Blade Profiling

Choose a Custom Profile For Enhanced Performance!

Whether it's called contouring, rockering or radiusing, the art of custom blade profiling refers to the process of re-shaping steel runners to accentuate or match a player's natural skating style. When performed by a certified skate technician, blade profiling provides a wide variety of performance benefits. Profiling involves tweaking runner radius and lie to achieve specific results. Please take a minute to understand the basic science behind profiling, and then see how this can be harnessed to improve your on-ice performance!

Profiling costs $20.00 per pair for 7-13' patterns.

Offered exclusively at the Sunset Hills store. Skates can be transferred between store locations for profiling.

What is radius?

Radius determines the amount of steel gripping the ice and is best explained by viewing runner radius as that of a large steel wheel rolling across the ice. No matter how fast or slow it rolls, only a small portion of the wheel will touch the ice at any given time. Increasing the radius allows more steel on the ice, while decreasing radius reduces the amount of steel. Radius has a profound impact on performance, depending on the pattern selected.

  • Small Radius (7-9') -- Increased agility, faster pivots and tighter turns. Forwards generally select a radius within this range.

  • Large Radius (10-13') -- Stable surface, faster glide speed, improved balance and less fatigue. Preferred by most defensemen.

What is lie?

Lie, commonly referred to as pitch, is a pivotal ingredient of any profile, because it determines the center of runner radius. This should always be balanced to properly distribute body weight. A lie pitched too far forward will cause knees to lock, resulting in muscle fatigue, loss of skating power and reduced shooting accuracy. By contrast, a lie pitched too far back will cause knees to buckle, resulting in reduced agility and loss of shooting power.

Custom Blade Profiling FAQs:

  • How is profiling different than rockering or radiusing? It isn't. Both terms involve the same process of reshaping runners for maximum performance.

  • How do I choose the right profile? See a trained specialist for help. Profiles are determined by physical characteristics and natural ability.

  • How much steel is removed? Specialists using defined measurements and guide bars will remove only the minimum amount required.

  • How often should skates be profiled? Profiles should be refined after every 12 sharpenings or a maximum of 3 times per season.

  • How long do profiles last? With proper care, profiles can be preserved for the life of the runner...and replicated in replacement steel.


Have Questions?

Contact our trained specialists at your local "Home Team" Store -  Or call toll free at 314.966.5444