Question to coaches: Why the shift to 8' rockers for bottom line blades (at least as far as MK and Wilson are concerned)? The two current bottom line MK models (Galaxy and Flight) are both 8' rockers, while all their other models [the better-grade entry (Double Star), intermediate, and advanced models] remain at 7'. I think (not certain) that previous bottom line MK models (such as Single Star, my very first blade) were 7'.
The new Wilson entry line is even more bizarre. Their bottom line used to be Mercurio (advertised as a 6' rocker) then replaced by Jubilee (advertised as a 7' rocker) [not sure whether there were other models between Mercurio and Jubilee]. Their better-grade entry (Majestic) and intermediate (with the exception of Comet, 8.5') models are all 7' rockers, and their advanced models are 8' rockers. But their new bottom line model is the Arrow, an 8' rocker. If a skater were to progress with the current Wilson line, he would start with 8', switch to 7', and then switch back to 8' [in the old, old days, he would go from 6' to 7' to 8'].
Anyone know the rationale for this?