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  1. I'm getting a pair of True Two-Piece skates and I'm not sure whether to go with the normal Step Holder with Step Steel or a Vertexx Holder with LS 5G blades. I've been in Bauer x900's for 3 years now and I feel like the Vertexx holder will give me more familiarity. However, the guy who I'm ordering through told me that the Step Steel blades are such higher quality that most customers opt for that instead of the Vertexx. I'd love to hear others experiences with the Step holder and blades or the Vertexx holder and LS 5G blades.
  2. I'm in the market for new skates and I'm interested in the True two-piece and Bauer 2xPro's. I've been leaning True as my left foot is about a full size bigger then my right and trying to get skates that fit and feel comfortable on both feet has always been an issue. That would probably be solved with True's, but I've heard lots of durability issues with them. I've seen a lot of conflicting thoughts on them. Next year I'm playing high level U15 and I'll be skating 6+ times a week when the season starts (hopefully) so they will take a beating. I've always worn Bauer skates so I'm a bit hesitant to change. I've never had any huge issues with Bauer skates besides some ankle pain and an awkward fit. The tech on the 2xPro's looks pretty sick and seems like a great skate I'm just thinking the custom boot from True is more up my alley. If I go with True, I was thinking I'd go with the Vertex holder as it would give me some familiarity to a Bauer skate. If anyone can tell me about their experience with True's or 2xPro's I'd highly appreciate it. Also if you had True's please touch on the durability and the holders.
  3. Hey guys. I have been wanting to paint the carbon fiber part of my true skates for a while now. Anyone know how to do it/recommendations for people to do it? I have heard that I can take it to a body shop and have them paint them but I don't know if I want to spend 70$ on a paint job if I could get it somewhere else for much cheaper.
  4. I thought I would do a little write-up of the skates I received from TRUE early last week. First a little background: I've been in a Graf style boot for most of my time in net. My skate history in chronological order: Graf 750, Bauer 7000, Graf G50, Bauer One100, Bauer Pro, Graf Ultra 7500. I started having issues with the Graf product when I hit the G50 line. I'm not sure what it was, but when I would get set for a shot and lean in on my inner edges, occasionally I would get a shooting pain starting at the ball of my foot going up my leg. Felt like a pinched nerve or something. The Bauers alleviated this, BUT I have a higher volume/high instep foot, and never fit quite properly in the One100 or Pro. I was getting problematic lacebite with the Bauer product so I went back to the 7500. I loved the stiffness of the Pros, but after a while realized they were probably too stiff as the top of the ankle on the boot was causing some prevalent bruising above my ankle bone. I went back to a Graf in the 7500, and the fit problems persisted. I stuck with the stock footbed, then Superfeet, and even bought a pair of Sidas molded footbeds. The pinched nerve feeling continued. I endured for a couple years until recently, when I started getting awful pain in the heel that would kick in like clockwork around the end of warmups and persist throughout my games/ice sessions. I re-molded the skates a few times and had the problem areas punched out, but nothing seemed to work, so it was time to try something else. I tried on the 1S and 1X skates in both regular and wide width, but didn't feel comfortable in them as the toe boxes in these seemed to narrow for my foot. Most of my reservations with the VH/True product were because of familiarity. I could go to a store and try on Grafs and Bauers. How could I justify the price tag of a VH or True skate without being able to try them on? I didn't want to be stuck with a $900 paperweight. In mid-October, I decided enough was enough and bit the bullet. To help with the purchase, I picked up a new credit card that granted me a $150 statement credit after the first $1000 spent in a 3 month billing period and away we went. I did the skates at my local HockeyMonkey. The imprint process is pretty neat. They have you stand "Captain Morgan" style with your knee flexed 90 degrees on a little sheet of plastic while the shop employee doing the fit rotates around your foot with an iPad. I paid my deposit and the wait began. I was quoted 6-8 weeks but got a call from my buddy at the shop in 5. I decided on a boot only, thinking my Graf cowling could be mounted. I was wrong - the cowlings were too small for the boot. I ended up having to track down the Vertexx holders that are used on the 1S and 1X skate. After I placed the order, I reached out to Tim, who asked me