Monday, June 21, 2010

The Heartless

Not a fan.

I'm a pretty sturdy girl and consider myself pretty agile. I could not skate on these wheels. I tried the green (90) and black (88) combo, which should be pretty grippy considering I usually skate on all 93s, but after an hour of practice I could barely stay upright. I crossed over, I slid. Someone hit me, I fell down. Not a good feeling!
Another teammate tried these wheels and face planted while trying to cross over. Three other girls skated most of a season in them, all but one went back to normal narrow or wide width wheels after these wore out.
I do know girls that love the crap out of these wheels, so borrow a set and try them out if you are interested, but I've never had this much trouble with a set of wheels before, so I'd definitely try them before you buy them.

The Ultimate Ultimate Slippery Combo

So I love me some Sugars and Trackers (see previous posts). And I love me some Atom wheels. So when Atom came out with the Poison, which is it's version of the Sugar, I of course "had" to have them. I bought them just in time for a tournament on slippery cement and did not wear them at all prior to skating the first bout. As usual with Atom wheels, no break in time. And unlike the Sugars, which still had some minimal sliding when taking corners at high speeds, I didn't slide at all with the Poisons. I did get some minor shin splits while warming up due to the insane amount of grip, but I adjusted to it after a few laps and had no issues during the actual bout. I've skated on these in two slippery venues and had great results.


For slippery sport court, I still think Grods and Sugars work the best. The Poisons were a little slow on this surface for me. Both Sugars and Poisons are great pushers if you have crappy wheels on the outside and can only afford 4 new wheels.

BZerk wheels, Shock Doctor Hockey Insoles

So, for those of you that don't know me, I have special needs feet. They are flat, wide in the toe, narrow in the heel, and attached to very damaged ankles. I am on my 5th pair of skates and have tried every insole known to woman, including custom orthodics. Every single one of them gave me horrible foot cramps, so I've been skating on nothing.
I'd been doing some research on insoles, and noticed that a lot of derby peeps on various forums were singing the praises of the Shock Doctor Hockey Insoles, so naturally, I bought some. I figured that insoles designed to support your feet during the rigors of skating would be better than one designed for just walking or running in a straight line.
I WAS RIGHT!!!! Wheeeeee!!!!!! Finally! Not only did I not have to take them out after 5 minutes, but I was able to wear them straight through a 2 hour endurance practice. Holy shit, Batman.

Also new in the world of Servix are the new BZerk wheels, specifically the Madman (91A) and the Psycho (88A). I wore the Psychos on the inside (left side) of each skate as pushers. I think these wheels are ment to be the equivalent of the Atom line of wheels with the Psycho being like the Stinger, the Madman being like the Tracker, the Schitzo (hee hee) being like the D-Rod, and the Lunatic being like the Fusion. The wheels are hollow core (like the above-mentioned Atom wheels), had little to no break in time (also like Atom wheels), and were much more grippy than comparable durometers from Radar and Sure Grip. I was definitely able to dig in on the corners without feeling like I was skating through mud (the unfortunate side effect of some grippy wheels). They are priced about the same as Atom wheels too. Over all, LOVED THEM. The funky colors and names are a nice bonus :).