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Off-Ice Training for Skaters / Re: National Dynamic Warmup (USFSA/LTS USA)
« Last post by tothepointe on October 20, 2017, 02:57:26 PM »
This can be also found in the back of the parent handbook you get when you join LTS
The Pro Shop / Re: Jackson Ultima Apex Blade - Polishing Towel
« Last post by lutefisk on October 20, 2017, 02:45:50 PM »
Gee, I wonder if this magic towel will work on lesser Ultima blades like my Aspires?
The Pro Shop / Re: Jackson Ultima Apex Blade - Polishing Towel
« Last post by FigureSpins on October 20, 2017, 01:49:18 PM »
The post had characters that truncated my cut-and-paste, sorry.  Edited to correct.

I think the Eclipse cloths are about the size of eyeglass wiping cloths. Maybe this is the same?
The Pro Shop / Re: Jackson Ultima Apex Blade - Polishing Towel
« Last post by Bill_S on October 20, 2017, 01:30:51 PM »
Looks like abbreviated instructions to me. Must be a small towel.
The Pro Shop / Jackson Ultima Apex Blade - Polishing Towel
« Last post by FigureSpins on October 20, 2017, 01:29:18 PM »
Jackson posted this on Facebook:

Dirty Blades? Clean them up! With your (new) blade towel now shipping with (new) #MatrixBlades & #ApexBlades!

Competing with Reidell's super-shiny Eclipse blades?  Think it's just a microfiber towel or a polishing cloth?
The Pro Shop / Re: Wifa skates?
« Last post by Loops on October 20, 2017, 10:16:14 AM »
Our club has a lot of them in the loaning skates.  A LOT of the women on my team skate in them.  They are all very happy.  What I see in looking at the way they're wearing them, is that they seem to be big.  This could be a function of the size they chose, or how they were fitted to begin with, or both.  I can ask around and see if anyone here knows.  But since there's no real fitter here, people tend to buy either the skates they borrowed from the club when they were in group lessons, or get something that has a good reputation.  Then they buy too large so they are comfortable (but the skates clearly don't fit right).  You're in Australia, right?  They sell those there, as I recall (First time I ever encountered Wifa's was when I was living in Australia), whatever you learn about their last shape, my recommendation is going to stay the same- put your foot in there.  When I bought about 5 years ago, everyone was telling me to get Grafs.  I tried them, but knew the INSTANT I put my foot in that they weren't going to work for me.  I didn't even need to tie them up. There is absolutely no replacement for trying things on.  We had to make an overnight trip to Paris to do it, so I feel you being far from a skate shop.  But in my opinion, its imperative to go.  This is why we made a weekend out of it with our kids.

Good luck!
The Pro Shop / Wifa skates?
« Last post by Jeté on October 20, 2017, 03:26:25 AM »
Hey guys!
Just wanted to know the fit of a Wifa figure skating boot because I can’t seem to find them anywhere?
If anyone has any experience of wearing these please tell me.
All posts are appreciated!

Rink Roundups / Re: Chicago, IL - Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier
« Last post by DressmakingMomma on October 19, 2017, 04:25:53 PM »
I think there are quite a few outdoor rinks around the city. We make a yearly trip into the city to go to the Christkindlmarkt on Daley Plaza and then to Millennium park to skate by the bean. This year we are going to stay the night in a hotel so that we can also skate at the Maggie Daley Ribbon and go to Lincoln Park's Zoo Lights (which also has an outdoor rink). The ice is terrible at the rink by the bean, but it is fun to skate under the city skyline anyway.
Media Center / Re: 1994 FS Scandal Biopic
« Last post by AgnesNitt on October 17, 2017, 02:57:23 PM »
I've read a couple of comments from judges who admired Tonya and thought the punishment was too severe.
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: TSA and Skates
« Last post by Nate on October 17, 2017, 02:32:17 PM »
As far as personal safety of not using adhesive - Mike C, who showed me this technique, is considered by many elite skaters to be the best skate tech, or one of the best skate techs, in the world. Maybe he jams it in with a closer fit than you have managed (and maybe that takes a lot of experience), or uses a harder wood.

One could argue that if the center of the new hole position was only SLIGHTLY offset from old center position, so that the two holes almost completely overlap, it would be easy for the plug to move, because it does not need to deform much to shift to the new position. In any event, the original question didn't relate to changing hole positions.

However, for those of us with minimal experience, or who wish to experiment with extremely small position shifts, perhaps an adhesive makes sense. I wouldn't go to the elaborate extent that the video goes, but a quick squirt of a little Shoe Goo is easy - in fact I would now be tempted to use it on any permanent mount.

Perhaps a two-part adhesive (like Epoxy), that doesn't need air to dry, could do a good job more quickly. I.E., you could squirt in the glue, insert the screw, and rely on the glue to set completely and form around the screw in a few minutes. I simply don't know enough about adhesives to find one that will dry hard and strong enough, without shrinking, and stick to a variety of outsole materials (typically, made of leather that has been hardened by infusion of unspecified adhesives, though some figure skates have used synthetic resins for the entire outsole) well enough to trust.

But as you said, this is getting way off topic. The original question was whether or not the blade can be safely removed for flying - and the o.p. has indicated that they blades are only on a test mount, and has decided it is OK to remove them, so the original topic isn't really a question any more.

I do wish that there were still interchangeable runner figure skate blades available. You could simply demount the runners, and ship an extra pair just in case. (The old Ultima Matrix I blades with interchangeable runners that I have weren't optimally designed, because they were mounted using trouble-prone soft aluminum bolts, and didn't use a gasket to create a perfect fit. But the hockey and speed skate worlds have created interchangeable runner systems that work well. (Speed skate mounts also let you adjust lateral offset without drilling new holes.) It's also great for alternating between freestyle, dance and synchro runners.

Some elite skaters instead travel with two pairs of skates, in separate bags. That gives them an out if one pair is lost in transit, and lets one pair be sharpened or otherwise be worked on while they skate on the other pair. It's expensive, but elite competitive skaters spend a lot more money on other things.

My old Klingbeils had like 15 plugged holes in the soles of each boot.  My SP-Teri's probably had 10+. Holes on top of holes.  Reused holes.  Holes only barely offset from other holes.

I've never had an issue with the holes stripping.  I don't think this is a huge issue, especially once you have a permanent mount with all (or most) of the screws in.

The only time I've had screws come out of my skate, is when using a temp mount for MONTHS (maybe a year+, due to the constant adjustments I had to do to try to make my skates usable), doing everything in them (Moves, Spins, Jumps up to Doubles, etc.).
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