Hello everyone! What we’re here to talk about today on our Powerslide Speaking Specs series, isn’t really a spec. What it is? We’re going to talk about heat molding! Heat molding is a process, as the name suggests, of molding your skates, your liners, your boots or whatever, using heat! At Powerslide we call it MyFit technology and MyFit is our heat moldable line of liners and things like that. But it can also be done using your oven at home. Yeah! So I’m the customer here and I want to get my skates molded to my beautiful, nice feet. I want to have a new pair of speed skates and I want to see which one is the best fit for me. We have two models here, that we want to heat mold for you and then I will decide, which one fits best! We actually have a MyFit oven over here and we set the timer on 10 minutes, at 120°C for the carbon fiber and we chose something like a “under-and-top-heat-and-circulation-heat”. I don’t know what the real name for that is. I think he means “fan bake”. Matthias doesn’t spend too much time in the kitchen. No.
-In Bavaria, kitchens are called “Ladie’s rooms”- So in general what this is, it’s a really simple process to help you customize your boots a little bit more, to help you relieve pressure points, relieve hot spots and things like that. So, in general, it will improve the wrap around. It will just help you with the general fitting of your boot! We generally recommend it for all our standard speed models. It will help you to just make your skates more comfortable at the end of the day and therefore, if they’re more comfortable, you’re going to perform better! So, as can see, this is a MyFit oven. You don’t necessarily need this specific oven. It will work exactly the same with your oven at home. -You don’t need the same oven, I repeat, you don’t need- -the same oven- You can use it, just use the same settings. One really important thing, we need to add a little safety disclaimer, before we do this! Step one, obviously, is to take off all your wheels. Urethane, in general, won’t work so good, getting this hot. So keep the frame mounted, but take off all your wheels! It’s actually important to keep the frame mounted, so you can keep the shape of the bottom as it is. The bottom is stiffer, but as you’re going to put pressure on it, you don’t really want to disturb the bottom’s shape. So that’s why it is important to keep the frame strongly mounted, while doing this! One other thing, that’s important too, is, when you pull it out of the oven, watch out for all the aluminum parts and all the metal parts. All these eyelets, the little buckle thing, the frame itself, they’re going be super hot! So just really pay attention to that, when you do pull it out of the oven! Before we put it in the oven, what I actually want to show you is the pliability of the boot. So, as you can see right now, it’s very stiff, very rock-hard, as a speed skate should be. There’s no movement there or things like that. What we are going to do now, is to put it in. Make sure, that’s really important, that none of the parts touch any heating elements! Now we have to wait for 10 minutes. A good tip is to set an alarm on your phone or something like that, just to make sure it doesn’t go over time. Because sometimes you forget that there is something in the oven and after an hour you think “Something smells pretty weird…”. This is quite a funny story. Once Matthias almost burned down the Powerslide office, with a smell coming out of the kitchen…! So we have been waiting here for 15 minutes now, for our pizza to cook. Fortunately today we got something a bit better than pizza inside! As we showed you before, we have our PS One model here. Look at the main difference here. Look how soft that boot is now. So basically you can customize that, to your… Like Scott, don’t touch any of the metal parts! Make sure you put some socks on!
Socks are important!
Very thin socks, if you skate barefoot. And then go in! Make sure you tug everything in nicely, like the tongue. Once yo have laced it, there is no way back! So, try and lace it very snugly all the way from the bottom. One by one. It is worth taking the time to do this neatly, as it will have a major impact on the later shape of the boot! See how flexible the upper and everything is here? It’s really coming together quite nicely! It’s still quite soft up here on the top and, as Matthias is pulling it together, you will see how flexible it comes around. And now the important part really is, to really tighten it up on the top… … and make sure your heel and ankle is all locked into place there, like that! So, there! Pull it and over remember to still pay attention to the buckle and things, because they’ll still be very hot! Yeah, it is! -Nasal chuckle sounds- Try not to burn your fingers. Pull it tight and then go into your skating position. So bend your knee over the toe -Yeah!
