The meaning of "EASTON" this word is: "Quality" and "Durable," ....well...also "High Price." But they mark the price with a equal promise. A promise that you will not regret for the money you spend.
I got this one and went to local ice rink pro shop to bake the boot and sharp the blade. I am using this one for ice skating training purpose, 1~2 times a week.
In my experience, this boot is "REALLY" light. No kidding, REALLY LIGHT. It is as light as you are holding about 20~30 pieces of A4 size papers. It feels even a little bit lighter than Reebok 20K, and just about the same as Bauer APX and Total One NXG.
To brake down:
1. Out Look: The outer look of the boot is the same level as CCM Crazy Light and Bauer Total One, no exaggerate features, nice and clean. However, the feeling of the texture of the boot surprised me some what. It is not like all other brands using composite material, which gives a smooth and firm feeling. The texture of the EASTON RS is more like...rubber-like material. The boot is not cut resistant. It is strong enough to resist the abrasion and scratch from the ice, but when the blade hit the boot, it will chip off. I have fell several times during practicing and there are one long cut at the inner left boot and one chip off at the right heel part, BUT, I DO NOT have any abrasion or scratch marks on the boot.
For those who are comparing Reebok 20K and Easton RS, go ahead get this RS because when you have the 20K in hand, you will feel like holding a toy with paints on it, literally.
2. Supportive: Not sure how many people is concerning on this. This is TOP LINE, definitely gives proper support. I have not skated a lower level ice hockey skate, only checked them with hand, they are still giving proper stiffness, so no worry about the stiffness of the Easton RS, it has what it should have. I am 264 pounds plumpy man, and this boot gives proper support that I need, just remember to tight your lace properly. (P.S. This RS may be a little bit softer than the Reebok 20K and CCM Crazy Light, only the feeling by hand, not actual skating experience.)
3. Sweat whipping and ventilation: Well, it is made in China (correct me if I got it wrong), so there may be some imperfect. I actually took out the insole and checked the sole venting hole. It is by make 2 holes on the sole to crate the "SOLE VENTING SYSTEM." Those 2 hole are properly cut, but not really well done....so, I am not sure how it really work. All I can tell you is that after skating 90 minutes of each time, my socks are always dry as I just put on my feet. No taking off the skate during the 90 minutes of skating skill training.
4. The Supernatural Fit System insole: You really need to try this. This is the best insole design. Though I want to recommend getting Shock Doctor Skate Insole to replace any manufacture insoles, but for the customizable arch type, it has special benefit over the shock doctor's insoles. I love it just as much as I like Shock Doctor's products.
5. Runner and holder: Well, not much to say as I only experienced Reebok holder and runner. I believe no matter what kind of holder and runner they give you, the most important is how the blade is sharpened and depth of the blade. Only when the blade is properly sharpened to your style, then it can be called a good blade. Being light is just light, does not mean it can slide on the ice well. So, select the person who does the sharpening work deliberately.
I have a customized ice skate, Mission Wicked 1 boot with Reebok holder and runner. The first store that did the sharpening only made it "OK," but the second store that did the sharpening made this skate "EXCELLENT."
6. Sizing: I have thick and wide feet. The length of my feet is street shoes size 10 BUT the width f my feet needs size 10.5. I went to a local store for sizing and they figured that I need size 9 EEE on Bauer NEXUS line. There is no manufacture even make EEE size. When put on size 9 EE, length is OK but a little bit tight on the width; when put on size 9.5 EE, the width is OK but the length is a little too long.
Easton did a great job on this RS skate material usage. My 9.0 EE skate fits my feet properly after baking. So, for those who have thick and wide feet, no worry, this Easton Stealth RS can fit your feet properly after you bake it.
7. I only give 4 stars to the "comfort" is because the tendon guard of my left skate scratches my skin when I practice backward skating in clockwise circulation.
After baking to fit your feet, you may find some glued parts kind of expended and shows the empty space, but the overall quality of the whole skate is still in excellent condition
Over all, I do recommend people to buy this skate, for any level skaters.