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Justin 1933

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Justin 1933 last won the day on July 11 2016

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  1. Guys, First off don't worry about the "Tron Guys" building the skates. Joe is still running Alkali and was always part of the development and creation of the original Alkali skates. He knows what he is doing. Also, he came to me for my opinions and thoughts on the skates, and I helped tweak the design, colors, fit, etc. As for the Nylon vs purlyn argument, the new skates that were launched have plenty of stiffness and durability from my experience.
  2. Low end skate based on the chassis and cheap lining material. Also, you can put an 80 on the back. That is why we sued bauer for trying to get around the patent.
  3. hey. do you think the RPD team+ and the RPE visium+ are pretty equal in quality? i want the visium+ but i'm definitely not a size E.

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      Justin 1933

      Nope, The Visium is much better skate.  The Visium is closer to Shift skate.

  4. Amazing how much the Peak Speed skates looked like Alkali skates with a color change.
  5. From a manufacturer side it is really quite easy to explain why you see multiple lines of products. More product lines = More sales (not always true, but most of the time it is true). The big guys don't want a small guy filling a niche and taking sales away from them. A companies main objective is to maximize profits, so we need to look at the how product is manufactured and sold. Most products have a two year life cycle: Year 1 - Product family X launches (think Vapor) Year 2 - Product X in its 2nd year sees sales numbers drop. What is a manufacturer suppose to do? Launch a new "different" product family. Sell the consume on different fit, styling, etc. Now you have Product Family Y launch (think Supreme Launch). Sales of Family Y go up and support the decline in sales of Family X. Year 3 0 - New Product family X launches. And so on and so on This is a very simplified explanation, but it is how most companies think. In the end, it is all about maximizing profits. This is why you see so much product out there. Everyone is trying to take business away from their competitors. Hockey is a very small industry and every dollar counts.
  6. A sad point that is also being lost is the amount of money owed to smaller vendors. Companies that are really going to hurt by the loss of business/payments still owed.
  7. Graf and Alkali were made at the same factory. I never skated the 707, but as you will read, the vast majority of people that try Alkali love them.
  8. Alkali gloves fit like a traditional roll glove. They are a little snug on the backhand, but that varies depending on the thickness of a player's hand. I personally played with the back hand pad flipped out.
  9. I think you may fit just fine in the 6.5 personally. I am 10 shoe and wear an Alkali 8.5. Most people with a shoe size below 10, go down 1.5 sizes in the sizing I have done.
  10. You have to remember that most people do not buy High End skates. The majority of inline skates sales is below $199. When we built the RPE line, it was not a replacement for the RPD line, but an additional line that would fit in certain price points we didn't offer. Many players we talked to said the Magnesium chassis was not really worth the extra cost (and believe me it cost dramatically more than regular aluminum). Based on that feedback, we decided to offer a high end boot at a better price. Sales were actually up significantly last year and from what I have heard and picking back up again (post-sale).
  11. Correct. The Movement chassis is currently not being sold. Labeda sells an aftermarket chassis if you are looking for something similar.
  12. The Zenith, Visium, and Rival are all built in the wider fit. The new skates come in different price points, to fit areas Alkali was missing. For example, the Zenith is the perfect skate for the person who doesn't care about a Mag chassis. The Visium will have Purlyn at a lower price than the Shift +.
  13. The Zenith is built on a wider last and has a larger toe box. Same internals as a RPD Max+
  14. It is. I believe the skates have already shipped to the warehouse. Should be out shortly.
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