>I am currently using Bauer 1000s for rec skating, whizzing around the
>rink and staying in shape for the inline season. While I have really
>gotten to like my current skates, I am looking for a new skate that
>will offer more lateral stiffness yet allow good fore-aft ankle
>flexion (what can I say, I like a deep knee bend).
>I am looking at Graf 707 or 705, Flite Summit and CCM 652 and up, incl
>Does anyone have experience with these brands, as far as quality,
>comfort, and stiffness? I would also appreciate any opinions on
>blade/frame/holder choice: Tuuk or CCM Prolite.
>Thanks in advance,
CCMs are suitable if you have a wide foot and low arches. In my
experience, your weight is shifted slightly further forward in CCMs
than Bauers. The arch support in CCMs (compared to Bauer) is
different; the heel sits flat, whereas in the Bauer the heel tends to
feel like it's sitting on a slope.
CCM's prolite blade is harder, you can get a sharper edge, but doesn't
seem to last as long as the Tuuk. Personally, I went for the 752s
(non-pump) rather than the heavier 952s. The Grafs were too narrow to
accommodate my wide foot.
I also recommend formthotic insoles for extra foot support.and