The Alkali RPD Comp inline hockey skate shares many qualities with a previous Alkali skate, the CA5. Both are built on a roller-hockey-specific last -- not a modified ice-skate last -- and are super-fast, reviewers say. The boots are high-quality, heat moldable and very comfortable, with an aggressive stance; the whole thing is powered by four 80 mm wheels that are soft and grippy, but wear quickly when used outdoors.
A fast take-off. Although there's limited feedback on the brand-new Alkali RPD Comp, owners have plenty to say about the most similar predecessor in the line, the Alkali CA5. They say its grippy wheels provide a great take-off and lots of speed, although they wear very quickly, especially outdoors. "I found the quality built chassis and angled boot made my feet more responsive, and faster," writes one reviewer at HockeyGiant.com. Several agree that the angled boot and its excellent heel and ankle lock give them a more aggressive stance, and that the boot is both comfortable -- if not terribly well-ventilated -- and high quality.
Wheels are so-so. The biggest change from the Alkali CA5 to the Alkali RPD Comp is an improved last that allows more room in the forefoot. The boot is still heat-moldable, with upper ankle pads, a flexible tendon guard and an anti-slip liner. The four 80 mm Labeda RPG wheels can be a change for those who are used to a hi-lo setup (with smaller wheels in the front), but users generally like them. They are soft and grippy, and best reserved for indoor skating; you can upgrade to harder wheels for outdoor use. The ABEC 9 bearings are fast and smooth.
1. Total Hockey
Just a handful of reviewers give the Alkali CA5 -- a predecessor to the RPD Comp -- a score of 4.5 stars out of 5 at TotalHockey.com. They say the skates are comfortable and the wheels are grippy, although they won't last long.
Review: Alkali Hockey CA5 Inline Skate, Contributors to TotalHockey.com, As of April 2014
Just one reviewer weighs in about the brand-new Alkali RPD Comp at HockeyMonkey.com, giving it a perfect 5 stars out of 5 and some useful comments about its fit.
Review: Alkali RPD Comp Sr. Inline Hockey Skates, Contributors to HockeyMonkey.com, As of April 2014
A handful of reviewers give their feedback on the Alkali CA5, a forerunner to the RPD Comp. No star ratings are assigned, but they offer useful feedback about fit (superb) and the stock wheels (they're soft and wear quickly).
Review: Alkali CA5 Roller Hockey Skates Sr, Contributors to InlineWarehouse.com, As of April 2014
Just one reviewer scores the Alkali CA5, a forerunner to the RPD Comp, at HockeyGiant.com. He gives it a perfect 5-star score and says the heel and ankle lock, as well as overall boot quality, are superb.
Review: Alkali CA5 Senior Inline Hockey Skates, Contributors to HockeyGiant.com, As of April 2014