Monday, 27 February 2017

Bladerunner Men’s Fitness Skates

Bladerunner Men's Fitness Skates ReviewThese are a really good general skating boot for beginners and with a quick upgrade from the standard wheel, ideal for intermediate level skaters as well. They have good ABEC-7 bearings that really do offer a good level of performance with whatever wheels you have on.

They are a nice wide boot for all of you who are looking for a skate for wider feet. The lace and strap system means you can get your feet in nice and tightly, and the boot offers a good level of protection and support thanks to its good padding.

These boots wouldn’t be our first choice but are still a really good value skating boot.

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5th Element Stealth 84 Inline Skates

5th Element Stealth 84 Inline Skates ReviewIf you liked the 5th Element Panther XT Inline Skates but a little better performance, then these are the boots we would recommend.

They have slightly bigger 84mm wheels and upgraded ABEC 7 bearings. Should you start out with these sets of boots but find yourself want a little more, then you can easily up their performance by upgrading the wheels to 90mm. This will give you plenty of extra performance that even a confident intermediate would be happy to have.

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VNLA Carbon Speed Inline Skates

VNLA Carbon Speed Inline Skates ReviewThese boots aren’t cheap, but there is a reason why they aren’t. They are made from a half carbon, half fiber glass composite that makes them very lightweight and strong. Designed purely for speed they have ABEC-9 race bearings and 85A urethane wheels.

They are a shoe design that gives you more ankle movement to allow you to get to those higher speeds and stay there. The only drawback of this is for those overconfident skaters among you is that there is no protection for your ankles should you fall.

These skates are admired for their high quality and really great design. Available in 4 different cool colors for you to choose from, they come in 13 different sizes so fit most foot sizes.

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Epic Engage Black & Gold Indoor / Outdoor 125mm 3-Wheel Inline Speed Skates

Epic Engage Black & Gold Indoor / Outdoor 125mm 3-Wheel Inline Speed Skates ReviewThese really are some awesome skates though they definitely aren’t for the faint hearted. Designed for intermediate and advanced level skaters with pure speed in mind, they are a hard upper shell boot with a really effective pure comfort liner.

These skates will definitely let you chalk up some serious speed thanks to their 125mm High Rebound 86a glass-filled plastic core wheels. They come with high-performance ABEC-7 bearings and a 195mm mounted, aircraft grade polished aluminum frame.

If you are looking to do some serious skating and want to do it at some high speeds, these are definitely the skates for you.

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K2 Skate Men’s Kinetic 78 Inline Skates

K2 Skate Men's Kinetic 78 Inline Skates ReviewK2 Skate really do make some really great skates and these are no different. They might not be the best beginner skate on this list but they are definitely one you want to consider. They have plenty of padding and lots of protection though they are a little on the expensive side.

These boots offer a nice balance between stability and maneuverability making them a really nice ride. Great for beginners and those getting back in the saddle after a long break from skating.

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5th Element Panther XT Inline Skates

5th Element Panther XT Inline Skates ReviewAnother good set of beginner boots that might be a little too slow for intermediates. These boots are available in sizes 7 through to 13 which we are sure will disappoint some boys out there.

They have 82mm wheels and ABEC-7 bearings meaning that they are really capable of some speed. They are a laced boot with a good strap and buckle system that certainly won’t let you down.

If you are a heavier person who is over the weight of 190lbs then they won’t be suitable for you as they have a weight limit. These skates are great for all kinds out of outdoor skating from leisure trips around the park to when you want to head out a little more long distance.

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Roller Derby AERIO Q-60 Men’s Inline Skates

Roller Derby AERIO Q-60 Men's Inline Skates ReviewDefinitely one of the best beginner skates on this list, these boots have 80mm Elite Speed wheels and Bevo Gold 7 Race rated bearings making them a really great ride. Planted on a solid aluminum Tri-Coil frame and a well-padded and comfortable boot there is not much more you can ask for in a skate boot.

These skates give a really smooth ride at some pretty high speeds where we found them to remain really stable. They have a nice brake that really gives some impressive stopping power. These skates seemed to ride over cracks and holes without missing a beat.

