Why are Record blades so special?
In the 2010/2011 season, Marchese Record blades had its breakthrough moment. Bob de Jong took two World titles and the USA took the World championship Team Pursuit, led by Trevor Marsicano and Jonathan Kuck, both taking several medals at World Cup races as well.
But the success started back in 2006, where Cádo Motus and Paul Marchese started their unique partnership. One look at elite long track and short track speedskating and you'll find Paul Marchese's name. The #1 boot maker in ice skating with 84 Olympic medals on his skates, Paul's knowledge and experience are unparalleled.
The first result of the collaboration was launched in 2009, the Marchese One shorttrack boot. Packed with design features previously available only on custom boots, the Marchese One brings to stock skates the years of experience, development and refinement that has taken Marchese Custom Boots to the top.
Development of the Marchese Record blades started back in 2006, leading to the first launch of Record blades in 2010. The concept, invented by Kees Douma, has been developed into the RECORD LT blade as part of the Marchese Racing project - with research & development undertaken by Douma, Cádo Motus Skating, and Paul Marchese. Record blades have a unique design, as the runner is welded directly to the steel tube. It means there’s no flange needed, which opens up possibilities to use better steel quality. The Reynolds 953 ultra-strong tubing featured on Record blades maintains bend for longer, and combines with the PM-grade bimetal runner to create a blade up to 3x stronger than Viking or Maple, with the same flex range.
The Marchese Record blades are designed using only high-precision parts that ensures prefect alignment and zero play or friction in the hinge system. Elite skaters can disassemble and assemble these blades as many times when they travel to race WorldCups without any effect on the quality of the system. To put the boots and blades together is as easy and simple as mounting wheels in an inline skate.
The bridge that takes the skating boot is engineered to hold the dynamic load of strongest sprinters in the Elite field. Our FEM calculations have optimized the geometry to reduce the risk of failure to an absolute minimum.
All these features are interpreted by skaters as more feel, easy pressure and speed and precise steering.
One of the first pro skaters to switch from traditional blades to the Records, was Bob de Jong. “I just know I have an advantage using these blades. My push is stronger from start to end, with less effort. I have easy pressure. The corners are unbelieveble, I can keep going.”
Trevor Marsicano and Jonathan Kuck have been Marchese Record promotors in the recent year, winning World Cup races on the Record blades.
Marsicano: “They feel flexible in the straights and stiff in the corners. I can carve back and forth in the straights easily, whereas I can put maximum pressure on my blades in the corners.”