Pros: Great value, Quality, great styling, excellent fitment
Cons: lace lock & scalloped blades are a gimmick
I did a lot of research and tried on several different brands and price points of skates before settling on the Reebok White K skate. Once I had the appropriate size and width on my foot it was immediately apparent that these were exceptionally comfortable skates even "pre-baked" I have always been a Bauer fan but the One.x, Nexus and Vapor lines left me unimpressed in the fitment department (pre-baked). Once my White K's were baked (free baking and sharpening when I purchased in-store) that, of course, took the fit of the skate to an even higher level. I really like the looks/styling of this skate which is another department a couple of the Bauer lines could really use some work on. I have skated twice in these now, once a leisurely hockey shoot around and the second last night in a team game. I play defense and the protection level in these skates is very good if you take a puck to the foot. Tracking and performance of the blades on these skates are excellent and overall the skate is very "balanced" for lack of a better word. However, there are a couple flaws in the design of this skate which I believe can be easily overcome. 1) In the exact location of the 'Lace-lock' system, there is a tremendous bite on your foot especially when playing in a full speed competitive game. 2) The scalloped blades concept should be scrapped. There is no way the small amount of weight removed from the blades could possibly enhance performance of this skate but it will certainly at some point be a weak point after taking hits from a puck. They are also a pain in the butt to dry out after use. Solutions: 1) For the Lace-lock bite point issue, I am going to first try the simplest solution which is to remove it. If that doesn't work I plan to get a pair of Bunga lace bite pads. 2) for the scalloped blades, I am going to run them as long as I can and see how they hold up. If I encounter the loose blade holder screw issue some people have reported in reviews I found I'll try some good thread locker or teflon tape. If the blades crack or break I will get the non scalloped blades as a replacement (was told this was available by Total Hockey store employee). In a perfect world these skates would have the Tuuk holders and Lightspeed 2 steel on them which is also something I'll consider putting on if there are issues with stock holders/steel. Overall, I think this skate is an excellent value especially considering the $250 price point. There isn't much out there that compares to the features, durability and performance at this price. If you like putting on a skate that feels like it was made to make your feet happy and comfortable, these are the ones to get. Great skates.
P.S. I know I didn't mention the pump feature but here is my assessment of that: It does make a difference and enhances the way the skate fits on your foot but I will more than likely rarely utilize it. The green looks good on the skate though so if it's merely a styling point, that works for me too.