i have a talent + HD skates for my DA 3.5 and it's hands down my favorite combo. been through the better part of 9 cloth pads ranging from artistian to zowie and still prefer the feel of the the talent over all of them. it honestly comes down to the smooth but balanced feel of the glide.
with the HD skates.... you guys have got to understand that these have a break in period before they start feeling insanely fast. i wondered the same thing when i got mine but sent an email to puretrak asking what was up. here is their response:
Thank you for contacting PureTrak! Due to the thickness of the skate and the way our tooling is designed, it's close to impossible to round the edge of the skate as that is usually done when the die casts the skate during production. When we attempted to round the skate during production, most of the skates had a "bowed" effect making it basically useless for after market application. With that said though... our PerfectGlide | HD line is our most popular line and our customers are finding that it takes only a few short hours of gaming for the skates to naturally round themselves. If natural rounding isn't occurring or you simply just want to skip this break in period, taking the edge of your finger nail/desk and about 30 seconds of your time rounds it as well.
I hope this helps! As always, if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at anytime. Thanks!"