Basically try to not move to the sides and maintain your position stably! Then see to it, that everything is wrapping around nicely. You can close it with a velcro strap, if you want to make it tight or you can even, you know, squeeze it tight with your hand, to make the area around the Achilles more tight! Normally you should stay in that position, until the boot has cooled down. That’s the general rule. Just until it’s nice and cool and then it’s there’s basically fixed and locked in that position. You can see how flexible the carbon fiber gets. If you want to make it even more tight, just wrap something around your boot, like a velcro strap. So that you can have more support and more control, by heat molding your skates. It will really adjust nicely to the shape of your foot. Close it up very nicely on the top, too. So you’ll have no air or open spaces and more support on the collar. Two more important things you want to do. If you really want to have it tight, you can also apply pressure with your hands to pre-shape the boot. So then it’s actually easier to make the skate a little wider or more narrow, than doing it while wearing them. So sometimes, while it’s warm, just apply pressure like this and then it will get a really narrow and tight shape. Then later, when you put your foot in, it will stretch out again. The other important point concerns other pressure points you may have. A lot of people have pain right here, because of the extra bone. Then try this: Put something on your pressure point, just to make it stand out a little more. Normally you can use a little tissue you or some kind of foam and then you step in and then do what we did before. Close it up really well! Then actually, with the added tightness of the lacing process, the shell will be pushed out in the area of where you had the pressure point before. So this will help help to relieve the pressure. It hurts a little bit more while doing this, because for a little while you’ll feel even more pressure on it. But afterwards you’ll feel no more pressure and it will leave you with a 100% pressure-points-free boot! You can do this with every pressuring area. Like we said, you can use tissues, you can use a special foam. Just pre-cut the shape if you want. You can make little donuts or whatever shape you need, to relieve the pain! So, that’s it for the PS One and we are going to look at the other boot right now! So now we’re back again with. As you saw just before, we heat molded the PS One boot. Now we have our Icon boot. It’s a very similar process. Be very careful, when removing it from the oven! Simply because all the aluminum parts will be very hot. But look at how soft and flexible that is…
The aluminum parts are quite hot! Now we have to… Matthias?
-Yeah, I touched the aluminum parts, thanks Scott…
No worries. The eyelets are always… oooooh! The hot frame touched my foot!
-Yeah! So it just goes in nice and easy like that. Look at how soft and flexible that carbon shell has become. What is going to happen now, Matthias is.. -…sweating like hell! Matthias’ foot is almost on fire, but this is a good thing! It’s not going to be very comfortable for the first few seconds… -The laugh you make when remembering the skates-
-retail price- It’s not going to be very comfortable, but you’re going get a perfectly shaped boot for it! Again, this is something that can be done more than just once. As Matthias is demonstrating here, he is lacing it up as tight as possible! As you saw on PS One model, you can actually use some extra velcro straps and things like that, too; to really pull it tight and lock it in! Again, this is something like… The pain of training is nothing compared to this! Thank you, Scott. I will remember it. So lace it nicely and tightly.
-Assume your skating position, so your knee… …Watch the metal parts, again and again and again. Remember to bend the knee over the toes! Assume your skating position! Normally, you need to go a little bit lower than what Matthias is doing right now, but he is old, so… …he can stand up a bit straighter. Now it really wraps around nicely everywhere. There is no more air inside, the entire shell and upper are totally in contact with the foot. It wraps around nicely on the top, too! There are no gaps anywhere. So it really becomes, like, a part of your foot. It’s like a second skin! Thanks for watching this episode of our Powerslide Speaking Specs. As we said in the beginning, it’s not really a “Spec” in general, but it’s a really helpful tip, especially for racing skates. How to customize your fit and really refine the fit, to make sure that your skates fit better and simply, that you’ll have more fun and at the end of the day, in terms of speed skating, skate faster! One of the unique things, you may or may not have known, is that you can do this multiple times. So, say you did it once it’s not quite right. You can keep doing it and repeat the process, without any fear of breaking the boot or getting it too soft. When you look at it afterwards, it’s going to have the exact same shape as your foot. So your ankles and everything will be imprinted, not only the upper, but also on the carbon fiber! This is the end of the episode…
-Our time is up.
…lights out. So we’re going home with a perfectly shaped skate.
But remember, that it’s really important to set the skate up properly. Not only through heat molding, but also make sure to set up your frame correctly. So that when you go out, you’ll have a lot of fun. You know, a Formula One pilot doesn’t go to the track with an improperly maintained car. He would be out after the first corner and the same concept applies to racing skates. Set it up properly and you are going to have more fun, more power and more push! We love to skate!