My skates are starting to break down so like Cinderella (the fairy tale princess, not the poster), I've been going around trying on various brands of skates. Needless to say, I really loved the Risports I tried on. Now here's the problem, there's only one pair in stock that happened to fit me, yet there is trouble with trade with Italy b/c the dollar is so weak. I still have some wear in my SP Teris and I think they look better than the Risports (love the SP Teri toe box), but the Risports are so much lighter.
I really want a beige pair of Risports and a higher end of skate than the boot I tried on. I notice that there were European sites that were selling Risports (in beige) and I was curious if anyone here has ever had any dealing with a foreign site in terms of shipping, currency exchange etc (doesn't have to involve skates).
However when I look at the rate, the skates are very expensive. Then I start considering that for $100 more, I could get custom Harlicks or Klingbeils. So if someone here has Harlicks, what is your experience with them and how heavy are they in comparison to SP Teri? Another question, the Harlick stock boots (The Competitor and High Test), do those boots have ankle padding? The display Harlick I saw was a hard shell and nothing else. However my friend has custom Harlicks and they are very well padded.