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The Pro Shop / Which blade? MK Pro vs. Coronation Ace vs. Ultima Aspire or Legacy Matrix
« Last post by CTCat on December 06, 2017, 05:47:34 AM »
DD has been skating on Jackson Elles for close to a year and is ready for better boots and blades.  She is working on her axel and likely will be starting doubles in the next month or two.  She is tiny, and our pro shop has ordered the Jackson Fusion Debut Standard for her to try.  (I will post on that when we get them.)  The question is which blades?  I had assumed we would get her an MK Pro or Coronation Ace, which is what everyone her level seems to have, but I am intrigued by the Ultima Legacy Matrix, which is lighter weight.  The Ultima Aspire is the next step up from her current blade.  I know very little about differences between blades, so any feedback is appreciated!   
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The Pro Shop / Coronation ace vs Gold star blades
« Last post by lyssykw on December 06, 2017, 04:52:57 AM »
Hi Everyone,
                  Just wondering if anyone has any experience skating on both Coronation Ace and MK Gold stars? I currently skate in Coronation Ace blades and have done since I was a teenager (I'm now an adult skater). However, I'm now looking at possibly stepping up in blades since I am going to be working on double jumps. I was thinking of getting MK Gold stars, as they still have a 7ft rocker, so I'm hoping there wouldn't be too much difference and adjustment period.
 There is a big price difference in the two blades, so I'm not sure whether it is worth spending the extra. However, I'm interested to hear what people think of Gold stars?
 Most skaters at my rink use Gold Seals, regardless of their level. There are some low level skaters who skate in gold seals and swear by them, however I don't know how I would go changing to an 8ft rocker after spending so long with the Ace.
 Has anyone used Gold stars and Coronation Ace? How did they compare? Did they make any significant difference to your skating?

Thanks :)
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The Pro Shop / Re: Feedback on Jackson 5000 series boots?
« Last post by lyssykw on December 06, 2017, 04:01:25 AM »
I don't have an answer for you, but I would also be interested in hearing comparisons. I currently have an old version of elite plus (2010 model) and I'm looking to get a new pair. Probably either the elite or elite supreme low cut.
 I'm Adult Silver level, looking to move up to gold next year. I have all of my singles and axel and used to do doubles as a child, so hopefully might be able to regain some jumps in the next year or so.
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The Pro Shop / CW crossovers and foot sliding
« Last post by Leif on December 06, 2017, 02:36:36 AM »
I'm trying to improve my clockwise forwards crossovers but my right foot (the inside one) slides to the left. A friend who is a very good skater watched me and confirmed that the blade slid on the ice. I have tried bending my knees more, and leaning more to no avail. Does anyone have ideas? My friend tried too, and his right foot did not slide, although he has a 3/8" hollow and I use 5/8". I noticed that my edges are both out by 4 thousandths of an inch according to my BAT gauge. Also the ice was very hard, though my skates were sharpened a week and a bit ago, and I've done maybe 10 hours skating since. I use Step steel which is a higher grade than the standard Bauer blade. Oh yes, I wear hockey skates too!

Curiously this does not happen when I skate backwards, both CW and ACW crossovers.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Risport Electra or Edea Overture?
« Last post by nicklaszlo on December 06, 2017, 12:05:17 AM »
Supposedly Risport and Edea have a similar fit.  The factories are on the same street.  Risport seems to have a narrower heel, though.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Skate Problems
« Last post by nicklaszlo on December 06, 2017, 12:00:49 AM »
It takes time to get crossovers. 
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The Pro Shop / Re: Risport Electra or Edea Overture?
« Last post by skatemom189 on December 05, 2017, 11:18:52 PM »
My daughter wears risport excellence, older model of a stiffness 40, so comparable to the new electra at 45.  She just got them two weeks ago.  We have handled the Edea boots at our local shop.  The edea overture is notably softer than her boots.  If edea is a good fit I think you'd be better off with the Chorus.

 If the risports fit better, and youre not too big or hard on your boots, then i think the electra would be good.  But also consider the stiffer rf3.  My daughter easily broke in her new boots, and was doing full depth sit spins on the first day, and she weighs 53 pounds.  Now, she's higher level than you, working on double salchow and double loop, but if a 7 year old has no trouble with them, you should at least talk to your skate tech about going stiffer.

The JW Ace blade is what I've bought her, and shes on her fourth pair.  They are great.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Skate Problems
« Last post by Query on December 05, 2017, 10:58:32 PM »
Stretching the toe box, on top, does indeed sound like a great idea!

Another possibility is to remove the insoles, and cut and shape your own, out of something like foam, thinner than the original liners, especially near the toe. The easy way to make it stay in the boot is to make the periphery the same shape, by tracing the old insole on top of the new one. Then you cut down the 3D shape to make everything perfect. I currently use foam from a cheap camping sleeping pad, though it squishes down and need to be replaced every few months. A simpler but less effective technique is to cut the new insole out of thin material, like cardboard, or a cheap dollar store insole, then add adhesive foam or tape underneath to modify the 3D shape until the foot is comfortable.

Is she still growing? The "good news" is that if so the current boots will be fairly temporary. :) One big growth spurt, and she needs new boots anyway, almost overnight.

Riedell is known for somewhat small toe boxes in general. Harlick and Jackson are known for larger toe boxes - though I may be thinking wide (my personal need) rather than high. If possible, it is a good idea to try out fit in a store before buying skates - which for many people means driving to the best pro shop in within a days' drive. Ask around your rink for where the good skaters and coaches go. A really good fitter would KNOW whether a given boot brand and model could fit her foot snugly yet comfortably, unless/until she grows.

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The Pro Shop / Mondor sizing across different models
« Last post by sampaguita on December 05, 2017, 10:15:48 PM »
I'm thinking of buying Mondor skate tights for winter (I'm moving in January -- temperature is in the 20-40F range). I'm a big fan of wearing skirts, and I hope I can keep doing so for the winter season.

I'm 4ft 10in tall, and almost at 100lbs. Mondor's size chart puts me in the 12-14 range, bordering on Adult Small. I have 3 pairs: footed 3310 and footless 3312 (Performance), and over-the-boot 3338 (Evolution), all in 12-14.

Here's the weird part: the 3338 fits me well, but the 3310/3312 don't. (The footless tights work if I put them over the boot, but if I don't, the seam of the back part can be seen because they end above the boot.) I'm wondering if this is because of a model issue, or a batch issue.

I prefer to get the Evolution tights as they just feel better overall. Do I go with 12-14 for footed/footless tights, or can I do with Adult Small? Thanks in advance!
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Spectator Skating Discussions / Re: IOC Bans Russia from 2018 Olympics for Doping
« Last post by Query on December 05, 2017, 10:11:20 PM »
Who decides which Russian athletes can compete - is it still the Russian sports federation, whatever it is called? I assume it isn't just any Russian who wants to go...

Is Russia the only country whose athletes may petition to compete under neutral uniforms?

Can any human being in the world decide they want to go to the Olympics, under a neutral flag?

BTW, it's not as though most figure skaters skate in costumes that have national flags on them... Fortunately - it isn't much time to create a costume.

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