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Torch
Released: 8/15/2006


Grindplate: Express

SUMMER 2006
Style #:9116
Color: Black/Charcoal/Silver

Description:
*Molded Synthetic Suede & Smooth Synthetic with Breathable Mesh Upper
*Abrasion Resistance Toe
*Gel-Pack Heel Cushioning
*PU Midsole
*"Wave" Comfort Heel Bracket
*"MEGA" Clear PU Wheels with Graphics
*ABEC 7 608 Bearings
*Steel "Coin Axle"
*Nylon Grind Plate
*Includes Heel Plugs and removal tool

Used
onthegrind doing his first rail on camera.

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Comments

Nov 26, 2006 Kru

I'll do my write up on these as I own them for anyone who ever gets interested in them. This is my verdict

The Good--
Well on the higher notes these shoes are pretty nice in looks, especially in the black/charcoal rather then the strange gray thing,red.. thing. Anyways the plate is workable, little tweakable as most express are which is a good thing if you own some sandpaper. They hold up alright to very tweaked tricks as they have "elastic bands" on either side near the tongue to accept such a freature (way to go around the exofilant bars.. haha) The 3m reflective stuff on the lace holes is a pretty nice touch but they should have a larger pieces in the back and front of the shoe to match it.

The bad--
If your a hardcore soaper then you'll be turned off of the heeling part and the fact the shoe has a huge hole in the heel for a wheel(no rhyme intended). This shoe is just a frankenstein of the previous incarnate "Evolution" which has the exact same sole and plate. The only difference is the shell and possible how it feel inside. Heelys has a hard on to seem to keep changing their shoe style.. what a strange concept.

The ugly--
Wearing these shoes for over 2 hours will start to get VERY uncomfortable- the stitching at the top of tongue( or bottom since its near the toe) near my instep anyways starts to bug the crap out of me. I don't like promoting heelys shoes even though I'm soaping but since I can't represent them (no soaps) I have to redirect anyone who ask me to heelys since I am wearing them. The sole saver plugs - good idea in theory but executed strangely. When you stick them in you can actually feel this chunk of rubber/plastic thingy on your heel and its strange and feels bleh. They walk a lot nicer without the plugs in them(or wheels). The comfort factor of putting a foot in these overall isn't that great as well. I switched my inserts to help a little since these are all I got.

Verdict--

If you like heelys or just want the heel in the wheel and still want the plate I would suggest these. The MEGA wheels are super fast and nice. The style is alright, but I wish heelys would go back to there older styles like the "Grails" those are good looking heelys for a change, what a concept! If your looking for a shoe with a grind plate, I would not suggest these unless its your only option or your desperate and jonesing (as I was).

I rate Heelys Torch 5 stars out of 10 for soapers. Or 7 stars out of 10 for heelys guys.

Nov 26, 2006 SonicSoaper

Finally got the Torch shoes up! Nice.

Nov 26, 2006 SonicSoaper

By the way, I was desperate and jonesing as well. That's why I said in another post somewhere on here "I had to make a choice..."

Nov 26, 2006 Soopahsonic

My 8yr old neighor just got these yesterday!
I told him the plastic was for grinding, and he got the hang of it after awhile.

Nov 26, 2006 Soopahsonic

...Of course he fell...ALOT.

Nov 26, 2006 Kru

yeah I've seen alot of heelies with plates that kids don't know what they are.. more or less they think its some sort of flash or something. SOoner or later though.. accidents happen and then they get curious

Nov 27, 2006 SonicSoaper

They should really learn who help Heelys along in the first place. It's because of those plates.

Feb 26, 2007 yanninicole

what is this

Feb 26, 2007 SonicSoaper

It's a shoe.

Feb 26, 2007 yanninicole

is it abig shoe

Feb 28, 2007 AnthoFlex

Its a shoe that looks like shit, rolls like shit, Grinds like shit.....hmmm, probably is shit

Feb 28, 2007 Hattmac02

if the shit fits

Feb 28, 2007 AnthoFlex

these shoes are gay, so w.e

Feb 28, 2007 Hattmac02

i meant that the shoes are shit

Feb 28, 2007 AnthoFlex

i know, i was agreeing with you

dunt respond to this please

Feb 28, 2007 Hattmac02

couldnt help it

Feb 28, 2007 SonicSoaper

Grind like shit eh? How would you know? Did you wear the freakin shoe. It may be a Heelys shoe but that's what I used to learn my skills.

