For our first blog post of the year – we wanted to get something up that snuck under the radar – Razors Yuri Botelho Pro 2 Skates. These came in before (and during) the holidays, so if you were lucky enough to get one from Santa this past Christmas, we are jealous. Thankfully, our own IW Team Rider, Nate Brown, got his hands on a pair and wrote up a nice little review. Click to read!
Written by: Nate Brown, IW Team Rider
Straight out of the box the Yuri’s come with the newly redesigned Ground Control Featherlite 3’s. With this newest revamp of the Featherlites they upgraded the materials to improve durability and slide. In addition metal wheel spacers were added to improve speed and longevity. Also eliminating the chatter the anti-rockers would develop. Underneath these bad boys Razors got you rolling on their 57mm 90a wheels with some abec9 bearing pinched in between to keep you rolling smooth. This whole set up is bolted to the bottom of the proven SL boot, now using upgraded plastic on the soul plates as well. The liner is a redesigned Razor’s liner, which is similar to some of the JUG liners that have been used. There is extra padding in the heel area to eliminate lift, and a neoprene toe for breathability. Add all these bits and pieces together and the Razors Yuri Pro 2 skates are born and ready to shred.
Until I got these skates I hadn’t skated a pair of razors since the Genesys 4, so I went into this not knowing what to expect. This being my first pair of SL skates I was thoroughly impressed. They have held up to the hype thus far and continue to get better as they are broken in. I recently made a move out to Phoenix AZ, and for any of you that have skated the skate parks, street spots, and ditches in this area you know they aren’t a joke. Skating out here is a true test to what skates last and which ones don’t. The Razors have really proven themselves worthy, showing minimal wear on the soul plates and boots. The stock wheels put up a good fight, but after a session or two in the local ditches it was time to change them out. I locked it down with a pair of Fester Derek Henderson’s, specially formulated for the toughest of rolling conditions. Other modifications I made to the skate include cutting a small portion of the toe area due to the down size I did on the skate. I also made a small V-cut to the cuff, only out of preference, I’ve been used to lower cut skates and this made transitioning to the Razors much more seamless.
My impression skating these skates is that they improved on an already great pair of blades by giving it the final finishing touches it needed to provide a great skate without breaking the bank in the process. Pick your pair up at Inlinewarehouse.com and go hit the streets!
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