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Old August 21st, 2018, 10:37 PM   #1
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Default New Skate

Hi guys. I just got a new boot yesterday and wanted to thank Ancient1 and everyone else for recommending a new skate in another post. I couldn't remember which post it was in, so I just wanted to share my experience. I have a case of SEDS, it's true. After realizing how much difference a plate could make I decided to go for it and get a new set up.

My new boot is more of a disco-style skating boot in my opinion, but it could be considered an art boot. I got the Riedell 172 with a Roll Line Mistral plate. It has an edea insole and a Noene Undersole. I got Roll Line Ice wheels 95A. So I took them out for a session last night. It was a short session, only 3 hours.

How do you explain the difference a skate can make? The Mistral is surprisingly similar to the Matrix Steel, but the Ice wheels (or maybe the boot) may be what's making the big difference. The skate is surprising light compared to my friends skates with Snyder plates. I'm not great with explaining exactly how the new skates make a difference, but they really do. They seem to respond to every single move I make. It's almost like micro-movements, it's like the boot is responding directly to my thought pattern. The Noene Undersole is like having complete shock absorption. My knees are thanking me already. I'm gonna get one more for a second layer. The skates are a dream come true. They are truly making a difference.

I came home and tried on my old 120 boot and now I get it. They were an absolutely fantastic introduction boot. But I think I just skate too much for one pair of skates. At times I'll skate a 6hour session and wow, there's just no getting the sweat out of those, especially when I skate the next day. Stinky. The new skates are a dream come true. Like getting a new Porche after driving a Mercury. Thanks again for any advice and help. Feel like a new person. You guys are a truly a fantastic resource.
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