Before you go shopping for inline skates, find out what to look for when choosing a pair for active and enjoyable skating.
Roller skating can give a lot of positive emotions, be a great workout or a source of adrenaline. But no matter what direction you prefer, first of all it should be comfortable and safe. And an important step towards achieving these conditions is the competent choice of roller skates, which must meet all your requirements and wishes. What you should pay attention to when purchasing roller skates, this article will tell.
Choosing roller skates
The first thing you should decide when going to the store for roller skates is why you need them. Or rather, what direction of rollersport you would prefer to do. For almost every type of skating, modern stores offer specific models of roller skates. The most common models are:
Roller skates for fitness and recreation
Such videos are designed for active walks. A fitness roller skate is a boot with four wheels attached to it. It also has a regular brake, which can be easily removed if it interferes with you for some specific purpose.
Freeskate roller skates
These inline skates are designed for fast and fairly aggressive riding. You can also perform simple tricks on them — jumps and turns. Freeskate roller skates feature a strong boot that is hard enough to break even with a direct hit. The boot also has strong bindings and fixation.
Roller skates for aggressive skating
This type of inline skate is designed to perform complex tricks — jumping from great heights, sliding on different surfaces, sharp turns. They are distinguished by a heavy soft boot that has very good cushioning. Also, in the manufacture of such roller skates, a very strong short frame is used, which can withstand strong impacts and other types of aggressive contact.
Cross-country roller skates
This type of inline skate is designed primarily for speed skating. They are distinguished by a low boot, high rigidity of the wheels and a long frame. The types of wheels for such skates should be selected depending on the surface on which the skating will take place.
Roller skates for children
It is impossible to ignore the special type of children’s, or dimensionless, roller skates. This type can be performed in any of the above categories. But most often it is intended for amateur skiing. The main feature of such inline skates is that each pair is not one size, but a range of sizes that are easy to install and fix on your own, depending on the intensity of the child’s foot growth.
Another important detail that you should pay attention to when choosing roller skates is what type of boot is presented in a particular model. Of course, the boot should also be chosen depending on the purpose of the roller skates. But besides this factor, personal preferences should also be taken into account.
There are the following types of boots:
- Hard and soft boots
- High and low boots
This type of boot securely fixes the foot. However, it does not give freedom of movement in the ankle. These boots are suitable for those who decide to go in for roller skating (in this case, the boot should be low) or for those who really need high-quality foot fixation to reduce injury risk during tricks (for example, in freestyle).
It is wider and more comfortable than hard. It has movable elements in its design, which means it gives freedom for the movement of the foot and ankle. However, the fixation of the foot in such a boot is much weaker. This means that roller skates with a soft boot are not suitable for extreme activities. But on the other hand, a soft boot will allow you to fully and comfortably enjoy amateur skating or roller-skating fitness.
The high boot is featured on most inline skates. It fixes the leg quite well, protects it from bumps and injuries.
This type of boot is most often used for speedskating. It rises from the ankle no higher than 2–3 centimeters, due to which it does not hinder movement. However, for other types of skiing, low boots are not recommended, as they provide little or no protection to the foot from any type of injury due to external impact.
How to choose the size of roller skates?
After you have completely decided on the purpose of roller skates, you should decide on your size. For many, the stereotype will work that the size of the rollers should be slightly larger than the size of ordinary shoes. However, this opinion is erroneous. To ensure that skating does not cause discomfort, roller skates must fit your size. And this also applies to children’s roller skates. The most common mistake parents make is buying roller skates for growth.
When choosing roller skates, carefully check that the toes do not rest against the edge of the boot, at the same time, you should not leave a lot of free space. Check how well the boot fixes the ankle — the risk of dislocation in case of sharp turns or braking directly depends on this.
Be sure to check that the boot does not rub anywhere and does not cause discomfort. Remember, inline skates are not sandals and you won’t be able to break them apart. So, in case of an unsuccessful choice, skating will not only not bring you joy, but simply turn into torment.
It is important!
Before buying, carefully inspect both skates for strength and quality of materials and fasteners.
The design of the videos, of course, should be chosen based on your own preferences. But very often flaws in quality are hidden behind the bright colors of plastic. Therefore, first of all, pay attention to the videos themselves, and not their “wrapper”.
May riding bring you joy!
Author: Natalia Kay
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