good evening fellas/ladies. hope all is well. Well after about 10 years on my 1152 ccm tacks I decided to upgrade this season, these skates are still in good condition and of course fit my foot like a freaking glove by now BUT! I figured it was time to upgrade. The fitter recommended that I use the u+12 as it has less "support" than the CL, he did warn me that these days boots are much stiffer and said it would be a learning curve to get used to them. He basically said that the manufacturers are making skates for people with weak ankles.... as compared to when we played highschool hockey and triple A together (part of our practice every day was 20 laps with skates completely untied). I must say I entirely agree these boots are almost suffocating as compared to what iam used to with the 1152's. Even when the 1152's when new they were so much easier to move in! That is one fairly major issue I am having... I am defencemen and when crossing over to skating backwards and I start bending my knees the boot seems to limit how far my leg can bend forward, and if I go too far I get severe lace bite, maybe this is just a break in thing? I also leave the top eyelet undone, thinking of trying leaving the top two undone? The fitter mentioned about profiling the blade to possibly remedy this? as he said the new skates have an elevated heel? I must admit when I was playing hockey in my midget days I didn't really pay attention to skate logistics, they just seemed to fit like a glove and I played. right now the skates are in getting punched out in a few areas, so Ill be heading back tomorrow to pick them up, but I have to decide as to weather or not I want this profiling done? he said it will bring the heel back down a touch and decrease the attack angle which is best for defencemen and skating backwards. thanks for all your help!