How to heat-fit your skates at home Hi everybody! Today I’m going to be baking my skates! Why am I doing this? Because the cushioning of most skates nowadays is made out of thermoformable gel (or foam). That means, when I heat my skates, and then put them on, they will nicely form themselves to my feet. When the skates have cooled off, the form stays the same. That means, I get a better fit, the skate will in general become more comfortable, and I’ll have a better power transfer from my foot, through the boot, and into the ice. So, if you’ve purchased your skates in a store that has a skate oven then by all means get them baked there. If not, you can bake them at home in your oven. You just have to keep a few things in mind: first of all, not every skate is thermoformable. Most skates are, but the cheaper couple of models from every line of skates CCM or Bauer make are either not or barely thermoformable, which means it’s not worth it to heat-fit them and also the Bauer Prodigy line for our youngest players cannot be heat fit. The second important point is the correct temperature: I’d say between 80 and 90 degrees Celsius (175-195 Fahrenheit) is optimal, for approximately four minutes in the oven. My skates are super stiff, so I’m going to go with the 90 degrees, If you’ve bought skates that are a bit softer like a model in the mid-price range, then I recommend using a slightly lower temperature like 80 degrees. So I’m going to take my skate, my oven is pre-heated put it on the baking tray, open the oven, onto the middle rack, the toe of the skate pointing in, close the oven, the oven is already warm, I’m going to turn it off now, and let them bake for four minutes in the oven. Ok, so I’m tying up the skate now. It’s important to pull the laces a bit more outwards than normal. Normally I can just pull them upward, but the eyelets are hot, and they are going to be the weak point of the skate, so we don’t want to stress them too much or damage the skate so I’m pulling them a bit more to the side than I normally would. I’m tying the skate normally, not too loose, not too tight, as though I were about to go on the ice, and when I’ve finished tying, I’m going to stay seated for 10-15 minutes until the skate has cooled off. I’m not going to move around, go for a walk, do squats or stand up. Stay seated, then you can’t damage the boot, and just hang out for 15 minutes… Allright, fifteen minutes are up, the boot is cooled off, I just wanted to show you all something: all I have to do now is put the other skate into the oven, but before I do that- This skate has been in the oven. I use extremely stiff skates, and nevertheless you can see that the sides of the boot follow the form of my foot in a fairly vertical line all the way up to my ankle. This skate, hasn’t been baked yet. We can see that it doesn’t yet fit quite as well. The sides of the boot don’t wrap around my foot as nicely since they haven’t been put in the oven yet. Down here, it’s pretty narrow and the sides get wider and wider as I move up towards my ankle. The fit just isn’t as good; that’s why, I like to heat fit my skates. I hope I could help you out a bit today; like I mentioned, if you’ve have thermoformable skates then I would definitly recommend baking them. Take a lot into your skate box: there’s usually a paper inside that tells you if you can put them into the oven or not. A final point: you can’t go on the ice immediately after baking them. Most skate companies recommend waiting between 12-24 hours before going for a skate. This is what I do: I bake my skates on one day, and the following day, they’re ready to be taken out for a spin!