jeff da goalie Posted March 6, 2018 Share Posted March 6, 2018 So I've got a few skates in with my new Bauer Vapor X900 skates. Most recently, I added Tydan blades having heard that the stock steel is meh. I'm coming from Reebok 11k skates due to my wide feet. First impressions: Very comfortable skates. The toe box is wide enough for my 4Efeet (I wear a size 8 2E in skates). I like them tight around the ankles and I do have a little bit of soreness on my ankle bones which protrude a bit any way. I wear those little gel pad slipons that the figure skaters wear. It's very masculine. Really. My first time on the ice, other than them being a mite too sharp, they felt very natural. I took them to an open skate first and they felt great. Didn't have a chance to do any real goalie specific movements since it was crowded with short tiny people who either didn't know how to skate or were skating too fast, along with their accompanying larger older people, who didn't know how to skate and a bunch of figure skaters who didn't give a damn that it was crowded. Got them on the ice for a game I was subbing in, so if I shat the bed due to the skates, it wouldn't have killed my team. As it was, the skates were wonderful. It made butterfly slides effortless, skating was awesome, and they really just felt good. Same with my next game. Then I got the Tydan blades. I initially had trouble getting them in, but with a gentle whack with Maxwell's silver hammer (or a rubber mallet) and they slid in. I was a little worried because of the additional height, but really had nothing to worry about. I adjusted very quickly and the height let me get even deeper in my stance and movements were even easier. My one complaint is that I'm coming from Reebok's which have the lace lock so I'm used to wearing them loose below the lock and tight up on the ankles. I may have to mod the skates to add that since my foot fell asleep a little due to having to have the laces consistently tight. But it's not a huge complaint. I'm very pleased with them. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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