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Old April 3rd, 2017, 03:26 AM   #1
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Default metal straps for speed skates

I tend to winch down on my foot rather hard when putting on my speed skates, and by now that has started to ruin the plastic straps, which I know can be replaced...
http://www.inlinewarehouse.com/Bont_...cpage-BBK.html
...however, I was wondering if anyone knew of some place I could buy metal straps for the skates (bont pursuits) or had any tips on making a set?
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Old April 3rd, 2017, 06:41 AM   #2
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I tend to winch down on my foot rather hard when putting on my speed skates, and by now that has started to ruin the plastic straps, which I know can be replaced...
http://www.inlinewarehouse.com/Bont_...cpage-BBK.html
...however, I was wondering if anyone knew of some place I could buy metal straps for the skates (bont pursuits) or had any tips on making a set?
I think they'd be just more likely to break the buckles quicker. With the plastic ladder straps the straps become the weak point and are easily replaced. Sure, the buckles break from time to time and they're fairly easy to replace, but the straps are generally easier and cheaper.

I've lived under some advice I've gotten from an old coach I've known for many years. The ladder straps are for the lace covers, which are meant to hold down your laces so they aren't flopping around. And the laces are there to tighten your skates.

I've had the same ladder straps and buckles on mine for the past 2 years going by that.

There are some tricks you can use to help with lacing. Even then, I still get callouses on the sides of my fingers from cranking down on my laces. But, I don't kill straps or buckles.
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Old April 3rd, 2017, 03:34 PM   #3
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Usually the kids/adults on our team that have to crank the straps down, have boots that are too big. Like mentioned before, the cover is only there to cover the laces and maybe a little extra pull down for your heel. I know I usually tighten my cover by hand and then maybe 1 ratchet of the buckle.
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Old April 3rd, 2017, 04:27 PM   #4
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Default How to preserve the ladder straps

Here is what I find that works: With one hand operating the strap lever, use your thumb from the opposite hand to push straight down on ladder strap while operating the cam. You get about one more click w/o missing a notch. I seems to take the pressure off the notches.
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Old April 3rd, 2017, 06:57 PM   #5
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Usually the kids/adults on our team that have to crank the straps down, have boots that are too big. Like mentioned before, the cover is only there to cover the laces and maybe a little extra pull down for your heel. I know I usually tighten my cover by hand and then maybe 1 ratchet of the buckle.
^ This. If laces are properly tightened, you should be using the cams to add a click when the laces loosen only slightly during long skates.
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Old April 14th, 2017, 01:20 PM   #6
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Mota boots have a velcro strap that is quite effective and there's no buckle or plastic that break. They also have a zip up lace cover so the strap is really there to help keep your heel down, and it does.
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Mota boots have a velcro strap that is quite effective and there's no buckle or plastic that break. They also have a zip up lace cover so the strap is really there to help keep your heel down, and it does.
Velcro does wear down over time. Either the plastic hooks (the rough side) deform or the loops (fuzzy side) break and you lose fastening strength. And that's aside from the loops getting clogged with hair and general fuzz that needs to get cleaned out from time to time.
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