As I'd semi-intended to after last week's renewal of hatred
towards my current in-line skates, we popped into Skates on Haight yesterday while
we were in San Francisco, and I acquired a pair of Rollerblade
The store was pretty nice. Small, but no other customers, so I got pretty
good customer service. I have to wonder if I did the same level of
due-diligence before purchasing as I did last time: I bought the first pair
they recommended and I tried on.
That said, they have a nicer closure system than the Bauers I had
previously. They've got a ratchet-style strap at the top, a bit like some
snowboard boots, and they've sort of got laces. They have some thin "string"
and an interesting bit at the back that you grab and yank on to tighten the
string, and there's a separate release catch to loosen it. A bit hard to
I've done a few test runs around the apartment complex today while I waited
for the washing, and so far they seem not too bad. My biggest problem is
I've got wide feet, so I have to find the happy medium between having the
laces tight enough to have good ankle support, and not being too tight as to
squish my feet.
If the weather is good tomorrow and I can drag my arse out of bed at a
reasonable time, I'll try skating to work.