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Dipping my toes back into cowling-free


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Yep- you heard it first here. Of course I am taking a cowled Graf skate, removing the cowl, adding some beef to it, a holder, and an Overdrive blade (yep, I figured out how to do that) and go to town. I will be using a CCM XSG holder, which in my blunt opinion, is the very best out there if you fit it.  Options for steel are really good for  this holder. It is high, but not too high. The mechanism combines near effortless removal with a solid retention mechanism. I have to do some modding to the OD blade. Oh well. 
 
Goalie Plus has the DM 1080 for a steal right now. 
 
Stay tuned...

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If you buy the skates mentioned, Goalies Plus is having them drop shipped from Vaughn with the new Carey Price style (side cut out) cowls. Of course I just took mine off! 
 
I don’t frankly have the energy to mod overdrive blades to fit a pair of holders, so I will try them without overdrives. 

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1 hour ago, creasecollector said:

Great looking skates and holders. So fresh.

Dyed holders are the bee’s knees IMO. Green is the colour of life, so I am definitely using that. Graf always made the best looking skates out there.

Thanks for the kind words.

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I dyed the forest/kelly/neon green.

Throne Lacrosse head dye is the best I have used for this purpose. The dye stays at a relatively low temperature (200F) and good saturation isn’t a problem despite the low immersion times. 

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Graf skates are a bit harder to break in than I last remember. My dogs were barking the first 20 minutes in my session. Eventually, my foot pains eased and I had a good time. My biggest gripe is that there is no grip for my narrow and small ankles. I need Stable 45 (or whatever they are called) socks for gripping my ankles and heels.

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10 minutes ago, bunnyman666 said:

Graf skates are a bit harder to break in than I last remember. My dogs were barking the first 20 minutes in my session. Eventually, my foot pains eased and I had a good time. My biggest gripe is that there is no grip for my narrow and small ankles. I need Stable 45 (or whatever they are called) socks for gripping my ankles and heels.

The DM1080s didn’t feel much like older Graf skates to me, they didn’t lock in my heel in the same way.  I returned the set I bought and went with some new old stock G9035s I bought on sidelineswap, and they are exactly what I remembered from my high school and college days. Hope you can get the DM1080s sorted out!

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2 minutes ago, AdamL said:

The DM1080s didn’t feel much like older Graf skates to me, they didn’t lock in my heel in the same way.  I returned the set I bought and went with some new old stock G9035s I bought on sidelineswap, and they are exactly what I remembered from my high school and college days. Hope you can get the DM1080s sorted out!

These wrap well. That was impressive. They still feel less stiff than the Trues these will eventually supplant. True skates fit very well from the onset but definitely started slipping on my heel. I was still on the fence, but am coming off of the fence. The heel and ankle thing has been a very contentious item for me. Reebok pump skates were best, but when they went Ribcore, they totally screwed them up.

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Nice conversion Bunny!  A few of us here have made the jump to the new/old stock Graf skates with CCM XSG holders.  I'm sure you remember my anxieties about leaving my Bauer 7000 boots for composite boots lol.  I am currently in Graf 9035 boots with XSG.  LOVE them.  I definitely need to have them baked a 2nd time though.  I didn't get a good fitting the first time around.

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The biggest benefit of no cowling is, of course, better blade attack angle on the ice. The attack angle is vastly superior to a cowled skate. But the Overdrive blade still would be a great addition to this skate. It’s just a bigger pain to install as the holder details bulge out where an Overdrive blade would be installed. A bench grinder would make short work, but then the holes need to be modified to match the spacing. I am still trying to see how difficult the transition to no Overdrives will be. I get the pushes most of the time; the Overdrive blade allows you to get a slight edge on the ball of your foot and enhance your ability to push, besides preventing slip outs. I will see how long it takes before I give in.

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As I am wearing the skate more and more, I am finding no ill effects thus far, even making a few skate saves with them. No pain what so ever. I do think the thick, traditional plastic outsole has something to do with impact absorption. The thick, padded toe cap also helps. My only beef is that my heel and ankle don’t lock in very well with these skates AT ALL. This may take some creative engineering, not limited to adding the CCM/Reebok lace locker or adapting other means to lock the skate onto my ankle. 
 
These skates have been the hardest to break in for me in my memory; I was spoiled by VH/True’s form fit and immediate comfort. But these are, for the most part, pretty nice.

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