2014 Rollerblade Macroblade 90 Mens and Womens Inline Skate Overview
By Steve Kopitz
Steve Cherrier, President of Rollerblade Skates, and Steve Kopitz, owner of InlineSkates.com, review the 2014 Rollerblade Macroblade 90 Mens and Womens Inline Skate
Transcript of 2014 Rollerblade Macroblade 90 Mens and Womens 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 Steve Charrier - skate guru, president and all around everything at Rollerblade, right? Little bit of that, yes. You run the place. You know anything about skates? A little bit. So, we've been talking a little off camera and you are really excited about this skate, aren't you? You talked about it for about 10 minutes. So, I'm just going to let you go, just tell everybody what you told me off camera. This is a skate we put a lot into and we're really proud of it: the Macroblade 90. Is a brand new model.
It's a brand new model, yep, and in the skate, you know, 90 stands for 90mm wheels. It has an aluminum frame, high-performance frame to it. This is a better aluminum frame, I mean, it's got more structure and more... It's an extruded aluminum frame and this is just a sweet spot skate for us, Steve. You could be buy this skate if you were a new skater or if you're an experienced-intermediate or something and you want to get out and put some miles on the trail. 90mm wheels are the right size... They're not just 90mm, you were telling me something else about the wheels. It's our new Supreme series wheel. So, Supreme series wheel has a higher rebound to it. It's going to be more responsive. What does higher rebound do? It springs off... Yeah you get more power and more rebound out. It gives you return when you're pushing off on the skate and you're really going to feel that when you're out there. All right. What else does it have? Well, it's a really nice balance... I mean in terms of the wheel. You said there were a couple other things about the Supreme wheel. It's a higher rebound and higher-quality wheel and my point was that just a better wheel makes a huge difference in a skate. It's also going to absorb vibration a little more as well, right? And also the size helps. When you get to 90mm and above, you really absorb a lot of that shock and bumps in the trail or on the road. Okay. All right, let's kind of talk about the boot because this is a really good fitting boot and it's got something special going in terms of the closure.
All skates have laces and Velcro, you know, and the ratchet buckle, but this has got something extra too. Yeah, we have a nice lace lock in here where you...lacing up the skate, you just pull it forward and it'll lock and hold the laces so that you get that really secure and... So, you don't have to tie the bow which always loosens up a little bit. Well, you do tie it off but it'll hold it while you tie the skate. It locks in place. You lock it in place, exactly. All right, let's see, what else do we want to talk about on this skate? Well, it has our new seamless construction in the upper. You can see the new design to it there. And just in general this skate is kind of a perfect balance and performance that will put in a really nice position and stance in this skate. We're very excited about the new Macroblade 90. I don't remember if you mentioned it or not, the bearing on this skate is... This is an SG9. Which is a really good bearing. Yeah, it's going to be a fast bearing. The SG is going to keep contaminants out and keep water away from it. And a high grade bearing like that, it's just not about speed either. It's about the fluidity of the motion and allowing the skate to roll. Doesn't necessarily mean that the person has to want to go super fast, right? No, yeah, it's quality is really what it is. It's better bearings or higher qualities, they last longer and they are going to be faster. Yeah, resist water and dirt, etc. And also, I wanna point out in the woman's model that this has a specific women's fit to it so it has a higher instep, a narrower heel and a lower cuff. So, the women's model is designed more around a women's... Exactly, it's not just a different color, it's a women's specific skate.
So, I know you'd probably would recommend this skate for just about anybody but who is the ideal customer for this skate? The ideal customer is, you know, at this point here, it's someone who wants a full height cuff so they have support. It's going to be really good for braking as well. 90mm wheels is going to be a fairly good performance skate so it's good for someone who's an athletic person who's getting started skating could start on a skate like this or an intermediate and beyond skater. It's really the perfect second skate, isn't it? Someone's who has tried skating and they've bought an inexpensive skate cause they want to see if they like it and decided they like it. This would be a really big change in terms of upgrade from an entry-level skate. It's going to be lighter, faster, better performing and supportive than what they're used to now. Okay, well thanks, Steve. I know you're really excited about this skate. Thank you. I hope our audience at home is just as excited about it, and I've got the women's model in front of me and you've got the men's model in front of you and there it is, that's the Rollerblade Macro 90. Thanks for joining us on the Daily Spin.