The Reebok RIBCOR skate series was designed to give the player Mind Blowing Agility with the type of control that allows you to turn on a dime. In addition to that, it lives up to the reputation that Reebok skates have earned as being among the best for out of the box fit. They are easy to break in, offer good flexibility and of course allow for a unique type of customized fit through the use of its Pump® technology. For those of you that aren't familiar with that technology, the Pump® allows you to control the amount of air that you circulate into the air bladders around the ankles, thus enhancing heel lock and giving you the option to adjust for fit in a matter of seconds between shifts. The RIBCOR 30K has a tapered fit in the ankle and is slightly narrower in the heel and the forefoot in comparison to the Tacks and RBZ lines from CCM. You'll also find the Skate Lock feature on this skate, which allows for variability within two separate lacing zones - lower and upper.
Reebok uses its RIBCOR Flex construction in the quarter. Just like in the RIBCOR, the 30K has an EPP foam core that reacts very well to heat molding, and will help reduce break in time. Also found in the core as part of its agility profile is a nylon reinforcement just below the eyelets of the skate. This provides additional support and a stiffness profile that allows the skate to flex and move with you. The other two elements of the agility profile that contribute to forward and backward flexibility are the boot cut and the 13° forward lean (RBZ is 10°, while current Tacks are 16°). External heel support is reinforced by the visible Ribbed Spinal Zone which contains Titanium. Meanwhile, internal heel lock is achieved from a combination of a tapered fit in the ankle, the use of internal ankle foams, the Skate Lock feature and the Pump®.
The tongue is made of 7mm felt with an EVA foam core and has an external molded lace bite protector. The 30K has the ventilated lightweight low-profile carbon/fiberglass composite outsole which provides excellent rigidity under the boot. This is where you'll find the SpeedBlade + 4.0 holder which is aptly named because of its additional 4.0mm height which provides a significantly deeper angle of attack for tighter turns. This is the same holder that was introduced on the CCM RBZ skate series and also features SpeedRibs near the top of the holder, the structure of which helps increase torsional rigidity. In this holder, you will find the same corrosion-resistant SpeedBlade Black runner that is found on the higher end RIBCOR skates. In addition to just looking good, this blade also comes loaded with performance benefits. It has undergone a Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) process to give it a Titanium Carbo-Nitride finish - that's a mouthful, what does it mean? It increases surface hardness which translates to holding an edge longer and reduces the likelihood that it will chip or flake. Additionally, the high quality finish provides lower friction which in turn gives you a faster glide and more speed.
Agility, comfort and performance come with a great value proposition in these RIBCOR 30K skates from Reebok.