Hey Puckmugger--How do I put heel lifts in my skates?Feb 11, 2006 Write an essay on this topic.
Popular Products in Sport and OutdoorThe Bottom Line The addition of heel lifts in many brands of skates can improve your skating substantially.
I never paid attention to pitch until I bought the Salming F1's. At first I thought the t-blade runners were dull, so I replaced them. Then I went back to your review, and there was the pitch discussion I overlooked (because I never heard of it before).
I have three other pairs of t-blades (the Graf G35, and retrofits to my old Supremes and Tacks). None of them has a negative pitch, and they were all easy to skate in the first time out.
But the Salmings are the most comfortable skates I've ever put on. You mentioned lifts in your review. I never heard of lifts in a skate either, so I want to make sure I get this right.
Can lifts turn the salming f1 from a negative pitch to a positive pitch? And can I do it myself (when do I buy skate lifts?). If not, will the local skate shop guys even know what I'm talking about. None of them even carry t-blades here, so I have to order off of the web.
Any help would be appreciated. And good book - it's nice to have everything in one place.
I might have added to your confusion since I am a qualified skate technician and do all of the work on my own skates. I didn't really mention that putting heel lifts in a pair isn't something that you can do in the average garage.
The heel lift essentially is a wedge that is custom fabricated by a skate tech to change the pitch of the skate. It is a small plastic piece placed between the heel of the skate and the holder to pitch the skater forward into a more aggressive stance.
They aren't something that you just buy and slap on unfortunately. You will have to go to a shop that can remove the heel rivets put the lift in and re-rivet the skates. If the guys at your local skate shop don't know what heel lifts are, they shouldn't be trusted to do anything to your skates more complicated than putting new laces in them. I went with 3-millimeters in my Salmings and it helped quite a bit.
Let me know how it works out for you.
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