Is baking the skates equivalent of quicker breaking them in?


Suppose your ice-hockey gloves use leather made of cattle. It sounds natural that the best oil to use with it is an oil of cattle such as neatsfoot oil or some other animal-oil with similar properties. Mink-oil cannot be used as a neatsoil because it is not liquid in room-temperature, this is a key feature way neatsfoot looks to be the best candidate to get your gloves soft and last longer. After letting the leather to absorb the neatsfoot oil, you can add the final polish with minkoil that can be bought as a solid in room-temperature, better protection against hits on the top layer. So my recommendation is to use neatfoot oil and mink oil or a creamy animal-oil (see the below example). Do not use the mink-oil for the final polishing if you need extra friction like on ice-hockey gloves. For baseball-gloves where the friction is a no-brainer, I think you could add it or choose the plan III.

I. Neatsfoot (animal oil) is recommended over linseed oil due to smell here and one...

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The only limit is ability. I've seen skaters who can do dozens and dozens of double toe-loops in a row. I myself have easily done combinations of five or six jumps, and I'm not on championship level by far. But the harder to do the jump, the harder it is to chain it. The reason professional skaters don't do these combinations is because they won't get anything for them in competitions: Because of the rules they can only do two combinations of two jumps and one combination of three jumps in their programs, and there is a limited amount of total jumps in a program. If this limit didn't exist, skaters would just jump as many times as possible during the program and not do anything else to rack up their score, and thats not figure skating, thats endurance speed...

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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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Everything you need to know about purchasing a personalized hockey jersey.

Devoted fans, girlfriend of devoted fans or grandma looking to give the perfect holiday gift for their favorite hockey fan should be asking about quality when buying personalized hockey jerseys. We cringe here at

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when we see heat applied lettering on a pro player jersey. When paying top dollar for an NHL replica or even premiere style jersey, the quality of the lettering on the back of personalized hockey jerseys should be sewn, just as the pros wear. Not only does heat applied lettering peel off, there is a product that is often used to cut cost and production time that has etched stitches on the material to make it appear as if the lettering were hand sewn, but in reality, peels off, looks shiny, fake and just not up to any personalized hockey jersey standards.

From a production standpoint, who would not want to save time, save money and keep everything simple? Its a...

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Can you bake skates in a conventional convection oven? If so, how do you put them in? What do you put them on? How do you stand them up?

at your own risk.

Heat Molding Skates at Home

Tools Needed
Do you remember soaking skates in hot water or any other crazy way to break in skates? Things are easier now, just get them heat molded and you have cut down the break in time by up to 80%. Problem is not every hockey store has a skate baking oven or there is no hockey store anywhere near your town. Problem solved, follow these few instructions and you will enjoy the added value of having your skates broken in much quicker without going through all the discomfort of breaking them in by skating only. All you need is an oven, baking sheet and your skates.

Step One – Preparation

Preparing the Oven
Turn the oven on and set it to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the Oven is hot enough turn it off. X Bench Warning – Never leave the oven on while the...

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“Baking,” another term for the heat molding process, provides the player with the opportunity to further improve the fit of their skate. The process involves heating the skates at a high temperature, followed by tightly tying the laces with the foot inside the boot. After the player sits with the bottom of the blades against a soft surface for about 15 minutes, the boots will have molded to the shape of player’s feet. This process helps reduce the break-in period for new skates that have a very stiff boot. It is important to note that baking is NOT a necessary process. In fact, some players prefer the traditional way of breaking in skates which is to simply wear them.

Discount Hockey suggests ‘baking’ ice hockey skates when purchasing intermediate to advanced level skates. Recreational and beginner skates are not recommended because the bake would make the lifespan of the skate much shorter. Additionally, recreational skates do not carry enough stiffness to need ‘breaking...

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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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The terms youth, junior, intermediate and senior are used to identify 4 distinct, hockey equipment age-group size ranges. These size categories are based on height, weight, waist size and chest size, as well as age and other applicable dimensions. The terms are used for the sake of general age group sizing. Toddler/Tyke sizing is also one of the age groups that you will find listed in apparel and goalie equipment, but it's not quite as common as the others. Generally speaking, here's how the age group sizes are broken down:

Toddler/Tyke (2-4 years old) Youth (3-8 years old) Junior (7-13 years old) Intermediate (12-14 years old) Senior (14+ years old)

Depending on which piece of equipment you're dealing with, the terms may have slightly different definitions. For instance, typically, protective gear (elbow pads, shin guards, etc.) is only made in youth, junior and senior sizes. So in this instance, "intermediate" sizes are accounted for by the extension of senior...

