Today, in this post, we’re going to be taking a look at Byonic blades. What I like to refer to as an overview video. Where we kind of introduced Byonic skate blades or skate runners to you guys, giving a little bit of insight into the options and some of the features of these runs.
Since then, I’ve pretty much exclusively been using their runners. And so have Tommy and JJ of the everyone active raiders aside from the occasions where we’ve been very patiently and very kindly waiting for Byonic to manufacture runners in a new type of holder that wasn’t previously available.
But aside from that, pretty much been exclusively using just their runners. So what I felt that this naturally puts us into an excellent position for doing is giving you guys mostly a bit of feedback and my overall review of what the pretty much two year period of me using their runners has been like. That’s what Puck Drawn Hockey‘s going to be doing in this post.
The main features and benefits of Byonic skate blades
If you’re unfamiliar with Byonic skate blades, I’m going to be giving you a bit of insight into some of the main features and benefits of their runners versus what you traditionally see coming out of a skate box, when you pick up a pair of skates from a hockey store.
- Several color options
Essentially the main thing that you’ll notice with Byonic skate blades, and it’s probably one of the reasons you clicked on this post is going to be the color options that their runners or blades come in blue, red gold black silver. They have a bunch of different colors. And I hear more coming out soon. But the colors on their skate blades are purely for cosmetics aside from the black.
- They look pretty cool.
The hyper polished or super polished blades that I’ll touch on later on in this post. But for me and a lot of the players out there that play recreationally, casually, barely, whatever you want to call it. I don’t see an issue with buying something based on the way that it looks what draws us to a lot of the equipment that we buy in the first place.
So I’m never against that, of course. If it has performance benefits that go along in hand in hand with the way it looks, fantastic. But that’s exactly what I’m going to be getting into in this post. What the performance benefits are aside from the fact that they’re runners do look pretty cool.
- Patent x light design
When you put aside the color options that Byonic skate blades come in, this excludes the black or the super black and also these super polished options because those do have performance benefits.
The runners that they create have what they refer to as a patent x light design. This essentially is where material essentially steel has been removed from the upper portions of the skate blade. And it has a pretty impressive looking design that radically reduces the weight of the blade.
When you look at a traditional two-piece skate construction, if you were to separate all of the pieces of a Hockey skate, the single heaviest item on a hockey skate is the runner. Of course, when you look at what skates are available today, this does differ.
But traditionally, the runner or the skate blade is the heaviest single piece of escaped construction when we’re looking at a traditional skate construction. That sets aside one piece just for anyone other than going to flag me on that in the comments section.
What that means is if you’re able to reduce the weight of the blade or the runner, you’re essentially shaving off quite a significant amount of pressure from the overall weight of the skate, which is going to benefit you, especially when you get to the ends of those periods on the ice, when you start to drag your feet a little bit.
We typically see sticks all of our protective equipment getting lighter, so of course, hand in hand, it’s always great to see skates getting lighter as well.
- Byonic skate blades are all precision laser cuts
So aside from their patent x light design, which reduces the weight from there, it’s also going to be the fact that Byonic skate blades are all precision laser cuts.
This doesn’t sound like a big deal, but essentially what it guarantees is consistency. Because when you get skate blades that aren’t being manufactured or created consistently, it means that one pair can significantly differ from another.
This means that when you put them onto your skate aside from them not fitting exactly the way they were or not being the same size, the same height, the same shape as the previous runners that you had.
It also affects things like being able to get out onto the ice after you’ve had your skates sharpened.
If you sharpen skates, you know that sharpening a brand new pair of runners or blades requires in a lot of instances cross grinding, which is essentially shaving a lot of material off of the base of the skate blade, before you can apply a hollow to it, before you can even consider putting a profile on it, before you can get onto the ice. It’s a very long process.
Having a nice consistent, high-quality steel just uses all of these times significantly, allowing you to get onto the ice and having a compatible product that you can have faith and trusted.
- Byonic blades come with a slight forward pitch
As a side note, all of the Byonic blades also come with a slight forward pitch. It is something that can be adjusted very quickly while you’re putting a hollow or a profile onto your skates, be that a custom one or a profile that’s already predefined.
If you want to know what a skate profile is, I’ll link a video down below and also up above, sharing a little bit of insight into precisely what profiling is because it’s something that can affect the performance of your skating, drastically. It’s not something that only pros should do. It’s mostly something that every player should do if they have the means and a place that they can go to have profiling done.
- Byonic skate blades are high strength certified stainless steel with impact resistance.
Something else that I like about Byonic skate blades is that all of them are high strength certified stainless steel with impact resistance. It sounds like a mouthful. But what this essentially means is when you look at Byonic skate blades, compared to what you traditionally get straight out of a skate box from a hockey store, Byonics runners are necessarily going to be able to stand up to the wear and tear of the game much better than what you traditionally get out of a skate box.
