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Old March 1st, 2015, 11:23 PM   #1
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Default Please help me pick out some skates

New to the forum. I spent a lot of time roller skating as a kid. Also got into blades, ice skates and skiing over the years. I've never competed, I've always just skated recreational. I love any sport where wheels or sticks are mounted to your feet

After many years hiatus I've just gotten back into roller skating with my two daughters 2 and 5yrs old. I just purchased skates for them and now I'm trying to figure out what to buy for myself.

I have Fred Flintstone feet and according to the Bont wizard I'm a 9.5 double wide (although my shoes generally run ~11 in size men's and as wide as I can get them). I've always used tall/artistic boots because that's what I had as a kid and that's what the rentals are now. I've never even tried Derby style boots but I like the way they look and I really hate lacing up tall boots in general. So I'm leaning towards Derby boots.

I don't plan to ever join roller derby. I'll probably be just a recreational skater til the day I die. I realize that indoor and outdoor skates are not synonymous, but it would be nice to maybe put on a special set of wheels to skate outdoors with the kids (on a flat parking lot or tennis court) once in a while when I don't want to use my blades. I don't do any tricks or jumps. I can skate backwards comfortably but that's the extent of my skills.

I like quality gear and I figure I might have these skates for a very long time. That said, I'd have a hard time justifying anything more than $300 (plus any $$ for a set of outdoor wheels if that's a possibility).

Suggestions?
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Old March 2nd, 2015, 12:13 AM   #2
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If you have your old skate boots, use them, just lace them up part way
The boots offered today are a pale comparison to the leather boots of yesterday.

Otherwise, check eBay for your size in an old leather boot, heel 1/2 heel or no heel all are to be found.

Indoor outdoor, the boot doesn't care, yep, just wheels, still, pay once, use hundres of times.
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Old March 2nd, 2015, 04:05 PM   #3
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I don't have any boots. Last pair of skates I owned were childrens

I'm now leaning back towards artistic skates. I'm looking at the Reidell Juice for $300. Alumninum plate, decent bearings, and it's available in wide.

What do you guys think of this skate? I really don't want to buy used.
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Old March 2nd, 2015, 04:57 PM   #4
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Vanilla boots have a wider base. See if ya can try one out. Like a freestyle.
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Old March 2nd, 2015, 09:07 PM   #5
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I don't have any boots. Last pair of skates I owned were childrens

I'm now leaning back towards artistic skates. I'm looking at the Reidell Juice for $300. Alumninum plate, decent bearings, and it's available in wide.

What do you guys think of this skate? I really don't want to buy used.
I have theese exact skates (my aluminum plate is a bit older). Love the 120 boot, I also have a wide foot. Cushy enough to be comfortable, but still responsive. Ankel support is excellent. Molds well to your foot.
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Old March 4th, 2015, 12:34 PM   #6
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See if you can try a Sure Grip Rebel boot at your local rink. They have gained popularity over the last few years, and a lot of rinks carry them. They are a low cut boot with a small heel and a bit of ankle support. They run generally wide, and will stretch a bit for a wider foot as well. If these fit, get the Sure Grip Rebel Avenger package skate. Rebel boot, excellent Avenger aluminum plate good bearings and wheels. Around $230.
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Old March 4th, 2015, 08:23 PM   #7
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Google Connie's skates, they are great and family run, also you can get them to send you boots for sizing. I found that my labeda run a bit big and wide...I personally really like sure grip equipment.

Oh and connives has a chat option where they can help you and build something in your price range.
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Old March 5th, 2015, 02:35 AM   #8
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Thanks for the replies. I decided to toss my budget out the window and hire docsk8 to build me some quads with Bont boots.

I want to buy my dream skates while I'm still young enough to get the most out of them.

Plus, it's been a while since I treated myself
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Old March 6th, 2015, 02:31 AM   #9
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Good for you.... Welcome back to the skate world...
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Old March 6th, 2015, 03:36 AM   #10
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Thanks. The wait is going to be long, but it will be worth it
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Old March 6th, 2015, 04:05 AM   #11
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Bont boot and a Doc build. GOOD choices.

Should be a mighty tasty skate.

Congrats.
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