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Old July 25th, 2012, 03:41 AM   #1
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Default Preventive Maintanence Habits

What is the best fix/preventive measure for not ripping out the lace eyelets that are part of the liner on a fitness boot? (just being paranoid in case one day they do).

The life expectancy of a buckle starting to slightly strip? (strap teeth aren't razor sharp, but it still buckles in fine.. just some "misses" as u click)...

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Old August 10th, 2012, 03:53 PM   #2
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My thought is that if they break, they break. Good, reliable skates are pretty cheap these days - you can get some crossfire 100s for $270 or less. On a fitness skate, my guess is the liner will pack out before the eyelets rip out.

Buckles can be replaced, though I haven't had to.

The only real maintenance I do is on the wheels by rotating them.
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Old August 10th, 2012, 04:09 PM   #3
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Eyelets can be replaced, or some of them can be. I`ve replaced them on some Riedell leather boots but the same should be for any of the others as well, I would think anyway.
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Old August 11th, 2012, 08:41 AM   #4
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Are you worried about the eyelet ripping through the boot, or the eyelet itself being ripped out?

I have not ever seen an eyelet rip through a decent quality fitness boot. Usually the eyelets are pretty tough...in fact they are there is stopped the boot being damaged. The only preventative measure is really to not over tighten or pull on the laces suddenly. As preventative maintenance, just make sure they are not coming loose and have them pressed back down by a cobbler if they are.

As for an eyelet coming out (without ripping the boot) they are easily replaced as someone else mentioned. It's not worth stressing about. If you are worried, just keep an eye on the front and backside. Any looseness or damage and you can have a cobbler replace it.

With the buckle...again I haven't seen one fail from wear on a good quality skate. The only preventative measure is not to let the wear initiate, so you would need to push on the buckle so it is open when doing up your skates. That may required some additional dexterity but it is not impossible.

Again, buckles are replacable so don't stress too much. Even if your skates are an old model that spares are unavailable for, most ski and skate shops can install a generic buckle.

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