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Old August 25th, 2014, 06:53 AM   #1
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Default A tale of three pairs of 295 boots

Doc - some interesting stuff plus questions on 295 boots:

1) note what appears to be a size of 6-1/3. I looked at this under magnification and every other which-way and that's what it says. Assuming a misprint, and have never noticed that on any other boot up to now.

2) Are these late 295 production? Tongue foam is gray, not blue, heel is short, and the blue/red Riedell logo are a tipoff. What I question is the leather. Is it 'roo leather? The light-gray or grayish-blue seems a clue, but am unclear what years Riedell used 'roo leather. Also, can you decode the born-on date? I can't from the number set what year these boots were made.

3) My favorite of the 3. This 1975/76 speed skate setup has fafnir 8's, Jim Cook 'soft's and XL plates, but what really picked my interested was the boots. Seeing the open-toe I first thought of the 285's that preceded the 295, yet inside is the 295 marking. Have you seen any open-toe 295's? Also of note is the riveted tongue loop. These skates kinda have that funky look, but I'm super happy they fit me as I love these decades old speed setups. 1975 thru 1977 represented a sweet-spot in my early skating years and it's cool to see what was out there at the time. I had no idea about these setups as most everybody in my neck of the woods at that time was in art boots.
".......all eyes will be on you with these skates, no one but you will have them, be the center of attention anywhere you skate.....!" - vintage Fraternal

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