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Hi fellas...bought some G-90's, great skate. No problems for 4 games, now 4 games later unbearable. Both skates are killing me feet along the pinky toe side, about 1/2 inch down from the tip on the pinky toe. No blisters or anything like that, just major copmpression pain! Getting to the point that they are almost unwearable. Of course store i bought them from says..you wore them so you cant return them, and tour wont respond to my emails or faxes. ANY IDEAS?? they are the proper size etc, i guess that siounds strange, buyt the fit perfect with no pain till i start sketing. Thanks for any advice. asr
03-10-2004, 01:42 PM
which is exactly why I wont buy Tour Skates..... the fit is rediculously odd....
although I hear they corrected that this year...
03-10-2004, 03:36 PM
I would have recommended the G-80's. They are not as stiff, which is a bonus in some ways. The G-90's were way to stiff for me. I absolutely love my G-80's and would not trade them for anything.
03-10-2004, 09:31 PM
I confess I'm not familiar with these skates, but I did have a similar problem that it seemed like no one else had heard about.
I finally figured out that the outside of the skate boot had stretched enough that my weight had shifted, and it was like I was standing on my pinky toes. Man, it WAS excruciating!
I tried all kinds of pads, and even tried moving the position of the blade, but by the time I figured that out it was too late. Because the boot had stretched my foot kept shifting too far to the outside.
The things that I think made this an unusual problem were tendency to supernate combined with regular power pull practice (stroking on a one foot), and old boots (a few years past the end of useful life).
Maybe it's not too late for your skates...? (or feet?)
03-12-2004, 01:00 PM
I have the Tour G90's and I have been waring them for 9 weeks and I have not had a problem. I only time my up where the last 2 eyelets are left open. Which I like better then being tied all the way up on this model. I have not feel any problems yet with the skates being worn this way. The only pain I have gotten recently is sliding into the boards feet first and jamming my ankle. I hope this helps.
03-12-2004, 01:29 PM
I have different skates but a similar problem. It only occurs on my left foot pinkie toe. I have yet to come up with a solution, I just play with the pain.
03-12-2004, 10:06 PM
I left the top two unlaced as well. After about two months I started getting horrible lace bite and that's when I gave up on them.
03-15-2004, 11:57 AM
I have G-80's and love them, but I know what you are talking about with the pain asr. I don't know what to do about it, maybe loosen the laces around your toes ??
03-16-2004, 11:03 PM
I have G-90's
Your problems sound like possible symptoms of the ridiculously high arches inside the skates (i believe this is a design fault, which tour have rectified this year with the new Beemers). The first 2 times i wore these skates, i got 1 inch blisters on the insides of both my feet.
What iv done is bought a pair of sports insoles. These are about 4 times thicker than the quite thin stock insoles, so they raise my feet a bit. This has fixed the blisters/pain, and hopefully prevented problems such as my foot being forced sideways (stretching the boot on the pinky toe side).
Out of interest, did you folk notice the same pain on the insides of your feet, when you were first wearing the G90/G80 skates?
This phenomenon was common with a lot of inline skates built using the last from an ice hockey boot design, when combined with an inline chassis. Many times the step between the heel and the toe plates was angled differently than the ice frames which were intended to go with that sole shape. Bolting the different shape chassis platform seemed to cause the radius to bend more sharply than it did when the boot was used in an ice skate.....see the old 952 CCM's which were converted to inline skates.
I had the same problem with a whole lot of skates, including the older Tours..like the 962's etc., but I have low arches to begin with. In fact it was so bad that I bought my skates based only on how well a model fit my arches...first, and the rest of the fit after. It got to the point where I could look at a skate and tell immediately if I could wear it. This may be amplified by the fact that most manufacturers of inline skates usually only offered 3 sizes of chassis, so the result would be that certain sizes would have to flex more than others to fit on the same chassis.
The old Tour Fishbones..their first lightweight composite skate I believe, built to compete with Missions "Wicked Lights", actually had a decent arch radius in my size. But the boot was so rigid, it hurt in a lot of other places, not to mention that it tended to crack apart when hit with a shot, or used hard...at least in the first versions.
What you are seeing has been pretty common. Similar to what you have done, I took other inserts, but cut them in half and only used the front half under my foot to raise the front only and reduce the arch radius. I tried to taper the cut edge of the insert with a very sharp knife so it did not leave a ridge under my arch.
03-17-2004, 03:44 PM
try baking your skates in the cardboard box for 10 min at 325 if you have an area that really bugs you hit it with a heat gun and try to mold it by hand DO NOT OVERHEAT
my G90s took a little bit longer to break in due to stifness but it was well worth it Ive been hit in the foot with the puck several times and they have great protection
03-18-2004, 02:14 AM
I had the same problem... It was only noticeable on my left foot however and I had a constant blister/raw spot on that arch from playing on them. I hoped it was just a problem with break in but I played on them for about 3 months and it never went away and I eventually gave up on them.
