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04-02-2007, 11:54 PM
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Grafs or Eastons?

Graf 305's and an Easton Synergy. They fit my foot about the same, and for the same price - which is better quality? I'm coming from a $100 pair of CCMs that gave me lacebite and rusted runners way too often despite constant drying.


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Grafs no doubt about it

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I've had both and I prefer the eastons.

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i think Grafs are some of the comfiest skates out there

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Another vote for Grafs here

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04-03-2007, 11:27 AM
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I've heard good things about the Easton's durability because they use a carbon shell as opposed to the high-grade leather of Grafs. Anybody able to comment?

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04-03-2007, 12:12 PM
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I have RBK 3Ks, too poor to afford Grafs. So I can't really comment on either.

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Graf has different pitch then Easton. You are more on your toes with Grafs. Although it is not as dramatic as switching from Bauers that offer a negative pitch, CCM are more close to Easton with respect to pitch. Synergy provides the best foot protection on the market since the boot is 100% composite material (i.e. plastic).

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I bought some Easton Synergy skates for my daughter and she loves them. With the carbon fibre boot they're super lightweight, in fact they have to be the lightest skate out there now?

I finally have to replace my 15 yr old Bauer 3000's and thats the skate I'm going with.

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I have a pair of Easton Synergy 1300c

They are by far the best skate I have ever used - and that includes Grafs.

They are extremely lightweight but the most durable skate on the market.

Grafs are ok, but IMHO can't touch the high end (1300+) Synergys.

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Graf has different pitch then Easton. You are more on your toes with Grafs. Although it is not as dramatic as switching from Bauers that offer a negative pitch, CCM are more close to Easton with respect to pitch. Synergy provides the best foot protection on the market since the boot is 100% composite material (i.e. plastic).
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If you're going to be punishing them then go with the Grafs. I'm going to disagree with the poster that said Eastons would be more durable. Grafs are absolute TANKS! A lot of guys come into the shop with rivet and blade problems with the Eastons.

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04-03-2007, 08:31 PM
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easton's issues with their skate durabilty has been widely documented, hopefully and seemingly they have resolved this issue. Personally if those were my two options I'd go with Graf, but be prepared for a heavy forward lean. I see a lot of graf users switching to tuuks because of this.

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04-03-2007, 09:33 PM
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Have the graf 305s. Love them, havent had a problem with them. I decided against Eastons basically because i worried about the screws coming loose, and also the size wasn't as nicely fit.

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I hope you have better luck with your 1300's than I did Jiggyfly....mine fell apart after 2 years and Easton didn't even want to see them. I offered proof I had surgery which kept me off the ice a lot while I owned the skates....their reply was:

" Hello, unfortunately this item is well beyond the manufactures warranty of 1 year. We apologize for the inconvenience but 2 years is beyond a reasonable time frame to honor the warranty"

If my name was on failed product I would at least have wanted to inspect it-Skates may be technically outside the 1 year warranty window so Easton isn't obligated but everyone expects to get more than a year when spending this kind of money.

The Grafs may not look as rugged but are actually much more durable-buy them and you'll still be happy in 2 years. My 705's are good after 100's of hours use. I chucked the 1300's, this post isn't attempting to pressure Easton to change their decision-it is an unbiased report on Synergy skates durability and my experience.

In March I dropped $269 + tax on a Stealth CNT JR at my LHS (proof available if anyone doubts my rants)....Easton has lost a good customer who didn't mind paying for quality.

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I hope you have better luck with your 1300's than I did Jiggyfly....mine fell apart after 2 years and Easton didn't even want to see them. I offered proof I had surgery which kept me off the ice a lot while I owned the skates....their reply was:

" Hello, unfortunately this item is well beyond the manufactures warranty of 1 year. We apologize for the inconvenience but 2 years is beyond a reasonable time frame to honor the warranty"

If my name was on failed product I would at least have wanted to inspect it-Skates may be technically outside the 1 year warranty window so Easton isn't obligated but everyone expects to get more than a year when spending this kind of money.

The Grafs may not look as rugged but are actually much more durable-buy them and you'll still be happy in 2 years. My 705's are good after 100's of hours use. I chucked the 1300's, this post isn't attempting to pressure Easton to change their decision-it is an unbiased report on Synergy skates durability and my experience.

In March I dropped $269 + tax on a Stealth CNT JR at my LHS (proof available if anyone doubts my rants)....Easton has lost a good customer who didn't mind paying for quality.
Same here, the 703's I was wearing up until this year were tanks. Probably the most durable skate I have ever owned.

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My son likes his Supra G5 Grafs although they are a little heavy and take time to dry. The forward lean is nothing...most people get the skates profiled.

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04-09-2007, 12:38 PM
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dont get 305's, theyre cheap and they are ****. if you're looking to save money, it really doesn't matter if you get eastons or grafs.

id suggest you get 502's at least. theyre ike 300 bucks, save a little bit of extra money, it'll be way worth it in the long run. i have 502's and i like them better than my old 705's.

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I found a pair of Vector Pros that are priced the same as a pair of Graf 301's. Any thoughts? Durability, performance are what I'm looking for.

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04-15-2007, 12:00 PM
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Be careful with the fit.

I went from a well-worn set of Bauers and fit up a set of new(er) midrange Easton skates. I dont' recall the exact model, but anyway it's the typical lightweight, rigid, with pieces of thermoplastic bonded or stitched into the skate.

The standing fit was fine, but once I got on the ice and tried flexing my ankles and making full strides the skates bit into my leg all around the top of the skate. They never broke in - I developed swelling at those spots that make the fit and pinch even worse. Just be careful of this if you're used to a less supportive skate, and especially if you're changing brands.

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I found a pair of Vector Pros that are priced the same as a pair of Graf 301's. Any thoughts? Durability, performance are what I'm looking for.
Never had them but Vector Pro's, actually all Vectors from 6.0 up seem to be one of the 'best bang for buck' skates. I coach, run few clinics, still play a bit so talk to a lot of guys about equipment-Vector owners seem very happy with their skates. It helps the colours/features change so often making last years models on clearance with Vectors-people say its a good performing, lightweight skate that holds up.

Just bought my son next size up in Vector Pros, 1/3 the price of what they were last fall when we looked at them. Be good idea to have store throw in a spare skate-lock, if it breaks at rink theres no eyelet underneath to put lace thru so you'll want a spare in your bag.

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