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Thesensation19 03-15-2013 11:24 PM

MLX Skates
 
The Mario Lemiuex skates, created by Olympic speed skating legend and developed by a great skate maker.

From what I hear, these hand made skates are amazing and many NHL players love them.

My question is what have all of you heard or witnessed yourself. Besides the fact that the MLX skate was bought out by Easton. THis is purely for the MLX skates

Any cons? I heard if you have a wide foot it may cause issues. And its very heavy.
I heard from another review, width shouldnt matter and heaviness can be altered in the blade holder by replacing it.

Thesensation19 03-15-2013 11:39 PM

Also does anyone know where I can purchase them? For how much

Jules Winnfield 03-15-2013 11:53 PM

I bought a pair when they came out. Best skate I've ever owned by far.

Definitely the most comfortable skate I've used.

flyers10 03-16-2013 05:24 PM

I've used them the past 1 1/2 years. Comfortable and holding up great. Just got the Makos. Probably can look for mlx on eBay.

#66 03-16-2013 05:57 PM

I've been using a pair of old Kor shift 2's until they die on me. Then I have a back up pair.

Does anyone know how the Kor and MLX's compare?

The Kor skates are far and away the best I've had so far.

AIREAYE 03-16-2013 08:21 PM

You will get plenty more info over at MSH.

mhkehoe 03-17-2013 02:51 PM

I was under the impression that since being bought by Easton, you can't purchase the MLX skates anymore. The closest thing to them will be the Makos.

shoeshine boy 03-18-2013 08:24 AM

that is correct, Easton bought out MLX so the only way you're going to find a pair of the MLX is to troll Ebay.
I have 2 pair of MLX and they are just fantastic. I disagree with them being heavy. they may not be the lightest skate on the market but I will live with a few extra grams of weight to get the protection that the MLX (and now Mako) offers. I've been hit numerous times with slapshots and never felt a thing. add to that the incredible moldability and they are worth every dollar I spent.

Jarick 03-18-2013 09:02 AM

Check out Mod Squad Hockey as tons of folks over there used them. The new Easton Mako skates are an evolution of the design.

Would love to try them out, but not for the $800 they are asking. Hopefully they can get the price down in the future. Would be great not to sprain and bruise my foot getting in the way of shots.

roffleburger 03-18-2013 09:40 AM

I've had my MLX Skates for just over a year and absolutely love them. I play defense and step in front of alot of shots, and the skates are very stiff and have protected me each and every single time. The worst I've experienced is a stinging pain when blocking slappers from up close, but aside from that, most of the time I don't even feel the shots.

The boot was a dream to bake (16 minutes in my oven at home) and fit true to form right out of the oven. I had some Vapor skates before and the difference was night and day, absolutely no break in period. The Makos look nice but after shelling out $600 for my MLXs, I'm not upgrading anytime soon.

You can probably find some on eBay but they website is down and they don't respond to emails anymore.

Cheers!

Frankie Spankie 03-20-2013 11:34 AM

I have them and they're great skates but they don't seem very durable to me. A lot of the plastic over the composite boot is already peeling off and I worry that some day the whole boot will fall apart. The boot already has a small 1" crack by one of the ankles. I forget which one.

I did block a shot this morning with the inside of my boot that left quite a stinger and it has gotten a little swolen by now. I wonder how much it would swell if I didn't have these. They are nice skates but as was mentioned above, contact them first if you have wide feet. They made me custom boots to the size of my foot for no extra charge which was really cool.

Overall though, unless you have money to burn, you may want to look elsewhere. I just don't think they're worth the $800 they retail for (although I was lucky enough to get them half off when they first went for sale to the public.)

Thesensation19 03-21-2013 07:04 PM

Hockeytutorial.com apparently has a retailer that is selling MLX skates. Since MLX no longer makes skates, they dropped the price extensively.

After tax and shipping the boots came out to $580.00. I paid a 30 paypal fee to the guy, it sucked but honestly I am very happy.

The guy could have sold me more expensive boots, but from the first reply to the last one he was extremely helpful and replied immediately to all my questions.

With this extensive research and more about MLX, MAKO skates, David C, Scott Van Horn. I was extremely happy with the purchase.

