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Old April 22nd, 2019, 03:19 PM   #1
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Default My New Rushs: The Good Bad and the Ugly

I have now put about 70 miles on my new Simmons Rush skates and thought it warranted a review.

The Good:

Construction seems very solid. The heel area is very tight which is what I was looking for after wearing my old Simmons a bit too long. Frames seem solid enough for a guy my size (150#). I was surprised by the huge number of setup choices as the boot has about a dozen holes both front and back. A bit overkill I think. Wheels and bearings are both Simmons brand. Adequate for my requirements. They roll nicely and feel fairly hard, maybe 85 or 86. Cosmetics are pretty striking especially as I ended up with the Red/Silver color scheme as i got the last pair of 11 for the season.

The Bad:

Sizing seems to be a problem area when it comes to buying product designed in the USA and manufactured in, where else, China. The first pair I received from Simmons were a 9 US. I took the chance that they would run large. Not even close. Ended up with their size 11. I have never worn an 11 anything in my life. 9-1/2, 9-1/2, 9-1/2 on everything.

The Ugly:

The lacing system, well, it sucks. While Simmons stayed with 8 lace holes per side the grommets are too small. The smallness is a bigger issue because the holes are placed quite a ways from the tongue opening. Good for resisting a tear-out but really difficult to re-lace on each use. An additional couple of holes per side with a larger grommet would have provided better mechanical advantage for lacing. Maybe take a couple of the mounting holes and move them to the lace pattern. (minor sarcasm)

The tongue has some issues too. I think it is too narrow and way too inflexible. Maybe it will break in. The padding is two strips of something but does not protect higher part of arch of ones foot. Compounding the tongue issue is the lacing cover/ankle strap support. It is cut too high IMO. It restricts ankle bend. I'm considering cutting the top portion back about 1/2 inch.

And lastly, the included laces. They are huge and about a foot too long and getting longer after every use.

But, all in all I really like these new skates. I may take them to a boot shop and see it they can add a couple of lacing holes and replace all the grommets with a larger size.

Maybe I am being too critical. Are these issues that I see the same on all brands of skates? Even a bigger question: if I had bought custom boots from anywhere would I be seeing the same kinds of engineering?
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Old April 23rd, 2019, 12:32 AM   #2
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I thought the Rush boots were all made by Rahul Rana’s people over in India?
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Old April 23rd, 2019, 05:48 AM   #3
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Get some rental laces, they're thin flat ones which typically pull tight easily and dont get a clogged feeling through eyelets.

Also use this style of lacing. It helps alot

https://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/overunderlacing.htm
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Old April 23rd, 2019, 02:24 PM   #4
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I thought the Rush boots were all made by Rahul Rana’s people over in India?
That's what I just found out. Still made out of the country.
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Old April 23rd, 2019, 02:26 PM   #5
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Get some rental laces, they're thin flat ones which typically pull tight easily and dont get a clogged feeling through eyelets.

Also use this style of lacing. It helps alot

https://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/overunderlacing.htm
I just bought a kit of 6mm eyelets and a tool. Going to change them all and maybe add one or two additional.
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Old April 23rd, 2019, 05:29 PM   #6
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I usually use the brand "Derby Laces". They're waxed and come in a ton of colors and sizes. They fit just fine in my Simmons boots.

You can get them directly from them on their site or on eBay and Amazon.

Since I have circulation issues in my lower legs, lacing the first three holes form the toe ends up tightening over time. I use those silicone laces for the first three holes.

https://smile.amazon.com/INMAKER-Sho...-17&th=1&psc=1
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Picking up my Rush’s and Ranas this weekend.
Getting up on 125s finally.
Let you know if I experience the same
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Old July 12th, 2019, 02:44 AM   #8
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My initial impressions of the boots are....... I love them.
They fit so perfect and have no hotspots.like I have custom boots that’s how good they fit. No heat and hot spots. Control is really good over the 125 mm wheels. First time I have been able to skate without socks.
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