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Ask DocSk8 (Expert Indoor Skate Building Advice) This forum is different then the other SkateLog forums in that it is not a discussion forum, but rather a place you can ask skate building expert Fred "DocSk8" Benjamin about building and repairing indoor speed, derby, and jamskate quad roller skates. Please start a new thread for each new question.

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Old December 13th, 2018, 02:28 PM   #1
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Default Reidell 395 Boots

Doc, a friend has a pair of 395 boots with a problem, and asked me to look at them.

The left boot doesn't have any side supports sewn into it. Whereas the right boot has a side support sewn into the right side, but no support on the left side.

The support on the right side is causing pain to the skater.

It seems to me these boots were not properly constructed. Either three three of the reinforcement pieces are missing: two from the left skate, and one from the right skate, or the reinforcement on the right skate doesn't belong there.

My plan is to make a slit in the lining to remove the problematic piece.

I hope I properly explained the problem.
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Old December 13th, 2018, 03:53 PM   #2
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I've answered my own question. The part I'm talking about is the heat moldable quarter: The Riedell Model 395 Boot Features:

Hand-sorted full-grain leather upper
Full-grain Chinook leather / CambrelleŽ linings
HF-5 heat moldable outside quarter right boot
Nylon snug tie
Stitched and cemented leather outsoles

What do you think about removing it?
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Old December 13th, 2018, 05:51 PM   #3
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I decided to go straight to the source, and called Reidell. No need to reply to my question.
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Old December 13th, 2018, 11:57 PM   #4
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Question Well,

What did Riedell say?? Inquiring minds want know.
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Old December 14th, 2018, 02:36 PM   #5
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Default Heat Moldable Quarter

The moldable quarter is found only on the right skate because most skating is done counter clockwise, thus exerting the most pressure while pushing.

The moldable quarter is glued into the boot. Reidell will remove all or just a part of it for you.

Also, Reidell told me my friends boot was likely never properly heat molded. I agree, as all she did was put the boot in the oven, but I'm sure she didn't know what she was doing.

As per Reidell: using a hair dryer, heat the quarter until it softens. Put the boot on and lace as tightly as possible. Repeat as necessary until desired result is obtained.
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