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    #46
    Originally posted by DesignatedRolla View Post
    ​​​​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!
    Sadly many of these skates sound more exciting to me than THEM.

    USD, RB, Seba, K2, Razors ... They all fit my feet really well.

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      #47
      Agreed about them looking better in person. In fact, they look really good. Plus I posted a photo of them and all sorts of friends who don't even skate liked the photo. Women, skateboarders, musicians, the lot.

      I'm coming from a US size 10 v13/m12. I've skated that shell for over a decade. I also wear a US size 10 shoe. I got the medium 908's. Just a side note..the shell says 8/9 on the inside and I imagine that's how it was originally marketed. But I can also skate an 8/9 cult with a 10 liner so...

      The medium 908 liner was wayyy too snug. I bet if you wear a US size 9/9.5 shoe they'll be perfect. The toe area doesn't seem very padded nor does it stretch at the end like on the v13 liner. Needless to say, I was pretty bummed about it. Especially since I was told by a certain ginger "insider" that the liner was as big if not slightly bigger than the size 10 v13 liner. LIES. Anyways, I'm gonna call around and see if the large liner fits the medium shell but this might have been the push I need in order to get intuitions. I am in my 30's after all. I may try to stretch these out and break them in best I can in the meantime though. Maybe the large amounts of padding near the cuff/ankle will go down and make everything fit well. But long sessions are probably a bad idea at first. I just really like the look of the stock liner as well as the padding around the top of the cuff. I tried throwing in my v13 liners but no dice...everything fit fine but the pressure points from the top of the cuff were too much to handle while skating. Kind of gave me perspective about the design of the stock 908 liner. Oh and like every stock liner, the insoles are a joke. Change them immediately if you care about your feet.

      Onto the good and most important stuff. I really really like this shell. It fits my foot better than the v13. Whereas in the v13 there was excess space in the toe from where the shell is narrow, the medium seems to wrap around my feet/toes perfectly making for a more controlled fit/feeling overall. The heel is raised but it's not as prominent feeling as in the v13. It's a better feel or I may just be experiencing that new-skate euphoria. Time will tell. Also, they look smaller on me than my v13's and they're really not much wider looking either. Definitely not as bulky as skinned valos.

      I've only done a few souls because of an injury but the soles felt/slid great. If you're coming from valos/m12's there probably wont be much of a learning curve. The boot flex didn't seem that different either. I dig the eyelets, especially the extra ones up top, they really help to add support. Honestly, they feel like Valomons. I think I'm going to really like them if the plastic holds up and I find the proper liner setup.

      The buckles are nice, no complaints there. I'll miss the memory buckles on the m12's, assuming I don't go back to skating those. It would be nice to be an ambassador though. Haaaa

      I'm going to get a backslide groove in these soles and try to do some tricks that involve heavy impact and lots of flexing before giving my final verdict. But so far it's looking nice minus the liner.

      I imagine there will be people like Josh who these won't work for sizing-wise but every skate doesn't have to work for everyone. It's all about finding what fits you and allows you to skate your best. Right guys?! (said in super corny tone)

      Hope everyone is having a wonderful day.

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        #48
        Roces/Valo memory buckles on THEMs would look ace. That is all.

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          #49
          Seems to be mixed reviews and sizing issues so far but that box session with Stockwell, Ivan and B Smith made me want them even more!

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            #50
            Originally posted by DanielBond View Post
            Roces/Valo memory buckles on THEMs would look ace. That is all.
            I think the memory lock buckles are going to be the thing I miss the most about the M12. I've had zero issues skating them throughout the years. I was thinking of finding a way of getting them on there or maybe even swapping cuffs if possible.

            I'll get mine this Saturday during Jan's VT Blade & Camp trip!

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              #51
              Originally posted by used2sk8 View Post
              Anyways, I'm gonna call around and see if the large liner fits the medium shell
              I don't see how that could help - the bigger liner will have more padding, more length and more width. If you cram it into the smaller shell you'll just be bunching up a load of foam. It'll feel smaller if anything - that's my experience at least. I'd try modding the stock liner if after a few sessions it doesn't break in. It wouldn't be hard to cut the liner up a little and either add some neoprene in the toe or just cut it so it opens up more. It's either that are a liner with thinner, denser foam.

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                #52
                In stock at Loco now, sooooo tempted.

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                  #53
                  The ones with different coloured cuffs and souls make them look kinda cheap, like an old Grycon or something.




                  All-black and all-white looks sick.

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                    #54
                    The white with black cuff that Julio posted looked kinda sick. I sold 2 pairs of skates on blade trade and ordered all black Them's!

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                      #55
                      Originally posted by DanielBond View Post
                      The ones with different coloured cuffs and souls make them look kinda cheap, like an old Grycon or something.


                      update: My all-whites should arrive today


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                        #56
                        Originally posted by ryanmatthewdaily View Post



                        update: My all-whites should arrive today

                        Will be interested to see you skating something different, did you get smalls?

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                          #57
                          I did. Fingers are tightly crossed in the hopes of THIM fitting properly. From what I've been reading about the fit, I'm pretty optimistic.

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                            #58
                            The all white jams might be my go-to....We shall see..

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                              #59
                              I got mine today and had a quick skate. For sizing reference, I'm an 8 1/2 or 9 US in most shoes, and an 8-9 shell in valos fit me pretty well except it was a little narrow. The small them shells almost fit perfect, but my toes are right up on the front of the skate. I forgot to grab my shock absorbers to put in, so they may pull my toes away from the shell a bit. Otherwise, good fit. I think for a lot of people these are actually gonna help , it seemed like the regular shell sizing in aggressive skates was actually catching too many people in the middle of sizes, and the extra width and lack of rigidity around the laces helps these accommodate a wider range of sizes.

                              First impression: Super solid skates. The souls are really good too, having a one piece is a nice change. The plastic is definitely pretty flexy, and the lacing system (mainly all the space between the eyelets) leads to a lot of forward flex, so thats all gonna come down to personal preference for pretty much everyone at this point. They look real good in person in black, nobody had the Ivory's at the session tonight but the black ones were real nice. Buckle is fine, no sounds anywhere on the boot at all, the laces are better than valo stock laces but due to the lacing system, they can have a huge impact on how the skates fit so getting a some quality laces you like could have a massive effect on how these feel. The liner felt pretty good right off the bat but it wasn't a real rigorous skate so hopefully I'll see how it holds up over a longer session soon.

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                                #60
                                The Loco review of them is a bit odd, he puts Intuitions in them straight away, a $200 liner, which is obviously going to change the entire feel of the skate. Also he's a UK 7.5 and says the small stock liner is a bit too small for him, which leads me to believe it's gonna be too small for me too. Really didn't wanna have to change the liner in these.

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