Easton Mako Skate Review

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by Jeremy Rupke on October 5, 2013

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.

The Details – Easton Mako Specseaston-mako-skate-review

  • 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

mako-skatesYes, but not to everyone. I love the skates, they feel great, they are light and they give me that natural skating feeling that I love.

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

mako-skateFor the price you pay you expect great skates, and that’s what you get. The skates are everything you look for, they are light weight, comfortable, and provide the speed and agility a player needs.

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

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Jason May 13, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Jeremy – I love what you do for hockey. Keep it up. I have all the kids I coach watch your videos where applicable. They get a lot out of them.

Hey all. Figured I would offer some information to anyone that might be looking to purchase these skates.

I purchased these skates right when they came out. I was originally set to buy the MLX skates but when I was finally ready to do so, the company was bought out by Easton. So I held off as I had no choice.

Once available, I purchased these Mako skates in Arlington MA at Sports etc. (an excellent shop) in March of 2013. Immediately, I loved the way these skates ‘bake in’ and really shape to your foot. I’m an ideal candidate because I have more of a narrow foot, which seems to fit best in these skates I’m told.

Like many others, I experienced the “skate bite” right above and behind my ankle. I tried band-aids, tape, etc.. Eventually, just heating the upper part of the boot with a hair dryer and prying it away from my leg did the trick. I spoke to another player on an opposing men’s league team after a game (noticing the skates during play) and he had the SAME exact issue. So this is surely a design problem experienced by many.

About 1 month into the skates, I felt great. My stance had improved and I was noticing a difference on the ice. Teammates of mine even commented that my skating was more aggressive.

3 months into the skates, I noticed I had lost a rivet on the ice (I was coaching my son’s Pee Wee team). Went to Sports Etc and they fixed the rivet and replaced another as well.

This would continue over the next 9 months. I would lose rivets constantly. Sometimes 2 at a time.

I am 160 pounds and started playing later in life. I hang all of my gear after every game (I don’t let stuff rot in my trunk / basement / garage). I wash my outer gear constantly as well. I even remove the insoles from the skates after I play (to the annoyance of my wife).

I’ve also owned Bauer’s, Reebok’s and Graf skates (never loved any of them, but they did hold up over many years.)

About a month ago, I noticed a “clicking” noise when I would walk from the dressing room to the rink. I also felt like the skates were “loose” even after occasionally having to re-tighten them. It felt like I had my old Grafs again (those things, for me, were impossible to tighten correctly). I figured the blade was loose, so I used the tools that came with the skates and tightened the offending skate blade. The screws turned semi-easily, but the screws were not “loose”. I carefully tightened the blade. On further inspection, I noticed that the boot was completely cracked on the outside all the way from the toe to the heel. The clicking noise was caused from the base of the boot shifting in and out of the sidewall. The arch was still intact, but both the heel and toe were completely cracked.

Needless to say, I was pretty disappointed. I cannot imagine how someone my size could break a pair of hockey skates after just one year. I still have my (now) 4 year old pair of x50 Bauer skates that have no damage at all to the boot. I don’t like those skates, but they did hold up after 3+ years of hockey.

Anyway, I went back to Sports Etc with my receipt from my original purchase and the skate tech there took one look at the skates, then looked at me and said, “This is unacceptable”. He then told me that they would replace them with a new pair and sharpen and heat them as well.

In the end, I received a replacement set of skates (and now have the same “missing” area of skin on my left ankle from the boot rubbing it off. Just like I did when I originally bought the pair) but don’t know if I’ll fare any better than I did the first time.

My bottom line for these skates:
The comfort level is terrific. Game changing actually. The most comfortable skates I’ve ever worn, bar none.
Looks / finish: Interesting… I’d prefer less “silver” but this really has no bearing on quality. Looks like the new version removes the “silver” and replaces it with black.

Durability: Poor to downright awful. I cannot imagine that I am doing anything to harm these skates. Have I been hit with a puck in the skates? Of course. Have I been slashed, kicked, tripped, tackled and have I slammed into the boards? Sure, but not more than I have in any of the other pairs of skates that I’ve owned.

Why would the boot completely crack from toe to heel?

My thoughts for improvement:

Protect the outer part of the skates, i.e. the “silver” area. This is just exposed carbon fiber. Just like hockey sticks, they crack / break / chip, etc… If this area had even a thin layer of rubber or plasti-dip material, this could improve the life span of the skates.

Use better rivets. I lost over 12 rivets in a 1 year span. 12! I have NEVER lost a rivet in any other skates I’ve used. I’ve lost tongues, eye-lits and blades but never a single rivet. I lost 12!!

Better water exhausting. Even pulling the insoles out after every skate didn’t fix this issue, the rivets still rotted out of the skates. I don’t have “sweaty” feet either. I’m wearing the same pair of Reebok Nano 2 sneakers for over a year now. They don’t smell and they are still going strong. Hockey boots should outlast sneakers IMO.

So, I now have a new replacement pair and I’m towel drying them after every game, inside and out, but I fear that eventually (about 1 year from now), I’ll be in the same place and this time the hockey store will not replace them (or maybe they will… they have treated me fantastic BTW) and I’ll be out the 800 bucks I paid for the original pair.

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Patrick April 12, 2014 at 10:53 pm

My initial thoughts on this skate were very similar to this review. Though at first feel, I felt like they were make to be very lightweight but not durable. I disagree with this review after having worn the Makos a couple times a week for almost a year. They certainly are not a durable skate, I know people who’ve used them and they’ve come un-laminated mid stride. The boot fell apart in the middle of his game. Pros don’t like to wear them because they fall apart quickly with daily use. The other issue I have is that the boot is so hight that if I don’t tape my ankles, the outside of the ankle digs into my skin and will tear it open. These skates are light and fast, Easton is working on some cool stuff, but they were not ready for release!

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Brett November 22, 2013 at 11:04 am

Interesting take. I’ve heard nothing but terrible things about these from the guys I talked to at Sport Check, Source for Sports, and Pro Hockey Life. (Terrible in comparison to the other brands at least). These are out of my budget anyways but if you end up using them long term, let us know how they hold up.

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