In 1976, Mr. Inze Bont invented a tool to customize ice speed skates to remove hotspots. He supplied them to some shops and distributors of his skates but the tool was made with bits of bolts welded to a set of clamps. Now, for the first time we have released a produce for skate shops, skaters and the public to stretch their inline skates, ice skates, ice hockey skates, figure skates, roller derby skates or any type of boot or shoe that needs stretching.
Here are two videos showing how the Bont Rip Jaws works on inline speed skates and roller skates.
How to Use the Bont Rip Jaws Hotspot Removal Tool for Roller Skate Boots
How to Use the Bont Rip Jaws Hotspot Removal Tool for Inline and Ice Skate Boots
You can use this boot stretching tool to stretch your boots or skates wherever you feel pain. The Bont Rip Jaws hot spot removal tool removes hotspots from your boots. A hot spot is an area of discomfort in your boot. Carbon fiber and fiberglass boots only have a very thin layer of padding between your foot and the hard carbon fiber. Sometimes blisters can occur and the Rip Jaws has been designed to stretch the area of discomfort out to make the boot comfortable to skate in.
Rip Jaw Boot Stretcher Instructions
1) Remove the laces from your boots
2) Heat the area of discomfort with a hairdryer for about 5 minutes or in the oven. Refer to your boot manufacturer's heat molding instructions. Click here for Bont heat molding.
3) Open the Rip Jaws and use the knob at the end of the handle to open it up widely.
4) Put the Rip Jaws over the problem area and use the same knob to tighten the screw.
5) Pull the handles together so it locks in place and stretch the boot.
6) Wait a few minutes for the boot to cool and then unlock the Rip Jaws. You can do this process again if need be. Remember that if you have a blister or a painful spot on your foot, it's best to let it heal before testing the boot because your foot will still feel pain if it has not healed.