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The Pro Shop / Re: Sk8 Gr8 Designs - Videos
« Last post by Live2Sk8 on October 16, 2017, 11:03:30 AM »
Thank you, this is great!
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The Pro Shop / Sk8 Gr8 Designs - Videos
« Last post by FigureSpins on October 16, 2017, 07:28:14 AM »
This is a skating dress design company and their YouTube channel has a lot of interesting videos about creating skating dresses.  Everything from matching fabrics to stoning details - fascinating!  Lots of tips and ideas.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_QwQI0tjaUND6fDGMnuZ0w/videos

The website is www.sk8gr8designs.com and includes a blog that's updated regularly.  They also send out an interesting monthly newsletter via email, which has slightly different content.  When you register for their newsletter, you receive a copy of their very-robust competition checklist.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Spin Trainers
« Last post by FigureSpins on October 15, 2017, 12:59:32 PM »
I like the angle of this Edea Trainer Spinner video's footage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIv8KJSNy6I
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The Pro Shop / Re: Blade care vs rust
« Last post by tstop4me on October 15, 2017, 08:24:54 AM »
New blades are being mounted.  Skate tech tossed me the screws that came with them and said she uses stainless steel.  So hopefully no more rusting screws.  Temp mounted today for fit and on ice evaluation, we'll pick them up tomorrow.
Hooray for your skate tech; all skate techs should do that.  It's a pity blade manufacturers don't supply stainless steel screws by default; they're fairly inexpensive, especially when purchased in bulk.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Best boots for Axel and Doubles? Edea vs Jackson?
« Last post by sampaguita on October 15, 2017, 08:09:28 AM »
FWIW, I know some people at my rink who bought Ice Flys when they were doing *half* jumps and they were fine. A waste of money if you ask me, but if they can afford it, why not?

There's a consensus though that Ice Flys are as comfy as sneakers.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Blade care vs rust
« Last post by Sibelius on October 14, 2017, 08:12:14 PM »
Use stainless steel screws instead of the screws supplied with the blades; rusty screws will no longer be a problem.  The screws supplied with many blades these days (even high-end blades) seem to be fairly junky.  The skate techs I know don't use stainless steel screws, so you might have to buy your own to give to your skate tech, if your skate tech does the mounting.

New blades are being mounted.  Skate tech tossed me the screws that came with them and said she uses stainless steel.  So hopefully no more rusting screws.  Temp mounted today for fit and on ice evaluation, we'll pick them up tomorrow.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Ankle protection? Help!
« Last post by tstop4me on October 14, 2017, 04:20:07 PM »
What type of socks are you wearing?  In my experience, nylon is more abrasive than cotton, and socks with coarse ribs bite in more than those with fine ribs.  I agree with the suggestions to wear Bunga or Silipos ankle sleeves under the socks (gel surface against the skin); also apply skin cream before putting on the sleeves.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Blade care vs rust
« Last post by Ethereal Ice on October 14, 2017, 12:43:15 PM »
I just realized my post should say stored *with* soakers. Not sure how that happened,  but apparently it is too late to edit.  :blush:
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The Pro Shop / Re: Blade care vs rust
« Last post by Bill_S on October 14, 2017, 10:30:00 AM »
That's a good point, and the reason why my skates go home with soakers on.

Once mine are home and on the storage rack, the soakers come off. After all, there's no chance of stubbing my toe on the picks when they are stored off the ground! (Yeah, that used to happen.  :o)
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The Pro Shop / Re: Blade care vs rust
« Last post by tstop4me on October 14, 2017, 09:29:53 AM »
I'd like to point out that there's another advantage to storing blades in *dry* soakers:  mechanical protection.  Soakers prevent the blades from getting nicked should they bang against each other or bang against a hard surface (such as ceramic tile).  They also prevent damage to soft surfaces (such as wood furniture or floors) should the blades bang against the surfaces; they further protect boots, kit bags, and other items in kit bags from being cut up (especially by picks).
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