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johnjm22 02-04-2012 04:01 PM

New Skate Technology vs. 15 Year Old Skates (Inline)
 
I got back into playing recently, and I've been using my old Bauer H3's that I got 15 years ago.

The skates work fine and have new bearings and wheels, but I'm wondering if it's worth it to get some new skates. Would I notice a significant performance difference with a quailty pair of new skates? Has inline skate technology improved much in the past 15 years? (Stick technology certainly has IMO).

These are what the old H3s look like. They're HEAVY.
http://img593.imageshack.us/img593/6...line021280.jpg
*These are not my skates, just a random picture. My actual H3s are MUCH more beat up. :laugh:

Ozz 02-04-2012 04:04 PM

I had a similar pair of those which I'd rocked since I was 12. I'm now 30 and just got back into inline hockey after 10 years off. I got a new pair of RBK Pumps and they feel much better for sure.

backhander 02-05-2012 09:27 AM

if ur not kidding in your post re the question....move on and get with the times. i don't play roller anymore, but i'm sure all skates ice/roller have improved. I think i had skates like urs 20 yrs ago. i got mission hi lo's with metal chasis 10+yrs ago....huge difference. buy the best skates possible since it may be your last pair you'll ever buy or 15 yrs before you buy another pair. good luck!

Ozz 02-05-2012 09:46 AM

I'm not sure how you set up your old Bauers, but if you used a full rocker like I did then here's another thought:

I kept my very old Bauers because of the full rocker capabilities. I couldn't stand (and still don't like) a HiLo setup. The RBKs I've got now have a TriDi chassis, allowing for a 72-76-76-80 setup. It gives a bit of a rocker at the front which is more of a natural feel to me, and the way the chassis sits on the boot allows for 80s to fit into the middle for a larger/full rocker. I haven't tried that out yet but I keep meaning to.

johnjm22 02-18-2012 09:47 PM

Thanks for the replies. I figured I'd update this thread since I finally decided to pull the trigger on a purchase. I posted the following on another forum in a skate recommendation thread. Just my thoughts/experience on purchasing new skates, it could be of interest to anyone in the market for a new skates:

I made the two hour drive to Sports Monkey in Santa Ana, CA today. They had 4 different brands of inline skates available; Alkali, Bauer, Mission and RBK. I tried on the CA9, XR5 and 9K. I skipped Mission because I figure they're the same as Bauer, and because they're hideous.

I ended up purchasing the CA9.

It was the most comfortable of the 3. I liked the way the heel felt specifically. It also seemed a touch lighter than the other two, and was easily the best looking. At $550, it's a good deal for a companies flagship skate. The top skates from Bauer and RBK are $850 & $600.

I'm not going to judge the CA9's just yet; it's too early. They still feel awkward to me (all new skates feel that way), and I haven't even got to use them in a game situation yet. My only concern is that the skates feel a little bit wide even after being baked (and I think the kid at Monkey Sports messed up a little when he baked them). Hopfully they'll snug up more after a few uses.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7040/6...4dbccf10_z.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7180/6...d1d64c81_z.jpg

Ozz 02-18-2012 10:38 PM

Let us know what you think. I've heard good things about them. FWIW, personally I'd never write Bauer off as the same as Missions. I've been a Bauer fan since I started skating but I can't stand Missions. I bought a pair years ago, skated on them once, and went right out to buy another set of Bauers.

AIREAYE 02-18-2012 11:22 PM

Yeah, the CA9s heat mouldability is second to none, comparable to the CCM U+ CL. Judging from the narrow ankle wide forefoot description, I wish I could find a dealer locally.

John, would you mind taking a picture of the skate interior from a bird's eye view? I'd like to see the ankle padding if it's ok :)

johnjm22 02-19-2012 03:57 PM

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7203/6...7aa5bbe6_z.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7051/6...65828ae8_z.jpg

johnjm22 02-22-2012 01:35 AM

Used my skates in a competitive environment for the first time tonight (pick up hockey). No complaints from me, I'm pretty pleased with them. I can say they're the most comfortable skates I've ever used. I played for 2 1/2 hours and my feet didn't hurt at all. I've also been wearing the skates around the house as much as possible to try and break them in quickly. I watched TV with them on, did chores, played video games, surfed the internet ect. and my feet felt good the whole time.

Performance wise, it's hard for me to say how much of a difference the skate makes. Skating comes down to the player ultimately. It does feel like the energy transfer is much better on theses skates compared to my old Bauers though.

izzy3 02-22-2012 07:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ozz (Post 43626867)
I kept my very old Bauers because of the full rocker capabilities. I couldn't stand (and still don't like) a HiLo setup. The RBKs I've got now have a TriDi chassis, allowing for a 72-76-76-80 setup. It gives a bit of a rocker at the front which is more of a natural feel to me, and the way the chassis sits on the boot allows for 80s to fit into the middle for a larger/full rocker. I haven't tried that out yet but I keep meaning to.

I use the 6K Reeboks (though they're now falling apart after 2.5 years of abuse), and I can tell you the rocker setup works like a charm. I went with a 72-76-76-76 setup though, but I can see a 72-80-80-80 working as well.

On the OP's question:
What I've found is that although lighter and generally better, the chassis seem to get beat up faster on the newer skates. I guess they are geared more towards performance (weight) and just don't have the same amount of material and rigidity as the older models, which were built to last.


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