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Choose the correct Inline Skates

Choose the correct Inline Skates

Before we start, what is the difference between Roller Skates, Roller Blades, Skate and inline skates? 

Roller Skates

The term Roller Skates is usually used to describe quad skates. These retro skates are not very common in Singapore but in US, they are still widely popular.

Roller Blades

The actual term is Rollerblade which is probably the most successful brand in the history of the sport. The brand has become so popular that it has become synonymous with the sport.

Inline Skates

The term inline skating is the correct way of describing "roller blading". 


This term is used to describe all skate sports in general. Skate sports including skateboarding, roller skating, inline skating and longboarding.

Understanding the Parts 

When choosing the correct pair of skates, we must first know how serious we are in the sport. If you are not sure, rent a pair of skates or go for some skating lessons before buying. Never ever buy a cheap pair of skates. The term cheapskate is probably coined out of this. If you are decided and you want to use inline skating to keep fit and have fun, read on:

Skate Boot

Boot Only

Usually classified under 2 main types, Hard and Soft. Both have their pros and cons. Lets take a more in depth look at these properties.

Hard Boot Benefits:

  • Heavier boots keeps your centre of gravity low, thus increasing stability and balance
  • Helps you to stand straighter by offering better support on the ankles
  • Protects your foot against hard surfaces
  • Liner cushion is very thick for comfort and increased responsiveness
  • Extremely durable

Soft Boot Benefits

  • Lighter boots allow you to speed and skate longer distances
  • Comfortable like wearing a pair of sneakers
  • Breathable to keep your feet cool
  • Works well with laces to give you a compressed fit

Hard Boot Drawbacks

  • Heavier boots requires more effort from users
  • Less comfort due to hardness of the boot

Soft Boot Drawbacks

  • Lighter boots makes it harder to balance
  • Less support on the ankles may cause pronation or supination 

Below is a chart to help you decide on what boot choice to make base on your skating activity

 Soft Boot Hard Boot
  • skating on long and flat road
  • skating long distances
  • long skating sessions
  • speed skating
  • urban skating
  • doing tricks and jumps
  • aggressive slides and maneuvers
  • Slalom


 Skate Frame

Skate Frame

Most common are plastic frames, aluminium frames and extruded aluminium frames. Lets now decide which frame is best for you.

Aluminium Frame

  • More rigid. Allowing better power transfer from boot to wheels.
  • More durable. Metal will not bend as much under pressure and weight

Extruded Aluminium Frame

  • Extruded Frame is a reinforced one piece frame increasing rigidness for an even more powerful skate experience
  • Highly customizable

Plastic Frame

  • Lightweight
  • Plastic bends more, thus under weight, it keeps the user lower to the ground
  • Easier to control since the power transfer is lower

Below is a generic chart to help you decide base on the user's characteristics:

 Plastic Extruded Aluminium Aluminium
  • Beginners
  • Kids
  • Below 75kg
  • Low usage
  • Skaters who want the best
  • High speed skating
  • Urban Skating
  • Above 75kg
  • Fitness skating
  • Regular usage


Skate Wheels

Rollerblade Supreme 110mm Wheels

Inline skating wheels usually have 2 description: (mm) which is the diameter of the wheels and (a) which is the hardness of the wheel.

Big vs Small Wheels

Big wheels give you higher speed and better comfort when skating. However, it also requires more balance because it keeps you higher off the ground. Also, to hold larger wheels, the frame becomes longer, reducing maneuverability.

Small wheels give you better balance and it make turning easier. It is helpful when learning new tricks. However it significantly reduces the speed and users have to skate harder to cover distances.

Hard vs Soft

Hard wheels are extremely durable and it helps with speed. It is also good for tricks and slides. However, harder wheels also cause more vibration when you skate and it reduces traction. 

Soft wheels are very comfortable to skate on and gives you better traction. However, the rubber on the wheels wears off quickly.

Skating Disciplines

Now that you know the different parts of the skates, lets look at the qualities of different inline skate from different skate disciplines to help you make a better choice.

Kids Skates

Skate Boot Type: Soft 

To reduce the weight and provide more comfort

Skate Frame: Plastic

Again to reduce weight, and since a child is not heavy, metal frames are not necessary

Wheel Size: 70 - 76mm  (standard skates) ; 80 - 90mm (tri-skates)

Small wheels help a child stay balanced. 

Wheel Hardness: 80-82a

A semi-hard wheel is a good hardness to get both traction and durability

Fitness Skates

Skate Boot: Soft

Soft boots provide more comfort for longer skating sessions to burn the calories

Skate Frame: Aluminium

Aluminium Frame gives better power transfer to cover larger distance.

Wheel Size: 80 - 90mm (standard skates) ; 100 - 110mm (tri-skates)

Larger wheel size allows users to cover distances and reduce vibration off the ground.

Wheel Hardness: 82-85a

Urban Skating

Skate Boot: Hard

Hard boot protects the feet when skating against concrete pavement and kerbs. It also supports the ankle especially turning sharp street corners.

Skate Frame: Extruded Aluminium

Extruded Aluminium is stronger which is necessary for the small jumps out in the streets. Also, skating in the streets will have many bumps and obstacle, so having a better power transfer can help with the "start stop" experience while urban skating.