Mar 1, 2007 Slidey

I understand how you guys don't like Heely grind shoes but I think this is a little harsh on AJ

Mar 1, 2007 AnthoFlex

Sorry AJ, what i meant by grind like shit (even though it didnt seem like it) was its lack of a brake bar

Mar 5, 2007 RamenRadio

That and if it's like wearing a high heel, it must not feel very good when soaping.

Mar 5, 2007 SonicSoaper

It feels the same as the Express actually.

Mar 5, 2007 RamenRadio

Soap wise, or when you are wearing them?

Mar 5, 2007 SonicSoaper

Wen I'm wearing them. The only difference is that I can feel the grind plate touch my feet.

Mar 23, 2007 heelyhailey

"the stitching at the top of tongue( or bottom since its near the toe) near my instep anyways starts to bug the crap out of me"
ever tried socks? :)

" but I wish heelys would go back to there older styles like the "Grails" those are good looking heelys for a change, "
*sigh* dont we all . . .

" Or 7 stars out of 10 for heelys guys. "
gracious judging, I'd rate it a 6 for starters, but anyone who's owned Evo's I'd rate it a 0 . . . and 1/2

Mar 23, 2007 AnthoFlex

.....ok, that was a confusing comment

Apr 17, 2007 Tasslehoff

stupid heelys takin the grind plate... when SOAP leaves HSL will heelys still have the rights to use the grind plates????

Apr 17, 2007 Surfaced

Probably not.

And we don't know for sure if Soap will be departing from HSL.

Jan 14, 2008 padricjoe

i hope they leave.i had heelys without grind plates.heelys say that you walk and glide ....its more walk arkwardly with a weird clicking noise and look like a retard heelys are fun ....but i prefer soaps.

Feb 5, 2008 Kain

antho, these shoes don't look, roll, or grind like shit. They're the best shoes available.

H2,
I thought you liked Torch? lol

Tasslehoff,
SOAP will never leave HSL....the patent's bought.

Feb 17, 2008 shifter1254

these shoes r the best model IMO ive used evos with a mega wheel and they went a tad bit slower wheel wise, and the grind plate moves faster than a regular express soap

Feb 17, 2008 Kain

......what does the shoe have anything to do with the speed of the wheel? O_o

Feb 18, 2008 Altman

@shifter

Are you serious kid? FASTER THAN A SOAP EXPRESS PLATE? The Torch's plate and the Express' plate are the same goddamn thing and are both the same speed. I should know, the Torch's were my first grind shoe anhd the Express are my favorite pair of Soaps.

Feb 18, 2008 Page645

yea shifter i dont know wat ur talking about ive seen the torch and the express and the plates are the same

Feb 18, 2008 Kain

I thought all expresses were the same except the GT's lol...

Feb 18, 2008 Altman

They are. That's why shifter's comment comes off as iffy.

Feb 18, 2008 Kain

lol....

I just got banned from heelychat :P

But now I'm back on :D

Feb 18, 2008 Page645

lol how u get banned?

Feb 18, 2008 Kain

idk....something about dissing HSL and talking about soaps too much

XD

Anyways, I hacked it, so np lol

Feb 18, 2008 Megashadow77

talking about soaps too much gets you banned?

Feb 18, 2008 Altman

Well let's put it this way, it's a forum centered around Heelys. It's not exactly kind to be talking about a rival shoe on a Heelys forum. As for dissing HSL, that's also something I can see there being a problem with. However, I am an admin at another forum and to be banned for those reasons alone is a load of doodoo feces. Unless it states in the forum's Code of Conduct and Set of Rules that talking about shoes other than Heelys and dissing HSL are against the rules, there's no reason for them to put the banhammer on you.

Feb 18, 2008 Kain

Well....ppl got mad at me for talking about heelys on here. Same goes for talking about soaps there. This whole banhammer thing (what the admins use to ban us) is getting completely out of control. This guy came on and tried to talk to ppl, but he was using all caps and said his caps lock was broken or something. The font annoyed the heelychatters and they had him banned.

