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04-11-2009, 04:15 PM
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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Washington, DC.
When they start getting soft is the big thing people replace them for, the boot will break down and it won't be as stiff, and you won't get as much energy transfer out of it.
You could also wear out the outsole, happens on some skates. It starts sagging and softening like the boot.
You can also get padding breaking down, and that can affect the feel of the boot and the support it gives to your ankle.
I should also mention that composite skates help with the problems of outsoles and boots softening. You will have issues with the foam and the skate breaking over time still though.
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