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This is IW Lance from all the way in California doing my first post here for Boston Blading Society and i’m glad to be here.

Today I thought I could bring you a fresh new look for everyones favorite classic Remz Skate, The Haffey 2.2’s.  As a skater of every Remedy’z product you could think of for the past 7 years I have to tell you I am thoroughly impressed with their new addition to the Remedy’z Line-up. The skate has a new color scheme and it happens to have my favorite color so I have to say personally its the best looking Haffey skate to date. It’s rocking the Black Skin with the White High Resistance Material and the Red stitching with a few red eyelets.

Overall they really improved on the lacing system which gives a lot more options to customizing how you lace your skates, wether it be loose or tight they feel amazing. With big improvements on the soft strap it is now triple stitched and add’s a lot more durability. They also come with the classic Rem’z plastic buckle system so if your a fan of that you can always switch it out easily for a more supportive feel.

The Liners are still holding up amazingly and the skate fits like a glove right out of the box. The V-cut is still very drastic so this isn’t a skate for the skaters that like their skates very supportive on the top side tricks.

The skates come with the GC Featherlite 2’s which everyone who has skated them has been pretty happy and it is an anti-rocker setup so this frame isn’t for all those freestyle/flat riders. They also come equipped with the  Classic Rem’z wheels (57mm 88a) and some abec 5.0 bearings. The bearings are nothing impressive, as always I recommend upgrading to anything from the Bones line-up they make superior bearings that are water jet cut out of solid steel/ceramic, not just plates of steel cut and shaped. This makes for a much more solid bearing  that have great longevity as well as incomparable speed.

As always with Remedy’z they have given us another solid skate with a very very anticipated color scheme change. I can’t wait to get out and try mine and I highly recommend these skates to anyone from intermediate to advanced level of skating that like a lot of freedom in their skate style.

I hope you guys enjoyed this and I look forward to giving Boston Blading Society that west coast style and I will be seeing you guys later.


IW Lance ,

This is a subject I wonder about constantly.
Shell sizing.
We all know its done to save the manufacturers some cash, and I get that. But when you’re the smaller size, this can be very detrimental to your blading.
I’ll use myself as the for instance. I like a lot of the styles of skates available. However, my feet do not. I just recently tried UFS thrones again, and love how they skate, but i don’t love the blisters i get from my feet sliding around in them. The width is perfect. The length is not, creating a constant rub issue on the sides of my feet, which leaves nasty blisters. This isn’t the first time I’ve had this issue with skates either.
Single size shells are very expensive to produce, and i understand that the money just isn’t there for a real solution like that. Salomon, however, already gave the market a cheap and easy solution in “growth inserts”. Simple idea, easy to produce, and relatively cheap compared to individual shell sizing.
Hopefully more of this type of tech will be introduced, as the blisters one gets from incorrectly sized skates are more discouraging than the injuries you get from bad falls, in my opinion.
Anybody else have input they’d like to add? Feel free. Any ideas are appreciated. Don’t get me wrong, i love my Xsjados, and they always fit right, but i would like to enjoy other options at times.

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Ok. Figured I haven’t put anything new up in a while, and its due time.
Its been a long time since I last wore a pair of any thrones, and I never did try UFS ones.
My first impressions were that it was a solid skate. Very well made. The souls are pretty big, and thick enough. Slide decent, and lock awesome.
Second, the liner. I always hated Sifika liners. This is an exception. A nice, well padded comfy neoprene liner, reminiscent of Reigns, just not quite as padded. Still, nice.
The souls are, well, UFS throne souls. Slide nice, lock great. Nuff said.
The only complaint I have with these is the shock absorber. Yes, its the thicker one, no, it doesn’t seem to do much.
Good skates overall, but I can see UFS thrones haven’t changed much since the introduction of the 2 piece soul.
Thanks for looking,

Hello fellow bladers!
This will be my review of M1s dual durometer wheels.
First off, I’ve had bad experiences with M1 wheels in the past. Not the least of which was a pair chunking out on a hill while just rolling around, resulting in my right knee blowing out, putting me out of commission for over four months, and keeping me away from hammers, probably permanently.
That said, I purchased two sets of the green team 55mm wheels, as they were on sale cheap. Not really a smart move, but I had heard good things, and figured a second chance was in order.
Big quality difference. I gave a set to my friend Rick to test as well, since a three stair still kills me. Lol. Anyway, these held up well, not Eulogy quality, but very good. They wear rather quickly, and feel as hard as their 91 durometer would indicate, but they weren’t bad.
So, following the logic that M1 must finally be improving, I purchased some of the dual duros, in 57mm size.
Nice! These ride like a much softer wheel than their 91 durometer would indicate. They stick like glue on most surfaces, land softly, and wear very slowly. Even I barely wore through the mold lines in well over 4 months of skating, and have since handed them on to Rick, to ser how long they’ll last!
More recently I picked up some 59mm purple dual duros, which feel just as good as the 57mm’s.
Honestly, these are the best, longest lasting wheels I have ridden, ever.
Excellent job M1! Really want to try the trinities, but the way these are holding up, it might never happen!

