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The Pro Shop / Re: Possible Rust on Ultima Aspire Blades
« Last post by iskater13 on August 01, 2017, 10:57:12 PM »
Thank you for all the additional suggestions everyone! I had a lesson today and it seems that skating has removed most of the tiny spots in the hollows! I'm still planning on getting them sharpened once I can make it to the pro shop.


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The Pro Shop / Re: Vik-max skates: heard of them?
« Last post by AgnesNitt on August 01, 2017, 07:27:33 PM »
For the skaters here, I took a peek at the Vix-max blades and not onely are the toe picks high (thanks Figurespins) -- THERE"S NO DROP PICK.  If they're that soft, they could be Patch skates!

A tiny drop pick will make it easier for a beginner to stop going forward. The rink rental skates will have the toepicks lower so they use the toepick to cover where the drop pick is on figure skates.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Comfortable skating tights
« Last post by sk8lady on August 01, 2017, 07:21:32 PM »
 Thanks all! I never thought of replacing the waistband, so I'll try that and a pair of Nita tights too!
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The Pro Shop / Re: Possible Rust on Ultima Aspire Blades
« Last post by AgnesNitt on August 01, 2017, 06:04:51 PM »
Like FigureSpins I also leave my bag open, but I also put a dehumidifier pack in the bag.

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The Pro Shop / Re: Help choosing blades
« Last post by tstop4me on August 01, 2017, 04:10:38 PM »
If you are considering the Wilson Coronation Ace, you should also at least consider the Eclipse Aurora.  I wrote a review comparing the two here:

http://skatingforums.com/index.php?topic=6851.0

Remember, don't consider just the initial purchase price; also consider the cost of sharpening.  I pay my guy $25/pop.  So a blade that's more expensive initially could actually save you money in the long run if the (initially) more expensive blade requires less frequent sharpening.  About the only thing I like about the Coronation Ace over the Aurora is the smaller spin rocker radius on the Coronation Ace.  If a smaller spin rocker radius is important to you, then go with the Coronation Ace.   I don't have any direct experience with Paramount, Ultima, or other brands, but definitely consider the stainless steel blades on the market.  I really wish Wilson and MK would offer their blades in stainless steel.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Riedell Royal for beginners?
« Last post by tstop4me on August 01, 2017, 03:17:29 PM »
I skated with Riedell Royals for ~30 yrs.  I think they were discontinued in the early 2000's when Riedell revamped their whole line.  Prior to that, the Royals were the top freestyle model* in the Riedell line.  That generation of Riedell was very stiff (though the Royals were not as stiff as the Gold Stars, one model down from the Royals).  If the Royals are nearly broken down, they may be OK for a beginner.  If not, they will be way too stiff.

*In another thread, another poster mentioned that in the '80s there was a higher model.  I believe that's right.  It's been a long time, and I probably don't recall the details correctly after all this time, but when I was getting a new pair around then, my skate tech told me Riedell had introduced a new model above the Royals, but it was getting yanked from the market because it was so stiff even very advanced skaters were having a hard time breaking them in.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Are my rockers too flat?
« Last post by AspenonIce on August 01, 2017, 02:27:50 PM »
Looks flat to me, but those are recreational blades, so they may have started out with a flat rocker from the factory. 

ETA: Found the blade on Riedell's site tied to the soft rec boot - https://ice.riedellskates.com/products/boots/18-sparkle#.WYCy5IWcF9A  I don't think your rocker was damaged.

The Spiral is a recreational skating blade, intended for beginners who just go in circles, stopping and starting.  It's not intended for figure skating, which is why it's a very flat blade (for stability) with a decorative toe pick (very small, up high to prevent tripping.)

If you're an adult, go back to the sharpener and ask them to put a 1/2" radius of hollow on the blades, so you get some grip.  Most sharpeners won't even try to adjust the rocker these days - too many things can go wrong.
Thank you! I figured as much. I've been having touble trying to spin, while my friend (who has better skates) has no issues, and figured it was either too low level blades or the rocker got shaved off during the first sharpening.

I'll just have to hold on until christmas  :(

I will keep the hollow recommendation in mind for next time I get them sharpened. Sadly, they were just done on friday so it'll be a while.

Quick question, would it be a bad idea to try any jumps with these? I'm in basic 5, but can do half of the basic 6 skills already, so the bunny hop will come up soon and don't want to injure myself.

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The Pro Shop / Re: Vik-max skates: heard of them?
« Last post by Loops on August 01, 2017, 02:19:06 PM »
Those Vik-max skates look almost exactly like something they sell at the local sporting goods store.  Some of the kids show up in those for group lessons.  They're definitely for the skating on the pond/ public session crowd.

What level is your friend at?  Is this her first time taking group lessons?  I'm guessing yes, otherwise she'd have some idea of what she needed.  I'm assuming the riedells are at the same level.  This would probably be better than any rental skates, and might get her through gamma (or whatever they're calling the levels these days....I did ISIA), but she'll break them down pretty fast, I expect, and will want to upgrade.

At best they might give her an idea of whether she likes skating enough to commit to better skates.  I know the issues you have getting boots, so I would say if it's this or rentals than get this.  But if she already knows she wants to skate, it might be worth getting a better pair of boots.  I had royals back in the mid-80's, which were then their  upper-mid-range boot, if I recall (there was one model stiffer), so I can't comment on whatever the Royal has morphed into today.

Good luck!!!!
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The Pro Shop / Re: Are my rockers too flat?
« Last post by FigureSpins on August 01, 2017, 11:51:39 AM »
Looks flat to me, but those are recreational blades, so they may have started out with a flat rocker from the factory. 

ETA: Found the blade on Riedell's site tied to the soft rec boot - https://ice.riedellskates.com/products/boots/18-sparkle#.WYCy5IWcF9A  I don't think your rocker was damaged.

The Spiral is a recreational skating blade, intended for beginners who just go in circles, stopping and starting.  It's not intended for figure skating, which is why it's a very flat blade (for stability) with a decorative toe pick (very small, up high to prevent tripping.)

If you're an adult, go back to the sharpener and ask them to put a 1/2" radius of hollow on the blades, so you get some grip.  Most sharpeners won't even try to adjust the rocker these days - too many things can go wrong.
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The Pro Shop / Are my rockers too flat?
« Last post by AspenonIce on August 01, 2017, 11:48:55 AM »
I don't know enough about blades to figure out if my rockers are flatter than they should be. I'm suspicious of the first sharpening back in January as one skate had crooked edges afterward, which doesn't inspire confidence.

Let me know if you need different angles.

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