phantom to ultima freestyle blade

Discussion in 'Moves In The Field' started by toothbrush, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. toothbrush

    toothbrush New Member

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    anyone done this change over? need new blades soon but the phantom specials i have are so expensive so thinking of trying the ultima freestyle, which looks similar. are they as strong - not a little lightweight skater lol
  2. purple skates

    purple skates Shadow dancing

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    I wasn't in phantoms when I switched, but I do like the freestyles. Skated in them for years until I switched to a shorter blade for dance.
  3. toothbrush

    toothbrush New Member

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    thanks, my other option is maybe mk professional. dont need large toe pick as only doing singles now. wondering if will find sweet spot very different?
  4. treesprite

    treesprite New Member

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    I used MK Pros for many years. Then had Wilson Coronation Ace blades which are very similar. Both are 7-foot rocker blades.
  5. J-Ro

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    I have used Phantoms and hated, hated the Ultima blade line. I tried out the Freestyle. The problem is that the secondary radius--the part where the profile tightens up a bit towards the toepick--starts way back in the middle of the blade. It's not really even a true curve. Not only was my center of gravity off, there was no "there" there at the ball of the foot--just where it needs to be.
  6. Integrity

    Integrity Active Member

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    Same experience, but I did not go directly from Phantoms to Ultima, I was in MK dance blades in between when dance blades were popular for synchro. Hated the Ultima freestyles, tried for about a year, but gave up.
  7. purple skates

    purple skates Shadow dancing

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    I loved my Ultima Freestyles. Like pretty much everything involving skates, it's a personal preference.
  8. J-Ro

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    Although the toepick is similar, the radius of the blade is completely different. Even though the Freestyle blade is supposed to be an 8-foot radius, the real difference is that the profile of the secondary radius--where the blade curves up before the toepicks--begins further back on the blade. It is also straighter. This changes the entire center of gravity. This is what drove me nuts about the blade. I did love the toepicks, but couldn't deal with the rest of the blade. My balance was really off.

    I did comment something similar before, didn't I?