Reebok 9K Hockey Skate
Hockey Skate Average Rating: 2 Reviews
Reebok 9K Rating:
Reebok made a big splash with its entry into Hockey after acquiring CCM. This skate incorporates CCM's years of skate technology with the best of Reebok's fit and comfort experience.
The skate is too stiff for the casual skater. But for those looking for a better fitting, more comfortable, high-end skate without sacrificing performance... the 9K is perfect.
Things I like about the skate include:
Durability- Its been through 100 hrs of hockey and is in good shape.
Weight- Uses all the latest materials to reduce weight.
Fit- If CCM products fit you well, this is a gem. The addition of the pump really locks your ankles into the skate.
The only thing I would nit-pick about the skate are the shiny graphics and neon green pump. Reebok can do better, but personally I don't buy skates based on looks.
Reebok 9K Rating:
I have really enjoyed the Reebok 9K hockey skate. Its amazing to me that the skate is not more popular than it is. The Reebok 9K is a light, stiff high performance hockey skate that provides a better custom fit than any other high-end skate on the market. The key to the skates great fit is the pump system. There is a push/pump on the outside of the skate, as the skater pushes/pumps the button an air bladder fills in around the skate comfortably locking the skaters heel in place and providing a proper amount of forward lean. There is a simple to use air release valve to deflate the bladder. Its really that easy to use. Beyond the pump system the skate is essentially a CCM Vector V10 (Reebok now owns CCM), so you are getting the best of both worlds. A top of the line CCM skate and a pump system for a custom fit.
More recently, I have been extremely impressed with Reebok's customer service. After 1 year in the Reebok 9k, the air bladder seemed to stop holding air in my left skate. I asked my local shop if they had heard of this happening with other customers and they had not. I then checked online and called several other shops to determine if there was a quality issue with the pump system. After a fair amount of research, I could not find another instance of a pump system that was not holding air. I then called Reebok's customer support team and they were very concerned. They immediately provided a return authorization code and advised me to send the skate back. They then advised that if they could verify the issue, they would send me a brand new pair of skates immediately. It cost me a total of $6.15 to ship the skates to Reebok and 1 week later I had a brand new pair of Reebok 9K Hockey skates. Clearly the folks at Reebok believe in this product and so do I.