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  1. Picked up some 2.0 Speed Plates to put in my new skates this week. Haven't used them yet so I'll just start by listing the main differences I can see. I used the original version for like 6-8 months or so. The fabric material now includes a thin layer of LD memory foam. It doesn't feel thick enough to give you an overly cushy feeling, but definitely softer feeling than the old ones. It also shouldn't be thick enough to really affect energy transfer, which would kind of defeat the purpose of the insoles. I didn't have an issue with comfort in the old ones since the heat forming around your foot seemed to offset their hardness. The main material feels a bit more substantial, not like night and day or anything, but doesn't quite feel like a thin plastic sheet. Don't know if it's actually any kind of comp material or they just put a weave pattern on it. Had them throw out the packaging in store so I'll have to google the materials. I didn't have an issue with the old ones cracking, but I think this change was to address durability. Also apparently the PHL guy gave me one size too big as the old ones are size 10 and the new ones are size 9 like they should be. There isn't a heel cup on the new model. I don't know that the original version was intended to have a truly functional heel cup like how superfeet stabilizes your heelpad, it just kind of looked like they decided to wrap the material around the heel. (Thought I had while writing this. Maybe this is because they are a full size too big for my skates? Not sure.) Will post an update after a few skates.
  2. Split out from Graf Boot - XSG Holder Topic UPDATE: The skates continue to feel good. Enough flex but still stiff... and a more neutral pitch. One thing I wanted to address now is the insoles. Stock Graf Sidas insoles were leaving something to be desired... so I started searching for something that would keep a neutral pitch yet give me more arch support (I have pretty high arches.) The usual suspects (Bauer, CCM, Superfeet, Elite) all seemed to aim at not only providing more arch support... but also more of a forward pitch... so less than ideal for me. In looking at CCM's offering I saw they're made by CURREX who also makes their own insole... https://currex.us/products/hockeypro?variant=30407090896986 Similar Construction to CCM's "Custom Support Performance Skate Insoles." Then I came across a brand that while they didn't have a hockey specific offering... they do have something a little different from everyone else... a metatarsal pad. Taken from their site... "Our metatarsal pads offer relief for people experiencing pain or discomfort in the balls of their feet. By supporting the natural spacing of your metatarsal bones you can eliminate pain associated with metatarsalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, Morton's neuroma and other foot-specific ailments." While I haven't been diagnosed with anything... I was getting some pain and even numbness in my 2X Pro skates. Could have been any number of factors. But I thought I had enough Amazon points so I picked up a pair of their ACTIVE THIN WITH MET PAD which they say are "Best for skates, ski boots, flats, skate shoes, dress shoes and other tight-fitting or slim footwear." https://yoursole.com/us/mens/footbeds/active-thin-met-eva/ Once I received them I heat molded them per their instructions, and wore them last night. They definitely felt better than the stock insoles. Arch felt much more supported and the met pad was noticeable but not intrusive. That said... and this is more of a difference in boot... but the Graf seems to be more generous in the toe box than 2X Pro and I want it to feel a little tighter. Impressed with these... I just ordered a set of similar insoles... but with 1.6mm of cushioning... their ACTIVE MEDIUM WITH MET PAD. Help take up slightly more volume for me. https://yoursole.com/us/mens/footbeds/active-medium-met-eva/
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