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Old August 24th, 2017, 02:14 PM   #1
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Default Skate keeps loosening

After about 4-5 miles, my Bont Semi Race loosens. I've tried waxing the laces, double tying the knot, and double layers of eZeefit. The right usually more than the left. I'm skating in Duluth and I don't want to stop to retie. It's annoying enough during skating at home. Any advice?
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Old August 24th, 2017, 04:18 PM   #2
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Take a look at this site: https://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/lacingmethods.htm

There are lot of methods there.

For my inline speed skates, I use a combination of standard criss-cross over and under lacing, similar to:

Starting from the holes closest to the toe:

Row 1: skip (always, because my feet get cramped easily)
Rows 2, 3, 4: over to under
Rows 5, 6, 7: under to over
Row 8: over to under

Row 8 is the important one. If you use waxed laces, it locks the laces in place. I also use a double wrap bow, which will keep any lace type tight and WILL NOT come loose (I have even used this type of bow on those leather laces that boat shoes have). Good video/photo tutorial here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Worlds-Best-Shoe-Knot/)
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Old August 24th, 2017, 09:54 PM   #3
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Are the laces actually loosening or are the soft tissues of your feet compressing and giving up volume as body fluid is squeezed out?

One year during ski season I had a lot of trouble with edema (fluid buildup in my feet an lower legs) and I had to keep cranking down on my buckles every morning all morning until all the puffyness was squished away. (I like my ski boot rock solid on my foot to maximize control)

Another thing going on could be stretching of several things at the same time ... the laces, the whole upper of the boot and the upper right at the eyelets.

My wife races the Semi-Race 3 point and she uses a two lace system in order to separately control the lower portion and upper portion.
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Old August 26th, 2017, 09:37 PM   #4
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It may be the boot is too big to begin with, if you're just not feeling it ever getting snug enough. Wax laces generally stay put. The back lacing, described above, will certainly help. You can also re-wax the laces and get them much more sticky than how they come from the manufacturers, using an iron on cardboard, with low heat and (I use ptex ski) wax.

Hockey lace hooks work great to pull the excess out of laces as you lace up.
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Old August 27th, 2017, 01:59 AM   #5
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One foot is slightly smaller then the other and I wear two socks and an eZeefit. I start out snug but after 4-5 miles, my heel starts to slip. When I stop to tighten, I am able to get the "snugness" back. I will try the tips above: different lacing pattern, the "fancy" double knot, and rewaxing the laces with an iron. If the different lacing pattern doesn't work, I'll try two laces/boot.
I guess the ultimate solution will be custom skates to deal with my two different sized feet. Hopefully the (less expensive) suggestions from you all will work.
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Old August 27th, 2017, 06:36 AM   #6
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When you tighten your laces, do not pull up away from the tongue. Pull down against it as you work your way to the top.
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Old October 22nd, 2017, 10:03 PM   #7
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Personally, I find the overlace never loosens, and is hard to loosen when taking the skates off, vs, the underlace, which loosens and is easy to take off, I find the over lace is so good I use round laces, roller skates but I want my heel to stay put also.
IMHO, the op might look at hard orthotics, snug the foot down and everything will stay in place, vs, things compressing or sliding around.
If the skates are stretching as they warm up, well, thatís what it sounds like is happening.
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