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Ditching xsjados, need advice: valo v13/roces m12 or usd aeon or them skates?

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    Ditching xsjados, need advice: valo v13/roces m12 or usd aeon or them skates?

    Back to blading after almost 15 years away. Firstly got some usd thrones, but hated them for being too stiff and heavy. Been skating some Xsjado Avants with mook frames for last 2 years. I love the overall comfy feeling of them, but started hating the skates for being too bulky, though the souls are great. Been inspired recently by Bobi Spassov and Kelso bros, who all skate valo v13. So the question is: what skates should I get? V13, new M12 or aeon 60 or them skates? Not doing big gaps, just some simple grinds and mini-ramp moves, looking for the lightness, control and flexibility. Any feedback is absolutely welcome.

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    Do you have a wide foot or a narrow foot? v13/m12 is a narrow skate. Do you think xsjado made you reliant on big soles and skating freestyle?
    Yours truly,

    Metric F. Tonne

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      #3
      What size do you wear? Large Xsjados are tanks, I started mixing different sized parts together and ended up with something I liked.


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        #4
        I skated Xsjados for ages, got sick of parts breaking every session on the newer Powerslide versions. Been on a few different skates since but finally adjusted to V13's. Some people find the smaller souls a problem but I actually prefer them now. Get V13 or the new M12's.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Metric F. Tonne View Post
          Do you have a wide foot or a narrow foot? v13/m12 is a narrow skate. Do you think xsjado made you reliant on big soles and skating freestyle?
          Thanks for response. I got narrow foot. Actually I love those big soles, saved me several times. In my experience freestyle frames are tricky, as you need to break them in quite hard to make a deep groove. Brand new Kizer type-x or mooks are very slippery and offer no control. Last year I bought Avant to replace my old xsjado 1.0, but still use the older frame.



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            #6
            Originally posted by DnEhThEnD View Post
            What size do you wear? Large Xsjados are tanks, I started mixing different sized parts together and ended up with something I liked.
            Thanks. I wear EU 42. I use M xsjado shell. Large sizes are too big, true.

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              #7
              Originally posted by DesignatedRolla View Post
              I skated Xsjados for ages, got sick of parts breaking every session on the newer Powerslide versions. Been on a few different skates since but finally adjusted to V13's. Some people find the smaller souls a problem but I actually prefer them now. Get V13 or the new M12's.
              I see a lot complaints about xsjado parts braking. I got none of those issues, though I smashed them many times. I got 2 pairs: ancient 1.0, bought them heavily used and white avant II, got them in mint condition, no problems.
              As for V13 I read that different colors have different flex, like whites are softer and blacks are harder. Is this relevant?
              Thank you.

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                #8
                I think if you are back to blading after a long time you might enjoy the simplicity of a skate like the M12 (whites are supposed have good support) and lots of people are enjoying the THEM skates. Likewise, Shifts, Sebas...they are all good as well. The fit is the main thing.

                I'd buy new skates and I'd also recommend skating flat with appropriate frames (maybe something like the Mega with 62mm wheels - easy to grind in, great for the roll)

                Basically - you aren't going to be hitting the tech grinds and huge gaps you used to most likely. So shift your focus to enjoying the skating itself - cruising parks and hitting simple stuff with speed and comfort is going to be really fun while you get back into it. Flat is going to feel really fast and smooth and you have a great opportunity to reconnect with skating rather than just grinding.

                Just my thoughts anyway.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by dimadima View Post

                  Thanks for response. I got narrow foot. Actually I love those big soles, saved me several times. In my experience freestyle frames are tricky, as you need to break them in quite hard to make a deep groove. Brand new Kizer type-x or mooks are very slippery and offer no control. Last year I bought Avant to replace my old xsjado 1.0, but still use the older frame.


                  The Aeons are a generally great skate, and will probably grind most similarly to Xsjados. They also come with a great flat frame; but if your foot is narrow enough for M12's and you're looking to save a few bucks get those.
                  Last edited by Metric F. Tonne; 27.07.2018, 17:48.
                  Yours truly,

                  Metric F. Tonne

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