Last year I caught wind of the Easton Mako and heard that it was going to break a lot of new ground when it came to hockey skates. Easton was working with a former speed skater-turned-hockey-skating-coach to design a new “faster” skate. In fact he started his own skate company and Easton bought it to utilize his designs and technology. I thought the idea sounded interesting and was excited to see the new skate. That new skate is the Easton Mako and it has gotten a lot of attention lately. I requested a pair to review and Easton was kind enough to lend me a pair.
- Retail Price – $799 at Hockey Monkey ($499 for JR) (Note Easton has set a minimum price of $799 so for now it will be hard to find a better price)
- Weight – 800 grams for size 9
- Feel – Very comfortable without even baking them for my feet
- Baking – The unique thing about these skates is they are supposed to be baked for a long time making them very pliable, then they are formed to your feet. The entire skate molds to your foot rather than just some gel inside.
- More specs – For all the scientific specs about the skates check out the Hockey Monkey link above. Lets try them out!
Skating in the Easton Mako Skates
The first thing I noticed when I put the skates on was how comfortable they were. I didn’t try them on before I got them or have them baked to my feet. I just let Easton know my size and then got a pair of skates to try. I can’t even imagine how great they would feet if I actually had them baked and fitted properly. I go into more details on the fit and feel of the Easton Mako skates in the video below
Would I Recommend the Mako Skates
I would recommend the skates to anyone who is looking for a high quality skate that will last, knows what they want from a skate, and can afford the steep price tag.
I would not recommend the skates to anyone on a budget or newer hockey players who are not sure what style, fit, and skate features they like.
Easton Mako Skate Specs
I won’t copy and paste all the specs here (you can find them on the Hockey Monkey Mako Page) but I found this video that covers them nicely (who want’s to read all the stuff anyways!)
The Journey to the Mako Skates
I thought that the story of how the skates were created was pretty interesting. Dave Cruikshank was a former Olympic speed skater that was obsessed with tinkering with his skates, and when he retired he was hired by an NHL team to teach their players. The problem was a lot of the drills didn’t feel right in his skates, so he created his own hockey skates.
My Overall Thoughts
The most noticeable features for me were
- The shape of the skates, they seem to follow the shape of a foot more than most skates do ( at least looking at them externally)
- The way they lace up – It seems like the eyelets are more on top of the skates, rather than to the side, which seems to allow a snugger fit
- They felt great when skating and were very comfortable
- I noticed the liner was sort of tacky / rubbery which helped keep my feet in place
- Apparently the heel is higher than normal skates, however I put on one pair of Mako’s and one pair of my other skates and did not really notice a difference there.
If you would like to get a pair check out the link at the top of the article, or if you are in the market for a cheaper skate you can always check out the bargain seection