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Old 12-13-2012, 12:30 PM   #1276
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Adding to this, I learned last night that some rinks, mainly the smaller 3 on 3 style use an Ammonia based freezing system that leaves the ice softer than refrigerant based freezing methods. I couldn't get an edge last night as a goalie, or as a player during the second game.
I wonder how we can find out if the rink is using which method to making the ice?
I primarily play at 8 rinks, but sometimes will play at BWC, Copeland, Burnaby lake, and Porier main and rec rinks.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:36 PM   #1277
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I wonder how we can find out if the rink is using which method to making the ice?
I primarily play at 8 rinks, but sometimes will play at BWC, Copeland, Burnaby lake, and Porier main and rec rinks.
lol, you guys are really taking this rec hockey thing seriously.
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lol, you guys are really taking this rec hockey thing seriously.
LOL. Just wondering out of curiosity.
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I wonder how we can find out if the rink is using which method to making the ice?
I primarily play at 8 rinks, but sometimes will play at BWC, Copeland, Burnaby lake, and Porier main and rec rinks.
The problem with this is that you're pretty much left to what the rink sets up for you. It's not necessarily the method of freezing that's bad or good, but how effecient the system is at re-freezing after the zamboni has passed. The biggest issue with the ice is when guys hop on the minute the zamboni doors close, not allowing the top sheet of water to freeze. Refrigerant systems are super effecient, but expensive. Many use a brine system flowing through pipes that works, just not as good as the refrigerant.

For example, I've been to brine frozen rinks at 5:45am and the ice is impeccable. The same rink at 7pm is a different story mainly because it's been scraped, melted and re-frozen 10 times by then. A place like Twin rinks went to a new refrigerant system, and the ice is always awesome.

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lol, you guys are really taking this rec hockey thing seriously.
A properly frozen ice can mean the difference between me b-fly sliding to the post and locking in, or sliding past the post and ending up in the corner of the rink facing the wrong way.



Srsly though, even when I'm playing out I'm cognizant of the quality of the ice surface. Especially when chasing a puck into the corner at full tilt with a 230 dude chasing you. You want to know that you're going to have the traction to get out of the way if need be.






Btw, check out this place here. They build custom rinks, and can have you a 3 on 3 size setup within 5 months of order, for $25k.
http://www.customicerinks.com/
I should sell my Subie and buy one of these!
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Bought a Bauer X60 shaft on closeout at Hockeymonkey, picked up at Pt Roberts after work yesterday, stuck an old Easton SE16 blade on and went to a game and proceeded to score 3 goals. Prob could've scored a couple more if I didn't ring a few off the post at the beginning. I'm done with OPS, never found one I liked, even the "custom" Base stick(which isn't that bad) never worked for me. 2 piece for life! lol

Now I'm contemplating on stocking up on a couple more.....Too bad I need some new gloves as well
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Bought a Bauer X60 shaft on closeout at Hockeymonkey, picked up at Pt Roberts after work yesterday, stuck an old Easton SE16 blade on and went to a game and proceeded to score 3 goals. Prob could've scored a couple more if I didn't ring a few off the post at the beginning. I'm done with OPS, never found one I liked, even the "custom" Base stick(which isn't that bad) never worked for me. 2 piece for life! lol

Now I'm contemplating on stocking up on a couple more.....Too bad I need some new gloves as well
Unless it is a true one piece, a tapered shaft and blade should perform the same as a fused 1 piece (same brad of course).

2 piece none tapered will perform different though as there will be a higher kick point than a tapered stick.
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X60 is a tapered shaft and it "should" perform the same but in my head it doesn't feel like it. I'm sure it's all mental with me though. I also have a OPS X60 to compare to as well and it did feel different to me but once again, prob just in my head.
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x60 ops isn't fused IIRC, so it might actually feel different from the combo. I've always used combos since I've never broken a shaft without me actually breaking it on purpose. Plus I can't afford to use ops with the way I go through blades.
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anyone here uses bladetape (or a similar product?) How do u like it compared to tape?
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x60 ops isn't fused IIRC, so it might actually feel different from the combo. I've always used combos since I've never broken a shaft without me actually breaking it on purpose. Plus I can't afford to use ops with the way I go through blades.
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anyone here uses bladetape (or a similar product?) How do u like it compared to tape?
Bladetape is crap. Stick to tape and wax.

