Rated 5 out of 5 by wbear Excellent Fit and Speed
My first pair of Easton's were the S15 when they first came out around 2007. I've been using those skates ever since because they fit very well, were light and fast. I suffered the same issues others had of the S15 that included: some cracking in the boot composite, peeling of the cloth over the shoe toes and other parts falling off, rivets popping out and the over stiff boot really hurting my ankles. I still loved them and continued to beat them into the ground, playing around 2-3 games a week year-round for the past 5-6 years now. My S15 skates are still functional but falling apart so was excited to hear about the new Mako's. Size: First thing I noticed is that they are very different on comparison is the way they fit. I wore a 7 1/2 EE which fit perfectly on my foot. The Mako's that fit best were the 7 1/2 D not the EE, the EE's were a little long by maybe a 1/4 inch past my toe and wider than I needed by comparison. Boot: the new boot is just amazing. By comparison, my S15 (and other skates# are more like a light basketball high top sneaker, it's heel lock was amazing. The Mako design has the composite material much closer fitting to your foot #imagine the composite like 1/2 inch away from all surfaces# and the boot terminates slightly lower than other boots. There's a claylike liner that turns to goo in the oven and molds to your feet making them completely form fitted. Extremely comfortable and snug. The custom mold make the boot feel more connected and responsive to your feet movements on the ice. The fit like a glove. I did notice that the arches are high for me and a little uncomfortable at first. I don't notice it after about 20 minutes of skating. I can still feel the skate snug to my arch and don't think this is a bad thing since the boot feels more attached. Pitch: in the store I immediately noticed that the heel was higher. Comparing them to my S15s I could see that the front was the same height, but the heel was pitched about 1/4 inch higher. It's like adding a little heel to your shoe. Blade: the Mako has a newly designed tower, by comparison to the S15, the blades are slightly longer too. Maybe a little under a cm to the front and back. Performance: Outside of playing hockey, I still spend time honing and improving my skating technique in open skates and stick-n-pucks. The redesign adds some interesting advantages. Tight turning and stopping #on the outside foot# is easier. I believe this is because of the lower heel and aggressive pitch allows you to "dig in" deeper than before. Another is speed. From skating on my S15s for so long, I could always tell on the ice where I was and how fast I was moving without needing to look #especially since I skate defense and backwards a lot.# I could see with the Mako's I was travelling much farther faster than before. For example, when skating backwards from the blue line, I would pivot and be surprised to find the wall closer and moving faster towards me than before. I noticed in an open skate, I was also moving faster at higher speeds that were almost uncomfortable to control than I had experienced before. Even then, I'm excited to know I'm already moving much faster! I think part of this is because of the longer blade on the ice, the pitch which makes you lean forward more and the snug fit which allows for more energy transfer through the boot to the blade. The longer blade length#?# also seems to allow you to do a full extension and last final "flick" much easier for both the pushing foot in the normal stride and the undercutting foot during a crossover/under. As a defender, I did have to also change a little on my backward skating but it didn't take too long to adjust. I also noticed that my inside foot on the power stops is a little more difficult than before too. I think this is due to the changed pitch and slightly longer blade. Overall, most skating maneuvers are noticeably easier, sharper, faster and more responsive than before especially executing a tight turn. I did need to undo the top eyelet so I could fully flex my foot forward #I'd undo the top 2 in my S15s.# The boot is adequately stiff in all the right places. The external components are much more durable looking than the S15s, I hear the rivets are better now too. The new tendon guard lets you extend your foot further forward than before since they flex backwards away from the ankle, giving your foot a little more freedom too. The snug fit makes the skates a lot more responsive. Gripping the ice is easier than before, so starts and stops are easier too.The best feeling after a couple of hours is that my feet feel great! This boot is extremely comfortable and I don't seem to have the usual annoying ankle aches and pains anymore! The price is a little steep and was a little bit of a concern initially, but I already feel they are totally worth it now.
August 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bluescorer Glove like fit
First new pair of skates in 20 years. I had waited due to reports from others that new composite skates were difficult and painful to break in. They were difficult to get used to. I tried on all the skates in the store and the Mako fit the best. Now after several sheets I can say I AM glad that I waited and got these Makos. No pain, no blisters and fit even better than my old Tacks. Much lighter of course and may even add some agility and speed to this old hockey players kit.
August 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by deed20 Very comfortable skate
The Mako skate is very comfortable, light weight, strong boot construction and fits to your foot. The only down fall on this skate I could tell was the tendon guard (rubbed a very large hot spot on my calf) and the material in the boot was "slick" like, my foot felt like it was slipping in the boot a lot once I started to sweat!
August 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 Awesome skate
I work at a hockey shop and bought these because of the forward pitch, and I got so much more. love the feel, weight, and the comfort liner. No other skate has been so perfect for me. Easton got it right. Only negative is some rub from the ankle seam.
August 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Scott Odd but True
I've been in the market for new skates ever since CCM dropped the idea of the RBZ. I've skated on everything from Bauer Nexus to a Reebok 20k, which is my my current skate. Nothing will feel better once you hit the ice. Yes it has an odd design and it does have a problem area around the Achilles where it likes to push on it, but a simple bake gets rid of that feeling. Never before have I felt I could glide around the ice before in my life. I'm a 5' 10" 235 pound short fat guy who felt like he was 6' 2" 170. If you can get passed the goofy silver heel and the bright orange and at least bake the things on your feet you'll find out what everyone is talking about with the feel of this skate.
August 22, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Ollie43 Awkward pitch and weight
The skates felt sloppy and awkward on my foot. The pitch angle put me too far forward and made me feel sluggish. However; the comfort was very good and the concept is a good idea, but it needs more work.
August 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by legitzachlevitt2point0 Best skates ever!!!!
These bad boys immediately improved my speed and edge work. they are the best skates that I have ever had.
The Mako skates are simply the best!
August 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by MurrayBrothers Different than all the rest
I recently purchased two pairs of Mako skates for my sons, ages 10 & 13. In their first time on the ice with the Makos, both boys skated as if they had been wearing them for months and actually had increased agility and speed, which is remarkable for their first time on the ice with them. My past experience with my sons' breaking in other makes of skates has usually come with complaints of sore feet, lack of agility, performance, etc. So far, everything the Mako skate has been advertised to do has been 100% accurate.
August 4, 2013