I've always skated in CCMS. I love t blade system and am looking for skate that has them and will last me quite awhile since this is probably going to be the last pair of skates I will be able to buy in quite sometime with a baby on the way. I always prefer the lightest skate possible,but I really need a boot that will last and hopefully will be light. I've heard Grafs are a quality boot,but don't know much about them Any info is appreciated.
Graf makes a different skate for different feet and these at different price levels.
You have the 700 series, the G series and the Ultra G series.
i.e. a 705 will fit similar to a G5 and a Ultra G5. The more you pay the light the skate will be.
Best to go to a store that carries the whole line up and try them on.
The only thing you need to know about Graf's.......they are they best skate out there! Just my opinion, of course.
I have used CCM, Bauer, Easton.....and my Graf 707's are by far the best skate I have ever owned. Got them back in '03, had them baked and they still are in great shape.
One thing I will say about them though is that sometimes on really cold days, my toes go almost numb. The reason I thought of was that the toe of the boot on the grafs aren't covered with the fiber most skates are....maybe b/c they don't have that covering, the inside of the boot itself gets colder. Not sure if that is the reason or not but a few of my friends who also use graf said the same thing happens to them on cold days.
Obviously every model fits differently. Try all of them on, because a 705 fits different than a 709, and so on.
There have been a few cases when Canadian-made Graf outsoles either start pulling away from the boot or the start to shred on the bottom. Make sure where ever you get them from is versed on the quality control issues and they explain the warranty to you.
The cobra holder has a pretty aggressive forward pitch, it's about as different as the CCM holder as you can get. You'll either have to get used to it, profile your blades or just get new holders all together.