Chenner29 Posted April 20 Share Posted April 20 @TheGoalNet shared via Instagram a mod I'm testing out on my Px3s. I've stitched in some Bauer-style CRS straps (made by Sara at PAW) to run through the Lundy loop on the back of my skates, and have just switched out the stock ProLace Armor Hybrids (1" gap + 3/4" spacer = 1-3/4" slack in the toe) in the photo to traditional skate lace for testing. Was questioned on the purpose of it by a few people so I'll detail out my theorycrafting here, and to me it boils down to trying to balance the pros and cons of skate toe lace vs elastic toe lace: Elastic toes pros/cons: +: flexibility at the toe when needed +: Keeps toe of skate tighter to toe bridge for better pad control when moving (let's call it "toe slop" here) -: Toe box integration and loading off the post in RVH are awkward, elastic continues to give as you push force through it -: Elastic toes are great on the way down into a butterfly to reduce hip/knee/ankle strain, but once you are down and pushing for more range you are causing greater stress to those areas as you are working against the elastics Skate lace pros/cons: +: Set end point, you always know how much it will let out +: Better integration to post with toe box RVH integration -: More slack = more toe slop - pad slides in all directions around the toe of your skate -: In order to get the same amount of hip/ankle/knee freedom, you need to run more slack with skate lace. As of right now it seems like the current setup only has good things going on for it. I'm running a 2" gap between the bridge and my first knot. Skate lace w/CRS pros/cons: +: Still have your set end point with the skate lace +: Skate lace grants the better RVH post integration +: a tight enough CRS forces the skate boot forward in the boot channel +: Running a longer skate lace to give the flex and rotation, while using CRS to moderate how much freedom you get while still being able to give when you need it Will report back as I get reps with this build. This all may be redundant with a tight enough FRS setup in the calf area. Here's some visuals: Below is a top down shot of the toe bridge, without CRS support. You can imagine how much toe slop there is here. My skates would be going every which way in a 2"-ish arc centered around the toe bridge, represented by the yellow line Below is a zoomed out photo. Note the toe of the pad will probably droop forward like this when you're in your stance - could have both a potential positive and negative effect - pro (shorter thigh rise, easier to move) and a con (sloppy feeling pad/boot) Below is the skate set up with CRS through the Lundy loop. You can see the skate toe is a lot tighter to the toe bar 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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