Well, Gumball now has some competition...specifically Crazy Skate's Big and Li'l Bloc toe stops.
|Crazy Big Bloc Toe Stops|
I skated on the Big Blocs for about two months and during that time I didn't notice a substantial amount of wear, so I expect they would last a relatively long time...I've had to replace my toe stops monthly during peak training season but I bet I could get through a season with 2 pairs of these.
After raving about the Big Blocs to Amy at Skates US, she convinced me to try out the Li'l Bloc toe stops. The Li'l Blocs are a smaller version of the Big Bloc measuring in at 45mm wide. I was very apprehensive at first, I mean, I was used to having a solid base on which I could run, jump, and stop without worrying about being unstable but I didn't even notice that I had changed my stops at all in this regard. I did notice my skates were a tad lighter and I didn't hit the toe stops during crossovers at the spots where I normally would (barely) hit. I was only able to wear them for about 10 hours during a weekend boot camp, but I really didn't notice the smaller surface area at all during that time.
Now, I haven't been able to try the Big or Li'l Bloc out on every surface or have every type of skater try them, but from what I've experienced so far I would recommend these to anyone looking for something new. The G Spot will even be getting a pair to give away, so stay tuned to your favorite Roller Derby Gear blog for your chance to win.
To sum things up, here are the Pros and Cons:
-2 Sizes to Choose From
-Already Flattened and Ready to Stop
-Slowly Wears Down
-Won't Pop Off (unlike Tanisha, amirite?!?)
-Pre-Flattened side means more work for those with toe stop nuts.
- Having to choose between sizes
Until we skate again,