giant and monkey both heat mold. i know monkey sharpens, not sure about giant (im assuming they do though)
Vote for the Team LA Pro Shop @ Toyota Sports Center. Got my Grafs there a month or so ago and they were extremely helpful. I am just starting out, so I was in need of a lot of help. I had gone to Hockey Giant and Hockey Monkey, service was eh... to the point that I was given a skate 1.5 sizes to big for my foot and let out the door :hairout:. Monkey and Giant did have a big selection though.
For my foot, the Grafs are a great fit, but I can see that forward pitch being a problem for some. Like was said before, go for the best fitting boot, not the name on the side.
Problem with the Pro Shop is that they only seem to carry Graf, Bauer, and some Eastons(?). Everything else was cool, they have all the machines/processes needed for a good fit, heat mold/punch/blade holder mount and some CCM balloon fitting device
Also Graf hasn't been bought out by anyone, but they did open up another manufacturing plant up in Canada a few years ago (me thinks, if not, then its a distribution center).
Does anyone know when and if the Pro Shop will be having the Kings sale? I'll ask them next time I'm in there.
Hockey Monkey has better quality and selection of skates than other stores. They pay more attention to detail and are not selling second hand or cheaper products
TSC's Pro Shop is having a sale Saturday on all Kings used gear. I was there yesterday, and was told so by the woman behind the counter. (I think they're holding it on the roller hockey rink.)
I've been skating for two years on Bauer Supreme 3000s with heel lifts, so I've already got a little bit of a forward pitch going. I'm hoping the transition to Grafs won't be so difficult.
I haven't really compared the skate selections between Monkey and Giant, but when I was helmet and stick shopping, Monkey beat Giant, hands down.
wow...haven't been on the boards in a while...
I know two people who've gotten horrible sharpenings from HG. My experience at Hockey Monkey was very good, they answered all my questions and fitted me into some nice Grafs. I don't have any experience with the pro shop at TSC, but I do see they have used pro gear there, so I'd be interested to check them out.
I got my skates sharpened for free at Hawk/Monkey when i bought mine. Seems to be a good job; as it is my first pair for ice skates i highly doubt id be able to tell the difference anyway.
Does Hawk/Monkey do the lifetime sharpening thing too or is that just Giant?