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Old July 10th, 2019, 04:21 PM   #1
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Default Question about laces


I have had my new Simmon's Rush skates for 5 months now. Still not happy with the lacing issues: Laces too long by 18 inches, Lace grommets too small, lace grommets spaced to far apart.
What are the proper length for laces?

The grommets issues causes me to have to fight getting laces tight. With the small grommets and wide distance between grommets loses all mechanical advantage.

Has anyone ever had the entire set of grommets replaced with larger ones?

And, if one buys custom boots does all of this change? Like 1 or 2 more holes per side?
I think the other lacing issue is the choice of material for the tongue; is does not form to my foot.
Or, am I whining too much?
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Old July 10th, 2019, 04:54 PM   #2
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Default Pull down, not up

I've observed, most people tighten laces by pulling up against the eyelets.
This is wrong. Over time, it will shorten lace life, and even pull eyelets out of the boots.

Instead, pull down against the tongue.
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Old July 10th, 2019, 11:30 PM   #3
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There is no 'proper' length for laces as there is such variety in skate size, low top, hightop, boots etc. with people using different lace patterns. If your laces are 18 inch too long, buy shorter laces!

Re. how to get and keep laces tight, check out the Edea website for their recommended lacing technique.Used by a lot of freestyle skaters, only problem is I find it difficult to loosen to get the boot off, but preferable to the skate coming loose in a session.
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