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The Pro Shop / Wifa skates?
« Last post by Jeté on Today at 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.).
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: TSA and Skates
« Last post by Nate on October 17, 2017, 02:28:05 PM »
I know that I can't fly with skates in the cabin from Europe, but I seem to remember that TSA will allow figure skates in the cabin. Do you know if that works if leaving the US to go elsewhere in the world?
And do you have to remind the officials of anything when they spot figure skates in your carry on?

I've always checked them in whenever I've flown before, but am currently thinking of taking them as carry-on from the US. Can anyone clarify the rules for me?
I'll be flying out of either Newark or Philadelphia if that makes any difference.
Philly is not an issue.  I flew out of there with skates in my carry on.  They didn't even bat an eye.

I had one issue in an airport where they made me call someone to get them off me, cause I wasn't about to check them...  I complained to TSA and they apologized, stating the skates should have been allowed on board

The website clearly stated they were allowed...

Flying out of Philly will not be an issue.  I think the destination should be checked.

Yes, they're allowed, but if the TSA workers at your destination airport decide to have a fit about them, there is not much you're going to be able to do given you have to catch your flight...  Either you check them, or you have a relative/friend come get them and mail them to you.
Media Center / 1994 FS Scandal Biopic
« Last post by FigureSpins on October 17, 2017, 12:45:41 PM »
In December 2017, a biopic will be released called Tonya, exploring the 1994 figure skating scandal.  No big surprise - this story is revisited every year around Worlds or the Olympics. 

My DH thinks foam crowbars should be sold at all FS events because he's snarky like that.  I'm so over the story and its aftermath, but here's an interesting tidbit:  Tonya Harding is apparently getting back in shape (and even skating) for the premiere.
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: TSA and Skates
« Last post by loopylape on October 16, 2017, 09:41:50 PM »
A wild idea which may not work - do you have a local tech who could do a simple blade remount if you remove the blades?  That way you could keep the boots with you and send the blades in the hold?

I've done that and it's worked well.
Oooo-great find!  (Note that it's for TESTING, not for competitions.  That's a whole other ball of wax.)

Seconded!  Thanks for posting!   :love:
The Pro Shop / Re: Anyone heard of Cale Carvell? Great blade prices!
« Last post by Sibelius on October 16, 2017, 03:36:23 PM »
I'll add my recent experience.  I was looking to get my little skater onto an intermediate blade sooner rather than later and I searched ebay and found he had the Eclipse Mist's at a bargain of $89 in 8 1/4, 8 1/2, and 8 3/4 sizes.  The Mist was closed out and replaced by the Aurora.  Same specs except for the Aurora is now in stainless steel.  I think it was Riedell's mistake trying to market the same blade as the Wilson Coro Ace and MK Pro at the same price.  The new stainless steel blade at least gives them something to sell against. So, the Mist's retailed at the same price, about $230 as the Ace, Pro and new Aurora.  Dan at Riedell said they were a bargain at what I paid.  I bought all 3 sizes, so she's set through size 4 Jacksons.

I can't buy boots online since my fitter refuses to work on them, but she was happy to mount the blades and they seem just about perfect for her.  So, I would definitely check ebay and Cale out in the future for blades at least.
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Coolest Rinks in the World
« Last post by mamabear on October 16, 2017, 03:18:01 PM »
Great bucket list!  I've been to Somerset House but in the summer not the winter so no skating for us.  I'm curious on the French rink-it seems to have a separate area that was blocked off with permanent rails.  I wonder if that's for lessons? Beginners?  DJ?
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