If you must try something along those lines, I only like this one. Made of rubber and works a lot better than Bladetape

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anyone here uses bladetape (or a similar product?) How do u like it compared to tape?
not a fan. i like the traditional tape, and wax.
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I like blade tape. I have it on all my sticks. But I got a bunch cause I knew someone that had a bunch for promo. I dont think i'd pay $10-15 per pair though...

The tacki mac stuff doesnt grip as well as blade tape, and is a lot thicker and heavier.

Tape and wax works well too, just that with blade tape it can get all cut up and what not and I still wont have to change it. One pack will last me the life of the stick
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I like blade tape. I have it on all my sticks. But I got a bunch cause I knew someone that had a bunch for promo. I dont think i'd pay $10-15 per pair though...

The tacki mac stuff doesnt grip as well as blade tape, and is a lot thicker and heavier.

Tape and wax works well too, just that with blade tape it can get all cut up and what not and I still wont have to change it. One pack will last me the life of the stick
you don't find the rubbery texture of bladetape weird? I don't like how the bottom of the blade is left bare, and the puck seems to bounce off the blade when receiving passes.. i like how traditional tape absorbs the puck a bit.. and i like taping sticks
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Nothing can replace regular tape. There's a reason why the pros don't use it.
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Standard hockey tape > anything. I would stick to regular tape + wax. Retape it every ice time and you're golden
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The rubbery texture is what makes it so gripy. The puck just stays on my blade better than cloth tape. The bottom of the blade being bare actually helps it slide on the ice. I noticed it a lot more when i went back to tape for another stick and felt the blade didnt slide on the ice as easily.

And the rubber actually dampens a lot of the passes and vibrations for me. Especially in recieving passes. When i first got the APX, every pass i was receiving just kept bouncing off the blade even when trying to cradle it, but after i put the blade tape on it helped a lot. But thats just me. Do whatever works for you.

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what wax is the best?

i was using the tacki-mack thing for like 2 months, and just switched back to tape heres what i noticed. tape def has better puck feel, but the tacki-mack made the puck stick like a magnet. my shots about the same with both
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it's expensive compared to sex wax, but SNAP wax is the best I have used so far.. it is soft and has some weird particles in it, but does it ever work well. it does exactly what it advertises.. SnapWax - Professional Hockey stick wax

I have used snap wax, sex wax, and also the stuff that comes out of deoderant like tubes, and it is by far the best. the others seem like they go on too smooth and slick
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where can i buy snapwax?
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The only place I have seen it in store is larry's in north Van. I am trying to find out if other shops carry them, as I live in Vancouver. It seems to be a pretty rare finding online as well.. which is odd since it claims to be used a lot by pro players, and developed in partnership with lucky Luc lol
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anyone wanna buy a hdo pro straight visor? 50 bucks
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clip style or the one mounted by screws?
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Anybody pick up any gear today? Got myself a new pair of Bauer APX gloves at Sport Chek. Went to Ice Level to take a look around.............then I caved.......bought another OPS...LOL. Bauer APX.
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Anybody pick up any gear today? Got myself a new pair of Bauer APX gloves at Sport Chek. Went to Ice Level to take a look around.............then I caved.......bought another OPS...LOL. Bauer APX.
does sportchek have the apx? I would think it would have been cheaper there since everything was at least 20% off.

I got a new lid. Bauer 7500. going to pick up the bauer hdo clip visor tomorrow.

I was so close to buying the warrior widow at sport chek that was on sale for 124. they had my flex and curve (for once). couldn't justify it as I have 3 other perfectly fine sticks
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