HOW TO HEATMOLD

Adapt boots are the only boots on the aggressive market that are completely heatmoldable. Because of the use of special fibers, your Adapt boot can be molded at lower temperatures. There are four areas of interest for heatmolding: the fit, the cuff area, the toecap and the base of the boot. When your Adapt boot fits perfectly out of the box, we urge you not to heatmold them. Heatmolding is a difficult process which can go wrong when you are unexperienced or do not follow the guidelines.

NOTE: The tutorials below are explained by heatmolding an aggressive skate. You can use these same instructions for heatmolding your Hyperskates. Please make sure that in case of heatmolding a Hyperskate, you leave the frames on the boot. This will prevent any accidental damage to or shifting of the frame mounts.

 

Heatmolding to improve the fit: if you want to make your skates feel like you have already skated them a few times you can heatmold the boot to make the padding form to your feet.

 

Heatmolding the cuff area: the cuff area contains the least fibers of the shell and is therefore the easiest to heatmold. You can form the shape of the cuff a bit outwards when you feel it is too tight around your ankle.

NOTE: you cannot change the forward flex of the cuff by pushing the cuff more forward or backwards. If you do this you can damage the shell internally.

Heatmolding the toe box: If your adapts feel a bit too tight around your toes, it is posssible to make a bit more room in the toe area. The toe box only consists of the heatmoldable fiber and is therefore easily moldable.

NOTE: if you push out the toebox too far, you will put stress on the skin, which can cause wrinkles around the toe.

Heatmolding the base of the boot: If you have a pressure point somewhere on the base of the boot, you can push the shell a bit outwards. This will be the most difficult part to heatmold since the base consists of several layers of fibers, making it more sturdy. Please use the instructions in the next section to heatmold and if you have further questions about heatmolding, please contact us.

 

THE FIT

The Fit

If you want to make your skates feel like you have already skated them a few times, you can warm up your boots, put them on your feet and let the padding form to your feet.

Step 1

Take off your frames and wheels. Wheels can get damaged in the oven so as a precaution you should take off both the frames and the wheels.

If you are heatmolding your Hyperskates, make sure you leave your frame on the boot! You should only take out the wheels. This will prevent any accidental damage to or shifting of the frame mounts.

Step 2

Put the boot in the oven. Put the boot on an oven rack. Do not use tinfoil or baking paper. Make sure the boot does not touch the sides or top of the oven. If you use a microwave oven, make sure the boot does not turn in the oven so take out the turning element. Place the soulplate towards the oven door, since this is the coldest part of the oven.

Step 3

Turn on the oven at 100 degrees celcius or 212 degrees fahrenheit.

Do not use a higher temperature, you can seriously damage your boots!

If you use a microwave, make sure to use the oven function and not the microwave function. Using the microwave function can seriously damage your boots!

Step 4

Leave the boot in the oven for 20 minutes. Do not leave the boots in the oven for a longer time, the boot will become even softer and therefore difficult to shape perfectly.

Step 5

Take the boots out the oven. Be careful: the boot and specifically the metal parts on the boot can be hot! An oven glove is recommended.

Step 6

Sit down on a chair or couch, and carefully put on your boot.

Step 7

Carefully tighten the laces, only lace the bottom part of the boot and not the upper part, because otherwise you will pull the - now thermoplastic - cuff area too much inward and you will create pressure points.

Step 8

Close the strap loosely, do not pull it tight!

Step 9

Bend your knee a bit, this way the padding will set to the position your feet will be in when you are skating.

Wait for at least 15 minutes or until the boot is cooled down. Take off the boot carefully. Repeat the same procedure for your other boot.

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THE CUFF

The Cuff

Before you start heatmolding your boots, it is smart to first think what exactly you would like to change and if you have a pressure point where exactly this is. If you know what you want, you will feel more comfortable during heatmolding. So, think first, act later.

Step 1

Take off your frames and wheels. Wheels can get damaged in the oven so as a precaution you should take off both the frames and the wheels.

Step 2

Put the boot in the oven. Put the boot on an oven rack. Do not use tinfoil or baking paper. Make sure the boot does not touch the sides or top of the oven. If you use a microwave oven, make sure the boot does not turn in the oven so take out the turning element. Place the soulplate towards the oven door, since this is the coldest part of the oven.

Step 3

Turn on the oven at 100 degrees celcius or 212 degrees fahrenheit.

