View Full Version : Mounting Ice hockey boot on inline chassis
04-07-2003, 11:49 PM
I have a bauer vapor 6 ice hockey boot and i was thinking of mounting it on an inline frame, maybe the new Red Star Alloy. I'm sure this has been done before by others, but I was just wondering if this would be a good or bad idea. Would i be better off just buying a pair of new inline skates?
04-08-2003, 12:05 AM
you'll have no problem doing that I also have a vapor ice hockey boot with a mission frame mounted on them. I've been using them for about 2 years now.
Darrell Interbartolo/Rink Rat Rep. New England
It's pretty common out there - lot's of players have a boot they are comfortable with and just find a good chassis to put on it. You might want to have it done at a pro shop if you've never done it before though. There are some good buys out there on the "Net" right now for chassis - like the Red Star, Labeda etc. Before you step up to buy something - make sure you measure the length of your boot sole, so when you call the supplier you can tell them, and they can send you the right length of chassis.
04-08-2003, 01:04 AM
Hey Darrell, any chance of getting Rink Rat wheels in or anywhere near Rhode Island?
04-08-2003, 02:01 AM
I'm in the process of getting our wheels out to the pro shops of Rhode Island right now. I'm hopeing to have them in stores within the next few weeks. If you know any shops interested or just your local shop you use feel free to e-mail me direct at DCATSPORTSINC @AOL and I would be more than happy to go down there and try to get our wheels in their store for you. Thanks for the interest in Rink Rat Wheels and hope to help you out real soon.
Darrell Interbartolo/Rink Rat Rep. New England
04-08-2003, 05:21 PM
For ten years now I have made my own skates by mounting a chassis onto a ice hockey boot. There are numerous problems.
1.)Ice boots are made for ice not roller hockey, they flex, wear, and perform differently.
2.)When you get a chassis from the manufacturer, they are usually not as good as the ones that come already mounted because they are NOT tested the same! The ones that come on a skate must pass certain requirements so they are better while the other ones do not have too!
3.) My suggestion is if you have always bought skates all ready put together then go with that, because you get a warranty on those and if anything happens the company can fix the problem. But if you make custom skates, be careful, you do not get all those benefits.
04-08-2003, 11:20 PM
Speaking of which... ;)
I just had these custom made over the weekend... sadly, after one skate I've realized I can't wear easton skates... (and for that matter, mission, bauer, nike or grafs)... I have very wide feet :( But I'll be darned if they aren't some of the coolest looking skates!! Looks like I'm forever a Tour customer. So if someone is looking for a PRIMO pair of skates....
They're a size 9D (regular) if anyone wants them send me a PM with an offer...
04-09-2003, 01:04 AM
Maybe you're not giving them enough of a shot! My nike's killed my feet at first (my foot is very wide) but after wearing them for a few weeks, and soaking them in the bathtub in very hot water, then wearing them around my apartment, they broke in pretty nicely. Now I'm in love with my Nike Quests...
Beg to differ:
1) While the boots may be different, the biggest difference is the ventilation of the roller designed boot vs the ice boot. As far as the construction of the boot, I wouldn't be too concerned as along as the sole is not a thin PVC plastic which does flex a lot - causing pressure points on the ball of the foot and some discomfort. Most of the newer ice hockey boots have some kind of carbon fiber reinforcing in the sole which is no problem. Can't speak for the Vapor 6 though.
2) many of the Labeda and Redstar chassis are a step up from most OEM chassis, lighter, stronger and bettter attaching hardware for the wheels.
3) I have mounted inline chassis to ice hockey boots and even vice versa for my son since he started playing and growing. Maybe 10 - 12 pairs over the years. He always seemed happier with this kind of custom arrangement than with almost any of the OEM originals, except one. Maybe it was just the fear of the fashion police lol.
Yep some new ones are pretty ornery. But I know my son could never get used to the Easton boots either - for ice. Wasn't a break in problem, but the total feel of the skate. Some of those other manufacturers you mentioned offer E and EE widths.
04-09-2003, 11:37 AM
I've got a pair of '03 Mission PureFlys mounted on an '01 Mission Generator HiLo frame, and I absolutely love them.....
04-09-2003, 12:01 PM
Actually, I have a pretty unique problem that prevents me from wearing alot of skates.. I have a couple exposed (read: easily pinched) nerves on the tops of my feet (on top of my arch where the laces go) which causes instant numbing on my forefoot and toes on alot of boots. Tour skates are the only ones with tongues soft enough and forefoots wide enough that it doesn't irritate the problem... that's the only reason I'm selling them...
Generally, it's just the way the laces are cut on the boot, if you line the eyelets up from the side on a pair of tours the line is more like: ~ whereas many boots are straight in a row like: / which is where problems begin for me..
it's a freakish wierd problem and it's ended up costing me alot of $$.. so I'm trying to recoup some of it.. :)
04-09-2003, 12:30 PM
I think most of those brands do make wider width skates. My vapor 6's are an 8.5 EE. The D1 from mission comes in EE width too, just kind of a steep price. I think graf makes boots in a wide width as well.
04-09-2003, 12:34 PM
There is a pad out there that goes between your foot and the tounge to prevent lace bite which is what you have been getting. Check you local skate shop they should be able to get them for you if not give me a heads up and I can get some out to you. We have them at my shop..
04-09-2003, 12:36 PM
everyone makes a EE boot you just have to special order them usually.
04-09-2003, 01:07 PM
In regards to your width, you may want to try a pair of new Missions. We now offer EE width skates on the 2003 D-1 and D-3 skates. It has solved almost all the problems people with wide feet have had with Mission skates.
04-09-2003, 02:00 PM
thanks rlrhky13, but it's not lace bite.. it's actually a problem with my feet themselves... The lace bite protectors help with the pain, but they don't prevent my forefoot and toes from going numb. It's a medical thing...
04-09-2003, 03:47 PM
those are some nice looking skates gekigangarIII
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