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|Player Profile||For the player that understands that performance is optimized by addressing every aspect of fit|
|Fit Profile||Narrow and Shallow: Narrow Heel Width - Pronounced Heel - Shallow Instep|
|Heat Moldable||Full upper|
|Heel Support||Split quarter construction for true heel pocket|
|Ankle Padding||Anatomical Foam|
|Tendon Guard||Stiff flex|
|Lining Material||AirNet - evaFIT moisture management system|
|Blade Holder||Cobra NT 3000|
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.
The breakin period was hard to get use to. After 8 skates or so, it got better.Review by Go Wings! (Posted on 7/24/2016)
I wasn't a big fan of the Step-In SIDAS Footbed that came with the skates put in new footbeds and made the the most confortable skate I have owned. Because I liked mine so much 3 other guys on my men's league team have moved over to Graf's.Review by Dmac11 (Posted on 7/24/2016)
I dont write many reviews like this, but I was just interested if Graf still made skates and was pleasantly surprised to not only see the 703s still around, but such an expansive line of skates. I bought my 703s 15+ years ago for about the same price and they are still strong as hell with regular skating. Ive prob put about a hundred new laces over the years and replaced the tack/blade twice (normal wear) and I was finally thinking of gettn new skates...but Ill prob just put another new blade on instead. The leather uppers are great on these with great support. Im primarily defence and skate hard backwards on these skates and they never give up on me. Get these skates or any Graf skates if you want to get serious about your game - which means you start to not think about your skating - you just skate hard and natural. You wont be disappointed.Review by SoCalMike (Posted on 7/24/2016)
I only skated 2 times on a new pair of 703's and they fell apart. The sole started to separate on all 4 sides creating a .3" gap for moisture to penetrate.Review by Max (Posted on 7/24/2016)
I play about 4-5 times a week and i've been beating up on these skates since the day i bought them. I also have a pair of G3s (the ones with the gray on the outside of the boot) and the 703s are superior IMO so i went back to them. Although they get heavy when wet, getting slap shots in the feet is of no concern with these skates!! and they're still very stiff. My 703's came with tuuk holders and runners which was a really nice setup but i switched to cobra holders and graf steel...i'm not a fan of the cobra holders but the graf steel allows for more fluid changes in direction (spins, pivots, etc)...all in all, 703s are an excellent skate and next year i just may treat myself to another pair.Review by brigade24 (Posted on 7/24/2016)
I've had em all. You name it. One of the perks of working in a hockey shop :)Review by Adam (Posted on 7/24/2016)
But no matter what I tried to skate in, the Graf 7 series are the Porsche 911's of hockey skates. Its all about feel and performance. Yeah the big brands are all over the NHL, but look around Europe and the KHL and its Graf's that grace the feet of the leagues best players. Pavel Bure wore Graf 707's in his first season when they dubbed him the Russian Rocket. What ankle support!
Like the Porsche 911, these are so good that there's no need to change them, maybe a little upgrade here and there, but ultimately the tradition of speed and performance carry on.
Performance: The 703s are for the advanced skater yes, but they will make you a better skater if you're starting out. You will feel your stride lengthen and ankles become stronger because Grafs are designed to improve and free up the natural skating motion. Other rigid skates support too much in my opinion, and people learn to rely on the skates and not their own legs. But like a faithful dog, these will do as you say.
The Cobra blade is great, it will put you on your toes a little more, but this will get you off the line faster and will assist in your change on direction.
Protection: is fine, like any skate you'll get stingers, but not on the toe.
Comfort: well, unless you've had a pair you can't compare. Like a fine wine, these get better and better with age. I would wear these to work if I could.
Durability: Your Great Grand Children will wear the exact same pair you have on now. No one throws out Grafs. I still see my 703's from 1994 in the hire skate rack at my local rink 21 years strong! Not even kidding.
Weight: comfort, durability and performance are first for me, but you wont notice the weight because you'll be so comfortable. That said, improvements in materials have made this a very light skate.
Style: They're black. Batman. Snipers. Ninjas and Darth Vader. Questions? I didn't think so.
Overall: I've rarely heard someone complain about their Grafs, occasionally you get a missed stitch or blemish ,but thats because they're HAND MADE IN CANADA and I'm sure if you had an issue they would help out.
So, these are not flashy, but you will be. Women will get pregnant watching you skate.
I have the same pair of Graf 703's I bought in 1994 when in college and on the ice 4-5 days a week. These skates have held up to that pace and beating plus I skate barefooted. I continued wearing them for 1-2 days a week in a Rec league for several years.Review by IcemanEd (Posted on 7/24/2016)
I just got back into hockey after several years off and started skating 1-2 times a week. Other then a new set of laces, new insole and a sharpening these 20 year old skates are still: extremely comfortable, supportive and give the highest performance.
Warranty is not available on Graf holders and runners. Skate boots are covered for a period of 90 days.