2014 K2 F.I.T X Pro Inline Skate Overview
By Steve Kopitz
Mike Powell, Skate Guru from K2 Skates and Steve Kopitz, owner of InlineSkates.com, review the 2014 K2 F.I.T X Pro Inline Skate
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Hello and welcome to the Daily Spin. I'm Steve, the owner of inlineskates.com, and today, joining us is Mike Powell from K2 Skate. The skate guru all the way in from Seattle. Thanks for joining us, Mike. Hey, thanks for having me. So, we're getting into some cool skates now. This is the F.I.T. X Pro from K2. This is sort of the middle-of-the-road, performance skate, it's got a lot of nice real bells and whistles. We're starting to get into the, kind of, cool things that you guys do that's different from many of the other vendors. Yep. So, there's a bunch of things going on with this skate but let's kind of start out at the top.
So, the closure is different here than it was on the model below this one. You've got the Speedlace system. Kind of tell us about that. So, the Speedlace system really makes it easy to get in and out of the skate. It's definitely convenient and a performance feature as well. You get a great fit. Pretty much you have this pull right here and when you get your foot in, it's just one strong pull of this handle. It locks by itself. And it locks by itself and you're ready to go. That's snugger than a typical tie lace, right? It's snugger and a lot quicker than a regular tie. Plus you can even tighten it on the fly because you're skates, you tend to loosen up a little bit on the fly sometimes. Yeah, you know, you can be going really fast on the trail and just lean down, pull up and you got it a little bit tighter so it's easy to do. And you combine that with the Powerstrap that really holds the heel back in that heel pocket and this ratcheting buckle here that engages the cuff and gives you a lot of support and it is the total package for a great fit. Okay. So, that's on the upper. Now, on the lower, we've got a couple of upgrades. We've got an upgrade in the wheels and in the frame. Yes. So, you've got an aluminum frame here which really transfers power from the skater to the road. So, this is the first price point of getting the aluminum frame versus the composite frame. Exactly. What's the benefit of an aluminum frame? It's just in power transfer. You're going to be able to hit higher speeds. It's going to be more stable at speed. It's just a better skating frame for that higher end skater. It doesn't flex as much so it transfer the power directly to the wheels.
Exactly. Now, this one's got Hi-Lo. Smaller wheels in the front, higher wheels in the back. Why do you do that? So, we do that. it's a mix of low center of gravity, maneuverability, and speed. So, you're going to generate higher speeds from the bigger wheels in the back. You're still going to have maneuverability because you've got smaller wheels in the front so it's going to allow you to corner and just go edge-to-edge a little bit faster and, you know, the combination gives the best of both worlds. And it sort of follows the natural contour of the foot where the heel is higher and the forefoot's lower so it allows you to keep the skate low while still giving that performance wheel in the back. Exactly. Exactly. It's a tribute to the engineers that were able to figure out how to mkae that work. Yep. And then this has the real fitness boot, the K2 is really known for - that nice, tighter, anatomical fit, right? Exactly. It's got that really great padding in here. Really molds to the foot while you're skating and, you know, one thing that we didn't touch on on the wheel down here that I'll throw in as well, you got an ILQ5 Bearing and what that is is we work with a company called Twin Cam. They engineered a bearing specifically for inline skating. It's the only bearing that's really made for inline skating. It's got 6 balls instead of 5. The balls are a little bit bigger and bigger balls make for better skate. More balls makes for a better skate too.
Any other features we missed on this? No, I think we nailed it. Just, you know, the comfort of the K2 Softboot and the performance it delivers along with the features we talked about make this an excellent value for the new and experienced skaters. Okay, that was my question. Who is the perfect customer for this skate? You know, the new skater who wants an aluminum frame is going to want to go straight here and, you know, a person who's got a lot of experience skating who wants a great maneuverable frame will be just as happy. Somebody's who's bought an inexpensive skate and is now ready to move up to something with a little better performance, better fit, better power, better speed. Exactly. Okay. Well, there you have it. There's the F.I.T. X Pro from K2. It's been Mike. I'm Steve and thanks for joining us on the Daily Spin.