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Old August 28th, 2010, 11:36 PM   #1
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Default Lace length for Riedell 595

Hi DocSk8,

I'm trying to figure out what laces to order for my 595. I searched and searched and even Riedell doesn't mention anywhere how long the laces are. 72", 81", 90"? I feel like there may be an obvious answer, but it's not obvious to me! Since the 595 is pretty low (not as low as a 195 though), perhaps it's 81". Please help!

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Old August 29th, 2010, 04:05 AM   #2
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72" laces... although I'm thinking the gun boat sizes may like 81s better...

It all depends on what you want to do with the laces...
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Old August 29th, 2010, 11:16 AM   #3
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Lacing them up with a peice of string and then measure it
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Old August 29th, 2010, 12:10 PM   #4
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Lacing them up with a peice of string and then measure it
How long should the piece of string be ?
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Old August 29th, 2010, 02:34 PM   #5
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You guys on the other side of the world crack me up...

BUT since the question was asked.. I'd start with a 7 foot piece.
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Old August 29th, 2010, 03:47 PM   #6
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Thanks for both a straight answer (DocSk8) and the obvious answer (cass38a), although using string is a great idea, I'm not sure I have any string that long!
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Old August 30th, 2010, 02:02 PM   #7
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Hope you don't mind me butting in here, Doc. I haven't had lots of experience with the 595 boots, but I've had two pairs come through here, size 6 and size 7. I was able to fit 72" laces in both pairs, but 81" was a better length if the ankle straps are used. This will of course depend on the width of the foot in question, and lace tension wanted.
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Old August 30th, 2010, 03:11 PM   #8
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Not at all...

I haven't had lots of experience with the 595 boots, but I've had two pairs come through here, size 6 and size 7. I was able to fit 72" laces in both pairs, but 81" was a better length if the ankle straps (snug ties) are used. This will of course depend on the width of the foot in question, and lace tension wanted.
Bingo.. It is all a matter of personal needs and preference...
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How long is a peice of string...............its the distance from the midpoint to the end X 2
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How long is a peice of string...............its the distance from the midpoint to the end X 2
How high is up??
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Old August 31st, 2010, 03:49 PM   #11
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Default 595 lace length...

Apologies for butting in...

Since I've got "flinstone feet", size 10, 4E & have had to order an xx-wide 595 boot. That being said stock laces don't work!! Obviously Reidell doesn't account for custom wide boots!!

I use military grade 550 cord (parachute cord) normally comes in black / olive drab green / tan, but others can be found at Army/Navy outlets.

I gut it of all the inner strands then melt ends to stop outer sheath from fraying. Laces lay flat, ties well & for regular session or speed skating lasts a very long time...derby may be an issue with knee slides and top of boots being and floor burning laces if not covered.

I'll measure and update this post with what I find.

Now back to your scheduled programming!!
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Old August 31st, 2010, 09:50 PM   #12
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Thanks for the input. I have never run into 4E feets befo!!
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Thanks for the input. I have never run into 4E feets befo!!
Between skatin' in too small boots back in the day cause I couldn't afford new, and then of course miles and miles of road marchin' on Ft. Bragg with stress fractures always "pinging", my feet grew wide not long!!

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How high is up??
Not that smart...................I have never been "high".

Please fill me in as that answer might be usefull one day.
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Old September 1st, 2010, 10:16 AM   #15
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Default Try 84inch or 213cm.

In my size 8 Bonts I run 84 inch Ice Hockey shoe laces. With that length I can wrap the lace around the heal and still have enough length to tie them up normally. Remember if they are tooooooo short you are stuffed. TOoooooooooo long and you can always cut them down.
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Old September 7th, 2010, 11:14 PM   #16
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Some skaters find it better to go with two sets of shorter laces. One lacing up the bottom half and the other at the top half. Some find this makes it easier to get the boots as tight or as loose as they want in certain spots while limiting the natural tendency for laces to "equalize."

Like anything, I suppose it depends on what you want and need out of your laces. Someone out there has an entire web site dedicated to alternative lacings.

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