Urabus33 Posted May 22, 2018 Share Posted May 22, 2018 I know there is another review out there on this forum, but I felt I wanted to give my own experience on these skates as well as I believe the more opinions and information the better. I will check back periodically to answer any questions you may have. I previously owned the Generation 2 VH skates, with "old school" Vertexx cowlings. While they were a solid skate for just about 18 months, but the wear was becoming noticeable and I felt an upgrade was in order. I can say that these Generation 3 skates ("TRUE" branded ones) have some vast improvements on the old ones, at least from an aesthetic/finish point of view. I worked closely with our True rep in order to avoid some of the "issues" I had from the last pair. MODS: I went all stock as far as colors and embroidery in order to save some cash, but I did make one special request: a stiffer eyelet package. My last pair was in dire need of stiffness after 12ish months and as a bigger guy who played about 200 (likely more) games on them, they had a fair bit of wear. Essentially from my understanding it is a double serving of thermoplastic in the eyelet cuff, which made the skates considerably stiffer than standard but was a necessity for me. I have a very deep, wide, fat and flat foot (I wont bore you with a picture, think of a rectangle with toes) so I also asked them to slightly move the eyelets closer to the edge of the skate as well to alleviate depth issues. Below is a picture of my old White VH skates when tied to demonstrate the issue. Here they are the day I picked them up, it took 11 DAYS from order to delivery. WEIGHT: I was very curious to put a hard number to the weight of these can tossed them onto our UPS scanner at the shop. These are approximately size 10 skates. Honestly they feel a little heavy in hand compared to a 2S, but on your feet I can't say I feel it at all. Besides, a little weight for comfort? Thats a trade I'd make every day. FIT: The fit on these was spot on. No punch or stretch needed whatsoever. Obviously you CANNOT wear them before they are baked. Don't even try it. Also, PLEASE have them heated at a shop who knows what they are doing, and please use a shoe horn. If not, you will likely ruin your $1000 investment. They did need to be slightly adjusted after my initial bake but I laced them too tight when molding and the eyelets, with the additional stiffness made it near impossible to slip them on and off in a reasonable timeframe. With about 10 minutes and a heat gun, problem solved. I straightened the eyelet cuff out a bit and now they are a breeze. INITIAL IMPRESSION: My initial skate was not without gripes. Chief of which, these skates are INSANELY stiff. You feel EVERY single little move on the ice. I was used to skating on 1/2" and when I stepped on the ice with these (sharpened to 3/4", mind you) I was having some difficulty for sure. I was digging in so much I could not shuffle at all. They also had a real bad habit of howling/screeching when getting into stance and stopping. Im still searching for a fix to that to be honest. The next thing I noticed was how much tighter the ankle and heel wrap especially are. In my old skates, I got maybe 1/2 inch of heel wiggle. These skates were baked so tightly to my foot that the heel was rock solid in there. I could feel the skate grabbing just near my Achilles, unlike anything else I've tried before. Evry move I made was translated into the ice with ease, and butterfly pushes took much less effort. EXTENDED REVIEW/DURABILITY: I moved my sharpening down to 7/8" which helped but was not quite right, still too much bite. I am now skating on a full 1", which is good but Im afraid if I go any lower i will be struggling for grip. Perhaps a profiling could help the screeching noise. Now, I knew these wouldn't stay pristine forever, and while I have some scuffs and nicks, the skates are still very solid. The damage on the heel was from my other skate, I smacked my heels in desperation to stop a squeaker from going in. Plenty of shots of the toes with no pain. Although, In my first skate, I did take a shot of the pinky toe area (right above the "E" on the toe cap) that did sting for a few minutes, very surprising. I have attached some pictures so you can see how they are holding up after about 30-40 skates. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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