How do I bake my Bauer skates?

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Connor Abbot: Saw pictures of a guy who did this with his APX2's and left them in a little too long.

Ville Aho: Fun little factoid, in Finland as Saunas are almost as common as houses (estimated around 2 million for a population of 5.4 million) and Ice hockey is everywhere, these two things have been combined. When a parent buys their kid their first pair of real skates they go into the sauna in the evening like usual but the kid have their brand new shiny skates on and bake them that way. Probably not as efficient as heating them up in the oven but a nice little tradition. I've never been so excited to go into the sauna as I was when my mom bought me my first pair of real skates.

Caitlin Parisi: Thinking of getting new skates since my old ones are starting to hurt and plan on going higher end, the 2013 Bauer Apx2s that are phasing out to be exact. The skates I found are a width e, and I'm originally a d. But I feel like I'm somewhere in between that. Do you think the width...

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Caitlin Parisi: Thinking of getting new skates since my old ones are starting to hurt and plan on going higher end, the 2013 Bauer Apx2s that are phasing out to be exact. The skates I found are a width e, and I'm originally a d. But I feel like I'm somewhere in between that. Do you think the width issue would matter as much with an e if I got them baked? Or better asked, can they still be fitted to my feet by getting them baked?

Haltronic: good video, very useful.

Bakum22: Good video. Some shops try to charge $30+ for this service that takes you like 40-50 minutes at home. Less if you bake both at the same time. I jus did this process myself.

Latoya Kirton: Love it

AxelShifter: I want to try this but my box says "to be done in store with a preset oven" which they're referring to a traditional skate baking oven. I have Easton Mako M7s will I be okay If I do this at home still?

3213089: Thanks for the vid just baked my skates and they feel much better....

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freddyjay jr: Is this universal for all skates? I just picked up a pair of mx3's and just want to make sure these same instructions will work

hky8- -8plays: If you bake your skates with waxed laces,will that ruin the laces?and make them unwaxed?

Sam Turney: Worked Awesome!

Nuvadauba numele: So does are Celsius or Fahrernheit?

LavenderPajamas08: do you have to wait 24 hours for them to settle? I got a game in 4 hours lol

whodoesjenny likeplz: Great video! your very good at explaining everything in detail man! keep up the great vids. Subbed. Cheers Chase!

Mmiitthh: can you bake any skate or does it have to be one that is makrketed as custom moldable?

JuniorFailure: do they have to be brand new when you bake them? I've worn mine once so far.

Mike Torres: Great video Ice Warehouse as always.

Laki Utoka: 175 Celsius or fahrenheit?

Joe Cameron: I have wide feet

Joe Cameron: are there any head gear for...

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New to these boards, sorry if an identical thread already exists. I was wondering if people had tips for baking skates at home? Recently bought a new pair of skates (Bauer X40s), got them baked in the shop where I bought them, but would like to bake them again at home just to work out a pressure point (almost a perfect fit, but just slightly tight around the balls of my feet). Before I do this I thought I'd get some tips.

I know to use unwaxed laces, and to pull outwards when tightening so as to avoid putting too much pressure on the eyelets. However, I have a couple questions:

1) What temperature should I bake them at, and for how long? I've heard anywhere from 150-200 degrees fahrenheit, and anywhere from 2 to 8 minutes, does it differ from skate to skate? What would be a good temp/time for X40s? And once the oven is heated to said temperature, should I turn it off before putting the skates in?

2) In the oven should they be standing upright (holders between...

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I was at the my LHS the other day and was trying on the Vapor XXXX skate, which fit ok but not great. But I was thinking that if I got it baked it would be perfect. But the 17 year old kid working there told me that these skates were made to fit right out of the box and that you weren't supposed to bake them. Even if you did, it wouldn't do anything. He seemed pretty confident of this fact like he had some insider knowledge from working there. Since this is a pretty reputable LHS I was thinking maybe he got his info from the more knowledgeable coworkers there. So I was wondering if this is true or not (i.e. Vapor XXXX skates are not made to be baked and that baking won't really make it a more comfortable fit)? Was he just too lazy to bake them for me and just made up this silly reason?

From my understanding all high end Nike Bauer skates (e.g Vapor XXXX and Supreme One95) are meant to be baked to mold to your feet for better fit and reduced break in period. Or am I just...

