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  1. Ok so I'll start this off. I have a pair of G50 skates in size 11.5. My blades are fubar'd and i have the old cobra cowlings. Will a newer size 11 cowling fit my 11.5 boot?
  2. Murray

    Graf DM1080

    A few people have asked for my thoughts on the Graf DM1080s, so, here we are. Some preamble: I sustained a pretty nasty high-ankle sprain last April, and really couldn't play any meaningful hockey until mid-January of this year. Attempts to play didn't go well, and it was eventually found that I had also sustained a minor tendon tear in the back of leg/ankle. I had been in a pair of VH skates with Bauer cowling, but was interested in trying the new(ish) Grafs - in my younger, more competitive days, I always wore Graf skates, so I'm familiar with the general feel of them. I knew they'd allow me more mobility with my ankle (a lower, more open boot compated to the more form-fitting VH), though I didn't know if that'd be a positive thing. A pair popped up on GGSU, in what I assumed to be my size, and at an absolute steal of a price. So, I snapped them up. I returned to the ice roughly a month ago, rocking my new Optik setup, and, the Graf DM1080s. Appearance: These skates look GREAT. Black cowling is always a plus, though the previous owner opted for the standard blades instead of the black blades. Oh well. The previous owner had also altered the cowling, giving it the "Carey Price" cut. More on this later. Weight: To be honest, holding both the VH and Graf skates in each hand, I can't really discern much of a weight difference. MISC: The build quality is, as expected, great. The tongue is a super, super thick felt, which is very comfortable. So, some may say it'd be foolish to jump right back in wearing so much new gear, but I'm of the mindset that if you have your fundamentals down, you should be just fine - new equipment should never be an excuse. My immediate impressions were that the Grafs probably ran a half-to-full size large, as I have a bit of extra space around my toes. The front toe box also seems wider - they feel spacious, but not bad. The feel of the 4mm blade is nice - I've been using 3mm on my VHs, and I'm considering switching back. The steel is high quality, and has held it's edge very well. The height of the stock steel is comparable to standard Step Steel, and combined with the cut-out cowling, gives a VERY good attack angle. Each push feels quite solid. The cowling on my left skate failed somewhat spectacularly last weekend. I had to extend a bit to stop a quick, low wrister, which hit the cap and blasted pieces of plastic all over my crease. I was annoyed by this, especially as I was at a one-day tournament that saw me play almost immediately after my first game, and wouldn't have time to inspect the damage. I figured I'd be generally ok, as the toe box construction on Grafs are stated to be double the thickness of other brands - but, I was a bit wrong on this. The impact had cracked the plastic down the bottom of the cowling, allowing the blade to flex and move considerably on pushes. I'm lucky it didn't break during my second game, as I could've injured myself. I can't blame this failure on Graf, as the cowlings had been pretty seriously modified, which was probably the cause. I was able to get the cowling replaced quickly, though I now have a two-tone pair of skates, as I could only get a white cowling on such short notice. I've played one game with the mismatched cowling, and didn't notice any glaring differences between the cut and non-cut skate. I'm happy I've been able to give the Graf DM1080s a solid try. There are aspects of them I prefer to my VH/Bauer setup - the lower pitch of the Graf cowling, and the 4mm steel. The difference in ankle room/support is interesting, but I won't be able to make any real observations on that until I switch back to my VHs for a bit, which may start tonight (if I can get them sharpened). I don't have any real complaints; the sizing issue isn't a big deal. If you get the chance to give the Graf DM1080s a spin, and are familiar with Graf, you'll likely be quite thrilled. If you're like myself, and are looking to try something a bit different, you'll also probably be quite pleased.
  3. Clearing these out for my brother. 7.5 wide skates, pretty heavy use. Wear spots on the boot near the ball of the foot. Eyelets all in solid shape. Asking $120 + ship OBO
  4. All, As some of you may have noticed I went on a bit of a splurge recently and need to clear out some gear. I'm selling a pair of lightly used Graf Ultra 7500 goal skates. Owned by me for 5 years or so, I only played in them for 2 years of that time, maybe once a week. They're in really great shape and will come with two pairs of Step Steel and yellow Superfeet insoles. The steel is profiled out to a 20/32' radius by No Icing Sports. **note, the felt underneath the footbed says 7 but the actual size is printed under the boot sandwiched by the cowling. They are 6.5R. I'm asking $250 + ship OBO
  5. I'm not quite sure when it happened but it probably started out innocently enough, worn out stock foot bed or maybe even just sore feet. I heard about these great inserts and wanted to try them, I mean what's the harm in that right? I could always go back to OEM whenever I wanted. But the reality is I can't. My name is @BadAngle41... and I Superfeet. Grafs for years, then a pair of Tacks, back to Grafs, now in a Bauer. No matter what the brand I can't help myself... I Superfeet. Maybe it's been so long that I can't explain what they do, but rather what stock ones don't do. I tried using the OEM foot bed from my S190s and I felt totally off. Complete lack of cushioning on the balls of my feet, heel felt like it was sliding around, and just generally off balance.The cushion on Superfeet (Yellow), very comfortable at throughout the foot. The heel cup keeps my heel in place, a bit raised to move me slightly more onto my toes, and just a more connected feel to the ice. Who else uses non-OEM foot beds in their skates? If so, what brand and why?
  6. Graf G4500 skates, senior size 11.5. Used once a week for less than a year. Some discoloration as shown, mesh interior still in great shape. Plenty of steel left on the blades. $75 OBO, LMK if you have any questions. Thanks for looking!
  7. Link to my Kijiji ad. 3 pairs for sale. Willing to ship within Canada and to US as well. Prices in Cdn. https://www.kijiji.ca/v-hockey/winnipeg/goalie-skates/1288978831?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true
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