What do you get for the approx. $150 difference between the 8000 and the 7000 skate? Also in terms of boot stiffness is there a noticeable difference?
The 8000 will have a stiffer boot than the 7000. This is not to say that the 7000 does not have a stiff boot, as it does, but that it does not have the pro-level stiffness of the 8000. The liner on the 8000 is an upgraded Hydra Max with abrasion protection in high stress areas. The steel on the 8000 is the LS Fusion, which is a lighter blend of steel/aluminum. The 7000 uses the LS3 stainless runner. Overall, you'll see a slight weight difference, as the 8000 is lighter. But, both skates are great and able to perform at any level!
Date published: 2017-05-24