I tried them on at the store. Didn't see anything wrong with them. The skatelock was very hard to manipulate for me. You had to pull up on the bottom lace to get it out and if you really tightened them down it was hard to get slack to pull on. That's just my limited experience with it. I've seen a lot of guys around with them and they all seem to like it and the 9k too.
I must say that some of the kids who buy them do so because Crosby wears them, but I liked them on my feet. The skatelock idea didn't hit me as something that made it better than another brand, nice idea though.