Aside from this, they’re also going to be able to maintain or hold edge life a lot longer than the traditional skate blades that you get out of a skate box. They are also going to be able to hold their edge life a lot better. When you get your skates sharpened, my Onyx Cape blades will be able to hold their edge life longer than the skate blades that you traditionally get on your skates.
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- Some notices when skating with Byonic skate blades
This is something that I have actively noticed, especially from skating on indoor rinks like you traditionally do when you’re playing hockey and then switching to skating on outdoor ice and going back and forth.
I only find myself sharpening my skates a lot during the winter season when I’m bouncing between indoor and outdoor ice, because of the different ice conditions. Some being soft, some being hard ice that affects how long your edge life lasts. But if you have high-quality steel versus one that isn’t. You’re going to notice things like this lasting and having to take fewer trips to the pro shop to get your skates sharpened than what you typically have to do with the alternatives.
Different finishes of the Byonic skate blades and their different benefits
In terms of the different finishes, the Byonic offer for their skate blades, they have brushed color coated super polished and super black. The color coated blades in terms of what they offer, it’s purely a cosmetical coating on the outside of the blade.
- Super-polished blades
When we look at the super-polished blades, a lot of people claim that this is just a gimmick, but it isn’t the better polished, and the higher degree a blade is polished for the better. It’s going to be able to glide and reduce drag through the ice. Where you’re going to know this is when the ice gets chewed up, and you get to the end of a period, just before the ice gets cut or resurfaced, heavy buildup of snow on the ice. The better polished your runner is, the better. It’s going to be able to glide through that ice with minimal effort from yourself having to push your skates through.
- Super black blades
When we look at Byonics super black blades. The reason that they call them super black is because they feature what almost looks like a chrome coating on the external of the blade. Which aside from it looking great has performance benefits. It’s a titanium carbon coating, which is very different if you recognize other black steel that you see from companies like Step Steel or Massive Blade.
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- DCL coating
There’s feature a DLC coating on the external of the black runner. What that is is a diamond-like coating, which improves the resistance of the blade essentially. It’s able to hold its edge life much longer than a stem, stainless steel or blade that doesn’t contain this coating. But what we get with the titanium carbon coating is that it has a better resistance against impacts.
When we look at a DLC coated black blade, you’re getting resistance against it being able to withstand general wear and tear. It can maintain its edge life when we look at the titanium carbon coating that is featured on Byonic skate blades. It features better impact resistance because of the general construction of their blades them being constructed from high-quality steel precision laser cut.
You’re still getting all of the benefits of maintaining a long edge life. But that added resistance against impacts means that Byonics super black runners are genuinely going to offer you a better level of protection in terms of worrying about your blades being broken or snapped during the game.
This is definitely something that I have noticed, and the players that have been testing these runners with me can also attest to it.
The negative side
- If you play a lot of hockey, the color to get scratched to get chipped
In terms of my general feedback on what using their runners has been like, I have any negatives that I can share apart from mentioning that. Of course, if you get one of their cosmetically colored blades, you can expect.
If you’re playing a lot of hockey, if you play high-level hockey or competitive hockey, you can expect the coating on the blades, the color to get scratched to get chipped. It’s just bound to happen.
- The process of the color coating can take a bit of abuse.
In terms of the process used to apply the color coating onto the blades, it’s the same process used to apply color onto the bodywork of cars. So it’s not something done in someone’s garage very quickly.
It is done professionally into a high level into a level that can take a bit of abuse. But you do need to be aware that if you’re going to get those nice gold, all those nice red colored runners, they are going to scratch if you’re playing a lot of hockey.
If you’re just generally skating going to public skating sessions, you can find that they’ll last a much longer time because the abuse is that your blades get going to be much less than a game of hockey.
Doing things like making sure you put covers over the runners or just shielding the blades when you put them into your bag will help to extend their life and to preserve that color. But that’s really the only negative that I’ve had in terms of having their blades profiled.
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In terms of taking them from playing indoor on to synthetic on to outdoor ice especially playing on the sea, where they salt on the ice, I’ve not noticed any loss of performance in their runners. Of course, I’m not going just to tell you that Byonic skate blades are better quality than step steel because that wouldn’t be true.
But the reason that I’ve moved away from step steel and I find myself pretty much exclusively using Byonic is because of the height of the blade. What I personally found with step steel runners, which I can attest, are the highest quality skate blades in hockey at the moment. Puck Drawn Hockey‘ found that the blades are just too high for the way that I skate, and it’s something that I’ve had a lot of players give me feedback on as well.
If you’ve had a step for a while and you’ve managed to grind it down or cross, grind it to get it a little bit flatter and not as high. Then maybe that might work. But for me, it just wasn’t enjoyable for me to skate on a blade that was that high.
The natural profile that Byonic blades come with the pitch that they come with the color options. Also, the general performance, reliability, and consistency of their blades is why I’ve been using them for this amount of time. And I find it very difficult to move away from them.
As always, a big thank you for reading this post. All the way to the end. If you want any more information on Byonic skate blades, I’ll be a link down below in the post description. Thank you for reading, guys, I’ll catch you in the next one, take care.