Friday, April 26, 2013
Heel cup update
Of all the various things I've tried in an attempt to get my Jackson Freestyle boots to fit properly the gel heel cups which I blogged about earlier today are easily the most effective mods to date. I skated the late afternoon public session today and slipped them in my boots just prior to taking the ice. Truth be told I still had to come in and retie my laces after about twenty minutes but that's twice as long as previously and once retied, my boots stayed pretty much spot on for the remainer of the session. For the first time my heels felt locked into the boots. As a result all the elements which depend upon the left foot improved immediately. That not only included left outside 3s but also alternating back cross-overs at speed. I can't wait for power stroking tomorrow! Maybe it's all in my head but I don't think so. My confidence increased with each successfully completed jump and improved turn, spin, etc. I just wish I'd tried this sooner. The heel cups I purchased were relatively inexpensive at $11.65/pair (tax included) at my local Sports Authority store compared to the similar Silipos brand items listed at one on-line site for $29.99 plus shipping. If you are experiencing heel movement with your boots by all means give these a try.