I'm in the highly unusual position of having C.£600 to spend on a new pair of skates! Woot!
But, I'm having a crisis - what do I buy?
I want something that is going to last me a while (I can't be spending this sort of cash every year or two. Or even three!) so it might have to be something that's proven to last.
I'm avoiding the Antiks because of the higher boot, which some say restricts movement (although Terror seems to be jamming fine in them) and there have been some negative comments about the Revenge plate, that it's prone to flexing and breaking despite being aluminium.
I'm also avoiding anything with the Avenger plate as it hasn't been around long so no one's sure about their longevity. Also, a hollow plate with fixed, hollow kingpins concerns me considering my substantial weight. A bent or snapped kingpin = forking out for new skates!
I've been eyeing the Riedell 195 Grand Prix skates for ages, but on contacting Everglides, it turns out Riedell aren't making the package anymore. I can get the boot and plate separately, but I've never mounted boots before and don't fancy starting on something this expensive. Paying for someone to mount them then adds to the overall cost.
Some online shops in the states are still selling the Grand Prix complete skates, but if I get the size wrong, I'm shafted! I've measured my foot and the person I've been emailing at Everglides has told me what size boot I am, but you never know how these things will fit until you try them on!
The Riedell Storm skates are a possibility, as the boot (811) is very similar to the 195 and they've had good reviews on lowpriceskates.com, but the lace cover is attached to the skate. This would mean having to put gaffer tape on the front to prevent damage from scuffs, which will make the boots look naff before I've had chance to start using them. Then the tape causes damage when I have to take it off to replace it.
Or, I buy something like the Riedell Wickeds and trick them out with mac daddy wheels and bearings. But I'm not convinced that would be the way to go if I'm wanting to spend the money on higher-end kit. Plus the boot has a heel, which I'm trying to avoid and is higher up the ankle than I would like.
What do I do? What should I buy? Suggestions welcome!
Help me BRD skate geeks, you're my only hope!