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Bont Jet

Est. $325
Reviewed
April 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Bont Jet

Best inline speed skate

Pros
  • Stiff, supportive and responsive
  • Comfortable
  • Fast
  • Great value
Cons
  • Not as comfortable as a fitness skate

Bottom line

The Bont Jet's heat-moldable interior makes it one of the most comfortable speed skates, while the one-piece carbon-and-fiberglass boot remains stiff, supportive and very fast. Although billed as an entry-level skate, the Bont Jet is good enough to be the primary skate for many competitive racers. It comes with 100 mm or 110 mm 85a racing wheels and ABEC 7 bearings, and a three-point attachment system that creates a stiff, responsive base.

Performance

Entry level for the win. Although the Bont Jet is billed as the entry-level skate in Bont's inline-speed-skating lineup, we found plenty of feedback from competitive speed skaters who, years later, still use these as their primary skates. An older review on InlinePlanet.com calls out what remain the biggest identifying characteristics of the Bont Jet's boot: "very very stiff, extremely responsive, great support." One user at InlineWarehouse.com writes, "Mine survived a couple of bad falls." Another notes that the heat-moldable boots let you create a perfect fit, although it's worth noting that Bont boots in general run a little large.

Features

Several configurations to choose from. The Bont Jet's one-piece carbon and fiberglass construction includes anti-stretch tape to help the stiff, supportive boot maintain its shape over time. The memory-foam interior is very comfortable -- once you've heat-molded it -- although no speed skate will ever be as cushy as a fitness skate. The Bont Jet comes with Hyper Stripe 100 mm/85a professional racing wheels and ABEC 7 bearings, and can be upgraded to 110 mm wheels. A three-point mounting system makes for a particularly stiff, responsive base.

Our Sources

1. SkateLogForum.com

Visitors to SkateLogForum.com discuss the relative merits of the Bont Jet versus the Bont Semi-Race. The consensus is that if you plan to race often, the Jet is a better choice for both comfort and performance. They say that the lower boot on the Jet is preferable.

Review: Bont Jet vs Semi Race, Contributors to SkateLogForum.com, As of April 2014

2. InlineWarehouse.com

A couple of shoppers give their opinions about the Bont Jet boots at InlineWarehouse.com. They agree that the boots fit well, and one says that they've withstood several bad falls.

Review: Bont Jet Inline Speed Skating Boots, Contributors to InlineWarehouse.com, As of April 2014

3. Inline Planet.com

Although this review is years old, it still highlights the main handling characteristics of the Bont Jet: a very stiff, responsive, supportive and fast ride.

Review: Bont Jet 110mm Review, "Gradskater", Sept. 27, 2007

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