Getting back to that custom process, it borders between cool and maybe even a little creepy once your scan is done. Remember that three-dimensional image that is created of your foot using the iPad? CCM doesn’t use that rendering of your foot to build your skate.
Instead, they use that imaging to create a last of your foot. Basically, CCM makes you a fake foot, a perfect replica right up past the ankle bone, and then uses that to build your custom skate around it. If you’re envisioning a pile of discarded fake feet in the back of a warehouse in Quebec, don’t worry, you weren’t the only one and it’s not what happens. But the pay off in fit and feel would be worth B-level horror movie dreams of fake feet coming to life anyway.
Once CCM has created your “fake foot,” there are two different ways they can build your skate.
3D CUSTOM MOLD or TOTAL CUSTOM PLUS
The first process is called 3D Custom Mold, and basically involves super heating a stock sized JetSpeed FT2 boot sealed around your foot mold, at temperatures that far exceed anything you could do in a retail store with a skate oven, essentially shaping it to match your foot. The only additional custom option is adding your jersey number to the tongue, but the big benefit, beyond the incredible fit, is the quick turnaround period of just eight business days.
The second option is Total Custom Plus, which is loaded with extra options, including an AS1 boot with the no-cowling XSG holder, but takes four weeks for delivery. The Total Custom option is still super-heated to fit your foot mold, but allow goalies to customize everything from sizing and width, including ¼ sizes and the ability to order a different size for each foot, varying the boot cut depth and boot height, choosing from different tongue options and having your name and number embroidered on it, plus additional lace, liner and padding options.
The results in both cases are a noticeably improved fit, which leads to a responsive skate.