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Old January 24th, 2014, 05:37 PM   #1
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Default Rollerblade Tempest, Not so good.

Well last week I purchased my first inline skate for outdoors. Got the Tempest 110, Luckily I purchased thru the local indoor rink. First skate indoor to test prior to forking over my money the ratchet strap that goes across the instep completely pulled off the boot leaving a gaping hole on the side of the boot. Where the ratchet buckle is riveted to the boot instead of screwing into an insert like most boots. Any way, I'm done with that brand. What should I be looking for in an outdoor skate used mainly for fitness and long miles. I want a higher cut more comfortable boot than my indoor bonts.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 06:34 PM   #2
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That sucks. :/

Im sure they can return it. Even with top of the line gear some things just dont turn out right. I wonder where they make their gear now....
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Old January 24th, 2014, 07:38 PM   #3
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Don't know a whole lot about inlines and have considered gettting something along the lines of what you're looking for. I've been looking at the K2 Radical 100.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 08:48 PM   #4
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I had good experience with my K2 Radicals. I had skated K2 for a long time before switching to Bont speed boots. The 100 is probably the best place to start right now. I don't understand the hilo set ups that the major manufacturers are pushing now. They are impossible to buy wheels for since they are set up 2x110 2x100. Just get a 4x100.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 11:40 PM   #5
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Bont Semi-Race?
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Old January 25th, 2014, 01:30 AM   #6
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I skated both the Rollerblade Tempests and the K2 Radicals.

Complete junk, both of them.

Both of those brands have devolved into the same crap space - glitzy colors and stitching instead of solid performance. They are the equivalent of the crap bookshelf audio systems that front a lot of chrome while having nothing under the hood.

Check out Seba skates. More expensive but worth the price. (No affiliation)
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Old January 25th, 2014, 02:52 AM   #7
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I just had a brand-new pair of Rollerblade skates fail on me before I ever skated on them too, two days ago. Mine were the Spark 84s. They failed in a similar way, too: the mid-foot strap (not a ratchet buckle on these skates) ripped off the rivet. So it didn't tear a hole in the boot, but in the strap itself. Either way, the skate was useless.

I'm going with K2 KIT 84 Boas now.
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Old January 25th, 2014, 04:28 PM   #8
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Another vote for Bont semi-race. Measure your foot and watch online auctions.
They come up pretty often. I found a pair on the "completed auction" tab that didn't sell and contacted the seller. Boots only $65!
I was looking at k2 and tempests as well but didn't want to spend that kind amount of cash. You just have to be patient and watchful the deals are out there!
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Old January 29th, 2014, 10:51 AM   #9
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Yet another vote for the Bont Semis.

I was comparing the Semis and my Zs a few days ago. The cuff is about 20mm higher. This may (or may not) sound like much, but to me it feels like like night and day and makes the world of difference in the confidence it gives me.

They really are a superb solution for speeders who like that bit of extra support and and a boot that is padded just a touch softer for more general outdoors skating. You said you had indoor Bonts already, so I'm sure the adjustment would be minimal.
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Old February 7th, 2014, 02:03 AM   #10
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I just had a brand-new pair of Rollerblade skates fail on me before I ever skated on them too, two days ago. Mine were the Spark 84s. They failed in a similar way, too: the mid-foot strap (not a ratchet buckle on these skates) ripped off the rivet. So it didn't tear a hole in the boot, but in the strap itself. Either way, the skate was useless.

I'm going with K2 KIT 84 Boas now.
Yep. I had Spark 84s. Total garbage.
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Old February 7th, 2014, 06:55 PM   #11
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I ended up purchasing 2 sets of Seba skates. The Trix 90 for fitness and the Igor to work on my Slalom skills or lack there of

So far these Seba's seem very well made. Luckily Rollerblade took back my Tempest with no questions asked.
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I ended up purchasing 2 sets of Seba skates. The Trix 90 for fitness and the Igor to work on my Slalom skills or lack there of

So far these Seba's seem very well made. Luckily Rollerblade took back my Tempest with no questions asked.
Excellent choice and a great combination!
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Old February 8th, 2014, 12:01 AM   #13
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I didnt feel I needed the higher tops and am running luigino ultra boots on an older 90mm frame.
90mm wheels roll better than expected.
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Old February 8th, 2014, 05:02 PM   #14
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Rollerblade brand used to be good even on their lower cost items... now not so much. Actually when I looked at their gear a year ago, only 3-4 skates looked of quality. The race machine LE,(which is a Luigino boot really), and a few of the hardshell models. Like a rb90 twister and fusion i think.

Everything else looked like crap. They aren't made in italy anymore either :/
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Old March 5th, 2014, 08:02 PM   #15
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Wanted to share this to be sure skaters know there is a Recall Notice on some Rollerblade skates. Please see the link for details and further information. The recall effects the Tempest Models.

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/...Inline-Skates/
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Old March 20th, 2014, 03:09 PM   #16
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I have the Tempest 110s also, basically for using when my feet are too jacked up to get into the speed boot, and for tooling around with the kids, etc. They have help up so far, but do seem a little flimsy for such a pricey product.

My biggest problem though is that the cuff chews into my leg, I'm used to skating with low cut speed boots and I can appreciate the extra support from the top cuff, but I'm still searching for the right way to keep it from digging my skin to death.

Kacie Fischer skated 2500 miles in these things, so I must be doing something wrong
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Old March 20th, 2014, 07:34 PM   #17
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Are your socks high enough? Try a padded crew sock.
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