|Back in the 1970s, I was in the Coast Guard, attached to the Cutter Sherman which in those days called Boston her home port. When the ship was in port I was occasionally lucky enough to see Bobby Orr skate for the Bruins.|
|But skater's Paradise isn't all about the past. Here's a brochure for the USFSA Championships which take place this coming January in Greensboro, North Carolina.|
|This leaflet looks even further into the future.|
He suggested that I move up to Aspire blades with cross cut toe picks. This is a step up from my current Mirage blades which have straight cut picks. Both the Mirage and Aspire feature an 8 foot rocker and have 1/2" radius of hollow so I shouldn't notice a big difference in blade feel. New generation Freestyle boots come standard with Aspire straight cut picks. Hopefully the slightly smaller boots will eliminate the heel slop I've dealt with almost from the beginning with my current boots. The new Freestyles also have much better padding for the tongue of the boots than the previous boots, as well as a rolled and padded collar area around the top of the boots for a bit more comfort when deeply bending the ankle. The boots and blades should arrive in a week or so. I'm looking forward to having new, potentially better fitting boots. I'm hoping the break-in period is swift and not too painful. It remains to be seen what, if any, difference the cross cut picks will make. Bottom line is not a lot of change. The $64,000 question is will the small, incremental changes to slightly smaller (better fitting) boots and slightly more aggressive blades add up to a measurably improved geezer skater? We shall soon see!