Jrgantan from the RN Forums reviewed the Usd VII 2011:
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. […]
Check the full review w/ pictures on the forums.