Ideal for beginner skaters, they are available in a range of sizes for boys and men who are serious about their skating. These skates are really great value for money given their performance level and that they are such high quality.

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Pacer Voyager Adult Recreational Inline Skates

Pacer Voyager Adult Recreational Inline Skates ReviewLooking like something out of a Terminator movie these futuristic design skates will definitely get you noticed. Available in sizes from 5 to 12 they are suitable for boys as well as for men.

These skates are well padded and feature a deluxe comfort liner making them really snug to wear. The boots themselves are a molded shell and have a three buckle tightening system instead of laces. This has the main advantage of making them much easier to get on and off while being much safe while you are on the go too.

Good if you want a great set of good performance skates that are durable as well as being really easy to get on and off. If that’s what you are after these are definitely the ones we would recommend.

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K2 Skate Men’s F.I.T Boa Inline Skates

K2 Skate Men's F.I.T Boa Inline SkatesThese popular skates not only look the business they really are too. The first thing you notice about these skates is just how great they look. The cool black and red color scheme seems to compliment the boots aggressive looking design making these the skates that no one wants to mess with you in.

So far as performance goes, their lightweight aluminum frame compliments the skates impressive 84mm wheels and good performance 80a/ILQ-7 bearings perfectly. The great thing about these skates is when you find your feet you can upgrade them to 90mm wheels and really grab a serious upgrade in terms of speed and performance.

We really loved the Boa Closure lace system that makes getting these skates on nice and tightly really easy. They are really comfortable from the very first time you put them on and so are the perfect boot for long days out skating.

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Rollerblade Men’s Zetrablade 80 Skate

Rollerblade Men’s Zetrablade 80 SkateThese skates are quite simply awesome. Not only are they really stylish but they are a really great skate too. Rollerblade, as most of your skate enthusiasts will know are one of the best-known skating brands that are known for producing the best quality boots in the industry.

The Zetrablade skate is designed for comfort and performance and is ideal for those beginner skaters who are trying to find their confidence.

They have some really good 80mm wheels will provide a nice level of grip in all weather conditions. Their SG5 bearings are equally as good in terms of performance while also being long lasting time too.

They are sleek and at the cutting edge of fashion while providing a great level of stability and maneuverability. These really are a great all round set of skates that are ideal for beginners all the way through to low-level intermediate skaters.

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Chicago Men’s Rink Skate

Chicago Men's Rink Skate

If you are looking for a set of good quality skating boots that comes with plenty of ankle support then these are the ones to consider. They are a bestselling quad skate that won’t cost you the earth either.

Another beginner skate, they have laces that tie up all the way to the top of the boot, giving you all the support you will ever need, and so are ideal for those of you worried about damaging your ankles.

For a beginner boot they are pretty maneuverable, mostly thanks to the aluminum base plates adjustable truck that makes turning nice an easy. The urethane wheels are also pretty good and certainly will be long lasting.

You can use these boots both indoors and outdoors though they might take a little time to break in properly. They are really well made so will stand hours and hours of punishment without ever missing a beat. The aluminum design also means that they are nice and light, which of course is a bonus for all of those who want to do some serious skating.

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Roller Derby Men’s Sting 5500 Quad Roller Skate

Roller Derby Men's Sting 5500 Quad Roller Skate ReviewThese are another great set of Roller Derby roller skates. Designed to be light and maneuverable, these high performance roller skates are just that.

The upper boot is a lightweight micro tech material that has a memory foam inlay, which means that they will keep whatever shape best suits your actual foot shape.

The RTX 6000 Pro Frame is made from aluminum, so is lightweight and strong. They have an adjustable 5/8-Inch toe stop, which always a much welcomed feature, making breaking safe and easy.

The 58mm wheels are made from urethane and so offer a mix of high performance speed with long lasting wear. The only drawback to these wheels is that they are a little tough, so don’t offer the best level of grip of all the Roller Derby skates on this list.

The ABEC-7 race bearings are again designed for higher end performance, making these a great choice for beginners as well as intermediate skaters. Great as recreational skates and for disco rolling, these skates really look the part, while offering a good all round skating experience.