if I specified on the order form if I would put them on a cowling or go cowlingless - apparently there are actually 3 boot types (one piece cowling, 2 piece, 2 piece cowling). I didn't know this was an option, and the folks at Monkey didn't know either. We are still awaiting to see what kind of boot I have. In the meantime, I have skated a few sessions with my two piece skates because I am incredibly impatient and apparently have no regard for personal safety. The heat molding process is a little different than with other brands. I haven't heat molded skates in a long time - I got the Ultra 7500s when they were brand new and haven't been fit for skates since. I think that makes them 4 years old at this point? It's a 30 minute mold process with the Trues. I think they went for 15 minutes in the oven, and I sat with them on for another 15. The skates get pretty hot and extremely pliable. I was a little concerned at first because of how mushy they felt. But they stiffened right back up as they cooled off. So I've had three skate sessions with these so far, two of them were sticktime/on the pond style sessions, so I got a lot of work and went through a lot of movement. A few impressions: Instead of a "U" shape boot, the eyelets wrap more over the top of your foot to create a "C" shape. for those that like to tape their ankles, the boot wraps completely around your ankle with much less "dead space" that a stock boot. I feel very locked into these skates once they're on - very little room for the ankle to move around means more power in your movements going straight down to the steel and ice. I have zero hotspots or pain points in these skates. The fit is unreal. When set in a deeper stance with your legs angled, there is virtually zero give from the bottom of the boot to the steel. the feel is like having the steel in my skates extend directly from the bottom of my boot to the ice. compare this to a pair of skates with cowlings; when engaging my inner edges I would feel some degree of flex between the boot and cowling. Power transfer feels really good. I had No Icing pre-sharpen my steel to 3/8ths; I think my steel got bashed around when the holders were getting installed. After the session, I ran my fingers over the edges. Felt like a 7/8ths or inch cut. Despite this, I still got some really strong pushes and didn't lose my footing once. Once I had them sharpened, oh my. It's a very strange sensation and hard to describe, almost like you "feel" the ice surface more. I have taken a lot of shots the past week or so, some rapid fire/rebound plays. While I have not been able to get in front of every puck, I have not bottomed out yet - but this may have more to do with losing the cowling than anything else. I've noticed my legs feel less fatigued after rough skates, it feels like I'm exerting less energy to get the same amount of power into my movement There's a "snappiness" to the boot on deep T pushes that I haven't felt in any kind of skate before. As always, please let me know if you have any questions, I would be happy to answer.
  5. So I'm likely going to get some new custom skates either around the holidays or beginning of the new year. Looks like I'll be deciding between another custom set of Bauers, or True/VH. Talking with Rance at TGC, he is steering me towards the True's, since apparently they haven't really done any custom Bauer or CCM since they started doing True's. My feet are a half-size different (8 7/8 L, 9 3/8 R), so custom is almost necessary. The major factor I think will be the upcharge on the Bauers. It may be significantly more than it was when I got my custom 1S skates. At that point it was only retail + $100 for all the custom options. On the Bauer site right now, they have the custom player skates listed at $1299 vs the stock $999 (CAD), so we'll see what Rance finds out. With the options I would add to a True skate, I'd still be looking at close to $1000 before tax. I'm really only looking to upgrade because of the liner in the 1S not really locking my foot in to the heel of the skate, which is something it sounds like the 2S solved pretty well. So similar to why I didn't go Optik when I got my latest full set, even though I know True is a quality full custom product, I'd find it hard to leave something I'm comfortable with for one small reason that will be addressed by the latest model. One small thing, and a price difference of like $300/400 however, would probably make me switch. Plus I had my 1S fit by Rod (RIP) at TGC, where after googling a bit I found several examples between GSBB, reddit etc. of people praising the custom skates they got from him, so I would be pretty confident in staying with these specs in a new Bauer skate. The True/VH Stock thread had a few comments about how the True's may not be for everyone, does anyone else have any custom skate stories/nightmares?
