Sizing: The Fp sentinel skate shoe fits true to size. I suggest that you buy them in your normal shoe size.
Boardfeel/Grip: Fp footwear has done a great job with the Fp sentinel shoe model when it comes to boardfeel. The shoes are super flexible since your first steps and when a shoe has such a feature since day one, it means lots of boardfeel. It couldn’t be different as Fp footwear uses the DGS OUTSOLE SYSTEM which is a sole that has been hollowed out and filled with soft FluidX Protection material in the place of traditional rubbers and foams, so the shoe has superior board feel and flexibility. In terms of grip, i found the sole not the most grippy one. I have had shoes with by far better grip so this might be a downside.
Shape: The shape of the Fp sentinel skate shoe will remind you a bit the shape of the Etnies Marana Michelin skate shoes. The shoe is not bulky and at the same time it doesn’t have the look of a slim shoe as well but it definitely skates like it.The back part of the shoe is slightly higher than the front part but you cannot really feel it.
Durability: Fp’s main idea is always to create supportive skate shoes in order to avoid skate injuries. The suede and the added thermothane toe piece helps to extend the lifetime of the shoe, but you will have your outsole having flatspots before reaching the level of ripping off the upper part.So definitely the durability of the sole and the flatspots is for sure an issue as it is not made by the most durable materials.
Cushioning: The Fp Sentinel skate shoe features an outsole called DGS which is believed to absorb up to 91% of shock energy from the first to last day of use. From my experience this has nothing to do with reality. I haven’t felt that much of cushion to be honest although my legs were not hurting after a session. But when i heard for 91% of absorption, i thought that this should have been probably the most comfortable skate shoe out there but i was wrong. There is a lot more room for improvement there.For example, cushioning of this shoes is far less compared to the etnies Joslin 2 skate shoes.
Style: The Fp sentinel skate shoe is for sure pretty stylish, and although it might remind a bit of the etnies marana skate shoes it still has a unique aesthetic look. It is a a fun skate shoe, that promises a lot but honestly there are is a lot room of improvement there.
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