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Easton made waves with the release of their original Mako skate. With the help of Olympic speed skater Dave Cruikshank, Easton brought us a boot with a unique fit and feel unlike anything we had seen before. But, until now, the benefits of Easton’s Mako were only available at the top-of-the-line, $800 price point. So, this time around Easton set out to offer a skate with all the fit and performance benefits of the Mako at a friendlier price point. In the words of Cruikshank, “It might be too good of a skate!”
Built off the concept that natural movement equates to speed on the ice, the M8 from Easton holds true to Cruikshank’s original vision by retaining all key features such as a an Asymmetrical boot design, active Extendon™ Guard, and an aggressive blade pitch, all at an incredible value. Easton achieved this by replacing the Reinforced Carbon Composite bootform (found on the top-of-the-line Mako II) with a high-performing, cost-effective Glass Composite. This Glass Composite bootform provides all the support of the higher end Carbon fiber version while only taking on a few extra grams of weight. That Glass Composite Bootform pairs perfectly with the boot’s relatively soft upper, consisting of Injected Polyurethane; the result is a fit and feel unlike any other boot on the market and a skate that doesn’t inhibit a player’s natural stride. The asymmetrical design of the M8 features an inner quarter panel that rises 5mm higher than the outer, providing added support in both tight turns and cornering. Easton’s patent pending Extendon™ tendon guard puts the final touch on the M8, ensuring freedom of movement and an unrestricted natural stride.
Easton also focused on offering a boot with unmatched comfort. By beefing up the padding along the high ankle area on the M8, Easton was able to alleviate the irritation experienced by some with the original Mako boot. A new, woven, Moisture Wicking liner with microfiber feels smooth to the touch and helps keep both your skates and feet dry. A new, upgraded tongue, comprised of felt and HD foam, features additional injected metatarsal protection. This metatarsal injection helps protect against both lace bite as well as oncoming pucks. Lastly, Easton’s Ortholite footbed with Moisture Wicking Topcloth is added for a true 360° fit.
You’ll find the same CXN holder found on the Mako II on the high value M8. With an aggressive blade pitch that allows the player to get over the front of the skate and drive more force into the ice, the CXN keeps you on your toes and on the attack. Easton’s ES4 runners come standard with a nine foot radius and consist of the highest quality, stainless steel for long life and great edge retention.
In a market where stiffer seems to always equate to better, Easton is pioneering a new path. If you’re looking for a skate that won’t inhibit your natural skating stride at a tremendous value, check out the Easton M8 today!
|Player Profile||In a game where fractions of a second matter, the Mako skate is designed to optimize natural movement in a way that translates to increased speed.|
|Heat Moldable||Full upper|
|Quarter Package||Injected PU (Polyurethane)|
|Heel Support||Glass Composite Heel Counter|
|Ankle Padding||Anatomical Thermoformable Foam|
|Lining Material||Woven Hydrophobic W/ Microfiber|
|Tongue||Felt / HD Foam w/ injected metatarsal protection|
|Footbed||ORTHOLITE W/ Moiture Wicking Topcloth|
|Outsole||n/a (one-piece Glass composite bootform)|
|Runner||ES4 Stainless Steel - pre-profiled, 9ft radius|
Skate Weights are determined using a size 8.0 regular width senior skate, a size 3.0 regular width junior skate, or a 11.0 regular width youth skate.
Easton Skate Sizing Chart - Senior
|US Shoe Size||7.5||8.0||8.5||9.0||9.5||10.0||10.5||11.0||11.5||12.0||12.5||13.0||13.5|
|EUR Shoe Size||39.0||40.0||40.5||41.0||42.0||42.5||43.0||44.0||44.5||45.0||45.5||46.0||47.0|
|UK Shoe Size||7.0||7.5||8.0||8.5||9.0||9.5||10.0||10.5||11.0||11.5||12.0||12.5||13.0|
Actual Shoe Size as determined by a Branock Shoe Sizing Device. Size information listed, is directly from the manufacturer.
I own both these in a 7.5 and the Mako 2 in a 7, and can say, without a doubt, that these are actually an adjusted mako 2 to fill the midrange price point. The only differences are:Review by Bryan (Posted on 12/3/2016)
1. The tounge (more plastic)
2. The insole (single density)
3. The color. If you remove the footbed and look inside the skate, the composite material is IDENTICAL to the Mako 2.
What really stands out, is the M8 in 7.5 is actually LIGHTER than the M2 in 7.
The M8 was the seriously the best price point skate possible, but shares the same problems the mako 2 has. Padding in the heel breaks down, resulting in Bauer bumps for me, and the pitch is CRAZY aggressive.
What I love:Review by songbird (Posted on 11/22/2016)
1) These skates fit like a running shoe. There is no wasted space, no sloppiness inside the boot. For someone with a narrow foot, this skate fits like a dream.
3) Low in the ankle, meaning you get much better ankle flex. I don't miss the lateral support at all.
4) Love love love the forward pitch.
What I hate:
1) They rub raw spots at the top of the skate, behind the ankle. Read hockey blogs and you'll learn that this is very common. Not a huge deal, easy to manage with a big turbo bandaid.
2) Much harder to make tight turns, compared to the Bauer Vapor which turns on a dime.
3) Speed. I feel much slower in these skates. They don't help me at all in transfer of energy.
4) Over time (2 years-ish) something has happened in that I feel strangely unbalanced over my blades. Hard to explain, but I am shopping hardcore for new skates because the feeling is so weird and losing edges around turns is getting tiresome.
The size of this skates are smaller than my old skates.Review by Sogoodman (Posted on 10/24/2016)
My size is always 8.D for last 10 years(Reebok, CCM, Easton). but this kind of skates is smaller than my former Easton skates!!!!!!!
This is my third pair of Easton's and my favorite by far. Wore them the first night, got used to them after a couple of shifts. By my second game, they were like a second skin on my foot! Fit great and skate great right out of the box!Review by John (Posted on 10/17/2016)
Once I got used to these skates I loved them. I had Bauer Supremes before these. It took some getting used to but after about 4 times wearing these I knew they were the perfect skate for me.Review by Scott (Posted on 7/24/2016)
This is my second season with these skates and they still feel great. They were the best fitting skates of all the ones I tried on. They haven't shown any signs of wear. They've never given me any discomfort. I didn't even need to break them in. No regrets buying them.Review by Karl (Posted on 7/24/2016)