Inline Skates Question
I have a pair of OLD CCM inline's. Tore up ice hockey boot with an old plastic runner and some NEW Tron hockey wheels. Got them when I was 16 and I'm now 32 (they still fit)
These skates are old...but they still work. Well, up until the other day when I decided to put them on and the hockey boot is tearing apart from the runner/wheels part.
Is there a place where you can take skates to have the boot refastened to the runner? I don't want to just take my chances with Shoe Goo since that doesn't seem very effective.
I know, I know..."go get some new skates!" Well...I did that but the Bauer's that I picked up with a plastic boot SUCKED and killed my feet by the time I reached the end of the block. I had to take them back.
Do they still sell inline skates with actual ice hockey boots? I seem to prefer those over the new plastic style boots.
Thanks for any input in advance!
1. Yes go to HockeyTron in Los Alamitos
2. the newer inline skates are nothing like the old. The pair I bought a couple of months ago are similar to a ice hockey boot.
What kind did you purchase?
Originally Posted by mitchrock
The ones I have, (Bauer XXRs) are almost just like the ice boot.
1) How/where exactly is it "tearing?" I would take it to Jake's Custom Pro Shop in El Segundo to see if it can be repaired. (Or call him and explain the issue)
2) Don't marry yourself to the idea of having to buy a roller boot. You can always buy an ice boot (if you find a good deal, it fits better, etc) and bolt the frame and wheels to the boot. (Again, I'd use Jake for this.) This won't cost much since you already have wheels and runners (assuming they are in good shape.)
I feel your pain buddy. I used to skate with old CCMs for roller and for ice. I switched to Bauer about two years ago because the CCMs were way too soft and offered no real protection against pucks and sticks. So when I started looking at new skates and they all hurt my feet. With the old CCMs, they were a soft boot. All the new skates will have a hard shell and soft inside. Here are a few things I had to do to get used to the new skates. The jury is still out on wether the change as made my game any better. I think it has, but don't ask the LGK folk 'round here.
1) Don’t lace the top eyelet on the skate. I had a problem initially with the new skates because there wasn’t any give in them. After skating for 6 years in a soft boot and then changing to a hard boot my ankles and shins got really messed up. My badk also got messed up because I didn’t know how to skate in them. So my buddy with westcoasthockey.com showed me how to lace it so that you have the ability to move your ankle forward but not side to side. The boot will offer stability from side-to-side, but keeping the top eyelet open lets you move your ankles.
Put your foot in the boot and tighten the laces on your foot to snug. Next tighten the lace at the bend tight. Then plant your heel in the boot and push your shin forward. This will open up a gap on the back where your Achilles and calf meet. Tighten the top part of the skate with your foot in this position so you can have that ankle movement. I leave the top one open so I have enough lace to loop around the top of the boot once and keep a bit more support there. Of course, I am not a professional and you should use your best judgment. You may feel “wobbly” at first. It’s probably because you don’t have enough side to side ankle strength. That will come with time.
2) Have “holes” punched out. I have some really big feet, so when I bought new skates that had a hard outside my feet just killed. I baked them once and they still hurt like hell. So I asked to bake them again and they guy at Hockey Giant said it would diminish the structural integrity of the boot. Instead they used a machine to push out a dent on the left skate where one of my foot bones sticks out weird. It made all the difference.
3) Switch to the same brand for ice and roller. I skate with Bauer now instead of CCM. When I was in the market for new skates I kind of liked the CCMs for ice but didn’t like their roller at all. I liked the roller and ice for Bauer both though. The thought is if I get used to one I will at the same time get used to the other. I know that every skate is different, and you will only truly get this if you use the exact same boot model for both, but the general feel for the way the boot sits on my foot was the same for both. Tying the laces was the same, and the weight was about the same. In general, the transition back and fort between ice and roller was easier because I used the same brand, and in general they felt really similar.
Hope this helps.
I recommend this place too. My husband had his car broken into last week and they stole his hockey bag with his favorite, super-expensive vapor skates. Not wanting to buy a new pair of skates at the moment, he took an old pair of Nike skates to HockeyTron for reconditioning. He said they were very helpful and they also gave him an additional discount on the extra gear he was buying to replace the stolen gear. He's going to try the skates out during the Kings clinic tonight, so we'll see how well they work :). These are for ice hockey skates, but I would assume that roller hockey skates would be similar.
Originally Posted by mitchrock