03-18-2004, 03:31 PM
i have a solution- dump the tour skates and get missions!!!
03-18-2004, 09:36 PM
a better one would be dump the 2003 tours and get the new beemers :D
03-19-2004, 03:09 AM
Hah... tour will not be getting anymore of my money after how bad the 2003's were.
03-19-2004, 09:15 PM
NO WAY..... tour had 1 bad year (G series) I went back to fishbones until the 2004's came out... theyre right back on top.. BEEMERS cant be matched...I have mission D1-c's too, they are nothing compared to beemers!!!!
Sportstowne Hockey Director
03-19-2004, 09:16 PM
03-19-2004, 09:16 PM
03-20-2004, 07:32 AM
well, different strokes... i've been a mission person.
03-20-2004, 07:32 AM
what are beemers? are they new?
03-20-2004, 09:10 PM
hey i wanted to buy the new beemers . Sent about ten emails to tour they never got back to me . it was a simple ? about sizing there new boot . because i got so much different information on sizing, and if you are like me you know fit is the most important thing. So i bought the mission d limmited. I just go them and love them . I even talked to a bunch of reps that had problems getting me the info. they also told me that if i have any problems with the skate that it would take a long time to get fix. tour seems to have a great new product. but if you can not help the consumer then good luck with you product. I belive a product is only as good as the man behind it . Thats just me
I actually got through to Tour hockey on the phone and talked to a guy there for about 15 minutes about the problem..in short..no help. said i probably should have gotten a wide, i said that i dont wear a wide, never have, never will, thats not my size. He's like well maybe you do in our skates...great, well now that i have worn them 7 times in games discounthockey.com refuses to take them back, so what am i suposed to do, he says i should look into the beemers. WHAT!!! I just spent $250 on the G-90 and the fit is *censored*, now you sugest that i spent another $399 on your skates. Here is a secrete to business, if you dont stand behind your product, and tell customers that they dont know theie proper size then they are going to stop doing business with you. I dont like missions either, but i wont ever be fooled again into getting Tour skates, or any other product they sell. he was very nice about it all, and said that i could send them back and he would look at them, but even if he found somthing wrong there was nothing he could do becasue i bought a skate that is no longer made. way to stand behind your product. if you wonder why your sales are slipping amd you get bad mouthed on boarsd like this ften then look at me as an example of why!
then you have much more money then i do. I cant afford to switch skates every year, i dont have money for new skates for at least another year, and if i did why would i gamble on tour skates again?? how many bad reports do you have to read about tour to get the idea?
03-21-2004, 09:45 PM
dude im with you but heres the facts as i see it anyway...
-Tour skates ARE good skates, or at least always have been (and are again with the new lineup), ALL EXCEPT for the G-series line. :(
-Tour tried a different style of fit for the G-series line, many people obviously know this. Tour also obviously know this as they have switched back to their old style fit for this year. Their website promotes their 'redesigned fit for 2004' all over the place. Tour also know that many customers hate the skates and want refunds etc.
-Tour can either acknowledge it publicly which would cost them ALOT as many people would order refunds... or they can keep quiet about it so that they dont go broke. I seriously doubt they like the situation much more than all the skate owners do.
-Im sure the 04 line of skates are good like the old tours, and i hope to get a pair myself. Waiting to read some reviews of them... Only one iv seen so far is at epuck.com
by the way, read my post earlier on getting new insoles for the skates. It seems to have fixed the fit on mine (but i need to skate more to really know).
03-21-2004, 10:47 PM
hey man I feel your pain. I talked to Tour on the phone and they were not very customer friendly. So I took another step and sent my broken fishbones back to them. Within three days I had a new pair of skates thanks to them. The shiped the new skates next day air right back to me. I am really sorry to hear about your problems, but I seem to not have run into anything similar. The only thing I can say is if there is something wrong with the skate they will send you a new boot, regardless of if it is an old model or not. My skates were outdated when I sent them back and I got a new boot. If you have a pair of back up skates maybe try to skate on them and ship your skates back ? Again I am really sorry about how things are "not" workin' out for you...
03-21-2004, 11:36 PM
what is the new skate u got?
if its a model from the 2004 line (beemer/bluemax/redmax) please give us a review of it :)
04-03-2004, 08:29 AM
i have a pair or g 80's and they kill my feet. If i skate for more than an hour or two i get huge blisters on the inside of my feet. I spoke to tour and they recommened that i have them baked, so i did and now it has rained for three weeks. i will let you know what happens.
also, have you noticed that your left boot is tighter than your right boot, almost cuts off circulation. lol
i can hardly skate, can't shoot to save my life, but just can not get enough hockey
11-09-2004, 04:14 PM
This is because in 90% of people, your left foot is slightly bigger than your right. If you get skates that fit snugly, you may experience fitting problems with your left skate.
You can take them to a decent pro shop and have them stretched. You'd be surprised what they can do to skates to customize them for you.
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