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Monday, 13 February 2017

CCM Tacks 3092

CCM Tacks 3092

The Tacks 3092 ice skating shoe by CCM is another good example of a quality recreational shoe. The shoe boasts good performance and comfort for the amateur and lower level player. If you are looking to play for fun and enjoy yourself on the ice, then the 3092s are a good option to choose.

The boot is constructed using a synthetic tech form for comfort and stiffness. The stiffness of this boot will help to transfer every unit of energy from your legs to the ice. The one-piece SpeedBlade design will keep maintenance simple, but also does not allow you to switch blades as easily if necessary.

Inside the boot, two-tone brushed microfiber lines the foot for comfort and support. The footbed follows the standard CCM comfort footbed design. The tongue is made from 7 millimeter felt with lace bite protection. Overall the Tacks 3092s are a good boot for their price, and they offer good performance.

Here is a list of complete specs for CCM’s Tacks 3092:

  • Synthetic tech form boot construction
  • Two tone brushed microfiber liner
  • Injected outsole construction
  • Standard CCM footbed
  • 7 millimeter felt tongue
  • Speedblade Pro one piece holder and runner set
  • Warranty: 90 days


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CCM Ultra Tacks

CCM Ultra Tacks ReviewThe CCM Ultra Tacks ice skate is a pair of shoes designed to deliver comfort, power performance, and style. Made by the Canadian hockey manufacturer, CCM, the Ultra Tacks are a world class ice skate. If you are looking for a skate that can provide high-level performance without losing comfort or style, consider purchasing the Ultra Tacks.

The Ultra Tacks incorporate heat moldable materials and padding to ensure a customized comfort fit. The inside padding is made from TotalDri comfort liner to reduce moisture keeping your feet dry all throughout the game or practice. The 7-millimeter tongue is crafted from TriTech Pro felt to protect from lace bite and a stray slapshot.

The Ultra Tacks use Speedblade 4.0 holders in conjunction with Speedblade Black’s as runners. The boot is constructed from the stiff AttackFrame 2 carbon composite for added power and boot control during intense, high-level hockey play. The stiffness and heel cup provide each player with high-speed capabilities. Overall, the Ultra Tacks are a great shoe for players who are wanting to really up their performance and win more games.

In addition to comfort and performance, the Ultra Tacks feature a sleek black design with yellow accents.

Check out this list of the CCM Ultra Tacks complete features:

  • AttackFrame 2 carbon composite boot construction
  • TotalDri Liner with Durazone Abrasion Resistor
  • Carbon composite outer construction with vented exhaust
  • Air System footbed
  • TriTech Pro 7mm felt tongue
  • Speedblade Black runner
  • Speedblade 4.0 holder
  • Warranty: 90 days

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Bauer Vapor APX2

Bauer Senior Nexus 4000 Skate

These high-performance skates are designed to provide the quality and skill necessary for high intensity, high-level skating. The Vapors are a good option for someone looking to switch brands or move from recreational shoes to competitive. If you find yourself in situations that require quick, high-performance footwork and fast breakaway speed, the Bauer Vapor APX2 is a solid pick.

The APX2 gives your feet and ankles enough flexibility to make quick turns and impressive maneuvers. The Vented Carbon Composite that makes up the outsole provides the protection and maneuverability to make this a top of the line shoe. Another component of this shoe’s high-performance capabilities is the Tuuk Lightspeed Edge runners. One of the most important features of the Bauer Vapor APX2’s is the Tuuk LS Fusion Blade. These high tech, aluminum blades are more than 25% lighter than regular blades for easier maneuvering.

The APX2 do not sacrifice performance for comfort, though. The Hydra Max liner is a high comfort, moisture wicking padding to keep your feet dry and your performance up. Inside the boot, the toes are snugly held by the ErgoToe toebed. Designed for comfort, ErgoToe provides not only comfort but also protection. The Form-Fit tongue is made of Three Piece Pro Felt with an Abrasion Resistor for added protection from a puck glancing off the laces.

