Doop Skates - What's the point?

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Doop Skates - What's the point?

Postby iChris » Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:01 pm

When I first learnt about these skates I was quite interested in getting a pair but I was in the Blue Room the other week examining them and thought better of it.

For around £150 the sales guy said the advantage of the Doops are:

- You get to skate whilst wearing your comfy shoes
- You don't have to carry shoes around when you skate
- You get in and out of them quickly

The cynic he was talking to was thinking:

- My skates are comfy anyway and I don't think my batman slippers would offer enough support in the Doops
- I'd still have to carry a bag and the Doops when I'm not skating (and so would still need to carry the bag when I am skating just minus shoes)
- I get in out of my skates quick enough anyway

And yet I'm still considering getting a pair...What do you think?

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Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

Postby Bebai » Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:16 pm

Get it 8)

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Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

Postby HK47 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:30 pm

With reasonable (albeit basic) full skates being about the same price, I have to admit I don't really get it ... when I first saw them I was quite enthusiastic, but then over time thinking of the practicalities of using them, and the price, that feeling has gone.

I do kinda fancy some inlines sometime, just for spodding around on the rougher roads, but if I do get some they'll be full skates.

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Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

Postby azumi » Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:14 pm

doop = Xsjado. If you don't have very supportive sneakers these skates will suck big time! Also don't expect responsiveness a la real skates. And they are heavy. :o

So I'm with the cynic here.
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Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

Postby Bebai » Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:46 pm

azumi wrote:If you don't have very supportive sneakers these skates will suck big time!.

Yea. Whoever wrote this review said so.
http://www.rollerenlinea.com/articles-3 ... swift.html

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Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

Postby kev0 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:17 pm

doubtful of the support given for freestyle as well. even though the frame does look pretty well made

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Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

Postby mit » Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:06 pm

I made myself some 'Doop skates' about 5 years ago using a pair of Xsjado Dustin Latimers and some Salomon 3VSL frames. They looked a bit like the 'Freestyle' ones on the doop store website.

They were rubbish.

Even with the shoe that comes with the Xsjados, they are very unstable and you feel like they wobble from side to side very easily. There's little to no support, they are heavy and not very comfortable to skate in, even if they feel ok when putting them on. Also they are quite fussy about the shape of shoe they can take, and trainers with a bigger sole (like Nike Air) don't work so well. I put them together with the intention of using them to skate to work, so I could just put them on, skate to work and take them off, rather than having to keep shoes at work or carry a bag etc. I used them once or twice on a Sunday Stroll and then hid them under the bed for a while. A couple of years ago I either threw them or gave them away (can't remember now). I still have the 3VSL frames somewhere though.

Those ones Salomon made a while ago were a much better proposition than these monstrosities.

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Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

Postby Wild Phil » Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:17 pm

Hypno skates were a much more sensible proposal. However they are not being produced anymore.

Hypnos never really sold well so I'm not sure how Doop are planning to make their money back with a worse product.

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Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

Postby azumi » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:26 pm

Wild Phil wrote:Hypnos never really sold well so I'm not sure how Doop are planning to make their money back with a worse product.


Powerslide is selling Xsjado. Don't know how good but good enough to think, "why not make a mainstream version." Bang! = doop.

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Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

Postby Look no Skywater » Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:45 pm

Had 2 pairs of hypnos. Good concept but the boot was not comfy as a boot for long and as a heavy skater the mounts were a bit floppy. These may fix that problem. I'd like to try some.

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Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

Postby kazanaki » Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:59 am

Phil, how do you know that the Hypnos are not produced anymore?
I think I saw some in France last year at Dekathlon...

Also I know one person that bought a pair last year as well....

Or they stopped producing them last year, and I just saw the last models? :?

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Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

Postby iChris » Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:06 pm

Thanks guys for your thoughts - I think the nays have it.

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Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

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Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

Postby steveh » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:35 am

Hypnos are still being produced, and are available for order here.
Interesting that they now offer an ice blade attachment.

