If you’re new to the world of skating, it’s important to know that all rollerblades are not the same.
There are a variety of different styles out there depending on your level of experience and what type of skating you want to do.
From different cuffs to varying sizes in the wheels, here is an in-depth guide into everything you need to know about the different types of rollerblades so that you can decide which are best for you.
Which type of skating?
The first thing to decide is what type of rollerblading you’ll be partaking in.
Are you just beginning and you want to stick to standard street or rink skating? If you’re looking at blading in a competitive sense then you’ll have to consider more specialist skates with particular specifications. Or if you’re into street skating, involving tricks and jumps, then you’ll need a skate with different wheels and frame length.
So, you’ve seen some roller skaters showing off down at the beach and now you’ve decided that you want to grab a pair yourself and see what skills you’ve got. If so, don’t worry too much about splashing out on an expensive pair, just something that will get you rolling down the road.
If you’re wanting to skate in rinks or on flat paths then make sure you look out for skates with a tall, supportive cuff that will keep your ankles secure and protected.
Most recreational frames will be made of composite plastic and have a medium to long frame, making the skates more stable and although slower, safer for beginners.
Now you’ve been skating for a little longer and you’re taking it to the next level, you might want to look into spending some more and putting more effort into the skates you want.
Performance skates are built for training or racing and have large and light wheels that are suitable for long distance sessions. The cuffs are often medium to tall in height to assist with ankle mobility and security. You’ll want to make sure that the frame is large enough to fit the large wheels, the large frame also allows for more stability at a high speed.
You’re not a beginner and you don’t want to speed skate, so maybe you are giving street skating a try?
Skates in this style need to be able to support obscure movements and jumping, which is why they need to be able to absorb impact and be ready for ramps. Skates in this style will usually have a tall cuff for support and soul plates so you are able to grind and show off your moves.
Street skates, like recreational ones are often made of composite plastic and have a shorter, stronger frame than the two above, this is to support small wheels. However, unlike the other two, street blades have flat profile wheels which are useful for jumping gaps and performing tricks.
Now you’ve got all of the information you need to decide which style of skating is right for you, use this guide to help you get a strapping spare of skates and roll off into the sunset.