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    #31
    Originally posted by DanielBond View Post

    The Throne mold is dead, and even if someone revived it, the only market for that skate would be for a full-OG setup with Juice heels and original tumors and non-UFS frames.

    Your question - Does Rollerblading need THEM? I'd say there's 2 things to consider. The boot itself - probably not. Nothing new there, but it's not a negative thing to have options and hardware for people who want something else.

    THEM as a brand though - I think one thing Julio is good at is building hype, building a brand, pushing out high quality content, getting the right people involved in projects, getting skaters excited and connected. So, yeah in that sense I think blading would be a lot poorer without Julio doing Valo all these years, and I'd expect nothing less from Them. The Valo skates were kind of expensive for what they were, but we got 5 (6?) amazing videos and countless amazing edits and content - easily the highest quality, most consistent output in the industry I'd say - and that impacts everyone in some way, even if not directly.

    So yeah, I'd say we do need Them, or at least we're better off with it, than not.
    Question: I wonder if THEM has outsold K2 in this last year?

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      #32
      Originally posted by DesignatedRolla View Post
      I doubt more boot companies will start popping up. Julio had the cash and the connections to pull this off and even then they've got a standard boot with a new soul, we're lucky they managed to get a new soul on there. Whether we need them or not is irrelevant now cause they're already here, and judging by Instagram and Facebook setup pics they're gonna be pretty popular! What are our options these days?

      USD - Aeon, Sway, VII, Carbon/Carbon Free/Gawds, Xsjado/Shadow
      Razors - SL, Shift, Cult, still some Genesys floating about
      Roces - V13 (Still some Valo's floating about too)
      K2 - Front Street and Unnatural
      Rollerblade - New Jack and still some Solo's floating about for now
      Them - 908
      Remz - OS and HR models
      Seba - CJ's etc (but for how long?)
      Trigger - Cudots
      Salomon - Still available through eBay and Blade Trade. Lots of people still skating them.

      Am I missing anything obvious? Probably!
      Flying Eagle have been teasing their aggressive boot a few times.
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        #33
        Originally posted by FiscHwaecg View Post

        Flying Eagle have been teasing their aggressive boot a few times.
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        Yeah nothing available to buy as yet though.

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          #34
          Originally posted by DanielBond View Post

          Question: I wonder if THEM has outsold K2 in this last year?
          I don't get K2, I mean last year was really interesting when they would make so many prototypes after testing and feedback from people like mushroom guys etc, and also create an amazing frame… yet it's like they don't see the merit in marketing and having a team? I don't get it… I want them to keep making stuff as it's quality gear, but no one seems to use their stuff!, which is hardly surprising.
          Blading since 1994.

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            #35
            Originally posted by Momagic View Post

            I don't get K2, I mean last year was really interesting when they would make so many prototypes after testing and feedback from people like mushroom guys etc, and also create an amazing frame… yet it's like they don't see the merit in marketing and having a team? I don't get it… I want them to keep making stuff as it's quality gear, but no one seems to use their stuff!, which is hardly surprising.
            K2 with no team means they dont exist.

            as for Valo, I never bought valo because the skates dont fit my fat feet...but I sure did but every video they ever made.

            The reason I want to support Them is because they will ensure quality content. Also, I love team videos where there is a common belief and support system in what they are doing. I love chill skate videos too, but the "Team" videos always meant more to me. Speaking of team vids, why the hell hasn't USD made a team video in years even though they have always been stacked? It's just weird that they or their riders wouldn't want to make something epic. They could also make a few bucks.

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              #36
              Originally posted by DesignatedRolla View Post
              I doubt more boot companies will start popping up. Julio had the cash and the connections to pull this off and even then they've got a standard boot with a new soul, we're lucky they managed to get a new soul on there. Whether we need them or not is irrelevant now cause they're already here, and judging by Instagram and Facebook setup pics they're gonna be pretty popular! What are our options these days?

              USD - Aeon, Sway, VII, Carbon/Carbon Free/Gawds, Xsjado/Shadow
              Razors - SL, Shift, Cult, still some Genesys floating about
              Roces - V13 (Still some Valo's floating about too)
              K2 - Front Street and Unnatural
              Rollerblade - New Jack and still some Solo's floating about for now
              Them - 908
              Remz - OS and HR models
              Seba - CJ's etc (but for how long?)
              Trigger - Cudots
              Salomon - Still available through eBay and Blade Trade. Lots of people still skating them.

              Am I missing anything obvious? Probably!
              It's crazy seeing all of those options and feeling like the only skates I'd even consider are M12s, Cults, and Them. Also feeling like it's likely I'll skate Them a few times and keep them around fully set up as loaner skates for that occasional interested kid at the park. Hearing the initial impression they're overly flexy is a bad sign for my tastes. Would be cool if they were able to have some different plastic hardness models if they continue to sell enough to make multiple runs.

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                #37
                If you are into honest reviews this guy does it
                 

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                  #38
                  Originally posted by ift View Post

                  It's crazy seeing all of those options and feeling like the only skates I'd even consider are M12s, Cults, and Them. Also feeling like it's likely I'll skate Them a few times and keep them around fully set up as loaner skates for that occasional interested kid at the park. Hearing the initial impression they're overly flexy is a bad sign for my tastes. Would be cool if they were able to have some different plastic hardness models if they continue to sell enough to make multiple runs.
                  Agreed there's a whole lot of options there that I would never even consider buying, but at least there's a bit of variety and hopefully something for everyone. A simple hardboot is all I'd want too and I'm glad there's another option available in Them. Looking forward to seeing/hearing more reviews. Still haven't pulled the trigger though.

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                      #40
                      They do flex a lot. But once you tighten the top strap, they become highly responsive and supportive. Already liking THEM better than V13s.

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                        #41
                        Yeah, I find all skates are flexy until you tighten them. Go figure.

                        Originally posted by the winner
                        that was so fucking GAY, fucking quit it. You're the gayest skaters ever

                        whack skating
                        whack filming
                        whack song
                        that redbull spill is disgusting

                        did I say shit tricks?

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                          #42
                          I got bird ankles lol. So I have to really make my boots tight.

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                            #43
                            I'm just being a dick, looking forward to some people out here getting their skates in so I can finally see some in person.

                            Originally posted by the winner
                            that was so fucking GAY, fucking quit it. You're the gayest skaters ever

                            whack skating
                            whack filming
                            whack song
                            that redbull spill is disgusting

                            did I say shit tricks?

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                              #44
                              Got to try on some mediums today. I have a slim foot and wear a size 10 shoe and a size 8-9 toe cut Valo. The Valo are snug on me but I like snug. The medium Thems felt huge on me. Not way too long but very very wide for me. Curious to try the smalls with a downsizing liner though I'm thinking these may not be for me. I was also not a huge fan of the soul being much more narrow at the heel than at the front (which is really noticeable). Plus the liners are shit imo, especially the oddly narrow tongue.
                              They do look better in person though. I tried the blacks

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                                #45
                                Originally posted by DesignatedRolla View Post
                                I haven't pre-ordered and don't need new skates but seeing the posts and the podcasts Julio did and stuff does make me wanna support. I don't even particularly like the look of the skates!
                                Same for me

                                Originally posted by joshdamnit View Post

                                Hope you are not expecting any pure critiques. seems the dicksucking train has loaded up and left the station with these... or them.
                                lolz. Brace yourself for years of THEM setups posts. Valos didn't fit my feet great. I expect the same issue with THEM. I'll be between the small and medium, forced into the medium shell prob.

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