Pure Hockey says: The 12K is a great option for the player looking for a great skate at a better price. Sharing many of the same features of the higher model skates, the 12K is a great value. Featuring the Reebok Pump, which gives you a pro level, customized fit every time you lace up the skates. It eliminates negative space, as well as holds your foot in place better, surrounding your ankle and achilles. The quarter is comprised of Max Armour V, a sturdy, lightweight and durable material for support without adding weight.