Feb 18, 2008 Kain

Actually, I think I'm the first one to be banned for the reasons I am banned

Feb 18, 2008 Altman

Yeah, that's what you call an abusive staff. Between you and me, it looks like Heelychat is going to end up as a huge mess if the staff is going to run around and act like that.

Feb 18, 2008 Kain

it wasn't the staff, everyone on heelychat was shouting BAN KAIN to the admin that was there b/c they were annoyed by my anti-HSL/soap talk.

LOL

Feb 18, 2008 Altman

I see. They didn't even give you a chance to speak your case? That's poor forum ownership at it's finest.

Feb 18, 2008 Kain

Yeah, they did......but my opinion annoyed them, so they banned me.

Feb 18, 2008 Altman

Oh well, cast no pearls before swine.

Feb 18, 2008 Kain

......I have no idea what you just said......

=D

Feb 19, 2008 heelyhailey

xD kain, you did NOT hack it
you BEGGED me to try to get you unbanned
and then didnt even know what proxies were

Feb 19, 2008 AnthoFlex

oh shit, Kain got played

Feb 19, 2008 Kain

H2,
I didn't beg you........you're not an admin. :P

I begged mcrochip =D
But only b/c I couldn't use the shoutbox.

........so what are proxies?...

Feb 19, 2008 rhinoskater30

Altman, dude, Soaps aren't really even rivals thanks to HSL. They're so low right now I'm sure the devil himself has some.

Thanks HSL, thanks A LOT!!!

*sniffles*

Feb 19, 2008 heelyhailey

*looks at top of page*
so yah, i like torches more than evos now
:D

Feb 19, 2008 RamenRadio

Why? The wheels on the torches break a lot easier.

Feb 19, 2008 Kain

Ramen,
well.....the wheels on evos just plain SUCK. And evos/torches are better in general if you have megavertz.

H2,
so what's with all your posts on here about how evos pwn torches? :P

Feb 20, 2008 heelyhailey

Kain, i used to like em more, but i dont anymore, like i just said in the above post

Feb 20, 2008 Kain

H2,
well why? EVOS PWN. END OF STORY =D

Feb 20, 2008 heelyhailey

kain, no way, ive tried both
and evos suck compared to torch
torches are more stiff

Feb 20, 2008 Kain

H2,
well that's just it :P
I'm like Merlyn. I like the way the evos feel....they're just so comfortable, which is a good thing since my skate sessions last for hours and I wear them to school :P

Feb 21, 2008 RamenRadio

Evolution wheels don't suck, they are just slow. Slow is good for people who aren't used to heelys. If you go too slow, that isn't good, but those wheels are perfectly fine.

Feb 21, 2008 RamenRadio

Kind of weird to talk about evolutions on a torches page.

Feb 21, 2008 Kain

Ramen,
well......at least for us, the evo wheels are too slow. They're actually the slowest wheels made by HSL.....and probably in the history of skating wheels in general......:P

Feb 21, 2008 Spano565

Hey Kain just saying hi but i have a question what size shoe are you in heelys?(I'm just curious that's all.)And also wanted to know if torches come in my size by the way i'm a size 9 or should i get a size up.Because i'm gonna pick up a pair of Torches at Sports Authority(Like i've said before.)and wanted to know how good they are etc. so when you read this im on aim ok thanks.

Feb 21, 2008 Spano565

One more thing did you get banned for life on heey chat.

Feb 21, 2008 Spano565

Srry *HeelyChat.

Feb 21, 2008 heelyhailey

hes unbanned now.
he said he hacked it, but he really just talked the admins into letting him back on

Feb 21, 2008 Spano565

Thanks HH but i have a problem i wanted to check out the site to see what it's about(I've been there before but only using the Shoutout Box.)but my cousin created himself an account naming himself Ted if u remember.And got himself banned now i can't log in or view the site so what do i do.

Feb 21, 2008 Kain

Spano,
MAN, that guy was annoying lol. I usually wear size 9-10 and my evos are 9, so heelys fit true to size.

