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IS IT WORTH BUYING CHEAP ROLLERBLADES

Are you really "saving cost" when you buy a pair of cheap inline-skate? One thing to note is that when you buy a cheap pair of skates, what you are cutting down is the skating experience. In all sports, one's deciding factor to continue is on their first experience. While you think you are "saving", there is actually more expenses that will incur in the long run. Having a pair of cheap skates means that more abrasions and blisters are likely to appear. This also means more unwanted pain and expenses when you have to be those bandages or a whole new skate altogether.

However that said, a good pair of skates does not mean getting a very expensive one. Sure getting a pair of good skates isn't really cheap. Contrary, a good pair of skate can enhance the skating experience,this means you'll learn to skate better and get more for your money. Since skating is a family sport, and most sports normally last more than two hours more session, comfort is definitely a number concern. 

Having a reliable pair of inline-skates means that your get good liners which provides that cushion in every turn and bump. Additionally, since they are all made from breathable materials, it allows your feet to breathe better eliminating those germs compared to a cheap skate. A good skate also provide that ankle support which could come in handy for beginners who are more prone to falling, this helps eliminate a injured ankle, much less a broken one. 

How much should a pair for good skates cost, kids skates ranges from $100 to $180 whereas adults ranges from $200-$300. Although it may seem costly at first, this pair of reliable skates will save a lot of cost. What makes skating fun is mostly dependent on the experience you get out of it. 

 

 

Rollerblade Twister X - 2017

The highly anticipated Rollerblade's 2017 Twister X is more than a pretty statement and is definitely here to stay.

 

Rollerblade Twister X Skates feature a stand out design that is sure to catch some attention. Not just a pretty face, these skates are also packed full of performance and comfort.

The molded shell design makes for a snug, responsive fit that is highly adjustable thanks to two ratcheting buckles at the ankle and midstrap.

The Specialized Pro liner is contoured to give optimal comfort and instant heel lock.

Built for the streets, you'll find an integrated Shock absorber in the heel to help reduce road vibration and a replaceable slider for added durability.

 

UPPER/SHELL Twister, Vented Molded
Lateral Slider
WHEELS Rollerblade Hydrogen 80mm/85A
BEARINGS Twincam Classic ILQ 9
FRAME

Hot Rod 243mm Alu
One Sided Racing axles

LINER New Specialized 5 Star Fit
Specialized footbed
Shock Absorber
Vcut
CLOSURE

Memory Lock Ratcheting Cuff Bukle
45° Buckle
Standard laces

 

 

We have included four common mistakes of inline skaters, read on to know if you are on the right track. The worst thing that could happen is getting the wrong pair of skates or getting yourself hurt.

1. Skating without any protection

Many advanced skaters are confident in their skill set and expertise, everyone trusts their own experience but getting yourself geared up in protection will do you more good than harm, you might even thankful for it saving your life.

We highly advise going with full protective gears that includes a helmet, wrist, knee and elbow guards.

 

2. Wearing skates that don't fit

Trying on a pair of skates before buying is always the way to go. If you can't get them in stores, try on a similar pair from the same brand and model range so you have a good idea of your size. Different brands and models differs in sizing and cut, so do be careful and do not assume your size is fixed or one size applies to all skates.

 

3. Speeding and ignoring road rules

Rules of the road should not be ignored. As much as urban and aggressive skating drives your adrenaline and keeps you going for more, speeding and being oblivious to traffic whether on the road or pavements will only make you a danger object to avoid. Plan your trail and do be considerate of other users and pedestrians. It is great to practise that killer move and slide on that handrail, but safety always comes first, both for others and yourself.

 

4. Not knowing how to stop and forgetting to stop

Yes, it's thrilling to go down hill, with that impressive swerve and rounding each curve but being unstoppable isn't gonna make you a shooting star. You might dream of burning wheels so turn they into fire but everyone would be thankful if you knew how to use that brake of yours. We are not doubting you and we are sure you know every way to make yourself stop, we just could not emphasis more that it is crucial to brake before it escalates into something that is actually preventable.

So there you have it, four common mistakes of inline skaters, don't be the one who faults them! Always practise safety and grind that dirt so Stephane Alfano would be proud of you or at least nod tastefully.

