Hi, welcome to the Daily Spin. I’m Steve. I’m the owner of inlineskates.com and with me today is Steve Charrier – president of Rollerblade. Thanks, Steve, for joining us.
Thank you for having me. And we’re going to talk about the Rollerblade Macroblade 84 ALU. This is a brand new skate for you guys this year, right?
It is a new skate.
And I really think, I’m totally geeked about this. I think this is really the place where people should start in skating because it’s just loaded with features and performance. It can really help you get better.
Go ahead. You’re so excited you want to talk about it.
This is where the skates, I would say, get real.
This is where you start with quality skates.
Exactly. So, let start, kind of, well let’s start of top. So, I know this is a better boot than the models below this, correct?
It is. It is.
Why? Well first of all, this is the first skate with our Macroblade structure so the molded components on this skate are going to put in a little more of a performance stance for skating. It’s going to perform better for someone who has some technique.
Performance tends to be a little tighter, a little more forward. A little more forward on the skate. It’s going to perform better. It has a 5 Star Fit Liner on this skate. You have a, you know, a buckle at the top of the skate, 45 degree strap to keep you back in the heel pocket and a lace system.
Okay. Now, we’ve got some really good upgrades on the bottom. Tell us about the frame and the wheel and the bearings.
Well, this is an extruded high-quality aluminum frame. You have 84mm wheels and you also have an SG7 bearing.
So, the SG7 bearing and the 84mm wheels and an aluminum frame, it’s really the beginning of your real performance kind of skate, right?
It is and 84mm wheels are they’re not too big really but they’re going to give you some speed and some performance. Skate well on a trail.
And who would be the ideal customer for a skate like this?
This is for a strong intermediate skater or someone who is going to skate, you know, occasionally, not skating long long distances but someone who wants to really get out there and skate. This skate will perform.
And if I was a brand new skater but I’m a little bit athletic and I really am serious about, you know, trying to stick with inline skating, would you recommend this?
Yeah, you could start here or even above this.
Yeah, because, you know, I really believe that when you get a skate that fits comfortably, rolls smoothly, you’re likely to use your skates a lot more often.
Yeah, you’re going to enjoy skating a lot more.
Yeah, and I’m going to sound like an advertisement here but, you know, for the $30 I think it is over the model that’s below this which is the Spark, you get a better boot, you get a better frame, you get a better wheel and you get a better bearing. I don’t know how you can’t spend $30 more.
And you’re going to have a better time skating. Yeah, exactly, so not to overly promote any skate but I think the jump between these two skates is…
Okay, so thanks for joining us, Steve.
And thanks for joining us on this edition of the Daily Spin.