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Written by Doug Sears Jr

I am a former LHS (local hockey shop) employee and have fit thousands of pairs of skates. In this article I will address everything you need to know about getting a properly fitting pair of hockey skates. A poorly fitting pair of skates can impair your skating ability, cause foot pain, blisters and a lot of frustration.

How to get a Good Fitting for Hockey Skates

Hockey Skate Sizes – What size hockey skate should you wear?

If the LHS employee asks you what your skate size is and then gets that size for you, that is a red flag. He should basically ignore your assumption of your size, and measure you.

Hockey skates are typically 1-2 sizes lower than the shoe size you wear. However there are differences between different skate companies. (I wear a size 11 or 12 shoe depending on the company, and my skate size is 10D in Bauer)

What are the different skate sizes and fits?

Skates have many different fitting...

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Back in April, the Supreme line of skates received it’s latest update from Bauer Hockey. The Supreme line, which is designed for explosive power, welcomed six brand new skates to hit various price points throughout the market. Standing alone at the top, however, were the premier level Bauer Supreme Total One MX3 skates. Bauer set the bar high with their Total One NXG skates in 2012, but challenged themselves to create a lighter, stronger, and more durable skate once again. The result is the MX3, and we were fortunate enough to receive a pair from the folks at Bauer to review. Read on for our thoughts and experiences with the MX3 skates in our full Bauer Supreme Total One MX3 skates review.

Design & Construction

Bauer seems to have hit another home run in terms of design on the MX3 skates. Bauer stuck with the black and gold color scheme that has been used on the Supreme line since the original Total One skates, but also incorporated more grey throughout the quarter...

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The Bauer PRO Goal Skates is new for 2012 and the boot is based off of the popular Vapor player skate design to help give the goalie the best in performance. This year's design is both lighter and more responsive than the previous One100 model - a skate that set a new standard for weight and performance.

For starters, goalies will notice the curved, ribbed boot design that has become a staple in the Vapor player skate line. The curve material and the ribs on the boot - part of Bauer's Alive Composite construction -help the skate maintain it's stiffness, structure and integrity over a longer period of time. The change in boot structure has created a stiffer skate than the older One100 model, and it has also given the boot better forward flex as well. Additionally, the tendon guard of the boot has been made more stiff to keep it in the original position over time and make it more supportive.

The interior of the boot features a hydrophobic liner to keep moisture out of...

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The Vapor 1X is the most designed, researched and tested skate in Bauer's 87 year history. The Vapor legacy continues as the most popular within Bauer's 3-fit platform. Its standard v-fit profile consists of a standard width through the toebox and forefoot with a low-volume, narrower fit in the heel and ankle. The 1X offers the lowest-volume fit overall when compared to its Supreme and Nexus counterparts. While the Vapor fit may not work for every foot type, those who do benefit from its fit characteristics often swear by its “second skin” fit and feel.

The OD1N concept skate provided the inspiration behind the updated X-Rib pattern. Performance lab tests showed improvements in heel and ankle lock, which resulted in quicker cross overs and tighter turns. This X-rib pattern adds structural support to the skate as well, and can be found throughout the Vapor line of skates. The 1X is built off Bauer’s 3D Lasted Composite upper, but we are introduced to a flashier version of an...

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The List of Do's and Dont on How to Bake Hockey Skates


It is that time of year again when players will be purchasing skates for the upcoming season. With new skates comes the agony of breaking them in. In the past, players would try different methods for breaking skates in. Some of the methods used were sleeping with them on, wearing them around the house, or putting wet socks on and wearing the skates. Today, most players heat mold skates but actually are unsure how to bake hockey skates. Just remember heat molding skates will not break them fully in. The player will have to skate between fifteen and twenty hours preferably at practice not an open skate session.

Where do you bake hockey skates?

When you heat mold skates it should not be done at home in your kitchen oven. If you would like to know how to bake hockey skates it should be done at a hockey shop under the guidance of a professional. Most hockey pro shops have a skate oven that is used to...

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I'd recommend leaving it to the pros if possible. Newer materials used by manufacturers may be more easily damaged than they would be on some of the older models of skates, and some models might not recommend baking of any sort. Many hockey shops will do it for free or minimal cost even if you didn't buy your skates from them. However, if you don't have access to a local hockey shop, you can do the following - at your own risk of course - which I have done successfully.

