Hi, welcome to the Daily Spin. I’m Steve, the owner of inlineskates.com, and joining us today is the skate expert from K2, Mike Powell. Thanks for joining us, Mike.
Thanks for having me.
We’ve got a very exciting skate in front of us for women. This is the K2 Alexis Boa. So, there’s a regular Alexis model but this is the Boa model and personally I think the Boa is the greatest creature comfort built into skates ever and you guys are the only ones that have it at K2, right?
That is correct.
So, tell us about the Boa. Show us how this works. All right, well the Boa closure system is a quite amazing system and I’ll show you it’s a very easy system to work. I’m going to disengage the other closure system to show you how Boa works. So, you’re going to see that I pop open the Boa there, I just pull it open, and then to get out of a skate or to get in, all you do is pull. It is that simple. And then to get into your skate, you can imagine my foot in the skate right now…
Not yours, ’cause that’s women’s skate.
Yeah, I could probably wear it. I’m kind of…you know…
Let’s not go into that now.
So, we push this shut right here. The Boa closure. And then you twist the dial. What this does is it pulls this nylon lace all the way up through and winds it up so you get a smooth even fit throughout the whole skate. It’s pulling from the bottom and there isn’t a better closure system really in any kind of footwear, especially inline skates.
I have the Boa system on my snowboard boots and I just love it.
K2 Boots? Yeah.
Okay, great. Good answer.
All right, so it’s got a couple other things on the closure system as well.
Yes, so we’ve got this Powerstrap here that’s going to put your heel in that heel pocket which is super important and, get this dialed in right, then you’ve got your ratcheting buckle here and what this does, it engages that cuff, you get it tight up here and you get all the support that you need to really have fun and skate.
The key to a really good performance skate is a skate that has a tight, snug fit so there’s no looseness or loss of power.
That’s exactly correct. You don’t want be sloppy in your skate at all.
So, speaking of loss of power, we’ve got an aluminum frame on that skate. That’s also a feature that helps you to keep the power transferred directly all the way to wheels, correct?
That’s correct. When you get an aluminum frame, especially this one, it’s a medium length aluminum frame, it’s really going to take the power that you put into your skate put it directly to road. You can imagine, you know, if it’s plastic, it you know, there’s a little bit of flex there. With aluminum, you’re not getting that flex. It’s very rigid. You wouldn’t want to make an airplane out of plastic.
No, no, you wouldn’t.
Exactly so that’s why you use aluminum.
Okay, so, were you going to say more about the frame? Well I was just going to say that it also is super stable at speed because the aluminum is very rigid as well. Right. So, wheels and bearings are a significant upgrade over the model below this, correct?
Yes. So, you get an 84mm wheel straight across so a straight 84 on the skate. And you also get the ILQ 7 Bearing and Twin Cam is manufactured bearing specifically for inline skating and K2 uses them on our high end skate which you’re seeing right here and it’s got 6 balls instead of 5 and just the tolerances are a little bit tighter and it’s been designed for inline skates.
So, ILQ 7 Bearings are going to be a lot smoother. It’s not just for speed, it’s also about smoothness, being able to get up the hill. It doesn’t just mean that a person necessarily wants or needs to go any faster on this skate.
No, you’re exactly correct.
Now, why is a bigger wheel better than a smaller wheel?
Well, it’s going to suck up a lot of just the cracks and roll over the cracks on the road a little bit easier.
More rubber between you and the road.
Yeah, so it’s a little bit smoother. You’re also just going to get higher speeds because it is a bigger wheel so you are going to generate…
One roll of the wheel will get you further so just a little while to get up to speed but once you are, it’ll hold that higher speed better and allow you to kind of continue that performance.
Okay. Have we missed anything on this skate? Well, you know one thing that we’re doing that we’ve done since 2000 is we’ve worked wit the BCRF- The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. We’ve given them over 2 million dollars toward…yeah, you can really see the pink ribbon here. It’s something we really believe in and, you know, a percentage of all K2 sales go to that and 2 million since 2000 is something we’re really proud of.
That’s a lot of money. All right, so describe the perfect customer for this skate.
This is the high end fitness skater. Someone who is using fitness as part of their daily workout. It’s also for a skater, I mean, it could be for the new skater who wants the best. Some people want the best. No reason a new skater couldn’t be able to handle this skate.
It’s like the Cadillac of skates. Yeah, you know, it’s an 84mm wheel. I think a new skater can handle that and it’s for those who want the best or the high end fitness skater who is using fitness as a training tool.
Okay, great. So there you have it – the K2 Alexis with the Boa feature on it. And, thanks for joining us, Mike.
Hey, thanks for having me.
I appreciate all the great information and thanks for joining us on this addition of the Daily Spin.