Do not use a higher temperature, you can seriously damage your boots!

If you use a microwave, make sure to use the oven function and not the microwave function. Using the microwave function can seriously damage your boots!

Step 4

Leave the boot in the oven for 20 minutes. Do not leave the boots in the oven for a longer time, the boot will become even softer and therefore difficult to shape perfectly.

Step 5

Take the boots out the oven. Be careful: the boot and specifically the metal parts on the boot can be hot! An oven glove is recommended.

Step 6

Push out the cuff area of the boot. Use your thumbs to put pressure on the top part of the cuff and push it out from the inside. Do not pull the cuff sides out, this way you can damage the lining and the V-cut!

Keep pressure on the cuff area for at least 30-60 seconds to give the shell time to set. The cuff area will always come back a bit after you pushed it out because of the padding.

Be careful when putting pressure on the shell. Since you put it in the oven, the whole boot has become soft and thermoplastic, so make sure you do not accidentally push somewhere else on the shell.

Step 7

Here you can see what the shell of the boot looks like and what happens during heatmolding. The white thermoplastic fibers on the top of the cuff are the easiest to push out.

Step 8

If you are happy with the result, let the boot cool. When using the oven, your whole boot has become soft so it needs to set first before you can skate. Let the boot cool down for at least an hour at room temperature. When you are finished with your one boot, you can start on the other. Never heat up both boots at the same time because each boot needs your full attention.

Note

You cannot change the forward flex of the cuff by pushing the cuff more forward or backwards. If you do this you can damage the shell internally. The forward flex of your boots is mostly determined by the way you lace your skates. Check out the Fit your boots section for more info. If you have any further questions about heatmolding, feel free to ask.

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THE BASE & TOE

The Base & Toe

Before you start heatmolding your boots, it is smart to first think what exactly you would like to change and if you have a pressure point where exactly this is. If you know what you want, you will feel more comfortable during heatmolding. So, think first, act later.

 

Heatmolding the base or toe area of the boot is the hardest part to heatmold because the base of the shell consists of the most fibers. Using a special shoemakers tool to stretch boots can come in handy.

Step 1

Take off your frames and wheels. Wheels can get damaged in the oven so as a precaution you should take off both the frames and the wheels.

If you are heatmolding your Hyperskates, make sure you leave your frame on the boot! You should only take out the wheels. This will prevent any accidental damage to or shifting of the frame mounts.

Step 2

Take out the laces. If you have a pressure point in the base of the shell or if you need to make more space at the toes, you will need to be able to push quite hard on the inside of the boot, removing the laces gives you the space to do this.

Step 3

Put the boot in the oven. Put the boot on an oven rack. Do not use tinfoil or baking paper. Make sure the boot does not touch the sides or top of the oven. If you use a microwave oven, make sure the boot does not turn in the oven so take out the turning element. Place the soulplate towards the oven door, since this is the coldest part of the oven.

Step 4

Turn on the oven at 100 degrees celcius or 212 degrees fahrenheit.

Do not use a higher temperature, you can seriously damage your boots!

If you use a microwave, make sure to use the oven function and not the microwave function. Using the microwave function can seriously damage your boots!

Step 5

Leave the boot in the oven for 20 minutes. Do not leave the boots in the oven for a longer time, the boot will become even softer and therefore difficult to shape perfectly.

Step 6

Take the boots out the oven. Be careful: the boot and specifically the metal parts on the boot can be hot! An oven glove is recommended.

Step 7

Find the spot where you had a pressure point or need more space and push on it from the inside out. You will need to put quite some force on the point to push it out. Keep some pressure on it for at least 30-60 seconds to let it set.

If you are heatmolding the toe area, you can create space on the front or the top of your toes. If you need space on the front, push on the shell. If you need space on the top, gently push out the toebox.

Be careful when pushing out the toebox, if pushed too hard you can create wrinkles in your skin!

Step 8

Here you can see what the shell of the boot looks like and what happens during heatmolding. Push on the base of the shell with quite a lot of force.

Detail

Detail shot of the space you can create in the base of the shell.

Step 9

If you are happy with the result, let the boot cool. When using the oven, your whole boot has become soft so it needs to set first before you can skate. Let the boot cool down for at least an hour at room temperature. When you are finished with your one boot, you can start on the other. Never heat up both boots at the same time because each boot needs your full attention.

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