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Skates are typically broken-in in one of three ways:

1) By skating in them until they’re “broken-in” (and/or having them “punched”)

2) By steaming them (at home)

3) By baking them (in a Pro Shop or at home)

Breaking-in skates used to be quite the chore. Perhaps you’ve heard stories of “old-timers” wearing their skates in the shower (which worked with old leather skates) or other crazy ways to help a skate conform to one’s feet.

Today, based on ever improving technology, most mid-to-upper-end skates have fully thermoformable uppers, which means that they can be “baked” to soften the materials and adhesives in the boot to allow them to be “shaped” to the feet for a custom fit. NOTE: Never bake skates that the manufacturer doesn’t label as “thermoformable”. Here’s a good video from our friends at Ice Warehouse on how to bake skates at home…

Should a skate not be thermoformable, you can still help shape the skate to your foot by...

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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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CCM Hockey has steadily been improving their game over the last few years. The U+ CL skates were another move in the right direction, and were followed by the RBZ stick which has been lighting lamps since its introduction. However, with a lot of hype surrounding CCM’s RBZ skates before they were launched, would the product be able to live up to its expectations? Fortunately, CCM Hockey sent us a demo pair to review. Read on to see how we think the CCM RBZ skates perform in a competitive skate market.

Design & Construction:

CCM has often maintained simple designs for their skates. Recently, the model seems to be a primarily dark boot with red and white accents. They continued that tradition with the RBZ skates, making the boot all black, except the accents. There’s a reason why CCM hasn’t strayed far from this model though – it’s because it works. The RBZ skates have an excellent look and appeal to them, despite not being overly flashy.

The design isn’t...

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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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Widths :

A quick note regarding widths; you’ll likely see letters denoting width such as ‘D’, ‘E’, ‘EE’, ‘R’, ‘W’ or ‘C’ as the most common examples. I just want to clarify that a ‘D’ or ‘standard’ width is not consistent across skate lines and same with every other letter. For example, a Supreme ‘D’ width is actually a true ‘E’ width (due to the wider last) whereas a Vapor ‘D’ could be considered the true ‘standard’. Similarly we could also say that a CCM ‘D’ is not exactly equal to either a Reebok ‘D’ or Supreme ‘D’ either. They may be similar and some of you may find little difference, but it essentially depends on your own foot shape.

As a rule of thumb, the width denominations within each skate line simply denotes whether a particular skate is wider or of regular width within its own line. It’s hard to give examples in this context since everyone’s foot is different. However, it’s safe to say that if you’re not 100% confident on a width, you shouldn’t be set on a...

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Hockey skates, like most other types of footwear, will feel a lot more comfortable on your feet after they have been softened, stretched and broken in properly. When you are breaking in a new pair of hockey skates you need to do it without losing the protection and support that the skates offer you.

The padding that is inside your hockey skates will eventually conform to the shape of your feet, but the harder outside shell of the boots won't. If your feet don't feel comfortable where there is padding, the situation can usually be remedied. However, if your feet are uncomfortable where there isn't any padding this generally won't change with wear and time. So, breaking in the skates really only refers to the padded areas that are located on the interior of the boots. If your skates feel a little too snug they will eventually mold to your feet through body heat, wear and time.

Many skate manufacturers are now making thermo-moldable skates which enable you to mold the...

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at your own risk.

Heat Molding Skates at Home

Tools Needed
Do you remember soaking skates in hot water or any other crazy way to break in skates? Things are easier now, just get them heat molded and you have cut down the break in time by up to 80%. Problem is not every hockey store has a skate baking oven or there is no hockey store anywhere near your town. Problem solved, follow these few instructions and you will enjoy the added value of having your skates broken in much quicker without going through all the discomfort of breaking them in by skating only. All you need is an oven, baking sheet and your skates.

Step One – Preparation

Preparing the Oven
Turn the oven on and set it to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the Oven is hot enough turn it off. X Bench Warning – Never leave the oven on while the skates are in the oven, skate baking is an expression not a desert. All you are trying to do is heat up the memory foams, not cook a...

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