2014 K2 Raider Boys Inline Skate Overview
By Steve Kopitz
Mike Powell, Skate Guru from K2 Skates and Steve Kopitz, owner of InlineSkates.com, review the 2014 K2 Raider Boys Inline Skate
Transcript of 2014 K2 Raider Boys 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 Mike Powell. Hi, Mike. How ya doing, Steve? Mike is the K2 guru from K2 headquarters in Seattle joining us and we're going to talk about the K2 Raider for boys. So, this is the opening price, sort of, beginner model for boys in the K2 skate line, correct? Yes. And it's a really cool little skate. Great for starting out. One of the cool things about this skate is its adjustability feature. Can you tell us about that? Yeah, it's going 5 full sizes of adjustability and that's key when you're buying a skate for a kid because kids are notoriously known for growing out of the skate. So, you just push the button and it slides open. Yeah, push the button, slides open, it's very easy to use. Can you show us how that works? Yeah. Push the button, pull out and there you go. So, it goes, for example, 1 through 5, you wanna buy the skate in your early size is the 1, 2 or 3 so that you can extend it out. Yeah, you could get a few years out of skating with this for your child if you size it correctly.
Now, K2's known for their comfort of their boots or Softboot Technology. This incorporates the Softboot Technology, correct? Yeah, it's a full Softboot so it's built just like a shoe, it's not a ski boot with wheels. There you go. Yeah, there we go, it's a great looking logo, great graphic on here and, yeah, it's the Softboot Technology that makes it fit well. All right, so, in terms of features to help the kid learn to skate and be able to be better skate, what types of closure systems do you have on their to hold the fit tightly in place? So, we've got this Powerstrap here that's really going to cinch the ankle back and hold the heel back there. Put you in a good skating position, that's the most important thing, your traditional lace is going to get it laced up tight. and that's really what a new skater needs to go out there and skate and have fun. And then you've got the ratchet buckle on the top to hold the ankle. Yeah. So, you've got three different closure systems to hold the foot tight to give the support that the kid needs. Yep. that's exactly correct. And then, of course, wheels and bearings are important, what do we have on this skate? So, we've got an ABEC 3 bearing here. 70mm wheel - we don't want to get the new skater going too fast, by any means. Yeah. This just gives them a lot of control and balance. So, for those people that don't know ABEC 3 bearing is a relatively moderate speed bearing so they're not going to go too fast or get too crazy on it. Yeah, you go ABEC 3, 5, 7 and 9 and we like to start out with 3 because it just gives a little bit more control.
Sure. So, who...and it's actually got a cool little reflective on the back, I just want to point that out because sometimes those kids, the kids are out skating at dusk and that kind of helps the cars to be able to see them and stuff like that so that's kind of a nice feature as well. Yep. So, describe for us, Mike, who the ideal customer is for this skate. This is for the new skater. This is someone getting into skating. Their parents want them to fall in love with skating and have a great time with it. Their parents most likely skate and they want to do something for the family and get their kids into it and this is the skate for it. And it looks just like their dad's skate. Exactly. We like to family them. Okay, great. Well, thanks very much, Mike. Hey you're welcome. So, there you have it. That is the K2 Raider for boys. Thanks for joining us on this edition of the Daily Spin.