last post by tstop4me on Today at 06:12:31 AM »
I'm gonna need a split-width Freestyle. I currently have a 4.5B, and though the heel is good, the ball is too narrow.

To those who have tried it: would a R-size Debut be enough for me, or do I have to go with split width as well?
The best way to find out is to go to an authorized Jackson fitter, who will take measurements and tracings of your feet and send them off to Jackson.  They will then tell you whether the stock boot will do, or whether you need semi-customs.  Also, refer to previous Posts #11, 12, and 13; it's not clear (at least to me right now) what last the new Debut is built on.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Jackson Debut Boot
« Last post by tstop4me on Today at 06:05:50 AM »
A few weeks isn't long to get much feedback especially regarding the on ice experience. I'm starting my breaking in experience tomorrow.
Absolutely agree.  The real test is how well skaters like them after they've skated on them (which is why I asked for clarification on Christy's Post #14).  Although, if skaters are turned off by them for whatever reason upon casual inspection or handling in the shop, they won't buy them in the first place.  One skate pro told me that many of his teen girl customers (a large chunk of his figure skate clientele) shy away from Jacksons because they look clunky but are drawn to Edeas because they look so cool.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Jackson Debut Boot
« Last post by sampaguita on Today at 01:28:27 AM »
I'm gonna need a split-width Freestyle. I currently have a 4.5B, and though the heel is good, the ball is too narrow.

To those who have tried it: would a R-size Debut be enough for me, or do I have to go with split width as well?
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The Pro Shop / Re: Jackson Debut Boot
« Last post by tothepointe on Today at 01:14:29 AM »
A few weeks isn't long to get much feedback especially regarding the on ice experience. I'm starting my breaking in experience tomorrow.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Jackson Debut Boot
« Last post by Christy on August 20, 2017, 10:36:21 PM »
  <<Emphasis added>>

Could you please explain what you mean by "microfiber feel"?  Do you simply mean that people touching the boots in the store didn't like the way they felt?  Or do you mean that some skaters have actually purchased the boots and didn't like the way they handled during actual skating?

They weren't specific, but I thought they meant how they felt when skating. That said I did think the outer felt very odd, and I didn't like it, but that may have also been because they felt much heavier than I recalled my Elites feeling.
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Off-Ice Training for Skaters / Re: Don't strength train too fast! (My hernia)
« Last post by tothepointe on August 20, 2017, 06:14:11 PM »
You may find after getting the repair done your skating improves dramatically.

I had without knowing diastasis recti (seperated abs) from being obese and carrying more of my weight in the abdominal cavity. I lost 150lbs and opted to have the skin around my waist removed (they took out 8lbs). Muscle repair was just part of the surgery if needed and I assumed I wouldn't at all since I thought I had a strong core. Woke up to surgeon having repaired my separation bringing them together by 18cm (nearly 4"). It immediately made a difference to my balance

After taking 8 weeks off the ice I came back much stronger than ever. My coach jokingly accused me of having not had surgery and instead when to skate somewhere else for 2 months. Before I could not hold a 1 ft glide even after a year. I just assumed it was lack of effective practice.

Your core is everything in skating. I also found out crunches just make ab separation worse if you have it.
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Rink Roundups / Re: Rinks near Antioch, Illinois?
« Last post by Clarice on August 20, 2017, 04:47:42 PM »
There's Saturday morning dance ice at Leafs Ice Arena in West Dundee. I don't know much about it, other than that it exists.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Jackson Debut Boot
« Last post by tothepointe on August 20, 2017, 12:52:50 PM »
The microfiber upper definitely doesn't feel like traditional leather. It has a slightly rubbery/velvety feeling. I can see that people might feel it's "cheap".  It's not as bad as I expected. The waffle weave lining is very similar to a running shoe. I'm hoping the texture will help prevent slipping. Longevity wise I'm not sure if anyone really knows yet because they haven't been out for that long. I don't expect a $300 boot to last forever though. We will see if it's truly cut resistance shortly.

I think if you like a really traditional feeling boot this is not for you. If your wanting a really lightweight boot like the Edea this is also not for you. Weight wise mounted it comes in the same as both my Riedell 910LS and the Jackson Freestyles.
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Events for Skaters / Re: ISI Adult Championships - October 27-29 - Orlando
« Last post by davincisop on August 20, 2017, 10:04:32 AM »
Adult champs is doing online entry forms: http://comp.entryeeze.com/Home.aspx?cid=500
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Rink Roundups / Rinks near Antioch, Illinois?
« Last post by davincisop on August 20, 2017, 09:05:57 AM »
Hi everyone!

I'll be taking a quick trip to the Chicago area in about a week and a half with my family. My parents are making the move to Antioch later this year so I've been looking at rinks nearby so I can skate while I visit. I know Gurnee recently closed, and the only other one I've seen that's nearby is in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

Are there any rinks in the area that have ice dance sessions going on currently? Or any I should try to check out in general?
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