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Easton Stealth 85S Ice Skate

Coming in just below the Stealth RSs, are the Stealth 85S Ice Skates by Easton. Being that they could easily be mistaken as a twin - not an evil one mind you - the Easton 85Ss combine many of the same high quality features as its older sibling, but bring their own game to the table.Equipped with Molded Thermoformable Quarter Package, a mouth full we know, this simply means the boot is anatomically molded to start and can be baked to further form the boot to your ankles anatomy. In doing so, this lessens the negative space between your foot and the boot, ultimately decreasing the break in period and helping to prevent blisters.As we said the 85Ss bring their own game to the table, lightweight injected componentry makes this possible. These skates are lighter than some competitors, giving you the competitive edge in the speed department. Along with being lightweight, the boot holds stiff providing sufficient ankle support. This aids you during quick stops, cutting and cornering, giving you the upper hand on breakaways or quickly digging out of a corner.Adding to speed, the 85S immediately gives you a quick connection to the ice with low-profile outsoles featuring Dry Flow. Not only does this outsole let the boot flex slightly with your foot, it also lets you feel every stride, corner, and cut straight from the ice to your feet. Dry Flow in the outsole is constantly working to keep your feet dry within the boot, ultimately keeping your foot in place rather than sliding within the boot because of moisture.Speaking of moisture, we all know back to back game days can be your worst nightmare when your skates dont dry quick enough. To take care of that Easton has equipped the 85Ss with a quick drying moisture management lining. This lining is specially designed to dry skates faster, which in the end gives you fresh skates to step into before game time and reduces the risk of blisters.On the topic of comfort, Easton designed an anatomical tongue with integrated lace bite protection that fits snug against the front of your ankle protecting you from shots, slashes, and the ever annoying lace bite.Identical to the RSs, rounding out the 85Ss are the Razor Bladz II Holders, designed with optimal height on the heel helping you stay power stance ready, on top of Eastons aggressive Elite Runners.Like a younger brother the Stealth 85Ss follow in the footsteps of the RS, just at a more affordable price.
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Location: Kansas City
Skill Level: Intermediate
Frequency: 2-5 times per week
Gender: male
Interest: Ice Hockey
Best Description: Player
A good value when on sale
Pros: Great value, Quality, Features, strong quality material
Cons: Expensive
The Easton Stealth 85s is my second pair of hockey skates. The only other pair I've owned has been the Bauer Vapor X3.0, which is a lower end skate, but has been a great skate for me. I was looking for something with more protection for my ankle and forefoot after taking a number of shots to my feet. After seeing the Easton Stealth line on sale, I decided to go with the 85s because of the tongue protection and the stiff, protective boot. I play adult rec league once or twice a week, and I help coach my kids' teams so I'm on the ice 2-5 hours per week, but I'm not a high-performance player.
The padding of the boot is great. It felt great as soon as I put it on, but after sharpening and a first skate, I couldn't make it more than 45 minutes before the pain on the outsides of my feet became unbearable. I had the skates baked and it helped some, but not enough.
I ended up having one of the boots punched out some and that helped even more. I've skated on them about 8-9 hours now and they're getting better every time. I don't have wide feet and I never had this problem with the Bauer Vapor skates, but each skate is different and this skate must run a little more narrow. I am probably going to bake the skates a second time to try to form them to my foot a little more.
I got the skates because the Bauer X3.0's didn't offer enough protection from shots in the boot and tongue, but after playing earlier this week and taking one shot on the inside of the ankle, and one on the tongue, I was SO glad I bought these skates. The boot is stiff and protective and the guard on the tongue does it's job.
As far as performance goes, this skate isn't as 'fast' as my Vapors. The runner is flatter and makes more contact with the ice, so there's a little more friction there. The increase in boot stiffness helps to counter act that though because I really feel the ice under my feet and feel very in control of my turns and skating. I may put the holders from my vapor skates on the Eastons to get the performance of the vapors with the stiffness and protection of the Eastons.
In summary, the boot is stiff and offers good protection from shots. It's more narrow than the Bauer Vapor skates, and it's not as "fast" as the Vapor skates. I think this skate is a great value if you get it on sale. For $200, I think it's great. I wouldn't be as happy if I had paid full price. I would recommend these skates to a friend if they have narrow feet and get them on sale.
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