Being in contact with skaters all year round, travelling to contests and watching videos, I have become more and more intreagued by the French skaters who skate the VII USD skate with Classic Throne soulplates. All of them tell me that the setup skates incredibly well, going so far as to say it is the best setup they have ever skated.
I believe Adrien Anne was the first to build this setup, and since then Roman Abrate, Allan Beulieu, Adrien Clairaz and more have all told me about the benefits of this skate. After watching some of these riders skate them at the Bulle Contest in Switzerland, I realised that I had wanted to try this skate for a while.
The thing is I have always been immensely frustrated at being unable to skate Classic Thrones, due to them not fitting my feet. A size 10 is too big, and a size 9 is too small. I skated the VII Pianowski USD skate a while back ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcwUdd-Uh5c ) and I found them to be the most comfortable skate ever. I skated them in a size 9US and I am really a 9.5, but they fit so snug.
So at last I have a chance to try the closest I can get to a Classic Throne. The skate has absolutely great flex, and is really light. In fact I have always been a fan of this shell. It is also really well priced, with great specs, including a full flat setup and really high quality liners, anti-shock and parts.
Right now I have torn my calf muscle, but once I have recovered I will make an edit of my first day skating them, and let you know how I get on.
For now, here are the pics of the setup I have put together. All these parts are on sale now. As Usual I am going for a Type M Kizer frame, the frame I have sworn by for 5 years or so, thanks to its speed and reliablility, and the all new, US poured UC Demetrios George pro-wheels. Those who have tried these new US poured wheels will know how far ahead they really are in terms of quality and speed.
More videos on VII USD Skates:
Pictures of my new setup below.
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