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10 Point Professional Skate Inspection Process

(custom built skates only)

1) Boot condition - Inspected for stitching and construction inconsistencies

2) Plate - Condition, alignment and symmetry. This process is to ensure plates will fit the trucks supporting the wheels. A crucial element to ensure the overall strength of skate.

3) Axle condition and stress test - This ensures the bearings supported by the axles do not encounter friction and roll well.

4) Cushions/Bushings - Overall Rubber consistency. This is a crucial component which effects the skater's ability to turn and maneuver the skates effectively.

5) Wheels - Urethane consistency and roll test.

6) Bearings - Roll and speed test with wheels attached. This determines how well your wheel will roll and how much effort you have to put into a push in order to make your skate roll. For experienced skaters looking for speed, you want the least amount of effort in your push in order to obtain the maximum amount of roll

7) Lock Nuts - Tightening of lock nuts without over-tightening. It is a fine balance when tightening a lock nut as over-tightening results in the wheels not spinning and requires extra effort on the skater's part to move.

8) Toe Stop Aesthetics - Rubber consistency and overall aesthetics of the skate. This aesthetics part of the inspection process ensures the toe stop matches the wheels, laces, boots and/or other specifications requested by the customer.

9) Laces - Overall length and stress test for durability.

10) Soles - Overall symmetry of the sole. The sole has to be even to accommodate the plate. This will determine if the skate can be mounted with precision to ensure the skater does not injure themselves due to improper mounting.