User Rating: Excellent
Pros:Great tight fitting, light, and comfortable skate which coincides with Grafs prestige.
Cons:Wears faster than other top Grafs & toe cap could be uncomfortable depending on player.
The Bottom Line: Definitely go with these skates if you want the best performance and are not concerned with using them for more than 2 seasons.
The Graf 704s are the lightest in the 700 series lineup. The 704 is a performance skate that will probably give you 1 to 2 seasons depending on how regularly you play. You dont want to wear a pair of skates for more than 2 seasons anyways. It is simply not fair to the player to limit his/her ability due to worn out skates. None the less, if you're looking to spend close to $350 for a pair of high end skates, durability shouldn't be your motivating factor. As a consumer you decide to spend that much because it is the performance that interests you. The 704 provides a stiff enough boot, nice forward ankle flex, and comfort like no other. The 704 is a narrow skate suitable for someone with moderate to small insteps. This is a very tight fitting skate. If that doesn't describe your feet somewhat stay away from these skates, and take a look at a pair of 707s, 709s, or 727s. Although I must add that the 705 only offers a slightly wider boot and the 707 is a very loose ankle fitting skate. Fit should always be the number one concern on any hockey player's mind when purchasing skates because the right fit leads to better comfort, and performance.
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This goes for Grafs in general when I say that Grafs are skates that can be molded to an individual. Obviously with any high end skate, these can be baked to form to your feet. But also the Graf leather boot allows ease of punching, blade alignment with lifts (the boot can be better twisted for your liking) and stretching. Another factor which can be a god send for players with flat feet, the archs in Grafs can actually be cut out of the skate with an exacto knife. Its not an extremely easy task, but anyone can get it done.
The Cobra mounting system comes standard on all Grafs. Graf used to stock their skates with Tuuks but that practice has now become defunct. However you still can purchase Grafs with tuuks through the Customs Department at Graf. Anyways the Graf Cobra mounting system does have its pros. It offers a screw system that allows you to easily remove the holders from the boot. This can make experimenting with lifts much easier, not to mention switching the holders. Also the holder has a bolt that allows easy removal of the blade. Sometimes the blade tends to get loose and it can be tightened with this bolt. However one must be careful in doing so because problems can arise if the bolt is too tight. Now concerning the actual blade itself, the Cobras tend to recieve a little flak. Players seem to think that the Cobra blades have a tough time keeping an edge, and that they must be sharpened frequently. The Cobras also come with an 11 ft radius, which depending on the player maybe a good or bad thing. Overall the holders really accommodate to accessibility unlike Tuuks which need rivets. Really though when it comes down to holders, its all about feel and some players prefer the Cobra (Brett Hull, Robyn Regehr, Kris Beech) and some the Tuuk, ICM, Mission Pitch, and CCM Pro holder.
The toe cap is "GRILAMID", which is a sturdy plastic but not as tough as a bauer toe cap. Also something that some people do not enjoy about the graf toe cap is its shape. It tends to be a little concave as compared to say a CCM square toe cap. The quarter side panels and ankle-uppers are CP93 medium-stiff. This skate also comes in D, R, and W widths. On a final note I must add that Graf has discontinued this model which was it's top selling one because of its similarity with the original Graf 703. The NEW 703 now incorporates a mix of the two models and is a very similar skate. Although discontinued, The Graf 704 is still widely available.
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