  6. Hello all! I know what you're thinking...we already have a lot of reviews on the True 2 piece skates (yet none on the 1 piece). But in my opinion, with a product as important as a skate and the inability to try them on, we need as many reviews as possible. After all, nothing can impact your game more than an ill-fitting skate. It affects your comfort, motion and speed. Plus if you are as picky as me, it is next to impossible to buy something without demoing/extensive testing in store. I have put about two dozen ice times on them by now. While I don't think this is a high enough usage time to truly review most equipment, I believe it is for skates since you are on them, and using them 100% of the time. For this review, I will break it down into five separate categories: Comfort, Fit, Performance, Features and Quality/Price Comfort This is probably the most important category when it comes to considering the True skate. As we all know, it is a custom skate built off a scan/tracing built to the specifications of your foot. This is especially comforting (pun 100% intended) when you have a weird foot like myself. I have skinny heels, a very wide forefoot and an incredibly low arch. But this isn't all...I have an EXTREMELY pronounced inner ankle bone. This has made finding a comfortable skate nearly impossible for me. Aside from a very old pair of Nike Bauer One95s that lasted me for years, every skate I have ever owned either fit too big or caused pain in the ankle and/or forefoot. At first sight, you can literally see the boot shaped to your foot. In this next pic, you can see the extra space for my inner ankle. It was hard to get on camera, but it is very noticeable in person. You can also see my arch and space for my forefoot but I was unable to really get a good pic of those for this review. But believe me, it's there. There is no denying that this skate is hands down the most comfortable skate I have ever been in. There was zero need to punch out any areas, and everything lines up perfectly where they should be. I was stubborn at first and used my Superfeet insoles. Superfeet have always been a lifesaver because of my low arches. Before then, I would be uncomfortable and stand pronated (bad). But after asking in the True threads about insoles and the opinions of some users, I decided to give the stock footbeds a try. Happy to say the stock footbeds work just as well as my Superfeet! Plus, the True footbeds are softer (and more comfortable). I would like to try to cut the red footbed at the arch as I have seen Scott do on True's Youtube page, but I have not (more on this in features). If you are stubborn like me and are reluctant to switch, give the stock footbeds a try. You won't be disappointed! One problem I had with comfort is that the right skate was made a bit too short in my opinion. The toe of the skate has some nice, soft padding which is nice, but I feel like my big toe and second toe (what is it actually called :p) were pressing up with it too much. To solve this, I compressed the padding a bit and it was a relatively easy solution. My left foot is a tad bit smaller, so I had no problem with this at all. I can see how some people would like this, but I like a little bit of wiggle room in my toe box. Fit Now, I've been raving about the comfort, so that means they should fit perfectly as well right? Spoilers: yes they do but it has actually taken a lot of trial and error to find the right fit. It all started after the first bake. It baked so well that the eyelets "cuffed" in. Not only did this make it way too tight in the ankles, but it severely limited my forward flex for my stance as well (I have a very aggressive/deep stance). Not to mentioned, it made getting in and out of the skate very troubling and PAINFUL (as my ankles would have to be forced in). Getting them re-baked and rolling out the eyelets fixed this issue, but it is certainly something to note. My aggressive stance: (keep in mind, this is from a semi-far away shot...I get deeper in my stance if its closer). I will try to find a pic for reference and edit later. Eyelet cuff before below... (after pic is at the beginning of the review) Another problem I had with finding the fit was something as simple as lacing the skate! My old strategy for lacing made the skate WAY too tight in the ankles (actually a good thing as you don't have to crank down the eyelets). But there had to be a middle ground, because if I tied them too loosely, my foot would be "wobbly" and therefore not sturdy in the boot, and I would have heel slippage. The heel slipping wouldn't be as noticeable in the True boot as there is a built in heel pocket as opposed to other skates, but I still had the problem. Keep in mind, I like to feel REALLY connected to my skate and love them to be tight. The funny part is, I have to use these skates barefoot now because I couldn't find a pair of socks that wouldn't compromise the fit. Here's how I cured the lacing problem. Step 1 was waxed laces. Now I know what you're thinking..."waxed laces for a custom made boot?!" and I thought the same thing. But they have made a huge difference for me. They don't loosen up when moving up eyelets or during play, and I can feel snug without having to tie them tight. Step 2, my new lacing method. I still lace them up normally all the way up (pic 1 below), but an important thing I have to do is flex my knee to the toe of the skate while I am tying them (pic 2 below). This keeps me secure in the ankles/heel but also give me my aggressive stance back. 1. 