Good for the price
February 20, 2010
These are decent skates for the price. They provide a decent amount of stiffness and aren't real heavy.
The wheels are so-so, they didn't stand up to hard stopping too well, but on a skate this cheap A+ wheels aren't expected. I didn't like the bearings at all, only use them for outdoors skating currently.
I do have a few knocks on these skates though. For me personally tour skates are too leaned back, the stance is too relaxed. This made these skates (and pretty much all tours) hard to skate in backwards since the boot didn't want to flex forward until the skate was pretty well broken in.
The tongue is flat out bad. On my right skate it wants to slip out of position and bunch up, very uncomfortable. No lace bite protection whatsoever. Wasn't a problem at first, but as the skates have gotten broken in they've lost stiffness (and I've gained strength) causing me to lace up tighter. Going to try lace bit pads to see if they can help.
Got a few broken things as well. The right skate has a hole right where that lovely scuff guard is. I think aggressive powerslides are more at fault than a lack of quality. On the frame on of the small cross members that connects the two rail broke. I haven't noticed a difference in feel, but I do have to be careful tightening the back two wheels now so I don't squeeze the frame.
I will be replacing these with Bauer Vapor RX60s very soon. The Code MXs shall be relegated to outdoor duty.