They are handmade skates, and they are among the best in durability according to several sources. They look like machines but i like the classic look. A lot of new skates today will only last you a year or two at my pace and I am glad to hear that many have had these for years with still no issues. You are the first to have durability issues i heard.


The width of the boot... well idk. The guy said he had DD width foot. Or whatever the largest size is. 2E? I apprently have 2A. Much more narrower. He said if you mold them correctly you will have no issues.

Jarick 03-22-2013 11:20 AM

You're too cheap to buy proper helmet screws and want to make your own wood sticks but you dropped $600 on a pair of skates?

:help:

Thesensation19 03-22-2013 01:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jarick (Post 62171059)
You're too cheap to buy proper helmet screws and want to make your own wood sticks but you dropped $600 on a pair of skates?

:help:

Assumptuons may kill a man.

I made those DIY or hockey accessories threads for everyone. Not just for me asking how to save a in dollar on screws. I find it interesting in coming up w new ways to train, protect yourself, make yourself better and tinkering with equipment. Many hockey players do...

I like to spend wisely, as well. Rather than spend twenty bucks on hockey screw package I rather spend pocket chance on weaterproof screws and driver.

I can buy a stick, and I will, was interested in making my own. If possible.

I have used the same baeur skates for ten years. They were prob worn out 4 yrs ago, but I never card.to buy new ones because they were.comfortable and adequate. Now that they are destroyed, I neee a new pair and ive done months of research on finding my ideal pair.

The list came down to skates that had strong tongue, durability being most important, comfort. I wanted most of.all for.my skates to be.durable.. Last me a few yrs if I was spending that much cash. Since I have a.job now, I was able to push up my limit as well.

Out of all the skates I researched and.was.reccomended, the mlx skates were the cheapest. 800 skates now about 500. the creators of the skates were.also pioneers of the skate.industry. And I loved that its handmade.

I have.no.issue spending money, but wisley.. Amd spending a total of 600 after taxes, shipping and handeling I am excited to get them soon. if the top of the line 800 dlr skates were to last me even half.the amount my old skates did, I would have beem.interested. But I heard these new skates dont last long at all. Top in performance.but bad.durability.

So when I heard.mlx.was..handmade, cheaper, and comfortable. I was.sold.
Oh and my bank gave me.a ton of money back in my hefty purchase. So.I really only spent 500.

dont assume im cheap. I spend, but I dont just throw away cash for "hockey specific" screws or training eqpm.

AIREAYE 03-22-2013 06:36 PM

One can often easily mix frugality with foolishness. That's what we've been hinting at, and I don't think you understand that.

Did you try the MLX skates on before paying $500?

Thesensation19 03-23-2013 01:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AIREAYE (Post 62193735)
One can often easily mix frugality with foolishness. That's what we've been hinting at, and I don't think you understand that.

Did you try the MLX skates on before paying $500?

Your response of saying go to MSH for more info is not hinting at anything. What kind of response is that. The only good responses here so far was that its comfortable and it had issues with width and a crack occurred on the skates.

Once again, the reason why I created the other threads on hockey accessories was not just for me to save a $1. A lot of hockey players and skaters love tinkering with their equipment. And its not just goalies. I love finding new ways to make my equipment more protective, more comfortable, maybe lighter. I love messing around with my sticks before games. I love making obstacles and training equipment or routines. I am a hockey player, a ton of us love to do this. You can easily go on Youtube and check out even the pros who do not have to worry about $$$ or their equipment and they still love doing it.

And I refuse to overspend on screws or equipment. The hockey passer is typically sold for $100. Yet this guy and others have made their own for less than $20
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhcdtoaUelw

Its not that im cheap or foolish. Why spend $15 on a screwdriver and hockey screws (which also have their own issues) when I can buy Weatherproof screws at Homedepot for $3 and have hundreds of left over when needed.

Skate stones werent always around. So what did the old timers use to use when they needed to refine their blades. Nothing? Dont believe that.

Were hockey players... this is THE RINK. Lets tweak with stuff.

Thesensation19 03-23-2013 02:00 PM

No I didn not try them on. I was told to try on supremes for comparable fitting. MLX skates are not found in many retail stores worldwide let alone New york.

