There are multiple contouring attributes to be considered to improve skating performance. Each attribute will provide Pros and Cons to your skating experience. So you always win something, but you also lose something.
|Contouring mainly focuses on the three main sections of a blade:
- Heel Section
- Center Blade & Balance Point
- Toe Section
We at Edgehogs focus on all blade sections as long as there is enough steel available to be shaped. Standard and older blades often will allow for Main Rocker contouring only. Top of the line STEP blades will allow for full contouring options.
|Single Radius Contouring
It is mainly used in a range of 7 to 10ft and to repair a "Banana" blade — ideal for recreational skating needs.
|Multi Radius Contour
Also known as combi-contouring. Combining different radius profiles will tailor stability, agility, blade pitch, posture, stride length and foot speed to your needs or development stage. Combi-Contouring combined with the right sharpening selection will guarantee for consistent performance.
It is also called Blade-Lie. It is another essential attribute for custom contoured blades. The correct lie needs to be measured while the skater is wearing his skates. This will ensure the best results. A few other factors to consider:
- Skate size (too large skates will create a back lie for the skater)
- Back lie (to be avoided in all cases)
- Neutral lie (Ideal case and best for D-players)
- Front lie (0.5 to 1.5mm max, avoid too much lie)
Also known as heel lifts. Mainly seen on Bauer skates. There is no benefit for adding heel lifts and therefore, should be avoided.
- Voids Product Warranty
- Heel lifts require longer rivets (weaker connection to boot)
- Twists blade holders, improper blade fit
- Less precise and ineffective shots
- Improper and unbalanced skating posture
- Produces too much front pitch on a STEP blade
Note: If shimming would improve performance, then Bauer would sell pre-shimmed skates.