Here is a complete summary of the Bauer Vapor APX2’s specs:

  • Hydra Max 2 inside liner
  • 3D curve composite boot construction
  • Vented carbon composite outsole
  • ErgoToe footbed with FormFit
  • Three Piece Pro Felt tongue with Abrasion Resistor
  • Tuuk LS Fusion runners
  • Tuuk Lightspeed Edge holder
  • Weight: 776 grams
  • Warranty: one year – holder, 90 day – runners, 90 days – boot

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Easton Stealth RS Ice Skates

Bauer Senior Supreme 140 Skate

The Easton Stealth RS Ice Skates are a pair of high quality, high-performance ice skates. These skates are the best product to enhance hockey performance. These shoes were made to provide an experienced skater with the precision and durability necessary in a highly competitive environment. These skates are made for comfort and power with the skater in mind.

Easton made comfort a priority on the Stealth RS. The RS features the new comfort edge technology. At the top of the foot opening, the edge is designed to provide comfort during tight turns and hard stops. The edge does not dig into the ankle during these high-performance maneuvers reducing discomfort and abrasions.

Inside the shoe, Easton placed more padding near the heel and on the tongue. The extra padding on the tongue is helpful for collisions or taking a puck to the laces. This additional padding also completely prevents any lace bite you may experience on other skates. The RS also comes with three different sized arch inserts. Depending on foot shape and preference, any of these three inserts will provide the best support.

The RS were also designed to deliver a high-performance experience. The shoe provides enough forward flex to get the most out of every stride, while also providing enough stiffness to support the foot. The tendon guard on the back of the shoe provides support the foot during hard strides and difficult maneuvers. In addition, the RS skate is highly heat moldable. In general, the RS works better for more high-volume, wider feet, rather than a pair of narrow feet.

The Easton Stealth RS skates are a high-quality, best product for any ice skater to use. They are dependable and durable, allowing you to be on the ice without worrying about losing performance or destroying a new pair of skates. Any skater can turn to these skates and find a trustworthy boot and quality matched by few others. The Stealth RS is the best product you can find on the market right now.

To summarize, here are some of the Easton Stealth RS most important features:

  • Exceptional heat moldability
  • Three different arch support inserts
  • Extra padding on tongue for protection
  • Stiff quarter panel for added performance
  • Injected tendon guard for support during strides
  • Lightweight design

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Bauer Senior Vapor X300

Bauer Senior Vapor X300 Skate

Representing the best value for money the Bauer Senior Skates come in at around only a hundred dollars which is significantly cheaper than most other options, however they still come with the same great quality that you expect from a brand like Bauer.

The Vapor family of skates has become the most widely purchased model in Bauer’s easy 3-fit platform series. Basically the Vapor line, uses a standard V-put profile (standard width all the way through the toebox to an eventual narrower fit in the ankle and heel). This means the Bauer Vapor X300 has a more classic style fit.

Another great feature of this model is the great X-rib pattern, which was inspired by earlier versions of their OD1N concept skates. Labatory studies have shown this unique X-rib design offers massive improvements in the heel and ankle area, which augmented faster cross overs and really tight turns.

Basically what you are getting is a really cheap pair of skates that are tested for safety and performance. This is why they are our top pick for the best hockey skates for the money.

The stainless steel blades provide the player with a good mix of agility and balance. The ThermoPlastic Rubber (TPR) outsole construction provides support and power as you push off the ice.

Bauer lined the Vapor X300’s with a brushed nylon liner and completed the boot with thermoformed X-rib pattern tech nylon for a comfortable glide across the ice. The tongue is made from one piece felt for protection against lace bite and on-ice collisions. The Bauer Vapor X300’s also provide a one year warranty on the holders and 90-day warranties on the runners and boot.

Here is a full list of the Vapor X300’s specs:

  • Tech nylon boot construction with a thermoformed X-rib pattern
  • Brushed nylon liner
  • ThermoPlastic Rubber (TPR) outsole construction
  • One piece felt tongue
  • Tuuk Stainless Steel runners
  • Tuuk Stainless Pro holder
  • Weight: 770 grams
  • Warranty: one year – holder, 90 days – runners, 90 days – boot

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