How to Heat Mold Skates at Home

Do you remember soaking skates in hot water or any other crazy way to break in skates? Things are easier now, just get them heat molded and you have cut down the break in time by up to 80%.

Problem is not every hockey store has a skate baking oven or there is no hockey store anywhere near your town. Problem solved, follow these few instructions and you will enjoy the added value of having your skates broken in much quicker without going through all the discomfort of breaking them in by skating only. All you need is an oven, baking sheet and your skates.

Step One - Preparation

Preparing the Oven - Turn the oven on and set it to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the Oven is hot enough turn it off. Bench Warning - Never leave the oven on while the skates are in the oven, skate baking is an expression not a desert. All you are trying to do is heat up the memory foams, not cook a pot roast.

Preparing the Skates - Be sure to lace the skates up very loose. You do not want to be pulling and yanking the skate into different positions while it is hot, this is how bad things happen to skates. If you are baking inline skates remove the wheels. Place skates on a baking sheet unless you want it to look like a piece of choice beef that just got seared on the pit. Bet you Bar-B-Q tonight!

Step Two - Heat Skate
When the oven is at the correct temperature TURN IT OFF! Place skates in the oven on the baking sheet. As mentioned earlier all you want to do is warm up the memory foams not bake the skates. Check your boots every few minutes to be sure that they are ok and becoming soft. Check with the heat molding instructions that came with your skates to get actual heating times. Generally 8 to 10 minutes is all you need. Take the boot out sooner if the ankle foams are sufficiently soft for molding.

Step Three - Mold Skates
Lace the skates up very tight, we like to do it tighter than you would normally wear them. Start at the bottom and make sure they are tight, even if they are not when you skate, remember we want to mold the skate to your foot. Continue up the boot till you are finished. When tightening the skate, always pull out on the laces so you do not put pressure on the eyelets. Bench Warning - Do not pull up on the laces as you tighten the skate, you will run the risk of pulling an eyelet out of your brand new skate which will not be covered by warranty.

Step Four - Kickback and Watch the Game
After you have both skates laced up grab the remote and watch your favorite team whip up on someone. Make sure you sit, do not walk at all. Keep your legs in front of you with the blade or chassis flat on the floor. Do not flex the front, back or sides of the boots. (Insert Picture) After about 15 minutes the boots will be cooled down enough to take them off. Again be careful and pull the laces out without yanking on the eyelets. Allow the skates to cool for 24 hours before skating in them.

Editor's Note: Special thanks to Hockey X for sharing the above article.
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