I’ve been skating my Carbon IIs for almost four months now. Best blades I’ve ever skated. Hands down. They are the smallest and lightest boots I’ve ever ridden, super comfortable, the new cuff concept has fixed the previous forward flex issue while still remaining very supportive… And they look badass.
Recently, the high quality of these blades really hit me. I was looking down at them and they are still in great shape. While everyone I have been skating with has worn out their respective blades and is on their second or third pair, the Carbon IIs are fine. The materials are very high quality and it makes a difference. In the four months that I’ve had them, I’ve skated hard almost every single day; filming for Vine St, shooting park edits, all types of street, cess slides, gaps, ledges, etc. and they’re still going strong.
It’s easy for me to say this (getting them for free) but quality really matters and you get what you pay for. Below is an image of my skates, with close ups of all the harshest wear and tear. This is my right boot, which wears much quicker than my left. There is hardly any wear. The straps are fine. You can’t see it, but the inner liner is in perfect condition. No rips or tears.
The only thing that has really happened is the toe material has peeled back a bit. To me, this is simply the cost of having a material cover over a plastic boot. I put a tiny bit of glue on the flap and pushed it back on. It has been fine ever since. Skating so frequently, I have worn out a pair of frames and soul plates as well as several sets of wheels, but the boot still looks close to new.
Ok so that’s it. Take it or leave it, these are the best skates I’ve ever used. Innovation pays off. It’s going to be hard to top this skate.
- Richie Eisler