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Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

Postby Look no Skywater » Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:01 pm

Ice blade attachment has been available for about 10 years. Neil had some and used them at Queens. They were quite poor as ice skates. Pretty typical for the jack of all trades, master or none specialist.

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Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

Postby alfathor » Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:55 pm

The review of online-skating.com in English :
http://www.online-skating.com/articles- ... kates.html

Easier to read than the spanish one :-)

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Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

Postby kev0 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:36 pm

1.9kg wow

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Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

Postby OliBenet » Fri Jun 07, 2013 7:01 pm

Hey hey, I am actually the founder of Doop, so I'm sure my opinion won't matter to some, but here goes.

I created Doop after having skated Xsjados for a long time. I converted my Xsjados to a Powerblading setup, and absolutely loved them. The seed was born for Doop, and the rest is history.

I have skated litterally dozens and dozens of skate models of all kinds. I have been skating since I was 8 years old, quads, fitness, aggressive, powerblading, freeskate and now I'm getting into speed skating also. I have also been working for Powerslide for 9 years, which has given me the opportunity to try a bit of everything.

Why doop?

- I skate absolutely everywhere. I skate to the shops, to the gym, just for fun, and for excercise. I don't wear protection. With my doops, no bag needed.
- I often go for a skate and end up meeting people, or deciding to do something. No bag, no shoes extra, and always ready to do whatever with my slip on slip off skates. (plus they look pretty damn cool in my opinion)
- Sharing - as they are only 2 sizes, they are sharable with your girlfriend, or just anyone for that matter.
- Versatility - the only skate that can be converted from a fitness skate to an aggressive skate with the change of a soulplate, with the possible exception of a Phuzion (but with more frame compatibility - doop is compatible with 165mm and 195mm), and every part is 100% replacable - no rivits.
- Perfect for larger sizes. Sure they are heavy if you are a size 7, I suppose, but once you get to an 8 or above, they aren't heavy compared to a plastic skate, and in a 47 for example, they look small.
- Width/length. I am a half size, 8.5 UK. Almost all skates share 2 sizes (41-42, 43-44) so skates are always too big or too small for me, and more often than not too narrow or too wide. I have never had a more comfortable skate than a doop in every aspect. I use my own comfortable shoes and can skate all day, as many km as I am able to, without a single discomfort, and the straps adjust to almost all types of shoe.
- Very high quality parts. They are based on a long tried aggressive skate model, so are resistant and strong, come with awesome quality wheels (I tested many wheels before deciding on the final model) and great bearings, not to mention the frames - these skates are no gimmick, they are designed with the worlds best skaters in mind, while still being ideal for begginners (Classic model).
- Perfect commuter skate (especially the swift which is very fast and smooth thanks to HQ 100mm wheels also option for 110).
- I don't know who said they are floppy and unsupportive, but if you have ever seen people skate Xsjados and gapping off huge obstacles/grinding etc... how floppy can they be? They offer superb support and a system that mirrors a snowboard boot - it works to perfection, I wouldn't have embarked on this project and I wouldn't be using them daily as my skate of choice if they didn't!.

Also to those saying "how does doop expect to succeed?" Doop is selling very well, I run the online store at http://www.thedoopstore.com and the thing I am most proud of, even more than the product, is the feedback from my customers. Should you have any questions for me, I would be more than happy to respond to them at olibenet@gmail.com

Sorry for the wall of text!

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Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

Postby Mikky2 » Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:21 am

OliBenet wrote:Hey hey, I am actually the founder of Doop, so I'm sure my opinion won't matter to some, but here goes.
Sorry for the wall of text!


Interesting read, tempted me to get a pair, how about a discount code for forum members? :)

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Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

Postby azumi » Sat Jun 08, 2013 1:24 pm

Mikky, http://www.clic-n-roll.com/freeskate-slalom,us,3,88.cfm

Oli, interesting point of view.


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