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What style skate is best for cross-training on inline skates?

For a long time I've skated on heavy, stiff and hot Rollerblade Lightnings - probably 1990 / 1991 vintage - with a full plastic boot going way up over the ankle. Countless wheel and brake replacements later I decided over the summer to go light and fast and picked up new Rollerblade Lightning 03 skates on eBay.

The Lightning 03 is not a racing skate, but a high-performance skate with much larger and harder wheels and a longer overall wheelbase than my old heavy original Lightnings. I felt confident getting these on eBay because lighter and faster is always good, right? Or so I thought.

Now that I've used the new skates for awhile I doubt they're going to be as good for ski training. The Lightning O3s have a much softer and lower boot that barely comes over the ankle and a really flimsy footbed. Easy enough to power along in speedskating style and cross-over through turns; but carving seems harder. My sense is that the long wheelbase is harder to carve and the low soft boot gives me less leverage.

So my initial take is I screwed up, because the new soft boots don't "ski" right. And I end up running more and skating less. On the other hand, is the difficulty of adapting to the new skates going to help in some way? Will the soft boot pain provide any skiing gain?

Any thoughts?
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I dunno much about skates - but I would have thought it would depend on style of skiing & skating....

My skating instructor is VERY strong at 'park' type skating - his skiing is stronger in that area too...

He does know that I want to skate to cross to skiing & also knows I have an instructor who has a racing bent... (My ski instuctor is good buddies with another ski instructor who is also a skate instructor that trained my skate instructor)

I notice he rarely chooses to use his prefered skates (for him to play on) to teach me - but selects a skate for my style of learning...
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: stiff ski boots - what do you do if you need to drop a kerb? or worse still step UP one????

I'd want the F1 pit lane section ONLY for using those things!
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The fact is that there is no such thing as "carving" on in-line skates. They only "carve" a straight line, so you have to pivot in order to turn. The longer the wheel base the more you have to pivot. In line hockey players raise the front and back wheels (rocker them) to make the wheel base as small as possible and manage super tight turns. But they still have to pivot.

That is the reason why soft boots are not ideal for what you are looking for. Mind you, newer models have much better lateral support. Soft boots are are forgiving and comfortable for beginners and they provide ideal flex for racers (those with 5-wheel skates). By the way, on 5-wheel race skates you cannot buy a tight slalom turn for all the money in the world.
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