I already had supremes so it was quite easy. I am even going down a size, my old skates were too big. The MLX skates come with an half inch insert.

I can easily return them if too big. I have 12 month warranty. They come with replacebale parts in the tongue, tendon guard each about $30. They are all easily replaceable.

I heard nothing but good things on its durability, comfortability. I have a narrow foot. 2A so im not worried.

They were $800 skates from 2004-2011. Now being sold for $500 becuase they are making Mako skates. So yea im pretty happy.

Vip 03-23-2013 05:52 PM

Are we talking about these?
http://www.hockeyworldblog.com/wp-co...ckey-skate.jpg

Saw them at my pro shop today. Weirdest ****ing skates I have ever seen. Like the design of the boot is absurd almost. But apparently they are pretty dang comfortable eh? They didnt seem very stiff either.

Thesensation19 03-23-2013 08:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vipassana (Post 62245287)
Are we talking about these?
http://www.hockeyworldblog.com/wp-co...ckey-skate.jpg

Saw them at my pro shop today. Weirdest ****ing skates I have ever seen. Like the design of the boot is absurd almost. But apparently they are pretty dang comfortable eh? They didnt seem very stiff either.

I actually like the design. Its different, yet its pretty simple.

The MLX skates are said to be the most comfortable skates on the market for years. Because its not as big as Baeur or RBK and its relatively new, you dont see a lot of pros wearing them but they do have a few. Off the top of my head, Dustin Byf. And these guys swear by them. In my youth, I heard about MLX being a very well liked by the users and had a strong faithful following but always thought since it wasnt that big and pros werent using them it must not one of the best skates. Then you realize thats not true.

Now that the Mako is out. All the reviews have given it a perfect score in comfort. In fact, the skate has developed a perfect rating in every category for all reviews. I believe one top review on youtube even stated that though they had to give it a 5/5... most of the skaters would have wanted to give it a 10/5. Its that good.

And they probably arent stiff. David Cruikshank was a speed skater and was a professional skate tutor for NHL skaters. He says he realized over a short time that hockey skates are very limiting in skating movement. So he went to Scott Van Horn. A pioneer in creating and designing custom skates and they put together a prototype.

The same way Van Horn made his speed skates popular, they went to one of the biggest names in the sport... and instantly he loved the product. In this case, Mario even wanted to sponsor it seeing a good ROI.

From there they made a pretty good name for themselves. I think Easton teaming up with MLX was the best thing to do for their skate lines. A lot of their new equipments look stellar and revolutionary one way or another. A differ idea on flex for gloves, a differ fitting for shoulder pads.


Hockeytutorial.com did a review on the comparison between the MLX and Mako. According to them, the Mako was amazing and in every way a perfect evolution to the MLX.

From there, i talked with the guy about MLX skates hearing they would be cheaper. Everything i found out about MLX from there, i was in love with

Jarick 03-24-2013 01:43 PM

We recommended Mod Squad because they have lots of people who have used the skates and covered them from the beginning.

The MLX skates were sold direct to customers for about $400 a pair.

They've been bought out by Easton, I don't see a website anymore, so I don't know how you're going to get any warranty support.

romdj 03-24-2013 06:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jarick (Post 62293271)
We recommended Mod Squad because they have lots of people who have used the skates and covered them from the beginning.

The MLX skates were sold direct to customers for about $400 a pair.

They've been bought out by Easton, I don't see a website anymore, so I don't know how you're going to get any warranty support.

true enough, but I'd go to S2k instead, MSH has mlx's under their skin (read the last pages of the mlx topic and you'll understand why).
I personally love their skates, the only thing that bugged me is the fact that they could only go with full sizes, and that I didn't like. however it's definitely a quality skate.

I wouldn't spend more than 300$ on them new nowadays, because it would be impossible to get their replacement tongue or skate guard, and it's hard to work around those kind of issues.

Mako Skates are the future and imo have a great design! They are pricey though, but it's the price tag they have to display in order to be a valid competitor to the totalone line.

Jarick 03-24-2013 09:53 PM

Either way, lots of good info over there on MLX. I don't really agree with the heavy-handed approach to censoring talks of some brands, but there's still good info there.


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