Get Rollerblade Twister X, $499(U.P $639) online or in stores.

Benefits of Inline Skating

Rollerblade Benefits

BUILDS AEROBIC EXERCISE BENEFITS

Inline skating increases your heart rate and gets your lungs working, both components in aerobic exercise. You can increase these aerobic benefits by skating on an incline, skating more vigorously, or practicing interval skating. Aerobic exercise improves the cardiovascular system, reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.

BUILDS ANAEROBIC EXERCISE BENEFITS

Inline skating provides anaerobic benefits, such as muscle strengthening and toning. Lower body muscles, core muscles, and even the upper body muscles receive an effective workout while inline skating. From long leg strides, maintaining posture, and swinging the arms, the entire body will see the muscular benefits. IMPROVES

DYNAMIC BALANCE, COORDINATION, & AGILITY

Inline skating is about dynamic balance, or balance while your body is in motion. By starting with the basic inline skating skills then learning to do more advanced moves on your skates, such as skating backwards, crossover turns, inline hockey, aggressive skating, and even yoga, you can challenge your balance, coordination, and agility.

INCREASES CORE STRENGTH

Postural, abdominal, and back extensor muscles, get a great workout while inline skating. With each push and glide motion, the core is activated to support the whole body providing stability allowing for dynamic balance. A strong core contributes to the effortless look a practiced skater demonstrates.

WEIGHT LOSS AND MAINTENANCE

Inline skating at 10mph on a regular basis not only burns about 6 calories a minute, or 360 calories an hour, but also turns fat into muscle - a double benefit. Also, the faster you skate, the more calories you’ll burn per minute.

LOW IMPACT EXERCISE

While skating has the bone density enhancing benefits of being a weight bearing activity, the smooth push and glide motion has minimal impact on the joints.

INCREASES SELF-CONFIDENCE

Probably the greatest fitness benefit of all is that inline skating is fun and gives you a sense of accomplishment as you tackle new fitness challenges. There are so many great inline skate events around the country in which to participate; from races to tours to local skate nights to so much more. Get out there and have fun getting and staying fit!

See our different skating packages here.

Rollerblade® Freestyle Skates (2015)

The latest and greatest from Rollerblade® have just arrived! And the best part is, they are all on sale. Every. Single. One. The Rollerblade Maxxum 100 Urban Inline Skates are the ultimate hybrid of urban skates, while the Rollerblade Twister LE Urban Inline Skates for 2015 exceed the demands of urban inline skating. A limited release (only 200 released) in the red and white shell, the Twister LE feature all the great design capabilities from the standard Twister skate models,

Buying Inline Skates for Kids (Part 2) – Brand/Model Comparison

Here is Part 2 of our guide on buying kids skates (go back to Part 1 here), with a chart of the brands/models we carry, so you can make the best choice for your child.

We will go through all the strange numbers and terminology. Scroll down and take a peep at the table below (to get an idea of what's going to be discussed) and then come back up here!

Wheels

Durometer — what does 80 A mean? That's the durometer rating, meaning the hardness of the wheel. The harder (higher number), the more durable.

Configuration — you will notice that some skates feature two wheel sizes, like 72+76mm. This combination means that the two front wheels are smaller, giving increased stability (low centre of gravity) and manoeuvrability. The two larger back wheels enable more speed. It's known as the hi-lo configuration — a good idea for young skaters who will become a bit more advanced. Most kids skates come stocked with one size, in a flat configuration, which is good for beginners.

Maximum wheel size — indicates the largest wheels the frame can accommodate, offering an option of flexibility. You will be able to change to hi-lo or other combinations. Useful because most skaters will desire a bit more speed as they progress.

Frames

Here we have two main types, carbon plastic and aluminium. The frame is where most of the power is generated in skating, and its stiffness will affect energy efficiency.
Carbon Plastic — a composite which makes plastic harder and more durable.
Aluminium — light, stiff and durable.

Bearings

Bearings are rated 1–9. The higher ABEC classes provide better precision, efficiency, and greater speed capabilities, but do not necessarily make the components spin faster. The ABEC rating does not specify many other critical factors, such as smoothness of the rolling contact surfaces, ball precision or quality/type of steel used. SG is Rollerblade's bearing brand, with its own parallel rating system.