Loosen your laces and place your skates on a baking sheet. I usually put a towel on the baking sheet first to avoid the boot having direct contact with the metal. Set the baking sheet with skates aside for now. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. This would be a conventional gas or electric appliance - not convection, toaster, wood-fired or anything like that. Turn the oven off. Place the baking sheet with skates in the oven. Leave them in the oven for no more than 8 minutes. Remove them and begin lacing them up....
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Buying new skates is great, isn’t it? Brand new, shiny, pristine blades with no dings, dents, or scuffs...awesome. Of course, all that new-ness comes with one drawback - stiffness. Like new shoes (only way worse), new hockey skates can be stiffer than a shot of Jack Daniels. Breaking in your new skates can take a while. For those who want to speed up the process, there’s an operation you can perform called Heat Molding - better known to players as “baking.”

The Details

Baking your skates will not only help break them in faster, but also get even the most stubborn of skates to give you a more comfortable and custom fit. Many believe you need a special kind of oven to properly bake your skates. While ovens designed for this are handy and slightly easier to use, you can actually do it yourself using the conventional oven in your home.

The Recipe

Ingredients: 2 eggs, milk, butter...just kidding. All you’ll need is your skates, an ordinary baking sheet,...

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Many ice hockey skates are now made with a special type of thermo-formable foam that responds to heat and becomes soft enough to be reshaped for a customized fit. Most hockey pro shops have a skate oven that is used to heat up the skates for about 5-10 minutes at approximately 175°, but the temperature and baking time varies from one skate model to the next.

Do I Have to Bake My Skates?

For certain skate models, baking is required, for others it is highly recommended and for most it is not absolutely necessary but may be worth doing anyhow. Hockey skates are made to be stiff and supportive but can be uncomfortable when they haven't been broken in. Baking your skates often gives you a more comfortable fit than the fit you'll experience with a pair of skates that you wear right out of the box, and baking also helps eliminate some of the initial pressure points that exist with a new pair of skates. Break-in time varies from model to model, but typically takes between 6...

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Here at Discount Hockey we recommend using specific skate ovens made for the heat molding process to bake skates. However, we recognize that not everyone has easy access to a skate oven. For players in this situation, a standard conventional oven can be used instead. Listed below are the items needed to bake skates.

Skates Baking sheet Standard conventional oven Oven mitt Chair Carpet or soft non-abrasive ground

Unless the skate manufacturer gives specific instructions, follow these guidelines:

Preheat the oven to 175°. While the oven is preheating, prepare the skates by loosening the laces all the way down to the end of the boot. Slightly pull the tongue out and leave the top eyelet empty on both sides. Doing this will help the foot slide into the boot quickly and easily.

Turn the oven off before placing the skates inside. If the oven is not turned off, the unequal distribution of the heat can easily melt and/or ruin the boot, turning it into...

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Things you’ll needs

Oven gas or electric Baking tray Skates Oven gloves or something to remove the skates from oven after the baking process

The skate baking process may resolve some of your fit issues i.e. sore spots inside the skates or general discomfort from skating in a new pair of hockey skates. It may also help to reduce the break in time of a new pair of hockey skates giving a better fitting skate.

It’s important to mention that you don’t need to do this, it’s an optional process. Some skaters will prefer to break their skates in the more traditional way (repeated use). If this process is not done correctly, it could result in a premature degeneration or break down of the skate.

In this tutorial we’ll be going over how to heat your skates up so the materials are soft and mouldable from home using a standard oven gas or electric. You’ll need to double check the temperature your skates need to be baked at and also the length of time, some skates...

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Adam K - 100% incorrect. First off, the one55's are the middle point of the supreme line, but that doesn't even matter. The Easton synergy 100 skates (lowest end model from a couple years ago, runs for about 60 bucks) are heat moldable. Lower end skates will break in easier, but heat molding will always speed up that process, no matter how high or low end. Just depends on the brand. Bauer skates are not very moldable all together.

The supreme skates are only moldable for 2 minutes in a certified skate oven. I have heard to many different temperatures and amounts of time in an oven, but if you really can't get into a shop, try this.

Heat oven to 150 degrees F, put the skates in on a cookie sheet (with the guards taken off and the footbeds removed, as both would melt) for 2 minutes. There is no translation from a skate oven to a real oven, so its not going to be perfect, but it won't be bad. Put them on and tie them tighter than usual. Wear them SITTING DOWN for 15-20 minutes....

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