This Summer, I decided it was time to toss my beaten old skates, and treat myself to a brand new pair of skates. Now, when I buy skates, it can’t just be a spontaneous act, I do my research. I noticed a lot of people I knew were getting Remedyz so I instantly thought to look into them. I was deciding on frames and wheels also, and decided on Kizer Gonzo Fluid frames, and Mindgame (56mm 90a.)
As I was browsing around Amazon Skate Shop in downtown Chicago, I found the Remz 06 two’s. I had to have them. First, I want to talk about the remz cuff, because it seems that’s the first thing everyone looks at on Remz. The level of customization is incredible! You ride them v-cut, regular, no cuff, a buckle, a Velcro strap, and any number of different combinations. Since I haven’t tried it all, I can’t really give a detailed review of the cuffs, but I ride them v-cut, with a buckle, as tight as it goes and I love it! You still get a lot of support from the plastic buckle, and get the flex you want from the v-cut. I heard rumors prior to v-cutting my Remz that the v-cut allows you to jump higherÃ¢Â?Â¦ it does. I noticed immediately a difference. I got an inch or two added to my vertical because of the way it allows my ankle to move. On a scale of 1-10, I give the Remz cuff a
Next, the soul system was very intriguing to me, because it seemed so simple, but rode so nicely. My first impression after lacing a few simple tricks was amazing. Royales were so simple I couldn’t stand it! The backslide plate has a perfect pre-groove which requires VERY little break in time, which was my favorite part. Soul tricks were also very smooth. I really like the souls, because the slide like butter, and aren’t ridiculously huge so the skates didn’t feel bulky of clunky, but weren’t so small, that locking would give me trouble. They lock in nicely, that’s that. Another really cool thing about the souls is the heel plate is slightly angled so they lock onto rails AMAZINGLY! As opposed to having to get really on top of the rail to balance, you can simply jump onto it like a ledge, and balance just as good, if not better. I give the Remz souls a 9 out of 10 overall.
Now, let’s talk skin. Remz developed a cool idea on a hybrid hard/soft boot concept. On the side of the skates, there is a large plastic plate, where a lot of the wear and tear goes on during the life of a skate; the plate protects the skate from harm. To satisfy all parties, Remz put a skin on the rest of the boot for comfort and good looks. It lasts pretty well, no major rips yet, and they have two layers, just in case. One of the coolest parts of the skin on my 0602’s in my opinion is the Velcro straps that go over the laces. It protects the laces from being ripped, and gives you the ability to skate without laces as well, and customize your tightness with ease. The designers at Remz also created “holes” in the skin where you can easily access the cuff for buckling up your skates, and customizing the cuff, without wasted effort. Overall, I give the Remz skin 10 out of 10.
When I got Remz, the first thing I did was take out the stock liner, not because I didn’t like it, but I’m in love with my liners. The Jug liners are very soft, and supple, so they mold to your foot pretty quickly, which is a characteristic that is very important to me in a liner. The liners are pretty well built, they don’t tear much. They are very solid. A cool feature is the pull strings, so you can make your liners tighter or looser, not just your skate overall. I have been trying to go down in skate size, so I can maneuver with a little more ease, and liners stepped up to the plate. They put a neoprene toe on the Jug Murda 2 liners, so I can fit into a smaller size liner, and have them stretch to fit the size of my foot. For reference, I’m rocking size 9 Nike Air Force Twos, and size 8 Murda liners, and they feel GREAT. On the very back of the liner, on the inside, they put a strip of a silky material, so when you are breaking in your liners, massive blisters aren’t going to haunt you. I give my Jugs 9 out of 10.
Onto the frames; I have had my Kizer for about a month now and they are sweet. I choose to ride Euro (3 wheels down, 1 anti-rocker) and the frames work really well. The h-block is huge! The total grinding surface is around 3-4 fingers wide, so I never get caught up on groove tricks. Something that surprised me was the groove matched up perfectly to my Remz, so there was no unbalance at all, which was generally a problem when riding Euro. The frames slide really fast on even the roughest ledges, and most rusted rails. They are built solid, and sturdy, so I think they will last me a WHILE. My only complaint is the frames walls have no sliders, so souls are somewhat slower, but no big deal. 8 out of 10.
Next on the Agenda are wheels. I am riding the Mindgame and loving it. They are a nice size at 56mm, so they ride smooth and fast, and last long too, but also are small enough so I don’t catch on groove tricks too much, but sometimes. They are 90a, so on cess slides, they don’t catch-up too easily, and when I do occasionally catch on grinds, they slide a bit. All in all they are good, solid wheels. 8 out of 10.
After all is said and done, these skates are amazing, and I seriously suggest purchasing a pair. Support rolling to the fullest, and never forget to have fun!