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    boot question for returning skaters

    wanted to see if anyone had any recommendation for a good pair of boots that doesnt take so long to break in. i used to skate more often when i was in college maybe like twice a week. so i had sp teri customs and they took a couple months to break in going twice a week and doing jumps (up to axel/some inconsistent doubles). after several years off, i'm back in love with skating but my old sp teri customs are on their way to being broken down. and my feet are always in such pain. think abscess teeth for the arches. i need to get a new pair, but since i dont skate as hard as i used to, i'm wondering if there is a better boot out there than having to go through breaking in the customs.

    any suggestions?

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    I heard good things about Edea's when it comes to a short break-in period. http://www.edeaskates.com/

    My own Jackson elites weren't bad at all in terms of having a short break-in time, either, but that depends on how much people skate and what level boots they end up buying.

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    Were your old SP-Teris heat moldable? I've found the modern, heat-moldable boots to have less break in time (tons less) than the older boots did.

    That said, I have also heard good things about the Edeas, specifically.
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    I was kind of where you were - jump wise. I never found customs much better than stock boots. When I broke in boots, I just tied them up looser at first and packed them full of foam rubber in all the sensitive areas. I never let the break-in process slow me down.

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    Gams also have really good heat-moldable boots that break in quite comfortably (at least IME).
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    Zero break-in time with my Edeas. The Klingbeils I had before that were pretty good that way too, but that was before the ownership change. (I switched to Edeas for cost reasons.)

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    thanks all! i've never heard of edeas--i'm going to look them up. how long do they last you?

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    I'm wearing riedell 133s and they didn't take much to feel comfortable. I've read that Jackson's are easy as well, and a lot of the people in my adult class seem to like theirs

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    Edeas have lots of levels of boots- beginner freestyle to skaters jumping quads. So how long they last depends on you and the model.

    Edeas have been getting a lot of wear by elites.
    Lots of kids at our rink have them. Apparently they are quite comfortable.

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    so i took a look at the edeas (how do you pronounce that by the way). do they work with regular blades, such as phantoms? or do you need to get edeas blades too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronniev View Post
    so i took a look at the edeas (how do you pronounce that by the way). do they work with regular blades, such as phantoms? or do you need to get edeas blades too?
    Edeas will work with any blade just like a leather boot. One thing though - make sure that the person mounting the blades has some experience with Edea - the screws (which will come with your boots) are not the same as the standard mounting screws - different hardware for the composite materials. Most busy pro shops and skate shops have experience with Edea these days - if you're in doubt, ask Edea who should mount your blades.

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    great--thanks! looks like i have to go to anaheim to find an edea dealer.

    btw, what edea models do you guys recommend for someone doing axels/working on doubles?

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    Don't know. I (actually we, a small group of us) had a discussion with Ilia Kulik about Edea's when he switched over to them from Graf - he was so enthusiastic about them and still is. He did say though that they do soften, with jumping, a little more quickly than traditional boots. He continues to use Edea, his daughter Lisa who has a double axel uses them and now Katia does too - so they're an Edea family. My thought though is that since the composite material and molding eliminate fit and break-in issues for most folks then you can't perhaps overboot yourself to the extent you can in traditional boots so get the best you can afford. I am sure Edea has, like all boot makers, recommendations of which model goes with which elements/jumps. If you can't find it, call Edea USA - the guy who runs it is, I have been told, very accommodating and helpful.

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    thanks willowway!

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    I'm in the market for new boots and blades, too, so this is really interesting. I'm skating only a couple days a week, so a shorter break-in time sounds awesome! I definitely need custom arch supports built in, though. Will have to look more into this!

    (I think I'm getting old, though...I'm not overly fond of the way the sole on the Edeas look. Kind of like it was painted, or plastic-looking? Gah, I'm old!)

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    Risports! I swore by them when I was still skating. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgail View Post
    I'm in the market for new boots and blades, too, so this is really interesting. I'm skating only a couple days a week, so a shorter break-in time sounds awesome! I definitely need custom arch supports built in, though. Will have to look more into this!

    (I think I'm getting old, though...I'm not overly fond of the way the sole on the Edeas look. Kind of like it was painted, or plastic-looking? Gah, I'm old!)
    I don't like the look either, especially the ice fly, which is what the elites wear. Mine have a sort of brown/beige heel.

    To warn you, if you switch from something else to Edeas, don't be surprised if they feel really funny at first, like your foot is too close to the blade. It felt to me like being in hockey skates. I got used to it pretty quickly, though. It's because the sole is thinner and of different material than traditional skates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N_Halifax View Post
    Risports! I swore by them when I was still skating. )
    I had Risports for several years because I had no choice (couldn't get any other boots in my size). It wasn't until I was able to wear another manufacturer's boots that I realized how stiff the Risports were. I think they're good boots for people who skate strongly enough to break them down , but they're not for everyone.

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    I am breaking in a new pair of Jackson Elites. I've had them three weeks or so, skating roughly 4 times a week.

    So far so good, but the landing foot boot seems to be more difficult to feel perfectly comfortable than the other.

    Maybe my landing technique isn't quite right, making things just that much more worse. e.g. I can't seem to get as much knee bend on my right leg, and the boot/tongue feels like it has bruised my leg, which affects my feeling for going into jumps.

    But trying different lacing techniques and more time on warming up; this seems to help.

    I would have liked to have tried Graf Edmonton's, but much more expensive and I'm guessing would have been longer to break in.

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    I'm with Ilia Kulik. I'm an adult skater. Been skating regularly since 1995. I just switched from Grafs to Edea over the holidays and I am absolutely thrilled. I thought I would never really find a boot I really like. Easiest break-in ever. They have forward flex from the get-go without having to break in a crease near the ankles. The flex is somehow in the tongue. You have to tie them differently than regular boots. I only have gel pads on my inside ankle bones. Otherwise I've had no sore spots at all. They are light too...almost like tennis shoes but with really good support. I'm a fan and can see why so many elite skaters have made the switch. I think they are a little ugly but who cares when they make skating so fun and pleasant!

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