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Old July 5th, 2018, 05:23 PM   #1
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Default Uneven strap pressure: is it normal?

I’m new to speed skating, and may have a problem with my boots: the buckle/strap applies very uneven pressure across the top of my foot. When the strap is tight along the bottom (toe side) edge, there is still enough room along the top to stick my finger into. This seems problematic, as my heel doesn’t lock into place as well as it probably should.

Are there fixes for this, or at least suggestions as to the cause?

The boots are Powerslide Core Icon Lites, and I’m a EU43/44 with narrow-standard feet...but maybe very skinny ankles.

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Old July 6th, 2018, 02:59 PM   #2
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Default Strap

Looks like you have more notches to tighten a bit more.
Crank them down and see how it feels.
But go skate on them and adjust after warmup.
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Old July 9th, 2018, 08:46 PM   #3
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I noticed this on a different companies boots a few years ago. I ended up drilling a new hole for the buckle so that is lined up with the strap better.
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Old July 13th, 2018, 10:53 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. I finally had the time and inclination to try them again; even with the laces as tight as I can get them, thereís still a fair bit of play around my ankles (to say nothing of the oddly-angled strap).

I went to an ice skating shop in town, looking for thos Ezeefit booties, and was told that my ankles are indeed sorta skinny. They also gave me some tips for if/when I heat mold the boots; using that Saran Wrap-like stuff that delivery pallets are wrapped in to compress the boot and remove the negative space while itís cooling.

For now, Iíll track down some of those booties in hopes that they decrease the severity of my problem and need to heat mold.
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