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The Pro Shop / Re: Cleaning Laces?
« Last post by FigureSpins on November 15, 2017, 08:17:36 AM »
I change my laces 2-3 times a year and keep a new pair in my skate bag as well.  I skate almost every day and tie very tightly, so the laces do stretch out and start to fail.  (Missing aglets, fraying, just plain filthy...)  My spares are new because it's too much effort to replace laces with ones that are already worn, imo.

There's a thread somewhere about repurposing laces.  (Edit: found it!)
http://skatingforums.com/index.php?topic=5122.0
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Has anyone ever completed ALL usfsa tests?
« Last post by FigureSpins on November 15, 2017, 08:14:08 AM »
And yes, you are wildly underestimating the difficulty of dance. Even after she finished her senior freeskate, it took her years to get through all the dance tests.

I had a skating mom tell me that she wanted her daughters to do ice dance because the dance tests were "low-hanging fruit."  I laughed.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Has anyone ever completed ALL usfsa tests?
« Last post by phoenix on November 14, 2017, 09:57:46 PM »
A girl from my rink finished all her tests, including International dances, free dance, and figures. She is amazing!!

And yes, you are wildly underestimating the difficulty of dance. Even after she finished her senior freeskate, it took her years to get through all the dance tests.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Knee pain
« Last post by Ethereal Ice on November 14, 2017, 07:58:28 PM »
I do not wear Edeas and I have never heard that Edeas themselves are associated with any type of pain, but I believe they may have a higher heel than some other skates. Regardless, anything that is a change to what you were previously used to in that regard can affect your knees (and back, hips, feet, ankles, you get my drift). Sometimes it is just a matter of your body adjusting, sometimes your body never does feel quite right after a change.

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The Pro Shop / Re: Cleaning Laces?
« Last post by Ethereal Ice on November 14, 2017, 07:53:17 PM »
I don't wash mine either. Laces are not expensive, it baffles me all the people I see wearing nasty looking laces, bleh. I replace mine twice a year, I skate 4-6 hours a week. I have noticed that their stretch, and therefore their ability to stay snug, becomes less consistent after about six months time.
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The Pro Shop / Knee pain
« Last post by Peach on November 14, 2017, 07:13:46 PM »
Is there a connection between Edea skates and knee pain?
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The Pro Shop / Re: Head protection: Halo (not Ice Halo)
« Last post by skategeek on November 13, 2017, 05:42:26 PM »
(Tip: the Crasche polka dot fabric cover is very cute.  An adult I know had buyer's remorse, feeling it was too "childish" looking, so she barely used the headband.)

Yeah, I wore mine (black with turquoise dots) until a skating buddy said "That's cute!  I used to have underwear made with that fabric!"  I like my Ice Halo HD better anyways.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Head protection: Halo (not Ice Halo)
« Last post by lutefisk on November 13, 2017, 03:41:10 PM »
I have both the standard and the HD Ice Halos.  I think the prices are in Canadian dollars and so if one is paying with a US-based credit card the cost comes down significantly.  Even if it didn't, I figure my head is worth every penny.  I've "tested" my standard Ice Halo with a backward fall that included a good and proper chime ringing head smack.  I got off the ice for about ten minutes, and yes it hurt, but I did go back out for the remaining 30 minutes of the session (after proving to the ice monitor that I could state my own name and address).  Without the Ice Halo I'm fairly sure I would have gotten yet another ride in the ambulance to the local ER.  I haven't "tested" my HD (yet).
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The Pro Shop / Re: Head protection: Halo (not Ice Halo)
« Last post by FigureSpins on November 13, 2017, 12:29:42 PM »
The Ice Halo / Ice Halo HD are noticeably thicker than other protective headbands.  The Unequal.com Halo headband is more like the Crasche headbands that I see more often at our rink.  Unlike the Crasche headbands, the Halo doesn't seem to have as much protection for the back of the head. 

One of our skaters used to have a soccer headband without the back-of-the-head protection.  When they took a fall backwards and their head hit the ice, the headband literally popped off and gave no protection whatsoever.

I have several skating students who wear Crasche headbands, but they analyzed their options and chose that gear after discussing it for a while.  The real beginning skaters wear skateboarding helmets, but you're beyond that level.


(Tip: the Crasche polka dot fabric cover is very cute.  An adult I know had buyer's remorse, feeling it was too "childish" looking, so she barely used the headband.)
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The Pro Shop / Re: Head protection: Halo (not Ice Halo)
« Last post by skategeek on November 13, 2017, 10:44:40 AM »
Yep, but it's half the price.  If it's as effective, it might be more attractive to people than the Ice Halo HD (which I have and love, but it was about $95 if I remember right). 
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