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Nutcase helmets run about $60.00 on their site, but you can find them on Amazon for fifty five dollars. Dear Nutcase helmets, please let me be a spokeswoman for you! I <3 you! (PS....I want a WHITE one please!)
Protech mouth guards, another love of mine. I wrote about them in my mouth guard care blog, which you should read and then you'll want to throw your mouth guard away. I love Protech mouth guards so much because I rarely ever have a tough time talking with them in, and I never leave it in my helmet because it stays in my mouth for the whole practice. I like the white ones because in pictures they make my teeth look really white and even; people who wear the black ones look crazy, but if that's your thing, do it! Protechs come two to a bag, and cost $40 dollars if you order from them directly. Now, the good thing is you can get them for a little cheaper at derbylicious!
Finally, I would like to pimp Cheezeball bearings. After making a terrible purchase of Qube bearings, because the dealer didn't have any 7mm bearings (darned freaky plates), so I went on Facebook and bitched and moaned about the crappy bearings. Friends heard my call and got me in touch with the creator of Cheezeball bearings, who actually sent me two sets to try out. I was shocked that anyone would be that generous, and I told him I would put them through their paces and get back to him about the outcome. Cheezeballs come in three styles, Cheddar, Gouda and Swiss. Swiss is the highest end, and Cheddar is the more basic. Zack sent me a set of Gouda and Swiss. I put the Goudas in my wheels and gave the Swiss set to Elmar Alexander Ashman who is a speed skater coach who works with the CRG at speed practice. You can see him in action here. (He's wearing the light blue speed outfit.)
After using the bearings for a couple of months, I fell in love with them. They felt great from the very first time I skated with them, and Elmar said that the Cheezeball bearings were as good as any he's ever used and will definitely keep them in his racing rotation. When I switch out my plates and have to buy some 8mm bearings, I'm buying more Cheezeballs in the future!
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I want to scream, "Yes!" All of us have bought clunker gear, and it really is a terrible waste when it happens. Derby costs so much money already, that when you buy something that sucks, it almost feels like a double slap to the face. When I buy derby gear that doesn't meet basic expectations, I get super irritated each and every time I have to use it. I almost celebrate when the perpetrating item finally needs to be replaced, and I swear I'm never going back to the company that "burned" me. Because I so rarely have had derby gear that has gone above and beyond expectations, I don't get to sing the praises for the things I like very often. So YEA! for gear that lives up to what it says it does!