Looking for more mobility? Drop it.
With so many boots on the market built to be as stiff as possible in the upper quarter of the boot it's left many players feeling to locked in and looking for ways to feel more balanced more over top of the balls of their feet.
An easy way to accomplish this with most skates is to drop down one eyelet when lacing your skates. This will give a greater range of mobility and forward flex.
Slide your mouse over the photo below to see the change in range of flex.
Longer stride = more powerful strides, quicker turning = you get to the puck first in a foot race!
This might seem like a simple concept...and some of you reading this right now saying to yourself that you've been doing this since Peewee - but many players never think about just trying it to see if it benefits their skating. Like anything when it comes to your gear, it all comes down to personal preference.
Experiment and see if there's an extra gear you didn't know you had.
If you're looking for that greater range of motion right of the box - check out the revolutionary Easton Mako II or Mako M8 skates.
This video shows some of the advantages that an increased range of motion will provide.