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Lacing Ice Skates for Freestyle Movements

Lacing Ice Skates for Freestyle Movements


Hey guys! I’ve cut my lace into peaces, this is my last
reserve. Perfect timing for this tutorial. Over the past few years I was experimenting
with different lacing and tying techniques, used shorter-longer, waxed- non waxed laces. I’ll start with the interesting part now
and then come back to these later. So, we’re talking about freestyle now. What’s the difference comparing to hockey? The boots are the same, but the movements
are much more extreme. Sometimes I’m expecting great flexibility
from the boots, sometimes I’m pushing it to the limits and want full support. Can these come together? Of course! Here are my tips: Lower part: This area should
be tight as much as possible without loosing comfort or cutting your blood circulation. Middle: The same, make sure the laces don’t
slip out and get loose when you’re tying. Upper part: For freestyle you need more space
for the movements. I’ll demonstrate in a second. Lean forward when you’re tying. Okay, so why is this working? First of all, let’s see what happens if you
don’t lace a skate at all. Can you do anything with? You will be surprised! I can do almost every basic trick without
lacing at all. This is because the boot should support your
ankle by itself (until a certain level of course). I wouldn’t go for a bigger jump with these
though. The opposite of this is when you tighten everywhere
and too much. Look at this spiderman: this is not an exaggeration. The boot really doesn’t let me lean forward. So once again the ideal way is to take advantage
of the boot’s support and keep some room for movement. I’m tying this way for years now, and it seems
to be working. Have you seen our latest freestyle ice skating
movie? Here is a teaser. Link in the info box. By the way the the original story behind the
different colors is that I always cut my laces and I started to replace them one by one. Blue was the first, it’s a long waxed lace,
then I didn’t find a matching pair in the shop so now I have a completely different
short non waxed yellow on the other. Wax does help to avoid slippage when lacing,
but not significantly. I prefer non waxed as the laces can loosen
up a little bit and adopt the shape of your feet better. And as for the length: There is no advantage
in having longer laces as you only end up gently wrapping around the extra part or tying
another knot. Let me know guys if you found this useful,
maybe share your secrets. I also have a tutorial about a custom sharpening
that I use. Subscribe if you want to see more tutorials! See you.

57 thoughts on “Lacing Ice Skates for Freestyle Movements”

  1. Really nice and useful tutorial 😀 Thanks a lot, I had some problems with my skates, now i tried those tips, and it's much better!

  2. Hali! Miért nem csináltok magyar nyelvű videót is? Vagy legalább magyar felirat lenne… Ehhez hasonló amcsi videók tömkelege van a neten, de ti legalább értetek is hozzá és jó lenne ha sok magyarhoz is eljutna….

  3. Awesome as always, thanks Uristenzor <3
    NEVER wrap laces around your tendon guard though! You risk snapping it in half!

  4. What pro hockey players do and suggest is very different:
    – don't lace the top 2-3 holes on your boot, because otherwise you won't be able to get down into a good hockey power stance once tightened (as you mentioned in your video)

    The huge advantage in this approach is that you can get the skate SUPER F'ING TIGHT around your ankles and still be able to bend down like magic.

    So it really feels like an insider's trick: hockey boots are simply not meant to be laced all the way up – only noobs do that…

    Anyhow, I really think you should try it out – I bet you will very quickly notice the huge advantages that come from having super tight laces that don't go too high up the boot.

    NOTE: the extra lacing however should NOT be wrapped around the boot/ankle, because doing so impairs the boots' proper flex and makes them very uncomfortable when the laces are properly tight. Some boots have a strap at the back for the laces, but mine don't so I just do a 6 or more double knots to keep the laces over my boot.

    (Side note: I just started freestyle skating a week ago and I'm loving it – thanks for all the tutorials!)

  5. great video!! and also perfect timing cause this week my laces broke and it was a mess :/ just a small advice, you can totally feel when they are about to break cause suddenly you have to re-tie your skates way too often in the same day. i didnt and i hurt my ankle :/ will be looking forward to more of your vids!!

  6. Nice video and thanks for the little secret 🙂
    I figured it out myself this season because i bought new skates and they were way too uncomfortable
    Then I tried to loosen up the upper ties like you showed in the video and it worked perfectly 🙂

  7. Usually when i train Footwork, i leave the last hole unlaced.. but normally i like my laces like i like my Bit***s, tight as F**k ..🤣😜

  8. Why hockey skates instead of figure skates for freestyle? I know there's a reason, but I have no idea why. Does it have to do with sturdiness? Figure skaters have step sequences and jumps, and I see some of the elements are the same. Maybe freestyle has more of an.. "aggressiveness" that figure skates can't handle? I don't know much of these things, aha..

  9. uristen can u help me to choos a hockey skate my football boots are size 5 and a half so what size should i get for a hockey skate

  10. Awesome Video! Me and my bro were just talking about this, I couldn't believe it when I saw you just came out with this video! haha thanks so much!

  11. Honestly- I thought the yellow and blue represented your team colors…haha!

    I have Bauer skates that have been baked and used for many years… They still give me so much pain for the first 45 minutes of a session. Always adjusting, loosening, retying, etc. The last hour and a half, I will be able to enjoy the rest of a session with no pain. But, I will say, the only thing that's hard for my keeping top lace loose is sometimes when I go into sprints, my ankles feel vulnerable.

  12. Hey, i have been using a pair of ice blades on my inline skate for a couple of months now. And today i just tried my friend's bauer hockey skates and the blades feel really great. It was easy to turn, sprint, stop and so on.

    My question is would my inline skate ice blades feel just as good as my friend's hockey skates if i got them profiled?

    I actually like my inline skate boots better because of the super comfortable liner even though they are really on the heavier side.

  13. Will the 540 tutorial be out some time soon? I've been dying to get some tips on it, I've only been able to 360 so far and I really want to learn more techniques to add to my jumping (the leg extension looks so beautiful when done by a pro like you, I'm trying to get to that point)

  14. But how it's possible that you don't have problems with foot stability if u tie your laces so loosely? I'm skating since few years and my constant problem is foot stability when I'm skating on the outside edge, for example when doing fast cossovers. Do you have any advice how to deal with such problem?

  15. I use soft boot hockey skates. They have laces, straps and axes (the boot can be bend), so that you can tighten them up and still have the feet freedom to do/learn freestyle tricks more easily. I've tried to move to hard skates but they sucked so much and didn't give my feet the freedom that I like. I've come to the conclusion that it is bad to use hard boot hockey skates. They hinder you from moving your feet, they don't support your feet as well as soft boots and they start to hurt your feet more quickly. Maybe that's one more reason why hockey players can't perform well for very long? I skate for hours with almost no breaks. I see the other freestylers take long breaks.
    I know hard boots look good. They might be good for aggressive skating? (Well, but that's not me 🙂

  16. I'd definitely not recommend waxed laces, I changed them and initially I got a lot more support, but after practising turns and slaloms on my weaker foot, the lace started to dig in as I leant forward, and started to get uncomfortable, but loosening the lace didn't help that much, and felt that there wasn't enough support and I'd end up rolling my ankle!

  17. I stopped playing hockey when I was 13. Thirty years later, I started skating again. I was tying my skates tight at the top and found my balance was terrible. I tie my skates pretty much the way you show here now. I'm still learning, but I feel so nimble with my skates like this.

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