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Old February 24th, 2011, 10:33 PM   #1
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Default Gumball Toe Stops?

What are your thoughts on the Gumball toe stops? Especially for those of you who are jammers.
Bulky? Easy to run on? Do they crack/split? What toe stops do you prefer?
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Old February 24th, 2011, 11:13 PM   #2
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Love them! They are stickier than the regular ones, and yes slightly larger. My league skates on sport court and I have found that they stop quicker on it than the other toe stops. I don't find them bulky at all. I'm not a jammer, but we do have jammers that use them also. I have had mine for about a month, so I don't know about the durability/splitting issue.
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Old February 24th, 2011, 11:29 PM   #3
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I spoke to a gumball toe stop who said that her previous toe stops cracked or broke from running on them. Just wondering if anyone had the same problem with the the bigger ones.
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Old February 24th, 2011, 11:38 PM   #4
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They're wonderful.

I use my toe stops *a lot* and love my Gumballs for their grippiness and durability. They're big and bouncy for a good running start, as well as launching myself back in action after a fall. They stick nicely even on our slidey dirty old rink floor so even if I do a really awkward one footed tomahawk stop, I still manage to catch myself with the Gumballs.

They're an eensy bit bigger than a Snyder medium, if you're familiar with those, and wear similarly. I have had Carrera stops and Sure Grip Grippers peel, split and/or roll off in chunks, but not my Gumballs! I don't find them any heavier than my other big fat toe stops, either.

Plus they come in the cutest little box ever!

Here's picture of them on my skates for scale (since they look positively gimongulous in the typical photo on skate gear web sites.)
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Old February 25th, 2011, 02:11 AM   #5
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i jam and just got these. they seem clunky to me and sometimes catch the ground on my crossovers. they are fine for toe starts but i prefer the smaller mini hugger, although it was wearing down to the metal too soon as i skate on concrete on a regular basis.
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Old February 25th, 2011, 04:39 PM   #6
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What are your thoughts on the Gumball toe stops? Especially for those of you who are jammers.
Bulky? Easy to run on? Do they crack/split? What toe stops do you prefer?
I usually jam. They're awesome.

Bulky in a good way, you won't "miss" when using these.

Very easy to run on especially when you wear them down a bit. Haven't had any problem with splits or cracks, they're very solid and very tough.

I used to use Snyders which performed exactly the same. Snyders don't last as long though, they wear down SUPER fast.
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Old February 26th, 2011, 01:11 AM   #7
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At first mine were too low and I hate them. Moved them up a bit...they have changed my world. I love them so freakin' much.
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Old February 26th, 2011, 11:19 AM   #8
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A few girls on my team have them and love them. I just ordered a pair last night. Can't wait!
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Old February 26th, 2011, 05:28 PM   #9
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Excellent! Thank you for your reviews I think I will be investing in some very soon and give them a try.
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Old February 26th, 2011, 08:37 PM   #10
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Can those be died? Has this been tried that anyone knows of?
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Old February 26th, 2011, 11:42 PM   #11
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Yep, you can dye 'em!
A few people here have done it. The process is similar to dying wheels. Both were mentioned in this thread here:
http://www.skatelogforum.com/forums/...ad.php?t=32768
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Old February 27th, 2011, 12:14 AM   #12
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Does anyone have a preferance over the short or regular stem length? I don't know what I should order. I am leaning toward the shorter stem length, I have had my original toe stops for 2+ years and have never moved them so I have grown accustomed to having them up high.

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Old February 27th, 2011, 04:48 PM   #13
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If you like them high, I'd suggest the shorter stem.

I love mine, wheel grooves and all.
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Old February 27th, 2011, 06:14 PM   #14
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I just spent a practice on a new set of short post gumballs. No jam nut, just a washer, pushed all the way in my royals they stop great and don't get in the way. And they are non marking, I would have to recommend them for people who like big roll line type shoppers.
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Old February 28th, 2011, 06:31 PM   #15
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Just a thought, since they use a different tool then the normal skate tool, make sure you have that with you, pre-bout. We were at a travel game yesterday and one of our blockers for our first line-up after gear check had to tighten her brand new gumball toe-stops. Took her two jams just to find a tool to do it. Which resulted in me having to skate the first four jams. I was tired! haha But other than that I can't think of a single complaint.
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Old February 28th, 2011, 09:46 PM   #16
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....since they use a different tool then the normal skate tool....
Huh? I have a set of Gumballs and just whacked them on the way I would any stopper....

I love them, I actually stop when I 180 and slam them down at high speed rather than keep sliding for several feet *^_^*
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Old March 1st, 2011, 12:29 AM   #17
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Nevermind, just realized it was the skates not the toe stops...lol. Ignore me.
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Old March 1st, 2011, 12:57 AM   #18
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Just a thought, since they use a different tool then the normal skate tool, make sure you have that with you, pre-bout. We were at a travel game yesterday and one of our blockers for our first line-up after gear check had to tighten her brand new gumball toe-stops. Took her two jams just to find a tool to do it. Which resulted in me having to skate the first four jams. I was tired! haha But other than that I can't think of a single complaint.
You're right, most normal, chuck in ya bag skate tools don't have anything that fits the jam nut on toe stops.
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Old June 17th, 2011, 02:16 PM   #19
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Wink gumball stops and dye

i actually dyed mine the same way they have done and also my poisons. i skated the gumballs last night and as they wear down the black is gone = ( my poisons however i dyed months ago and they are still bliggedy black.
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Old June 17th, 2011, 05:42 PM   #20
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I have a pair on order... very excited. Even more so now that I know I can dye them. Woo!
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