2014 K2 Kinetic 80 Mens Inline Skate Overview
By Steve Kopitz
Mike Powell, Skate Guru from K2 Skates and Steve Kopitz, owner of InlineSkates.com, review the 2014 K2 Kinetic 80 Mens Inline Skate
Transcript of 2014 K2 Kinetic 80 Mens Inline Skate Overview by InlineSkates.com
Hi, welcome to the Daily Spin. I'm Steve, the owner of inlineskates.com, and joining us today is Mike Powell. Straight from K2 headquarters - the skate guru. Is that correct? That is correct, Steve. Is that what it says on your business card? It is skate guru, correct. And I brought you a big pen all the way from Seattle. Thanks. You're welcome. What do I do with it? I don't know. you're the big dog, I figure you need a big pen. All right, we'll put it in the skate for now. All right. All right, so let's go over the skate. We've got the Kinetic 80. There's a Kinetic 78 so this is the same skate with a couple of upgrade features, right? Exactly. So, I think it's about a $20 difference in price but I think these two upgrades make it well worth the $20. They do. They do.
So, let's kind of talk about the two upgrades first and then we'll kind of go over the rest of the skate. What 2 upgrades does this skate have? Well, it does not come with the pen. Oh, well now, forget it. It's not worth the extra $20 now. But what it does come with is an 80mm wheel so you get a little bit bigger wheel. It's going to be a little faster, a little bit smoother. It was a 78 before? Yes. So, what's the benefit of a bigger wheel? So, you get a smoother roll and a little bit faster speeds, so that's what you're going to get there. But you know, the most exciting, I think, feature here is the Speedlace system so the K2 Speedlace System is great because when you're out on the trail, you can actually just pull this and it will lock in place so you've got a locking mechanism here and your lacing system, whether you're putting it on for the first time or adjusting on the trail, so literally you loosen it, put your foot in, and you give one strong pull here and your lace strong in the forefoot, it's going to give you a nice snug fit and then you ratchet this buckle and you're ready to go. So, you got the lacing system, you've got the Velcro strap to hold in your heel and then you've got the ratchet on the top. Exactly. And the lace is better for a couple reasons, right? You don't have to tie a bow which tends to loosen, you can get it tighter and you can tighten it on the fly without having to sit down on the ground or re-lace it. Exactly.
All right, and so we talk about the bigger wheel. Bearing in this skate? What kind of bearings do they have? So, it's got an ABEC 5 bearing. Which is a more than adequate bearing for a beginner-intermediate skill. Yeah. Mid-grade bearing. It's perfect, this is a recreational skate and the person that's skating on this is a newer skater. They may have had a pair of, you know, lower end skates before but they want to get into a K2 Softboot. They want to feel what performance skates like. And that's what you're going to get with... Or a new skater that's a little bit on a budget, doesn't want to spend too much money, just to make sure they like this sport. Yeah, the value's definitely there. Okay, so that's it. Anything else I missed on there? No, just the great fit of the K2 Softboot. You guys sure you can't throw the pen in next time? We'll see what we can do. We'll look into production for next year.Throw those in the box, I think people would really go for that. Okay, we'll look into it. All right. There you go. There's the K2 Kinetic 80. Doesn't come with a pen right now, maybe in the future it will. Thanks for joining us on this edition of the Daily Spin.