Alkali RPD Team Roller Hockey Skates Sr
Comments: Was in the market for new skates, and the pro shop at our rink carries the Alkali RPD line. Had the chance to try these and the Comps on and give them each a decent skate right out of the box. Both feel great, but I went with the Teams. The clincher for me was the heel lock padding and the liner in this skate. If you have a bauer "vapor" foot, like I do, these are going to feel significantly more secure when you lace them up. The padding is significantly better in these vs the Comps. I have a set of narrow D feet and real skinny ankles (im 5'10 165lbs, by the way).
Once they were baked - they felt amazing. The boot molds like butter. I cranked them down tight, and there was absolutely no pinching anywhere with the tongue.
My only initial concern was the stiffness of the boot. I'm not a real big guy, and didn't want too stiff a boot. Even though the Team boot is noticeably stiffer than the Comp, it isn't too stiff for someone in my weight range. It feels just right.....I would imagine it would feel good for you bigger guys too.
The pitch is definitely more aggressive than my bauers (x3 boot). I have briefly skated in them, and they feel smooth. Can't wait to log some hours in these things.
I'm glad I went with the Team skate.....for another 100 bucks, they are definitely worth it if you are looking for a skate that creeps into the 'advanced' category.
From: dkf4199, Las Vegas, NV
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