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Old December 17th, 2017, 08:41 PM   #4
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I have been searching for someone with your experience so thank you very much for taking the time to share.

You switched from a 15-degree plate to a 45-degree(really 30=degree) plate? Probe to Avenger? I was considering and have read many skaters that swear by the more responsive plate but significant numbers that either could not adjust or just plain preferred a more stable/speed plate and went back to a less responsive plate.

As you noted the Edea heel is taller than the Riedell high top boot which is taller than my low cut boot heel. A few skaters found the Edea boot heel too tall and had it cut down. Guess I could try it and always cut it if needed. I thought the 15-degree Roll Line and it's superior action would plenty of responsiveness for me since I can turn the 10-degree speed plate fairly well. 120 boot might be a good price point to experiment and probably would last me quite awhile.

Thanks again. Would appreciate any more insight!

Originally Posted by 40yearslater View Post
A different view:
I skate mainly with art boots (Riedell 120 - the low-end boot, but have skated in 297s).
I also skated for about a year or two in a low cut set-up (the budget Riedell, R3, I think) after putting a Suregrip DA45 degree plate on it. I liked the plate so much that I put them on the 120s and went back to the higher boot.
I personally like the higher boot, just seems to give greater control - smooth and easy transitions.
I didn't have any difficulty getting used to differing heel heights, going back and forth between the two set-ups a number of times. For me, the heel keeps you forward, on the balls of your feet, in athletic stance, like skiing - knee and weight centered over the pivot. I think that you can adjust to either low or high.
As far as reactiveness: the DA45 were significantly more responsive than the baseline plates that came with the 120s originally.
I think it might take a couple of sessions, but the increased responsiveness in plates is an incredible improvement. The adaptation kicks in pretty quickly: different modes.
The Edea and Roll-line Variant are both really high quality, but both would serve you well, I think. I think the Edea has a substantially higher heel than Riedell. The Riedell 220 looks pretty good, might be worth looking at. Less pricey than the Edea or the 297. (Though I think the Edea and Variant are available as a bundle/package.)
103 wheels will slide a lot more easily. If you skate on a wood floor, that can open up a whole different aspect. Seems the Detroit and Chicago skaters work with that quality - decreased grip seems to allow for quicker, smooth changes. Probably slide out a few times before you find that point where the grip gives way. Then there's that whole sideways slide thing in Detroit....
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