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Old June 17th, 2011, 04:45 PM   #1
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Question So Which skates are Great.

Here's the lowdown, I'm not new to skating, But It's been a while since I skated, Back in my super-youth I didn't really care about brands, so it never occured to me to research this stuff, but Now i do, so here's me checking for advice!


I live in the UK, and have sized 13 feet; now, Skate manufacturers hate people like me, and because of this I have the choice of about 3 skates to buy.

Its these Roces,
http://www.skates.co.uk/Roller-Skate...ens-Krypto.htm

Or these crazy ones whose name I can't figure out (Supreme, i think?)
http://www.kateskates.co.uk/productd...&x3=2142577908

I can't figure out which ones going to be sturdier. My previous skates were Roces and they never let me down, but they were Stunt in-lines, so they were naturally quite strong.

I'm looking to learn artistic skating, but I also have a keen interest in stunts, I appreciate that a single skate probably doesn't hit both those notches but, any advice would prove helpful. (Or if you know any other size 13 makers)



One last thing. Look at these Crazy motherfridgers!
http://www.skates.co.uk/Freeline-Skates/index.htm

I'm considering buying those just for fun.

Yeah, any advice would help, thanks in advance
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Old June 17th, 2011, 04:54 PM   #2
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(still not understanding the UK's obsession with hard-shell skates)

How much do you have to spend? If it were me and I REALLY wanted a hard-shell quad, I'd go for a Bauer Hockey boot on a reasonable metal plate ...
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Old June 17th, 2011, 05:24 PM   #3
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Not more than a couple hundred GBP, max
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Old June 17th, 2011, 06:10 PM   #4
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For size 13 boots you might want to talk to Steve at Slapshot.co.uk, but I don't know if he has anything in your pricerange. You'd certainly get a decent pair of skates from there! I'm afraid the other skates you've posted are pretty rubbish. Probably ok for Rollerdiscos but if you wanted to do some serious skating in them (and it sounds like you do) I'd look at something a bit better quality that will last you longer, and probably something that isn't hard shell.
Unfortunately the size of your feet makes it a little harder to find something that will fit that bill, especially within a budget. I had the same problem when my husband wanted to learn how to skate (he's a 13 too).
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Old June 17th, 2011, 06:12 PM   #5
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Alternatively theres the OG freeline skates, Those are pretty appealing to me because, no sizing, and damned solid. any thoughts?
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Old June 17th, 2011, 07:01 PM   #6
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Alternatively theres the OG freeline skates, Those are pretty appealing to me because, no sizing, and damned solid. any thoughts?
Can't really give you an opinion on them but they aren't rollerskates and won't perform like booted skates, more like independant skateboards. Depends on what you want to do with them really.
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Old June 17th, 2011, 07:07 PM   #7
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Guess so. I'm not sure I have much choice with my situation
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Old June 17th, 2011, 09:26 PM   #8
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Most inline/ice hockey skates go up to size 14, for fit and comfort they're not a bad option, but they're not the ideal solution for quads. I'd suggest talking to Steve at Slapshot and John at Everglides and asking if they have ideas for you - they'll know what runs in your size in quad hockey and regular boots respectively.

If you can sort getting the parts separately it'll let you pick and choose what fits best with your needs and budget
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Old June 17th, 2011, 10:31 PM   #9
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Whereabouts in the UK are you Monday?

If you're anywhere near Lancashire, let me know, I can put you in touch with someone who can help you out
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Old June 18th, 2011, 07:00 PM   #10
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Whereabouts in the UK are you Monday?

If you're anywhere near Lancashire, let me know, I can put you in touch with someone who can help you out
Unfortunately I'm way down near London

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Most inline/ice hockey skates go up to size 14, for fit and comfort they're not a bad option, but they're not the ideal solution for quads. I'd suggest talking to Steve at Slapshot and John at Everglides and asking if they have ideas for you - they'll know what runs in your size in quad hockey and regular boots respectively.

If you can sort getting the parts separately it'll let you pick and choose what fits best with your needs and budget
Okay thanks for the advice!
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Old June 20th, 2011, 06:56 AM   #11
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near London

where exactly?
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Old June 20th, 2011, 10:03 AM   #12
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I'm told there's some good skating to be had in London ... I'd like to get down there sometime (though I'd need someone who knows where to go to point me in the right direction)
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