2014 K2 F.I.T. 80 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. 80 Inline Skate
Transcript of 2014 K2 F.I.T. 80 Inline Skate Overview by InlineSkates.com
Hi, welcome to the Daily Spin. I'm Steve, the owner of inlineskates.com, and with us today is the skate guru from K2 headquarters in Seattle. Hi Mike. How's it going, Steve? Good. And in my lap is the K2 F.I.T. 80. So, this is sort of the opening price fitness category of skates from K2, right? Yes. And so now we're getting into the skates that are for people who want to kind of get into shape, get a little performance out of the skate, a little better fit. So, kind of tell us about this skate. So, let's kind of start about the...what's really unique about this skate is you're now getting into a real anatomical performance fit type of a last in the boot, correct? Tell us about that. So, you know, when we jump up from the recreational category, you know, recreational has a fit that focuses more on comfort than performance because it's for the... We call it the bucket fit. Yeah, you call it the bucket fit. It's a nice easy skate. Go in, it's not super tight but doesn't bother anybody.
Right. And then when you jump into the fitness category performance is much more key. So you want a perfect blend of comfort and performance because the people are out there actually using these skates for a workout so you're going to find that the liner, just the foam in here, is a little bit more anatomical. It's denser too. It's thicker too to hold the foot in place. Exactly and it's made for that fitness skater who is going to be out there, you know, maybe 3-5 times a week on the trail and you know, logging some serious miles trying to burn some calories so we want to create the performance fit for them and you really get that when you move into our fitness line of skates. So, show us what the closure system is in order to get a good fit. So, with the closure system, you know, it's a 3 part system here. you've got your traditional lacing here, you've got your Powerstrap which locks that heel in the heel pocket. That holds your heel back so it's not moving up and down. Exactly. And then your ratcheting buckle here which engages the cuff and gives you that support that you need just for skating so when you get the F.I.T. 80 you know you get that great closure system, you get the K2 Softboot that's built for fitness, and you get a Tec Composite Frame and this frame absorbs a lot of road vibration. That's why we use Tec Composite at this level. And then you get your 80mm wheel and ABEC 5 bearing which is more than adequate for this skate right here.
So, who's the ideal customer for this skate? For people getting into fitness and using skating as part of their fitness workout so, you know, they might have been a runner or a biker and they didn't like all that impact and wanted to get into skating and, you know, this person might not be sure if skating is going to be their fitness pursuit and that's why they're coming in with the F.I.T. 80 but they're going to use skating as a workout and most likely it's going to become the majority of their workouts. So, this is a good first time that want to kind of get a good performance out of a not-too-expensive skate. Exactly. Or a good skater who wants a great value. Okay. there you go. So, that's the K2 F.I.T. 80 for men. This has been Mike. I've been Steve and welcome, not welcome, thank you for joining us on this addition of the Daily Spin. You're still Steve.