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Old April 25th, 2010, 03:50 AM   #1
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Default Powerslide R2 vs. R4

I was wondering if any members here, use Powerslide R2, the 2010 model? I am wondering about the boot, how much (or less) support does it provide compared to the R4.

Are both models fully heat moldable?

I am considering a purchase of R2 or R4, for long distance training, and I'm a bit torn between the two. Any pros and cons from users of either 2010 model is much appreciated.
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Old April 26th, 2010, 06:01 PM   #2
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I have the 2008-2009 R2 model for 1 1/2 year now. It's a nice boot, not heat moldable but pretty comfy (compared to a carbon boot of course). It is not heat moldable because it is made from some reinforced plastic or something like that.
From what I know, the 2010 model has the same structure but with different graphics and some changed materials.
Unfortunately I don't have any extra info for R4 but they are very close except the upper part.
Check Nett's review too -> http://www.nettracing.com/reviews/R2...010_Review.htm

Hope this help a bit.

PS: No word about that frame, I don't have it.
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Old April 26th, 2010, 06:10 PM   #3
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if you're looking for a higher cuff speed/fitness boot that is heat moldable you might want take a look at the Bont Semi Race.

http://www.bont.com/products/boots/s...08semirace.htm

Its not a plastic boot like the R2 (carbon/fiberglass mix) fully heat moldable and very supportive. The link I posted has various links to other 3rd party reviews. I've had my pair for 3+ years and could not be happier. FYI there are several forum members here who have had/have the Semi race who are all very pleased as well.
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Old April 26th, 2010, 08:53 PM   #4
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Amen brother! I love mine! I had the 2009 R2, very short and not supportive at all, wasn't happy. I have heard that fitness guys have had some good luck with the R4. IMO don't get the hi low frame if you get them.

You should take a serious look at the bont tho, excellent boot very moldable and really, really supportive!
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Old April 27th, 2010, 02:29 AM   #5
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Thanks guys, very helpful as always! I ordered R4s from IW, should arrive on Wed.

I did consider Bont Semi-Race, and I'm sure I'll get a pair of 110 at some point. In the meantime, I'll see how these work.
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Old April 30th, 2010, 10:02 PM   #6
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Default R2 vs R4

They are both moldable, but the boots have a quite a bit of difference.

The R2 is more snug fitting and has a lot lower cut. So you can get edges a lot easier on them.

The R4 however, feels more comfortable right out of the box, and has a lot more room. The cuff is a good 1"+ higher so the skates are a little heavier. Fatigue after many miles would be more than the R2, but the R4 still surprisingly allows for decent edges with the higher cuff. I like to get lazy after a few miles and the R4 allows for that more than the R2.

As for how they are selling at IW. Both are selling well with the R4 edging out the R2 by just a bit. I think the more comfortable fit out of the box is one reason, and the majority of skaters appreciating a little more support up top on that 20th mile the other. Both are selling well.

We've even picked up replacement axles, brake housings and pads for these skates.

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Old May 3rd, 2010, 04:31 AM   #7
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Thanks for your contribution, Stan. I'm looking forward to trying them.
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Old May 6th, 2010, 10:12 PM   #8
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Lightbulb R4 horrid

had the R4's some time ago (2006) and hated them, because they cut in the lower shine / instep - caused me a horrid inflammation.

i was advised by many pro's not to lace up the upper eyelets and not tighten the upper strap ehhh then why is it there?

the problem is that if you bend low, the upper part has no " hinge" by wich it can follow that - so starts pressing where i indicated.

i changed to R4's and problem solved.
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Old May 7th, 2010, 01:52 AM   #9
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You mean you changed to R2?
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Old May 8th, 2010, 02:37 AM   #10
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You mean you changed to R2?
ehhh yes, that's what i ment

The R2's (2006) are fine - cant stand on them *very* long (like more than a few hours) but they are good for what they are.

for the *very* long tours i have FILA M100's
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Old August 25th, 2010, 08:03 PM   #11
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How close fitting are the R2s? For example, I have a 265mm foot length with corresponds to Powerslide's Size 8 length. Does Powerslide build their boots to the exact length given for each size, or do they include some amount of buffer/wriggle room?
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Old August 26th, 2010, 04:03 PM   #12
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Default R2'S

I found them to be a little snug for my preference anyway. So wear a 1/2 size larger than my shoe. All are different in preference though. We have free return shipping on skates if not used, so you can always try risk free if the size is available.

R2 and R4 skate sizes are dwindling as PS re-stock isn't for a while yet on those.

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Old August 27th, 2010, 01:45 AM   #13
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had the R4's some time ago (2006) and hated them, because they cut in the lower shine / instep - caused me a horrid inflammation.

i was advised by many pro's not to lace up the upper eyelets and not tighten the upper strap ehhh then why is it there?

the problem is that if you bend low, the upper part has no " hinge" by wich it can follow that - so starts pressing where i indicated.

i changed to R4's and problem solved.
All depends on how you skate, I had some R4s a few years ago, having been able to try many sizes I got a good fit but it wasn't long until I found that I could not bend as low as I like sometimes because of the highter cuff. I went the way of not lacing them all the way and that worked better. I still felt the higher cuff on the sides and think it gave a bit support even not laced all the way.
The price was right at the time and I used them maybe a year before I moved up to the core.
At the price I would rate them a good entry level speed skate, and that is what they are made to be.
I'm not sure what may have changed in the past few years but the R4s and R2s seemed about the same except for hight, so how much do you like your ankles to bend?
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