Sizemore Edit

31 03 2009

I am impressed. Really impressed. I am not going to lie, I did not really like some of Sizemore’s earlier clips, but there is no denying that this is an impressive edit. That fishbrain blew my mind. I don’t understand the clips on the curb, but to each their own, I guess.





A Deshi Carbon Initial Review

31 03 2009

Recently I was lucky enough to get my hands on some Deshi carbons, but seeing as the internet has already been flooded with numerous posts on this skate I will keep my initial reaction to the skates brief (brief by my standards…).

Initial impressions

The skate is very light, even when the skate is completely set up and than compared to my Xsjado with no wheels or bearings in, they are noticeably lighter.

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The skate has a very solid feel especially the base of the skate that is comprised of carbon fiber. Because the skate is so solid your going to want to get your size. I am a size 11 and I got a size 11 skate and it fits perfectly. The individual foot sizes for each boot are a definite plus that adds to the comfort and overall compact feel of the skate. I know that this costs a lot of money to accomplish, but I really wish more boot companies would look into get individual size molds, you can really feel the difference. It should be noted that  you can still expect the break in period that comes with all skates, my foot started to hurt after an hour of rolling around on the carbons. The hurting wasn’t drastic, and was no different from when I break in new pairs of Xsjado skates.

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The skate is low cut, I am talking super low cut. This is especially true for me because I am coming off of Xsjado one of the highest cut skates on the market. I can see where this may be an annoyance for some people. Having said that, the transition between Xsjados and carbons was seamless. The supportive cuff helped this transition immensely, so as long as the cuff stays supportive I can see no problems with it. However, as most people know, this has been Deshi’s Achilles heel for quite some time, and I can only hope that it has been fixed. All initial indicators says it has, but only time will tell.

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The souls add to the compact feeling of the skate, their low profile seems to fit the skate design just right. When compared to the size of the Xsjado souls, the carbons hold up quite nicely. Not as monstrously huge as the Xsjado, but still more than enough space on the positive and negative sides of the boot. I also put some Xsjado souls on the boot, and I have to say, they did not look as bad as I expected (because I have rather large feet and the carbon is so compact), but I would still stick with the soul that comes with the carbon. Having said that, because the souls are so thin I am scared they are going to wear down quickly. Also, I think they offer no protection to the boot at all, which is something I would have liked to have seen. Other than that I am not going to say too much more about the soul until I have more time to test them.

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I am a little worried that there is no liner in this skate, and I hope the padding will maintain its comfort overtime, but I doubt that it will.

The footbed provided is the footbed that I have seen in all Deshi/USD products, it is nothing special.  I say if you have a chance, stick some Dr. Scholls footbeds in, it will be well worth it.

The buckle looks like its going to break eventually, which is a shame because I like this buckle a lot. Unfortunately, the receiver sticks out much more than the protection around it. I could tell this was an afterthought when Deshi switched buckles at the last minute around Christmas. A couple of good bails on this thing and I am more than sure it is going to break.

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Conclusion

I figure the question on everyone’s mind is, “Is the skate worth the high price tag?” I am going to have to say that I don’t know yet. The skate is definitely one of the better feelings skates I have ever tried and the boot’s weight amazes me. However, I don’t think a lot of Canadians are going to pull this skate out of the box and say, “Wow I am sure glad I spent half of a grand, or more, on this skate!” This is one of those skates that are going to have to prove themselves overtime. If the boot can endure the beating I put it through, if the cuff does not go soft, if the padding stays comfortable, if the souls last a lot longer than I think they will, and if the buckle somehow miraculously does not break, then I will consider this a skate to be worth its price tag. Until that time I say if your looking for a super light skate, or are in dire need of a skate, you should definitely look into the carbon. However, if your on the fence you may want to a month or so until some better reviews come out. So far all I have seen is endless reviews praising the skate.

Remember, keep your senses and don’t be blown away by the hype of the pictures and people telling you “I jumped 20 feet higher because of these skates” Or “I can spin an extra 360 degrees” because that is simply not the case. Don’t be a fool and do your homework, because over $500 for a boot only skate is expensive and it’s better to have all the information in front of you before making that decision. Luckily, CanadianRoll will be here to help you with your decision. We don’t owe anyone anything for these skates, and our opinions are completely unbiased. If the skate ends up being a piece of shit, I will be more than happy to tell you that the skate was a piece of shit.

-Nick. D





What’s up with CanadianRoll?

29 03 2009

I’m sure many of you have been checking our site for the last couple of weeks and are wondering what is going on with us?!  Here at CanadianRoll we have been extremely busy as of late. Nick has tons of school work, and I’ve been preparing to move to Ottawa, so the site has not received the attention that it deserves.  Our enthusiasm has also been subdued by winter and our ever growing disappointment in Canadian rollerbladers. For those of you who are wondering what I’m talking about, I’m referring to the lack of involvement of all of our readers. We have asked repeatably for reader input such as stories, pics, and edits to help us create a more connected community of rollerbladers across the country, yet time and time again we have been let down.  It seems our readers expect us to pour our entire lives into constantly updating the site, and throwing costly events, yet they can’t even take 10 min to send us their edits or pictures. We have even been hated on by some for missing an edit or two, and not getting them promptly posting on the site. So I’m sure you guys can see why we have been a little disappointed and frustrated with rollerblading lately. However, I can assure you that this drought will not last for long. We have still been busy behind the scenes and are planning to relaunch CanadianRoll some time in April. We will have a new site and a new format, but will still continue to bring you all of the things you have grown to love about CanadianRoll. We can only hope now that our readers from across the country decide to help us out and provide us with more input for the site,  because we firmly believe that we are CANADIANROLL and nothing less. Stay tuned for more information on the new website and new format in the coming weeks.

– Nick D. & Roger         





Inflow Session

5 03 2009

Enjoy

– roger