August 3, 2009
I work for an AHL team and I also work in mechanical engineering. Carbon steel will oxidate in humidity, let alone ice/saliva/mildew conditions of a hockey rink. At least the blades are replacable. So, if you like the boot, go buy a couple sets of blades (if they are available) and store your skates separately from the rest of your equipment. That will maximize what you get out of these. Seems to me like you could spend the same money on a lot of nicer skates and not have as much hassle. Also, the equipment guys I work with would laugh at you for wearing tour skates and playing ice hockey (not that this is an important part of the process, but they won't fix them if you break them, which is important).
From a marketing standpoint, I think it took some balls for a company to put carbon steel on a carbon fiber skate. I imagine that was their entire decision making process, which is disappointing when considering other products from Tour.
Sure, carbon steel is also lighter than stainless, but it is also more brittle, oxidates, and is not considerably cheaper.