Parents are unreserved in their praise for the K2 Marlee and K2 Raider, the girls' and boys' versions of these adjustable junior skates. They say they're comfortable, smooth and well-built enough to endure years of constant outdoor use. With a little practice, many children as young as 5 or 6 can put on and take off the skates themselves. The Marlee and Raider are available in three sizes, covering shoe sizes 11J to size 8.
A real skate for kids. Parents writing reviews of the K2 Marlee (girls' version) and K2 Raider (boys' version) on Amazon.com are universally thrilled with its comfort, fit and performance. "My daughter all of a sudden has more stability and control over her skates," writes one. Others say the skates are very comfortable, offer a smooth ride, and are easy enough for many 5- or 6-year-olds to take on and off themselves, although they may need some practice with the laces and ratchet ankle closure; there's also a hook-and-loop instep strap.
Plenty of room to grow. The K2 Marlee and Raider are available in three sizes -- small, which adjusts from sizes 11J to 2; medium, which spans sizes 1 to 5; and large, for sizes 4 to 8. Every size has K2's trademark soft boot and stability cuff. Reviewers are pretty evenly split on whether this skate runs true to size or as much as two sizes small, but either way they'll last -- a number of parents post reviews saying that the skates have been handed down two or three times and are still going strong.
About 20 Amazon.com reviewers give the K2 Raider an average score of 4.5 stars out of 5 possible. Everyone's happy with their purchase, saying that the Raider is comfortable, well-made, and offers a smooth ride.
Review: K2 Skate Boy's Raider Inline Skates, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
About four Amazon.com users review the K2 Raider in this second listing, giving it a 4.8-star score out of 5 possible. They have only good things to say about the Raider's quality, fit and comfort.
Review: K2 Skate Boy's Raider SL Inline Skates, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
The K2 Marlee skate -- the girl's version of the Raider -- is listed twice at Amazon.com. In this listing, about 20 reviewers give it a score of 4.7 stars out of 5. The consensus is that these skates offer an easy, smooth ride and are very well-built.
Review: K2 Skate Girl's Marlee Inline Skates, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
In a second listing on Amazon.com, about seven users rate the K2 Marlee at 4.9 stars out of 5. They say it's comfortable, fast and very well-made, but sometimes runs a little small.
Review: K2 Skate Girl's Marlee SL Inline Skates, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014