H2,
well I went 2-3 days of using it until I got mcro to unban me

Feb 21, 2008 Spano565

Thanks Kain but my bigger prob. is how to get back onto the site do you think you can get some adims. to help me also my cuz felt bad about doing that lol so he gave me his username and password if that helps.

Feb 21, 2008 Kain

lol, sure. I'll ask someone

Feb 21, 2008 Spano565

thanks.

Feb 21, 2008 Kain

Is your account working yet?

Feb 21, 2008 Spano565

Nope it just keeps saying "Critical information you have been banned from this site please contact the administrator for details."And that's it and it also isn't letting me log in or anything.

Feb 22, 2008 Kain

crap....I need to talk to the admins again

Mar 20, 2008 RamenRadio

What's the difference between the mega wheel here and the mega's coming out on the pro series?

Mar 22, 2008 heelyhailey

the one in pro series will be harder, not as hard as a megavert tho

spano, u still want on HC? sry i havent ben on here in awhile

Mar 22, 2008 RamenRadio

Think he still does.

Mar 22, 2008 AnthoFlex

I heard from HSL the "pro series" isnt coming out....

...too bad

Mar 22, 2008 mets603412

why

Mar 23, 2008 AnthoFlex

The "too bad" was me being sarcastic

Mar 23, 2008 mets603412

no i mean why isn't it coming out i don't understand

Mar 23, 2008 AnthoFlex

I would say why.....but...i'm not to sure yet....let me think about it

Mar 23, 2008 Kain

Well.....Mike said it was coming out, but after he quit.....we were all basically clueless about it

Mar 23, 2008 AnthoFlex

I heard that Mike got the big boot in the ass. Anywayz, the real reason that the pro series isnt coming out is because.......still thinking about if i should say it or not

Mar 23, 2008 Kain

I don't see why not........

either way.....I still have evos lol

Mar 24, 2008 blakeashake

IS it because heelys suck ass?
thats probably the best reason.=P

Mar 24, 2008 anaholaboys

yes

Mar 25, 2008 Kain

wtf is it with ppl hating heelys on here?

It's like....an automatic thing.....if you soap, you have to hate heelys. It's stupid

Mar 25, 2008 AnthoFlex

Actually its because ur annoying. And ur right, it is a natural thing. I honestly wish it weren't like that, but look at the situtation.

If heelys were completely dead because Soap kept stomping it further into the floor, and theres only a tiny group of Heelers who bust their ass everyday trying to bring back the Heelys name, while Soap is getting all the fame and glory, wouldnt you hate on us without thought? What if it were the other way around, like if Soap was the shoe with the "wheel in the heel" and Heelys were the grinding shoes? Then apply what i just said.

Wouldn't you Heelers then hate on us? Exactly. You wouldn't mean to, but its natural or "automatic" like you said.

Mar 25, 2008 Kain

Actually, no......
I'm just not like that.

I think about things before I do something about them. If what all you said was true, I'd hate the company SOAP.....not soapers. Soapers are just ppl, like heelers. The company has nothing to do with the person you are. Think about this.....

If I never mentioned me being a heeler on here, how different would my rep be?

Mar 25, 2008 heelyhailey

eh? so why isnt pro series coming out?

please please tell :)

Mar 26, 2008 Spano565

HH the best thing that you can do is wait.Renny is very busy right now so that's all you can do.As for the heelychat thing,yeah what the hell i'd like to vist every so often so if you can get me unbanned that'd be cool.Sorry i haven't been on in a while school has been killing me plus i skateboard alot to.Thanks in advance lol.

Mar 26, 2008 Spano565

Nevermind HH i'm not banned anymore.

Mar 27, 2008 Kain

......and that's exactly why heelys has no future in extreme downhill.......

Apr 23, 2008 misterterse94

meh, always hated heelys.in my opinion, i say heelys were a stupid idea. my skater friends say so too. a heel in the weel... whats left of the heel?
watevr, its just my opinion, so dont get offended. are heelys allowd in like school an stuff? in my school they confiscate the wheel, lol.
cant do that wit soaps can you :o

Apr 23, 2008 Kain

no, they're not allowed in schools.

But yeah, they could confiscate your plates XD

Apr 23, 2008 misterterse94

lol tru. 'sept 4 the cemented on ones. then again they can always take the shoe XD
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