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Old April 20th, 2012, 07:56 PM   #15
Kennedy
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See if you can borrow someone's skates and see what works for you.

If you are looking for a Proline, get a Proline. The attention to detail and overall quality is second to none.

The Avenger is a good plate for the money, and it is crazy light. But, if all you ever plan on doing is speed, it may not be the best choice. Some of us use DA45's for speed and do quite well on them, but they do take a little extra work to learn how to skate on. Also, most speed coaches don't know how to deal with the form changes that come with the 45 action.

The Power Trac..... imo, stay away. They still have truck and axle issues. They have improved over the years, but the same basic design issues still exist.

Plastic plates..... imo, stay away. There are cost and weight incentives to using plastic plates, IE Nova, Laser and Satellite. But reliability and durability issues do pop up from time to time. If you are a maintenance junkie and stay on top of your skates, the chance for sudden and unexpected catastrophic failure is reduced.

Bottom line, get a Proline.
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