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Old August 27th, 2019, 12:26 PM   #1
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Hello all,

After shifting, twisting issues during skate sessions with socks.
I have decided to skate with neoprene footie.
I encountered more grip and less shifting.

Too bad I have discovered wear spot at inside of skates.
Anyone has any suggestion to avoid this?

Thanks all.
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Old August 27th, 2019, 12:43 PM   #2
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I use both an ezeefit bootie (ultrathin neoprene) and short cycling socks.

If you do use socks, it's best not to use cotton socks, because the shifting makes the socks feel like sandpaper. Most cycling socks are polyester. Some are even merino wool for cold weather cycling (or skating in our case).

Most bike shops (local and online) carry cycling socks. They also tend to form better to your feet.
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Old August 27th, 2019, 07:28 PM   #3
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Thanks mate, I try those socks you have mentioned. Also have to admit with barefoot, less sleeping foot and pain....
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Old August 27th, 2019, 10:56 PM   #4
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Hello all,

After shifting, twisting issues during skate sessions with socks.
I have decided to skate with neoprene footie.
I encountered more grip and less shifting.

Too bad I have discovered wear spot at inside of skates.
Anyone has any suggestion to avoid this?

Thanks all.
I don't know how to avoid wear spots in the liner but I found thin moleskin applied directly to the liner to be a surprisingly effective and long-lasting patch for major holes in the liner of my custom Pinnacles. Not as fancy as the patch that Jimmy applied but it worked.
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Old August 27th, 2019, 11:21 PM   #5
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bare feet here!

boots so snug, so fit no room for anything but a foot
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Old August 28th, 2019, 06:31 AM   #6
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Thanks for help all
Also anyone has a suggestion to algin frame positions.
Should I leave heel area at center position? So only adjusting front ....
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that is always a good place to start.
The only way to dial in what right for you and for the best efficiency is to dial the position in.
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Thanks mate, I have tried many positions. Not really find a good position yet.

O well keep trying :-)

Also boot center line should be between big toe en second toe?
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Thanks mate, I have tried many positions. Not really find a good position yet.

O well keep trying :-)

Also boot center line should be between big toe en second toe?
Also the best starting point.
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Thanks friend will do that to.
When I have blisters at iside of ankle, I can assume I need to move frame more inside?
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I don't know how to avoid wear spots in the liner but I found thin moleskin applied directly to the liner to be a surprisingly effective and long-lasting patch for major holes in the liner of my custom Pinnacles. Not as fancy as the patch that Jimmy applied but it worked.
I've used Gorilla Tape and rounded the corners.
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Old August 29th, 2019, 06:33 PM   #12
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Thanks for your tips guys!

Have anyone used a insole for speed skates?
Does it really affects performance?
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Old August 29th, 2019, 06:48 PM   #13
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I have never tried neoprene socks, but I just finished reading about them on the InterWeb and like some of the benefits. It confirmed what you said, and listed a few more uses. It said they are a friction barrier, good cushioning/comfort, winter warming, boot break-in, and even a 1 - 2 mm thick filler for loose boots. But what about sweating? Isnít this like wrapping your feet in a plastic bag and then standing in a pool of your own sweat? Sounds gross and uncomfortable. I sweat a lot and frequently change into dry socks so I can skate in comfort. Please school me.
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Old August 29th, 2019, 07:27 PM   #14
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Yup getting very wet when using neoprene footie and foot looks like it has been submerged in water for a while
And I wish they should make outside of footie more rough (for better friction).
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Neoprene socks will definitely contribute to added moisture in the boots from sweating. They can also slide in the boots, if there is any foot movement or the boot is too big to begin with. I personally still prefer thin socks.

If you're looking to get some dampening from the chatter/vibration, try creating a thin liner, of a 2mm thick piece of EVA foam, placing it inside the boots insole. Not bulky like an insole, and not enough to make the boot tighter, but enough to help dampen vibration. Insoles generally will raise the foot inside the boot 4-5mm, and that pushes the ankle pocket off, and reduces lateral ankle support (in other words prepare for new hot spots at the boots cuff).
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Old September 3rd, 2019, 09:22 AM   #16
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Thanks mate for your info.
I have 1X size down and up boots still when using footies there is movement when skating. It just too smooth......
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