Skate Care

It is understood that skating is the most important skill in hockey. Where and how your blades hit the ice is where it all happens. Are your skates the best they can be is a question that gets easier to answer at Sports Unlimited.

Our knowledgeable shop technicians use the latest cutting edge tools and methods. We have earned the reputation as the go to place for the right edge, the perfect contour, customized balance, customized fit and a full range of repairs. If your skates don’t feel right or you just need some repair we can take care of it for you, professionally and cost effectively.

SHARPENING (the right edge for you):

Many hockey players do not appreciate the importance of a proper skate sharpening which is somewhat of an art form that you either ‘get’ or you don’t get.  We offer expert, professional skate sharpening of the highest quality.  We have state of the art Blademaster skate sharpening equipment and very strict staff training policies. Our technique has been handed down for over thirty years and we ‘get’ it.  Which radius is right for you?  3/8″, 1/2″ or 5/8″?  Please do not hesitate to ask our sharpeners on the difference and science behind each radius,

GOALIE SHARPENING:
Are you a goalie?  We know you’re a different breed and so is your sharpening!  We have stayed up with the changing goalie styles and equipment.  This includes a change in culture on sharpenings.  Not too long ago a flat or 1” cut was the norm.  With the butterfly style goalies have wanted more bite in their skates.  So they are getting sharper and sharper.  Whereas 3/4” is now the norm.

FIGURE SKATE SHARPENING:

Brampton is home to one of the largest figure skating clubs in Canada.  We get requests daily about if we sharpen Figure Skates?  And the answer is YES!  While we do not handle competitive girls.  We do offer standard sharpening.  With the steel wider similar to goal skates, we tend to use and offer a 3/4” radius.  We can remove toe picks and check the rivets for sturdiness.

CONTOURING (to fit your stride):

You should always contour (Aka; Custom radius, rocker), your new skates or replaced runners. It helps ease the transition into new skates.  Some new blades are pretty square right out of the box.  Contouring helps give you more of a natural skating motion and a smoother crossover with improved turning ability.  We will maximize skate performance.
What is right for you? Is it forward or neutral contour?  11ft or 13ft radius.  We’re trained to help you figure that out

GENERAL CARE TIPS:

  • Skates should be sharpened approx. every 4 – 5 hours on the ice.
  • Skates should be contoured once or twice a year depending on how often they are sharpened.
  • Keep your skates dry!  Always open up your boot between wearing to air your skate out.
  • Remove the insoles as well.
  • Let them breathe!!  Wipe the blade down after use. Never store your skates with the plastic or rubber guards on (For walking only), plastic and rubber will trap the moisture in.
  • Fleece or cotton guards are great for storing your blades because they draw the moisture away from the blade.
  • This is all done to keep your skates light, to prevent your blades from rusting and to prevent boot rot.

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