2014 K2 Raider Pro 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 Pro Boys Inline Skate
Transcript of 2014 K2 Raider Pro Boys Inline Skate Overview by InlineSkates.com
Hi, welcome to the Daily Spin. I'm Steve, the owner of inlineskates.com, and with me today is Mike Powell from K2. Direct in from Seattle, the skate guru to talk about K2 skates. Welcome, Mike. Thank you. And we're going to talk about the K2 Raider Pro. This is the boy's skate. Now, there's a Raider and a Raider Pro so this is the upgrade from the Raider. It's got a lot of really nice features on it but let's start out with the basic features, one of them and the most important one is the adjustability on this skate. Can you show us about that? Yeah. So, we've got a push button adjustability system here. Five full sizes of adjustability with just a push of a button so pretty much your kid can use this skate for more than one season. Right, it just grows with the child's foot. Yep, so five full sizes is pretty amazing.
Now, K2 does a great closure system. They do a lace, Powerstrap and a ratchet buckle at the top but the lacing system on this one is an upgrade from the regular Raider skate. Can you show us about that with the Speedlace? Yeah, so it's a Speedlace and what you get here is an upgrade from traditional laces. When you're putting this skate on it's one simple pull of this tab and then you roll it up and put it in the pocket. It's just automatically locks when you pull it up, right? Yeah, it's a locking mechanism. You don't have to tie it or anything like that. No, it's really easy for the parent. It probably saves about 4 minutes of time every time you go out skating and... The kid can really do it themselves, can't they? They can. The definitely can. And I think it gives a tighter fit as well. It does and when you're out skating too when you need to readjust or tighten up that skate, with a lace skate you have to go down, and re-tie the skate. With this, it's just one pull of that, locks into place and gets you right back on the trail. And the snugger the boot, the better the support which makes it easier for them to learn, easier for them to get better. Yeah, it just makes the performance of the skate a lot better.
And then let's talk about the wheels and bearings. There is an upgrade here from the regular Raider. Yeah, so you're going to get a 72mm wheel here... Versus a 70 on the regular. Exactly. And, you know, we keep the ABEC 3 bearing as the speeds for that new skater or someone really getting their first real inline skate, we want to keep those speeds under control so we start off with an ABEC 3. In the ABEC scale you have an ABEC 3, 5, 7 or 9 bearing and 3 being the easiest to control so that's where we put the kids on. So, what's the benefit of a 72mm wheel over a 70mm wheel? Well, you know, the bigger wheel is going to roll over any terrain a little bit better. It's going to be a lot smoother and you're going to get a little bit higher speed. So, a little bit more vibration absorption. One roll gets you a little further so they can go a little faster on the skate. Exactly. And, it's got, of course, the regular features that the K2 is known for: their Softboot Technology which gives a really good fit, there's a little bit of a reflective feature on the back so the kids can be seen if it's dusk or nighttime.
Anything else I missed on that? Yeah, you know, one thing with this skate is we sell it by itself or it comes with a pack. So, with a pack, it's, you know, you get your knee, elbow and wrist. Full protection right there to get your kid out there skating right the first time. And you strongly recommend the kids skate with full pads, correct? I highly recommend that. And a helmet. It doesn't come with a helmet but does come with a knee, elbow and the wrist and the price of buying them in the pack is a lot less than if you buy them separate so it's a really good value. Yeah, it's a great value. Okay, great. Well, there you have it, that's the K2 Raider Pro for boys. Thanks for joining us, Mike. Thanks for having me. And thanks for joining us on this edition of the Daily Spin.