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Speed Skating Forum Most of the discussions in this forum will be about inline speed skating but discussions about ice speed skating and quad roller speed skating are also welcome.

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Old December 28th, 2018, 10:24 AM   #1
djpemberton
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Default Inline skates for long distances

I currently skate on Bont Jets--usually 15-20 miles at a time. I used to have some Rollerblade Tempest 100s which I did some longer distances on (up to 40 miles). I really likes them, except for the fact that they were a bit narrow for my wide (but skinny) feet. I am now looking for some good long distance skates (30-100 miles). My eye has been on the Powerslide Grand Prix Trinitys. Are there other skates that you all think I should consider? Anyone have any experience with the Grand Prix (especially if you have wide feet).
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Old January 25th, 2019, 03:50 PM   #2
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Even for longer distances, a boot like the Bont Jet is suitable. Many of the outdoor races in the USA are 26 miles and a lot of people use low cut speed boots for those distances. Even at races like the NY100K or A2A (87 miles) a speed boot is doable.

So, a lot depends on your experience and comfort level using speed skates. But, I think many on this forum would probably argue that rather than switching to more of a rec / comfort skate, you should find a speed skating boot that fits you well and just get used to wearing it for longer durations. Bont does make some higher cut boots, like the Semi-Race, but outside of additional support, I'm not sure it would provide many advantages over the Jet. Probably the best way to go if you're really serious about the sport is finding a custom boot maker and getting custom fit. If a boot fits your foot well (and is designed well), you can wear it for hours with no pain. If my legs and body could take it, I could go skate 6 or 7 hours today in my custom Pinnacles and have no pain or discomfort at all in my feet.
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Old June 6th, 2019, 08:03 PM   #3
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Default PS Grand Prix Trinity 3x125

I tried the GP Trinity 3x125. They are a narrow skate but have a good shape to the toe so fit my square toes ("flipper feet" wide forefoot/toe shape big toe is the longest), ok yet still have a tight enough heel cup for my narrow heel/ankle.
I really liked the 12.5" 3x125 frame. The boot sits closer to the front wheel (lower deck height), then my K2 Mod 125 skates and even more so than the Rollerblade Endurance 125 skate.
The lining is very much like that of a race skate and a big improvement to the older non-Trinity versions.
The only problem for me is that Powerslide failed to recess the inside cuff hinge hardware within and flush to the carbon-fiberglass out-shell. Even with the firm foam, whenever I tilt the wheels to the outside edge, even slightly, the darned washer or the cuff hardware bit and dug into my medial malleolus. Ouch! Typical inline skate manufactures, they make a great skate and manage to screw up something turning it into another piece of crap littering the dark reaches of my coat closet! ...little wonder why I've been spending less and less time skating and more and more trail running.
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