I know a lot of people are asking about how these things skate, so I’ll try to answer a lot of questions in this review.
First of all, a lot of the curiosity is about the soulplate. Just like you can see from the pictures / videos, the soulplate is huge (bigger than the carbon plate), and has an amazing shape, especially it’s groove. Before buying the vii, I was afraid the groove was too deep (like the 2-piece plate for UFS Thrones), making royale to ao topside tricks a little less fluid.
USD adressed this, and made the groove wide and shallow, like the Deshi soulplate. This makes switch-ups, pretty easy, but doesn’t take away from locking you in. Unfortunately, although the vii plate resembles the carbon plate, it feels like it is made from a softer, slower plastic. That’s right, they are slower than I thought they would be, considering the carbon plates are pretty fast. If this is a deal-breaker for you, you might want to consider skating them with a carbon plate, though I don’t know the sizing compatibility.
Second, the shell itself, imo, is the reason to get this skate. I have med to low arches on my foot, so many skates I’ve tried hurt my feet. I combined the vii with Blank liners and Superfeet insoles, and I have never had a more comfortable skate, ever! This shell is very accommodating, so I especially recommend this to people with wide feet.
If you have a mid to narrow foot, get a liner that fits (I highly recommend blank liners), because your foot will have too much room with the thin stock liner. Or, you can downsize. The instep also flexes well, so there are no pressure points at all. Yet, with the flex, the shell is still solid and very lightweight. [...]
First of all I have to say that this review is based on my personal experiences and opinions. I know it sounds really positive but that´s just because I`m seriously in love with the carbon II.
As I skated the deshi carbon, several Usd carbons, a prototype of the carbon II and now the carbon II white I thought some people might be interested in what I have to say about the skate.
One day I received a parcle from Usd. I thought it was the new clothing line and I was right. But the parcle also contained a pair of carbon II`s. I don`t know if the skate weights even less than the “old” carbons but it`s defninitely extremely light. [...]
I’ve been skating my Carbon IIs for almost four months now. Best blades I’ve ever skated. Hands down. They are the smallest and lightest boots I’ve ever ridden, super comfortable, the new cuff concept has fixed the previous forward flex issue while still remaining very supportive… And they look badass.
Recently, the high quality of these blades really hit me. I was looking down at them and they are still in great shape. While everyone I have been skating with has worn out their respective blades and is on their second or third pair, the Carbon IIs are fine. The materials are very high quality and it makes a difference. In the four months that I’ve had them, I’ve skated hard almost every single day; filming for Vine St, shooting park edits, all types of street, cess slides, gaps, ledges, etc. and they’re still going strong. [...]
I got the kaltik flat frame about two weeks ago and have skated it only a handful of times. The frame is one of my favorite to date.
The last flat frame I skated was the element and I hated it. I’ve skate anti since the 90s and i can count on my hands the number of times i tried flat.
The frame is really well designed its thick where it needs to be and thin where it can be. They did all the could do to keep the weight down with out sacrificing the durability of the frame.
Everyone has been talking about the groove so i’ll give some insight into that. its not high like some may think its a standard height, it looks tall due to the wheel wells. people keep saying the its going to wear down into the wheels an there right but it truly doesn’t effect any thing the wheels still roll fine.
On ledges you still catch form time to time but on rails they lock perfect and you don’t get any hang up. now the only problem i have with the frame is it comes in two sizes and the wheel base for the small is to small for any other boots bigger then a 6-7 besides maybe carbons. but overall the frame is great it slide pretty good not the fastest but defiantly not slow.
When the first models of Nimhs hit to polish shops I knew I had to check them out and test what such legends like Jon Elliot and Brian Shima had created. As it turned out I didn’t have to wait long to try them on.
The first model I rode were Shima v.2 pro model, yet I couldn’t get round to them too much due to injury which put me away for the whole season. After nine months of rehabilitation I’ve just come back to blading and immediately I got new Nimh Shamans, which I will focus on my review. [...]
Right now the selection of backpacks from rollerblading brands is huge. I have been using Ground Control Phantom (the first version) for about six years, and since it’s almost ‘dead’ I needed to get a new backpack which will hold the same.
For some time I was getting familiar with the offer of different brands – I needed not big backpack for everyday use – for skating and for work – that’s why I skipped Vicious products – backpack for rollerblader without skate-holder system is stroked out at the beginning. The Jug products although full of details and cool solutions is quite big, it would be perfect for longer summer trip, but I wanted something smaller for my daily routine. Since I have had Ground Control backpack earlier I decided to try USD 2010 Backpack. [...]