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Old May 8th, 2014, 04:05 PM   #1
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Default What can I do while I wait for guards?!?

I am waiting on toe guards, but finally received my bont bearings. I am dying to try out my new skates, but I'm scared of scuffing them all up. Can you think of any temporary ideas to use until I received my toe guards. I am scared of messing them up with duct tape!
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Old May 8th, 2014, 09:58 PM   #2
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I totally forego toe guards all together on my Vaypors and just use layers of hockey tape on the abrasion points.
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Old May 10th, 2014, 05:17 AM   #4
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No tape on boots... yuck!!! But I suspect you know that if you are asking, lol. I would say, use duct tape, fabric, or leather to make your own temporary toe guards until your other ones get there (you can make them out of duct tape by sticking it to itself and making the shape you want, I don't mean to stick it on the boots)
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Old May 10th, 2014, 06:34 AM   #5
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No tape on boots... yuck!!! But I suspect you know that if you are asking, lol. I would say, use duct tape, fabric, or leather to make your own temporary toe guards until your other ones get there (you can make them out of duct tape by sticking it to itself and making the shape you want, I don't mean to stick it on the boots)
Hockey tape is not regular tape...

The whole reason I use Hockey (stick) tape as opposed to regular duct or gaffers tape is it is abrasion resistant and leaves -NO- residue at all when you peel it off.

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Old May 10th, 2014, 11:13 AM   #6
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Lightbulb Or if you can sew....

You could make some boot covers. One of my teammates made our whole team sets with our team colours. They are Lycra (to the best of my knowledge) but you could find a thicker stretchy material?
Sure they aren't a long term solution if toe guards are what you want but might be an option.
These aren't my teams covers but you get the idea:

To be honest not a lot of us bother with toe covers......if anything it's usually tape.
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Old May 10th, 2014, 02:08 PM   #7
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No tape on boots... yuck!!! But I suspect you know that if you are asking, lol. I would say, use duct tape, fabric, or leather to make your own temporary toe guards until your other ones get there (you can make them out of duct tape by sticking it to itself and making the shape you want, I don't mean to stick it on the boots)
Hockey tape is electricians friction tape, it's made of cloth with minimal adhesive, it stick to the object being covered but barely, over wrapping it keeps it in place more than the adhesive, on hockey sticks it wears out so fast, a fast removal and reapplication is instantaneous.
So shellac the boot's (makes 'em shiny) and apply the friction tape, it comes in "colors"
http://www.hockeymonkey.com/tape.html
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