My latest skate purchase was the Xsjado DW 1, which I got custom from Roller Warehouse. They were marked down quite a bit from the original price, which was $239, to $139 clearanced, boot only.
The price was only a small piece of why I picked these up. Previous to these, I had owned Xsjado Basic2LEs. The wraps were the only good part of those, honestly, the Conference had a great deal to learn about making Xsjados at that point. The plastic was fast wearing, brittle, and the dreadful monostrap SUCKED! Needless to say, I traded them away, despite the incredible custom paint job my fiancé had done on them.
After that fiasco, I had a chance to revisit the classic Salomon made Xsjados, specifically, the Dustin Latimer 1s. Granted, these were a large shell, which skates vastly different from the small shell, but, they reminded me why I wanted to skate Xsjados in the first place. They felt wonderful on my feet, almost like a natural part of me. The souls slid a bit slow, but the plastics were worlds different from the basic2les I had skated before! This was the spark that reignited my interest.
Now I saw RW had one hell of a sale ongoing, one of their 1 weekend only, Facebook deals. Join their Facebook page, Chat-with-rollerwarehouse, to be the first to know, and check their email newsletter for great deals as well. Anyway, I saw a price I couldn’t pass up, on a skate I was curious about, and I jumped. Granted, my version was a bit custom, and more expensive. First, I paid extra for the new Xsjado Jeff Stockwell black sneakers, which were totally worth it. Best sneakers I’ve worn, that I didn’t have to go to Fluevog for. Just plain incredible, and steezy as hell to boot! Second, I got 50/50 J.C.Rowe core system frames. They are a bit heavy, but they’re solid, and slide well. The groove is a little smaller than my Create Originals, and I’m not as into them as I am my Creates, but I would definitely recommend them over Ground controls or Kizers.
Third, I added crap bearings. They definitely do not match their namesake. Phenomenal product for cheap money. They roll faster than most abec 9s I’ve owned, and they haven’t had to be cleaned yet, and I’ve been skating them for over a month! That’s a first for me as I feel every grain of sand that gets in my bearings.
Fourth, I got M1 57mm Dual Durometers. All I can say is they are worth every extra penny. The perform extremely well, roll fast, land soft, and wear slowly. And they stick like a much softer compound as well. Buy them! Nuff said.
Now, the skate. I changed the colors, at no extra charge, to a red cuff, blue midsoles, and red sole plates, to match with my blue Creates, for a Boston Red Sox setup I’m working on.
The materials have improved a hundred fold since the Basic2LEs. And quite a bit from the Salomon days as well, I might add! I was shocked to see that the new compound, although harder and faster than the Salo compound, is also much more wear resistant! Big improvement there. The cuffs remind me of the classic Salomon made Xsjados, not much change, but a vast improvement from the Conferences initial foray into Xsjados, which would shatter at any impact. The straps are well made, but, I will say this is one of the flaws I see, as the Velcro sucks. Nothing some simple sewing and a $5 pack of industrial strength Velcro from home depot won’t fix. The ratcheting buckles are great. I do think some improvements could be made here, as well, as I find that as they start getting tight, I often need to pull the strap while ratcheting the buckle to get them tight enough. The cuff padding is awesome, and very comfortable. The biggest improvement here, however, is the simplest one. The “continuity instep padding” or maxi pad (lol), is a big step towards making Xsjado a mainstream skate. This really ups both comfort and control, and gives the skate solidity similar to Remz or the old TRS skates. It literally makes them feel like an open shell concept skate, and much less like the semi-skeletal feel they had without it. It makes more difference than I have the words to explain.
Bottom line, I really want to try DW 2s! I highly doubt they can improve the DW 1 much, but I’d like to find out!
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I want these so bad…
USD comes up with yet another beautiful color combo, for an incredible skate. The carbon 1s were light, but severely lacking in flex. The new cuff fixes this, and the lightness and incredible soleplate are great, as usual.
I can’t wait to get my hands on a pair to try!
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Mad respect and support for local, blader owned shop! He personally contacted me to see what I might need! Name ANY OTHER SHOP THAT DOES THAT!
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i dunno about all of you, but this past week has been murder on me. I am so sick of not skating! Trying to get a serious sesh set up when the weather breaks.
Hit me up in the comments section of this post, and let me know when you guys are gonna be available.
I want to get as many of you as I can in on the next session, maybe we can put on a serious show for the next generation of bladers!
Soul skaters 4 life!!!

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