I have found the K2 line of softboot skates excellent in all respects. I especially love the Flight a-l-x skate with abec-7 bearings and aluminum chassis, though the catalyst is also a decent skate. I tried many brands, and still do, but I find the performance and even the comfort of most other manufacturer's soft boot skate wanting to a degree that can't be ignored. I am a k2 fanatic when it comes to skating, which I do (regretfully
) a great deal more than I ski. I skate on the street an average of two hours a day and I only wish I could equal that frequency for my ski outings.