2. So here is how I lace my skates from top to bottom: "Loose" means zero tension on eyelets "Snug" means minimal tension on eyelets. Like loose with an extra pull. "Tight" means full tension on eyelets. Obviously not my full strength, but noticeably tighter than snug. A third thing about fit is the adjustable tongue. It is a great idea in concept. You can adjust it lower/higher because it is on a velcro strip. I prefer to keep my tongue in line with the velcro strip, so there is no under/overhang. I consider this the "middle ground" or the best of both worlds. It keeps room in the toe box which I like, but is snug on the rest of my foot and does not inhibit flex. Performance: This is going to be a short section because I don't have TOO much to say. After I got the fit/lacing down (especially for my stance and movements), they have performed great! They are an extremely stiff boot, but coming from a 1S and 1X skate, it has a similar(ish) feel to Curv Composite boots. Not sure about CCM, as I have never been in a CCM skate. However, if you are coming from a non-composite boot, it's going to be a huge adjustment. In fact, I feel like they are a tad TOO stiff. Whereas the Supreme boot has an "anatomical" top, and the 1X has a flexible rubber-esque ankle top, it's clear that the True skates are just a reinforced player boot with no tendon guard. As players are a forward-back type of stride, side to side flex isn't as important to them. But it is for goalies...it's almost our entire game! I would really like to see a better design for this regarding their goalie models. It is certainly something that I have gotten used to, but I don't feel like that's something that should take adjusting. When it comes to protection, I have had ZERO issues. When first ordering, I was worried the toes would not be reinforced well enough as they don't appear like they would be. We all make those saves where we really have to stretch our legs on a shot going wider than anticipated, one timers, tips, etc that hit our skate instead of our pads. I am super happy and now feel 110% confident I can take an accidental shot off the toes and be fine. In terms of weight, when looking at demo skates at the store, these skates feel noticeably heavier than other goalie skates. But let's be honest, cowlingless skates just became a thing last year and these things are no more heavier than a skate with a cowling. I also don't think weight is a huge factor for a goalie skate vs a player skate. Another thing to note, is that these skates fit so well, I barely notice the excess weight. I can only comment on the performance of the boot, however as that is all I purchased. I am not a big fan of the Step VH holder and I think Tydan blades perform better than Step Steel after trying both. I also think the Vertexx Edge holder is perfect for a cowling less skate in terms of weight, feel and ease of access. Although this is not a Tydan DLC review, I cannot recommend them enough. I can go weeks between sharpenings despite playing 5-6x per week. The only problem is the heat from a sharpening can take off the coating fairly easily. And I trust my pro shop guy, so this was not fully user error (although humans aren't always perfect). Features: Let me just say this: I DO NOT like the velcro tongue. It likes to detach when putting the skate on and it takes an extra step of adjustment when putting the skates on to make sure the tongue is fitting right. I would certainly like to see the option to have the tongue permanently affixed as an option, or for True/VH to lace it in or use a higher strength velcro. After all, once you have it where you like it, it doesn't need to be removed. So why is it so easy to remove it? The Lundy Loop is a very nice add, and I am happy to see it is a big loop to make feeing straps through easier if you like to do that. For a custom skate, there is surprisingly limited features one is able to get. As mentioned, I ordered boot only and put different holders/runners on so that was a nice custom option. It's very nice that they will drill holes for you preferred holder. When ordering the skates, there are only four different custom options: Colour of the quarter package, embroidery and normal/reinforced and white or black felt tongue. The colours and embroidery are $25 a piece and are no means a performance