I have used the skates a few times and there is a little bit of a curve to using them as you get more of your edge on the ice when forward in the skate. Once I figured that piece out, I have less stress on my hips (I’m 45 so that means more to me than most goalies) as well as my knees. The common gripe I’ve see about feet being uncomfortable I haven’t experienced. I keep the bottom of the skate loose and the tip above the ankle tighter. I’ve taken shots off the boot and it’s a little better than my previous Bauer skates with cowlings.
Overall best goalies skates I’ve purchased.
While I didn't buy them from here (we're on the east coast...) I wanted to share my son's experience with these skates after a month of almost daily use.
Long story short, he loves them. he found that he has a much better grab on the ice when doing power pushes, he can get into a much more agressive stance when the puck is close to the net and he founds that his hips feel much better after a game or practice.
There are a few little things that are good to know about the fit of these skates.
-First, it does take 2-3 times on the ice to get used to them. the back to front flexibility is a bit strange at first so give yourself some time to get used to it.
-Second, don't be afraid to go back and have them remolded if you feel a couple sore spots after 2-3 skates. When you mold them the first time, before you go on the ice, the will feel very comfortable, but using them you may feel some inconfort in some spots. For my son, we went back after 3 skates and had them remolded but with a special shim at a certain point of pressure this time. It absolutely fixed the issue and now my son says these are the most comfortable skates he ever had.
-Third the bottom clip needs to be just tight enough to lock your heel in place in the skate and make sure your foot doesn't move, but not so tight as to feel too much pressure.
-Finally, work your way up when tightening the clips, exactly like you would do with a ski boot. So start loose, then gradually tighter until you reach the correct tightness.
All in all, they're great skate and my son loves them.
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