The Bauer Vapor XR4 is a high-end skate with a mid-range price. Reviewers say its 76 mm/80 mm hi-lo setup, Labeda Millennium X-Soft wheels and ABEC 9 bearings are fast, stable and highly maneuverable. The boots are durable, offer great protection and -- for those who take the time to heat-mold them -- fit like a glove. A few reviewers wish they had more padding, though.
A fast, agile skate. Users have only good things to say about the Bauer Vapor XR4's speed, agility and responsiveness. It's definitely a great value, giving you top-end performance for a mid-range price. The boot runs about half a size large and offers great protection. "Pucks bounce right off without pain," writes one reviewer at TotalHockey.com. A few complain about the boot's minimal padding (which includes a hydrophobic microfiber lining, EVA footbed and metatarsal padding on the tongue), although those who take the time to heat-mold the boot to their feet say it fits like a glove.
Hi-lo and microfiber. The Bauer Vapor XR4 comes with an aluminum chassis and hi-lo wheel setup: 76 mm wheels in the first two positions for maneuverability, and 80 mm wheels in the back for greater speed. Reviewers say the Labeda Millennium X-Soft wheels are super-grippy and will last a long time on indoor rinks, but wear quickly outside. The ABEC 9 bearings are fast and smooth, and the overall durability of the skate is great. "I couldn't be happier with my money spent," says a HockeyGiant.com reviewer who has used his skates three or four times a week for a year and a half.
About 15 HockeyMonkey.com reviewers give the Bauer Vapor XR4 an overall score of 4.4 stars out of 5. They give it kudos for being lightweight, tough and versatile; the only real complaint is the lack of padding on the inside.
Review: Bauer Vapor XR4 Sr. Inline Hockey Skates, Contributors to HockeyMonkey.com, As of April 2014
HockeyGiant.com users give the Bauer XR4 inline hockey skate a near-perfect overall score in about 10 reviews. They're unanimous in their praise of its handling, although the overall comfort draws mixed reviews.
Review: Bauer XR4 Senior Inline Hockey Skates, Contributors to HockeyGiant.com, As of April 2014
A handful of reviewers offer feedback on the Bauer Vapor XR4, although they don't assign it any objective ratings. The consensus is that the skates are a great value and handle well, but a few reviewers wish for more padding.
Review: Bauer Vapor XR4 Roller Hockey Skates, Contributors to InlineWarehouse.com, As of April 2014
4. Total Hockey
The Bauer Vapor XR4 is one of the most popular inline hockey skates at TotalHockey.com, even though it receives just a few user reviews. Its overall performance and foot protection receive unreserved praise, although the overall fit draws mixed reviews.
Review: Bauer Vapor XR4 Inline Skates, Contributors to TotalHockey.com, As of April 2014