If you followed my blog for some time, you could clearly see I am very optimistic about idea of doop skates. I had urge to buy fresh pair of doop Swift, but while my paycheck would allow me to, I want to save some cash, so I did go budget route.
I’m in the middle of a process of converting old Fusion 84 skates to aggressive blades, and their original aluminium frames were just perfect to marry them with pair of Xsjado skeletons. You can buy original Xsjado skeletons, new or used, for very low price these days.
So basically I made functional UFS equivalent of doop Classic model (Fusion frame allows for 84mm max too), with many differences of course, most notable ones are wide soulplates, one piece cuffs, lower heel position and shock-absorber.
I bought L size skeleton, knowing that these are infamous for their size, but actually I think they fit me way better than M size. doop skates have the same baseplate sizing as original Xsjados, so I would probably need to get large size anyway…
No toe overhang, no pressure points. After adjusting skates to my likings I got tight fit and good feeling of balance, thanks to option of adjusting foot position above frame. Forward flex is comparable to one in my RG2s and makes me wonder if hinged cuff is really that necessary feature in 2.0s.
Skates are really lightweight and comfortable (I’m talking about the upper foam liner, because obviously, for the other part they are as comfortable as pair of shoes you are using in them). Cruising around in them is fun.
Only thing left to do is giving these set of good 84mm wheels.
If you were wondering if Xsjados make sense outside of aggressive – yes, they do. I definitely recommend buying a pair of skeletons if you have spare set of UFS freeskate/powerblade frames. At low cost you’ll get awesome commuting skates.