K2s Best Offering in the Last Decade, May 16, 2017 By Vincent (Indianapolis, IN)
I love these skates. These are what I was expecting my Seba CJ Wellsmore skates to be, but better.
To get good forward flex out of the box, this is what I did:
You do not want to tighten everything up on these skates. You need to start with everything pretty loose before you roll around.
I loosened the laces of the Unnaturals a lot, all the way down, then put my foot in. I laced them at about 80-85% tightness (there's no real way for me to measure this) and only laced them to the 3rd eyelet from the top and opted to not lace through the top lacing spot on the tongue.
Instep strap is clamped down tight.
The end of the buckle goes about 6-7 clicks past the end of the buckle receptor guard, then it's time to move on to the top velcro strap.
I crouch down a bit to force forward flex and do up the velcro strap at about 75% tightness. As you skate around, you will need to tighten the buckle and top velcro strap eventually to your desired tightness and forward flexibility. You should be able to feel it when you hit the sweet spot. When you do, it's vastly different than trying to skate them tight out of the box.
I got so many tricks back that I lost when I went to Xsjados.
The long frame length for an 11 US boot took some getting used to, but I enjoy these skates. The souls and frames slide so nice, and feel faster than the Xsjado 2.0, Carbon, Nimh/SSM, and Seba souls.
The frames are what I was expecting Kaltiks and Bigs to be, but better. I did not experience any wheel bite in 3 hours grinding every ledge and quarter in the park.
If you want to try them and don't have wide feet, pull the trigger already.
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