 

Sizes Closure Wheels Bearings Frame
Rollerblade FLASH

11 – 1

2 – 5

5 – 8

Lace + Buckle

80 A

72mm

(max 76mm)

SG 3 Carbon Plastic
Rollerblade FLASH G

11 – 1

2 – 5

5 – 8

Lace + Buckle

80 A

72mm

(max 76mm)

SG 3 Carbon Plastic
Rollerblade SPITFIRE

11 – 1

2 – 5

5 – 8

Lace + Buckle

80 A

72mm

(max 76mm)

SG 3 Carbon Plastic
Rollerblade SPITFIRE G

11 – 1

2 – 5

5 – 8

Lace + Buckle

80 A

72mm

(max 76mm)

SG 3 Carbon Plastic
Rollerblade SPITFIRE SL

11 – 1

2 – 5

5 – 8

Velcro + Buckle

80 A

72mm

(max 76mm)

SG 3 Carbon Plastic
Rollerblade SPITFIRE SL G

11 – 1

2 – 5

5 – 8

Velcro + Buckle

80 A

72mm

(max 76mm)

SG 3 Carbon Plastic
Powerslide PHUZION 1 BOYS

29 – 32

33 – 36

37 – 40

Lace + Buckle

82 A

76mm

ABEC 5 Aluminium
Powerslide PHUZION 1 GIRLS

29 – 32

33 – 36

37 – 40

Lace + Buckle

82 A

76mm

ABEC 5 Aluminium
Powerslide PHUZION 3 BOYS

29 – 32

33 – 36

37 – 40

Lace + Buckle

82 A

70mm

ABEC 5 Aluminium
Powerslide PHUZION 3 GIRLS

29 – 32

33 – 36

37 – 40

Lace + Buckle

82 A

70mm

ABEC 5 Aluminium
K2 CHARM PRO

11 – 2

1 – 5

4 – 8

Speed Lacing

80 A

72mm

ABEC 3 Carbon Plastic
K2 CHARM X PRO

11 – 2

1 – 5

4 – 8

Speed Lacing

80 A

72+76mm

(max 76mm)

ABEC 3 Carbon Plastic
K2 CHARM X BOA

11 – 2

1 – 5

4 – 8

BOA Lacing

80 A

72+76mm

(max 76mm)

ABEC 3 Carbon Plastic
K2 CHARM JR

11 – 2

1 – 5

4 – 8

Lace + Buckle

80 A

70mm

ABEC 3 Carbon Plastic
K2 MARLEE PRO

11 – 2

1 – 5

4 – 8

Speed Lacing

80 A

72mm

ABEC 3 Carbon Plastic
K2 MARLEE

32 – 37

Lace + Buckle

80 A

70mm

ABEC 3 Carbon Plastic
K2 SK8 HERO PRO

11 – 2

1 – 5

4 – 8

Speed Lacing

80 A

70mm

(max 76mm)

ABEC 3 Carbon Plastic
K2 SK8 HERO X PRO

11 – 2

1 – 5

4 – 8

Speed Lacing

80 A

72+76mm

(max 76mm)

ABEC 3 Carbon Plastic
K2 SK8 HERO X BOA

11 – 2

1 – 5

4 – 8

BOA Lacing

80 A

72+76mm

(max 76mm)

ABEC 3 Carbon Plastic
K2 SK8 HERO JR

11 – 2

1 – 5

4 – 8

Lace + Buckle

80 A

70mm

(max 76mm)

ABEC 3 Carbon Plastic
K2 RAIDER PRO

11 – 2

1 – 5

4 – 8

Speed Lacing

80 A

72mm

(max 76mm)

ABEC 3 Carbon Plastic
K2 RAIDER SL

11 – 2

1 – 5

4 – 8

Speed Lacing

80 A

70mm

(max 76mm)

ABEC 3 Carbon Plastic

 

*Not all our kids skates are listed (like fitness and aggressive), since this is an introduction to buying kids skates — and we assume your child is firstly going to be skating for recreation purposes (instead of skating on rough terrain or pulling stunts).

We hope this guide has been useful to you, but it's not a replacement for sussing skates out first-hand. Do come down to our stores for a fitting, so that our passionate and knowledgeable staff can help you make the ideal purchase!


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