Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 5 out of 5 by Yuriy Perfect skates, but keep in mind a couple of thing
I received the skates two days ago and tried them today. The skates are very comfortable, the boa lacing system is amazingly easy to use and keeps the foot really well, making easy re-tightening "on the run". This is very important for me - I'm 60+ years old guy with weight just under 200 lb. For me skating is much easier than dealing with laces. The boots are also very comfortable and at the same time provide perfect support for ankles. Quality of the blades is very good - this is not just my opinion, the professional sharpener who sharpened them today told that you can rarely meet this high quality blades on recreational skates.
Because of all this I give these skates the highest rating. They are the best skates I've ever had.
Now about a couple of things to take into account before you buy and use the skates.
1. The size you select should be higher than the one you use with your regular shoes. My normal size (measured correctly) is 9, but I bought these skates in size 10, and they fit me perfectly. Possibly, the reason is in a low height of the boots in the toes' area, and shifting the foot a bit back after tightening Boa system makes it more comfortable.
2. Don't try to skate before sharpening the blades. I tried it today, and it costed me several very painful falls. You can skate without sharpening, but up to the very first time you try to brake - and you fall. I was lucky that the skating rink I was skating at belongs to Broncos training base, and they have sharpening service there. The person who sharpened the blades explained me that the blades were never sharpened on the factory, they were just formed during manufacturing, and the shape of the working area of the blades is really unusable for normal skating (although it seems to be very sharp). After sharpening, I enjoyed skating without a slightest problem.
March 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by nightowl13 Good beginner skate
I am pleased with these as my first skate. I had a hard time choosing between these and the LL Bean Comfort model, but chose these because of the BOA system. It does wonders for getting the boots on and for being able to adjust the tightness mid-skate. The skates themselves seem to be of good quality and I've had several veteran skaters tell me that they're high quality. I only gave the 4 stars because they aren't as comfortable as the Bean model. After several long outings my feet can feel where there could be more padding.
December 15, 2013