5 Tips to help lace up your skates…

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5 Tips to help lace up your skates…

So you have bought a new pair of skate laces and cant for the life of you work out how to put them in….or your ankles are hurting due to pressure….or you cant get enough forward flex to back check fast enough…. We got you covered.

Today we will show you 5 simple ways that can help with all the above.

Under Criss Cross Lacing

This is probably the most common method of lacing skates. ( we lace up all new skates this way ) The laces simply criss-cross as they work their way up the skate.

Lacing Technique

  • Begin straight across on the inside and out through the bottom eyelets.
  • At each eyelet pair, cross the ends, feeding under the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets. Repeat until lacing is completed.

Features

  • Traditional look
  • Simple to lace
  • Comfortable

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Over Criss Cross Lacing

This is probably the second most common method of lacing normal skates, if you have trouble keeping your skates tight this is one you must try!

Lacing Technique

  • Begin straight across on the inside and out through the bottom eyelets.
  • At each eyelet pair, cross the ends, feeding Over the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets. Repeat until lacing is completed.

Features

  • Holds tighter than Under Criss Cross
  • Traditional look
  • Simple to lace
  • Comfortable

Double Cross

A simple way to also help keep your laces tight is the double cross.

Lacing Technique

  • Lace the skate up to your preferred top eyelet using any lacing method explained above.
  • Once you get to the top when you cross the laces to begin your bow double up.

Features:

  • Tightens firmly
  • Reduces slippage
  • Harder to loosen

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Lock Lacing

Not a lacing method as much as a technique for creating a super-tight finish. It’s often recommended to help reduce heel slippage in skates and help with forward flex.

Also referred to as “Lace Locks”, “Heel Locks” or “Runner’s Tie”.

Lacing Technique

  • Lace the skate up to the second-from-top eyelets using any lacing method explained above.
  • The ends run straight up on the outside and in through the top eyelets.
  • The ends are crossed, then each end is fed under the vertical section on the opposite side.
  • The ends are returned to the middle for tying, pulling the vertical sections inwards.

Features

  • Tightens firmly
  • Reduces slippage
  • Harder to loosen
  • 12% shorter ends (approx.)

Dropping a Eyelet 

Looking for more mobility? Drop it.

With so many boots on the market built to be as stiff as possible in the upper quarter of the boot it’s left many players feeling to locked in and looking for ways to feel more balanced more over top of the balls of their feet.

An easy way to accomplish this with most skates is to drop down one eyelet when lacing your skates. This will give a greater range of mobility and forward flex.

Lacing Technique

  • Same as above Criss Cross or under criss cross.

Features

  • Longer stride = more powerful strides, quicker turning = you get to the puck first in a foot race!
  • This might seem like a simple concept…and some of you reading this right now saying to yourself that you’ve been doing this since Peewee – but many players never think about just trying it to see if it benefits their skating. Like anything when it comes to your gear, it all comes down to personal preference.

Conclusion:

There are probably a ton more ways to lace up your skates but these are tried and proven to work with our customers. Don’t forget there is no right or wrong way, it will always come down to personal preference. So give these a shot and see what you like better…
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Cheers, Benny.

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