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General Discussion / Re: QUIET ?
« on: May 08, 2010, 04:02:51 PM »
Have you seen the Sleeve Saver?
I have not used them because my sleeves have something like it built in.
I would guess you could make something equivalent out of an old sock or something like that.

General Discussion / Re: How do you all cope with sweating?
« on: April 13, 2010, 10:49:10 PM »
There are stronger over-the-counter antiperspirants like Certain Dry. For what I needed they never quite did the trick. Partly because I never remembered to apply them the night before. Might be worth a try though.

General Discussion / Re: THE WAVE ~Icecross
« on: April 10, 2010, 11:31:21 PM »
I have a long residual and wear a sock behind the X-5 seals without any problems.

On the old single seal design, the seal was made from a different material than the X-5. The seal always cracked at the base of the seal. I used the design for several years and always had to replace the liner under warranty in the first 6 months.

I agree that if one has a short residual then the X-5 may not work.

General Discussion / Re: THE WAVE ~Icecross
« on: April 09, 2010, 01:30:15 AM »
I use the Icecross X5 liner with the wave feature. I use a suction socket without a sleeve and no vacuum system. The X5 just provides a good seal. The wave feature is very comfortable. Overall this liner is a huge improvement from their original (single) seal-in liner which was much stiffer and had a lot of durability issues on the seal.

General Discussion / Re: Question for DBKs
« on: March 28, 2010, 06:43:34 PM »
I'm a single BK but have a long residual limb. The extra length provides not only leverage but also how well the socket seals. I use the Ossur seal-in with the 5 ring seal. The seal uses up quite a bit of length but I still have room for socks above it. It maintains the seal very well without a sleeve, and for sports I use a firm sleeve with it and it is as if the socket was glued on. I know the longer residual gives my leg guy a headache sometimes but it is worth it for me. Even if you had to use a lower profile foot I would keep the leg long. 

General Discussion / Re: like a tornado.... but not
« on: November 21, 2009, 01:15:07 AM »

Looks like the Tornado tips fit shafts from .75 to 1". I did a quick check of my cheap metal cane and it was .75" Have you checked the diameter of your cane? It might fit. If your cane is smaller you can probably build it up to the diameter of the tip.

General Discussion / Re: Suspension sleeves
« on: November 10, 2009, 01:39:18 AM »
Sorry it didn't work out. There is another place I found on-line
I haven't ordered from them either. Looks like they take paypal, so that might be easier. On their shipping page they say they don't ship international. Might be worth an e-mail anyway.
Good luck

General Discussion / Re: Need help on sleeves
« on: September 30, 2009, 11:41:23 PM »
I use a Durasleeve for sports. It does a great job of snugging up the suspension when I'm trying to move quickly. I have not had trouble with them slipping or not holding vacuum but I use a seal-in liner that does a pretty good job by itself. I do adjust my leg several times during the course of a sport activity but that is more to account for liner slip and to dry off sweat. Maybe on yours, the size is a little too big, mine is initially hard to pull over the socket when new ( I have to work it on by pushing from the inside). They also come in two thicknesses. I hope they work for you, they are the only sleeve I've used in the last 5 years

General Discussion / Re: To amp - or not to amp? Elective amps
« on: July 17, 2009, 01:15:06 AM »
There was an extensive article in the Oct 08 Runners World about Tom White's elective amputation. I'm not sure I agreed with his take on everything but it was a good read.,7120,s6-243-297--12959-1-1X2X3X4X5X6X7X8X9X10X11X12X13X14-15,00.html

They released some more conclusions from the studies of the Oscar Pistorius running technique.,0,7064316.story

The full technical paper (upper right)

General Discussion / Re: Suspension sleeves
« on: July 08, 2009, 12:38:04 AM »
I found this online. Never ordered from them though

General Discussion / Re: new foot on the market
« on: November 15, 2008, 04:51:18 PM »
It looks like the X3 is a new model. From the picture it looks like they got rid of the cable in the back. There is no technical info on their site for the new model so give us a good report when you testdrive it. Unfortunately for me it is too tall.

General Discussion / Re: Attention Please
« on: November 15, 2008, 04:19:31 PM »
The non-amputee discussions were truly entertaining. I agree that they should not be mixed in with the general discussion. Perhaps an Odds & Ends or some other non-amputee related category could be added to the forum for those fun diversions. It would keep the people coming for information from being scared off by some creative logic being applied to a social or political topic without having an outright ban.

General Discussion / Re: Running leg
« on: November 01, 2008, 03:52:00 PM »
I have not tried this style of foot. It looks like you end up running more on the balls of you feet rather than the more typical heel strike in distance running. I would talk to Freedom and or Ossur to see if you can demo. You might try contacting the Challened Athletes Foundation to see if they can get you in touch with an athlete that's using one. They have a mentor program for that purpose.

General Discussion / Re: VP Debate
« on: November 01, 2008, 03:42:02 PM »
Today's LA times has a short story buried in the back of the main section about Obama's aunt living in the US illegally (in public housing no less). If this was a Palin relative, do you think this might be on the front page? When asked, Obama's position is that he didn't know. Sounds like an "I didn't inhale" answer. If he becomes Pres. does he deport her?,0,5636273.story

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