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Ask DocSk8 (Expert Indoor Skate Building Advice) This forum is different then the other SkateLog forums in that it is not a discussion forum, but rather a place you can ask skate building expert Fred "DocSk8" Benjamin about building and repairing indoor speed, derby, and jamskate quad roller skates. Please start a new thread for each new question.

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Old August 25th, 2014, 07:53 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.
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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.
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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.
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Old August 27th, 2014, 05:42 PM   #2
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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.

Certainly looks like 1/3 but I have never seen or heard of such a thing prior to this pic. Ya got me.
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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.

Look at the RP in the lower right position where the date code is in your oldies below. I suspect that is the date code. I also suspect those are definitely from the end of the line. However I'm sure some of our local Riedell experts (whose knowledge far exceeds my own) may offer additional info. To be honest, all this age stuff is just an interesting side note from my perspective. How doe it sk8 is the important thing.

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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.

I have a pair. The numbers are similar as well upper right, the code is 0222. Lower right it is 7311. November 1973?? If that's the case then 295s have been around a lot longer than I thought.


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.
Here is the important thing to me. If the sk8 and make you happy, does the rest even matter? It does make for interesting conversation though...
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Old August 27th, 2014, 06:26 PM   #3
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thanks Doc......yes, I really enjoy the conversation aspect of this stuff. Funny, I've never been much of a history buff, except for skates.
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