After many trial and errors I finally got the frames positioned correctly. I love these R2 boots. I only have some bad spots on my right foot from its having some misshapes from surgery. I just have to apply sports tape prior to skating. I almost like to Akin to boxers taping their hands before putting on the gloves. These things really push better than my old Twisters using the same frame. Thanks for the review that prompted me to get these.
I was able to heat-mold the ankle-bone pockets perfectly. You were correct, it took about an extra minute of heat vs. what it takes with carbon fiber. Also, I mounted the frames. You were right, they really need to sit far to the inside. It appears to be the $500-600 boot at the $149 price-point you promised (of course, I didn't doubt you either <g>).
I tried out the R3 skates and tweaked them to where I was relatively happy with the frame placement on Thursday. Saturday morning I skated the 50-mile course at the Hotter Than Hell 100 bike race in Wichita Falls, TX. I have not done any heat-molding at all, but the skates felt pretty good, even after 5 hours. My heels hurt a little more than normal and I got some skate bite around the cuffs, but nothing major. My partner (who I think has done business with you before) and I finished in 5 hours, 5 minutes which I think is pretty damn good considering the condition of the roads. I included a picture to give you an idea of what we were up against. Anyway, just wanted to drop a line and tell you thanks for your help, I'm quite happy with the skates, and at $116 I don't think this kind of quality will come along at that price level again anytime soon....
Richard, Barry in Seattle here. As far the Powerslide R2 you sold me this week, thanks for the info you gave me last night via phone. Skated with the fast group tonight and did really well. I pulled frames to inside hole and what a difference! That is definitely the right setting for me, and I could tell with the very first stride. All in all, I really like this boot. I don't think I'm going to fool around with heat molding it unless I just can't work out the kinks.
What a find,
Thanks for all your help.
Hi Rich, When I first spoke with you about the Powerslide R2 speed skate you said it was one of the very best skates on the market. You said the fit was excellent and the skate had incredible power transfer etc. etc. Well, I skated on the R2's for two hours today and have to say, you were right.......THESE SKATES ARE KILLER.......Great power transfer and I can't believe the fit. I have to admit I was skeptical at first. I've paid almost three times the cost of these skates and had to modify the heck out of them to get a decent fit. I have raced many races and finished at the top of my class in a much lesser (but much more expensive) quality skate. Your review of this skate is right on the money. One of my
favorite things in speed skating is to hit a turn at a very high speed, hit a few powerful cross-overs and come blasting out of the turn like a rocket. I can do this extremely well on this skate and in comfort! Thanks for the recommendation. It's nice to have access to someone with as much knowledge as you possess and also, I appreciate the great service and time you spent on the phone with me.
Rick, Philadelphia, PA
Just wanted to let you know I received my Powerslide skates today and they fit perfect! I don't think I will even need to heat mold them, they fit that well. Just wanted to say THANK YOU again for all your help, and time you have spent helping me with my purchase, you just don't seem to get that kind of service any more. I will be sure to recommend you to all my friends.
Here is a picture of me (about a week ago): (picture) I'm on my outside edge thanks to your web site. The skates in the picture are the PowerSlide R2s that I bought from you in March. As a testimonial to the skates: They are comfortable and I am a happy customer. You saved me hundreds of dollars as I was about to buy ****** custom skates. Thanks much and keep up the good work. Your good reputation is growing.
I want you to know that I received the R2's in excellent condition and am very pleased with the look and performance of the product. I tested them saturday and tried to concentrate on the instructions you provided for beginners on your website. Thank you for doing business with me.