I'm in the market for new boots and I'm really interested in the new hinged boot Graf has out, the F4000. Can anyone give their opinion on them?
I blew through a pair of Edmonton Specials in 2 months, but continued wearing them for 6 months through a few rebuilds. It was the most comfortable boot I've ever tried (Wifa, Rose, SP Teri, Harlick, Reidell). The problem was that it never creased properly when I bent. It bowed outwards at the ankle notches - opening the boot, rather than creasing inwards and further hugging my ankle. The angle of the back of the boot was also a problem as it dug into my achillies tendon and I still have a painful lump from it 18 months later.
I was hoping that these new hinged boots would break in better and crease properly - it looked promising when I tried them on, but I can't really tell for sure. Also the back seems to be more vertical at the top rather than angled forward like the Edmonton special - so hopefully it won't cut in when I point my toes.
Does anyone know how they compare in stiffness to the Graf Edmonton Specials? I've been known to be tough on boots because of skating with deep knees and having high jumps. Any suggestions???
Thanks in advance for your help,