changer, just a nice to have vs a need to have. Neither is the tongue unless you have lacebite issues as goalies already have pads on to protect that area. As mentioned above, I would like to see the option to have the tongue permanently affixed. I believe this could be implemented easily. I would also like to see an extra red footbed included with the skate. With how Scott preaches how important the red footbed is, and the ability to add one/cut out a piece for the arch, I think this is a very minor cost that can have a positive affect. Another idea would be to have an upper "stiffness profile". The achilles area has a very soft/flexible material and I would like to see an option to get the top part of the skate wrapped around with this material for the top maybe 1/4-1/2" or so. That's about all I can think of for features, but would love to hear more ideas as well. Quality/Price Finally the last part of my review! Has anyone made it this far? First I will talk about price as it's easy. The boots cost me $699 CDN (plus $50 CDN for embroidery and colour). The compete 2 piece costs $849CDN. This is incredibly reasonable considering this cost is in the same category as other top end skates. Not to mention, these are custom and are made in Canada. In fact, it's a great price. The box it comes in is also bar-none the best box I have ever received. I have it on display! How many boxes can we say that about? And I use the drawstring bag in my hockey bag to protect my skates from anything that may damage them/vice versa. While I agree with the upcharge for embroidery (as it's more material and an extra step), I don't think colours should also be an upcharge. It's not like it's adding extra material or time...as it's literally just a colour change. Does white/red/etc cost more? I doubt it. But this is my opinion...I think the colours look way better than just the black and it is a negligible amount of money considering the cost of the skate. And by no means is it necessary! Just my opinion. When it comes to quality and quality assurance, I do have a few issues. 1. There is excess glue in places that do make the skates look a bit cheap in my opinion. While I understand these are handmade, I do think when you're at the top end price point, this needs to be fixed. By no means does this affect performance or durability (so far), it does look bad. There are more than two spots as the pics would suggest as well. 2. This is no biggie by ANY means, but the laces that came with the skates were hilariously long. Even a triple knot would still cause them to land on the ice if they came untucked from my hockey socks. The guy I ordered from says he's seen laces that have come hilariously long like mine and too short in other cases. I would like to see True actually send laces that are appropriately sized. It's not a difficult thing to do. No pic, as I quickly changed them out. 3. My order was actually messed up. I had ordered the black felt tongue, but obviously received the white. I don't really care about this either, as I only picked black because I was told it was the "standard option", but True/VH needs to double check these things. Luckily, for me it was just the felt colour/laces/glue excess and not something major like an imperfection/wrong embroidery/eyelet colour. But they need to be on top of this. If this was a goalie pad, I would be upset. Conclusion To be honest, I cannot rate these skates on a scale of 1-10. But I can say that if you're experiencing any foot pain in off the shelf skates or cannot fit into an appropriate size, I cannot recommend these skates enough. I can be on these things for hours and my foot still thinks they're my fluffy slippers. TL;DR: Great skate that has its quirks and has made my goaltending a much more comfortable experience. Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for viewing!
  7. Stumbled across the True section, thought it could use this thread. I've got one A 4.5 and one A 6.0 True goalie stick. I've been very impressed so far, these are the first composite goalie sticks that I've ever had.
  8. Hey Guys! So I must apologize for being so late to the party. Goal Net has done an awesome job getting a nice forum going where we can focus on the gear! I know most of us are absolute junkies and drool over gear. I am gonna try and share as many cool things, custom orders etc as we get them. We do try to keep our posts up to date on Instagram and Facebook as well. Unfortunately though since there is only 3 of us who work here on a full time basis and usually only have 2-3 of us in the store at any given time and we all wear many hats and do various things. That being said I cannot dedicate as much time as I would like to certain things, this being one of them but I will try! Should anyone ever need to get in touch with me, TGC Rance on Facebook and my email is [email protected] -Rance
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