Easton Synergy EQ40 Ice Hockey Skates Sr 2011
Comments: Excellent pair of skates. They're a lot stiffer and seem more responsive than the EQ 20's that I was wearing to stick time. They also seem to sit a tad differently as well and forces me to be more on my toes when skating. I definitely feel a lot quicker and can tell there's more power in my stride. The skates felt good when I first tried them on but now they feel great after baking them. I'd recommend these to anyone who has worn the newer line of Easton Synergy skates.
Comments: I wore the original Stealth S9s for about 4 1/2 years and loved the more narrow fit of the Eastons vs. other skates I've owned. Bauers (I had Vapor XX) tend to be wider and the Reebok e-Pro runner seemed to keep me from getting over the tops of my skates enough to max my speed. The Eastons are great at that with their runner. As for the EQ40, they were a marked upgrade from my S9s so they came quite a bit stiffer than the lesser skates. I had them baked and that drew them in to make them tighter across my foot and fit snug. Yes, they're nice out of the box, but get them baked!! I did have to make one adjustment with the thicker tongue in that I have to wear it outside of my shin guards. This allows me more forward flex for getting over my skates. Once I made this change, it significantly reduced the upper ankle stiffness and I was able to skate faster. So, after a 4-game tournament and a men's B league game, I think I'm set! I recommend these unless you truly need something more akin to pro performance. Easton quality has improved dramatically and their skates and helmets should be top considerations for any competitive skater.
From: Rusy, TN
Comments: I purchased these skates in early May not too long after they came out and am absolutely in love with them! I had been wearing Vapor X30s and figured it was time for a change -- since I was having issues with the X30s (not sized properly and too heavy), I wanted to try something different and found that Easton's new overhaul on their hockey equipment to be just what I was looking for. These skates are lightweight and for what you get in this skate, the price is awesome. They're super responsive, keep your feet dry and cool, are comfortable and look pretty fly. I found the break in period to be nonexistent -- haven't baked them and after a few skates they feel great. I even blocked a few shots off the outside of my foot and the boot absorbed 98% of the shot. Barely felt it. I have yet to really find a problem with these skates, except the differences in the feel of the blade, which took some getting use to after only wearing Bauers. One suggestion though: I know (well, have heard that) people have had issues with the bolts (that hold the blade holder to the boot) rusting out. After every use, I take the footbed out and let them dry. The dry flow system is great but it's better to be safer than sorry. If you take out the footbed, it lets the excess moisture that didn't exit out through the bottom completely exit from the skate. Besides that, I've got no complaints on my end. Easton has won me over with what they've been doing with their stuff. A+++++++ all around.
From: Leah, New York, USA
Comments:I purchased the EQ40 Skates about 2 months ago, I had a pair of Reebok 5k's before and the were breaking down after 1 year of heavy use, so i figured i would upgrade within my budget, I had no intent of even looking at the easton skates, however the sales rep at my local hockey shop told me a little about the skate, so i tried them on and instantly knew they were the skate for me, I have played 6 games on them and multiple drop ins, the break in was great, almost no pain at all. they are plenty lighter than any other skate i have had in the past, so far so good. I would recommend this skate to anybody. its a nice stiff boot, and still comfortable.
From: Josh, Michigan USA
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