I have new skates! Finally! After nearly five years on the same pair of Jackson Freestyles, it was getting to be that time, and partly as a pick-me-up (and partly because I just wanted to), I splurged on the fancy, popular (and expensive!) Edea Ice Flys, which I’d been thinking about for ages but wasn’t sure I was ready for.
My old pair have served me well, but I knew for the past several months that they would need to be replaced soon. The sensible part of my brain forced me to be patient and stick with my skates until they were truly done, because they still had life in them and I didn’t want to be wasteful. But the day finally came when, in a lesson, I landed a nice jump with a secure landing… and then just fell, apropos of nothing. My coach was surprised, because she said it was a nice jump and it looked like I was fine, and then suddenly I was down. I laughed that it must mean it was finally time to upgrade, because my skates just weren’t supporting me enough. I’ve been feeling wobbly at times, mostly when landing jumps, like I had to work extra hard after landing to stay in control, and I didn’t feel as secure as I wanted to. One of my goals is to increase power and get more jump speed and height, but I didn’t feel I could on my weak-ankled skates.
My Freestyles are my second pair of skates; I started on entry-level starter skates, the kind with plastic soles where you can’t change the blades. More than the boot, I hated those stock blades and was eager to get onto better ones, which is when I got into the Freestyles with the Coronation Ace blades. I liked that setup and felt it has been a good fit for the past five years (minus about six months of non-use), and I didn’t have any issues with fit, so it was definitely a consideration to stick with Jacksons. It would certainly be a cheaper option than the Edeas! But I’d had my eye on the Ice Fly, and given how long skates have lasted me, I didn’t want to wait another five years to try them out. I mentioned them as a possibility to my coach, who approved of them as a good choice.
I felt hesitant to make such a leap, because I know that they work for skaters with much more advanced skills than I have, and because they’re so trendy right now, I didn’t want to fall into the trap of choosing something that wasn’t the best choice for me just because it was popular. I knew it was more boot than I need, but it seemed that the consensus is that it’s fine for lower-level skaters, too. I’d heard so many things about how comfortable they are, and how light and easy to break in, and I’ve been seeing them on a lot of low-level adult skaters (Pre-Bronze or lower) who said they all loved the skate. So I felt more comfortable going with the choice, took myself off to the pro shop, and got myself fitted.
Will report back on how they do!
Eva @ Eva Bakes said:
Congrats on the new boots, Sarah! I went from Jackson Competitors (served me well for about 7-10 years) and also upgraded to Ice Fly boots. Are you still in your Coronation Aces? I loved mine and stuck with a similar profile (I am in MK Pros now). I did find out that with the Ice Fly boots, my blade size went down by 3/4″ so it was a crazy adjustment! Keep us posted on your progress in your new equipment.
Yep, I’m adjusting to the new blades — I stuck with Coronation Aces but they are about a half-inch shorter than my old blades. It’s definitely a change, but I think I’m going to like it. Will update when I’ve had more time in them!
That is so great! We have a number of skaters of different levels in their Edea–they all say good things about them. I don’t think it’s “more boot than you need”; it sounds like you will get good use out of them and will put them to the test! You just won’t be able to blame things on your boots (just kidding, I still blame everything I can on my equipment when I can get away with it!) Congrats!
You’re right, I’m getting used to the stiffness and I’m getting comfortable—it’s just that they were such an immediate difference that I worried! 🙂
Good luck with your new boots, Sarah! I’ll be getting some new boots later this year. And I’m adjusting to completely different blades right now.
Ooh, good luck with your new skates too! Funny how the smallest change can make big differences, isn’t it?
Juliette | Change of Edge said:
Hey! Long time no chat! I have just started skating again after a very long break and I am super happy to see your blog is still running and you are still skating! How exciting for your new skates – it’s always an exciting time although frustrating trying to get used to a new pair and how they feel. I remember when I switched from my heavy-AF Sp Teri boots to my much lighter Risport & shorter Coronation Ace blade. My body didn’t know what to do! Enjoy them though 🙂
Wow, good to hear you’re back skating—I saw that you returned to your blog too! Looks like you’re already getting back into the swing of things, and your elements are all there. Hope you keep posting more entries!