So my High Lights EU 47 arrived and yesterday I skated the city a bit. The bad news first: they are about 5mm larger then my old 2009 Highs (EU 47). Before anybody says "this is a one piece skate so you should have expected that" - when I was ordering I said what size my previous Highs were, what is my foot size in mm, and as posted above I had a reference that EU42 Highs were the same size as EU42 High Light. Also I have not seen a sizing table for High Light anywhere yet.
If you are used to carbon boots, the skates feel much softer. I am tempted to say softer than classic Highs, but then again I was skating for a long period only in Freewave carbon skates which provide a near perfect fit. I understand that the "softer" feeling can be also due to the fact that they are a bit larger, so if I got the right size I wouldn't have felt it so much.
This will be completely subjective, but I am puzzled by the frame centering. I mounted the frames right in the middle (in the lateral/sideways sense) to see how it would feel in the standard setup. My right foot was constantly leaning on the inner edge and after some time it felt like there is a lot of strain put on the foot and it became painful. I had to keep telling myself "outside edge, remember the outside edge"! I shifted the right frame to the inside but did not yet have a chance to try how much it helped. I did not have this problem on old Highs, perhaps my legs get deformed each year some more due to this slalom thing
I am sure the skates also have a lots of positives like:
- I think the break in period will be short compared to anything I had before (RB Twisters, High, Freewave)
- they are quite comfy
- they look cool all black with the white laces and white wheels
- more to come after I have longer experience with the skates
I will try to compensate the size problem with orthodics + thin insole under to reduce the space a bit but the skates definitely feel bigger than my feet.
But I can not deny the fact that I am pissed that after all those years I end up making a mistake with the boot size.