Wheel Size: 80 - 84mm (standard skates) ; 90 - 110mm (tri-skates)

Mid-size wheels get best of both speed and agility.

Wheel Hardness: >85a

Harder wheels are better for slide stops, speed, and takeoffs.

Speed Skating

Skate Boot: Soft

Soft boots reduces weight which is a big thing for speed skating.

Skate Frame: Extruded Aluminium

Extruded Aluminium is stronger which is necessary for maximum power transfer. 

Wheel Size: 100 - 110mm (standard skates) ; 125mm (tri-skates)

Large wheels gives maximum speed

Wheel Hardness: >85a

Harder wheels are better for speed and takeoffs.

Aggressive Skating

Skate Boot: Hard

Hard boot protects the feet when skating against concrete pavement and kerbs. It also supports the ankle especially turning sharp street corners.

Skate Frame: Extruded Plastic

Extruded plastic although not as strong as aluminium, significantly reduces the weight of the skates. This is especially important for jumps and tricks.

Wheel Size: 55 - 62mm 

Small and fat wheels provide the user with the most balance.

Wheel Hardness: >88a

Extremely hard wheels are better for skatepark ground and it also reinforced the frame strength.

Hockey Skates

Skate Boot: Leather

Leather boots are hard and lightweight. It has to be compressed to the users foot by laces. However, the cushioning is thin, making it the least comfortable. 

Skate Frame: Extruded Aluminium

Extruded Aluminium is stronger which is necessary for the high speed maneuvers and stops. It is also helps players get a better acceleration.  

Wheel Size: 72 - 80mm 

Mid-size wheels get best of both speed and agility.

Wheel Hardness: >72-78a

Soft wheels gives maximum traction which is important in an inline hockey game.

Choose the Correct Type of Skateboard

There are many different types of skateboarding. If you have gone to the skatepark, you will probably see a lot of street boards for skateboard tricks. If you are cycling or walking down a park and see someone cruising along the road, they are probably using a cruiserboard or a longboard. The anatomy of a skateboard is pretty much the same, only the specification is different. In order to choose the correct board, you must know what type of deck to buy. 

Understanding Skateboard Decks

A deck without question is the most important part of a skateboard. It pretty much holds everything together including you weight. When choosing your board, the first thing we look for is the length of the board. The chart below is a generic guideline for choosing the correct deck length. For street boards we usually look at the width as the length and shape is pretty much the same.

 Length of Deck Type of Board Recommended Height for Beginners 
22" - 24" Cruiserboard 120 - 155cm
25" - 29" Cruiserboard 156 - 175cm
30" - 34" Cruiserboard 176 - 182cm
>35" Cruiserboard >183cm
33" - 34" Longboard 130 - 155cm
35" - 38" Longboard 156cm - 175cm
>39" Longboard >176cm

 Width of Deck Type of Board Recommended Height for Beginners
~6.5" - 6.75" Street 120 - 140cm
~7" Street 141 - 150cm
~7.3" Street 151 - 178cm
>7.5" Street >179cm


You must be wondering why are the boards shaped differently. The chart below shows the most common shaped boards in the market.

Shape of Board Purpose
Freeriding: For those skating downhill that includes drifting, hand slides and aggressive maneuvers. The twin tip allows user to steer the board without the wheels touching the board.    
Cruising: For those who go from point A to B. A cruising deck usually is round and symmetrical. It also has a head and a tail. This allow different foot positions for better comfort while riding. 
Carving: They are narrower than boards for cruising. For those who require maximum maneuverability. They are wired to stop at high speed by performing a sharp directional change. The shape of the board allows the board to flex deeply without wheels touching the board.  
Freestyle: For those who wants to carve and do aggressive moves in tight street corners and cruise at the same time. 
Street/Stunt: Symmetrical all over. Standard board shape for those who do jumps and tricks. Most common in the skate parks and ramps.


When you shop for boards, not all are flat and there are reasons why. Now lets look at the different Deck Concave.

 Concave Purpose
Meant for those who want to do board walk or dance. 
Usually for those who like more bounce on the deck. The positive camber acts like a suspension.

For those who prefers the board to hold its original state. A negative camber has little or no flex at all 


Now lets look at deck mount

 Deck Mounts Purpose
Drop Through Mount: A hole cut out of the deck for the base plate of the truck to go through it. This design keeps users lower to the ground for more stability, easier pushing, and easier sliding. Usually comes with boards with twin tip to prevent wheel bite.
Top Mount: The most common mount. It gives the user more height off the ground for better turns and movements even at high speed.


Material of the Deck


Most common. Usually comes with 7 - 9 ply. The lesser the plys the lighter the deck. The more plys, the more durable. Maple is the most common material because it is the most rigid compared to the rest.


Bamboo is naturally a strong and flexible material. To "loosen" the rigidity of a deck, bamboo plys are added into a Maple board to add more flex into the board. Usually the first or the last ply of the deck.


Fiberglass is common added into bamboo or maple decks to decrease weight, increase stability and reduce flex.Fiberglass is hard so it keeps the deck in its original state even at high pressure.

Skateboard Wheels

Big vs Small

Big wheels are for cruising. It rolls over uneven terrain better and it is a lot faster. Small wheels keeps users lower to the ground for better stability and control.

Hard vs Soft

Hard wheels are a lot more durable and gives better lift for jumps. It is also good for longer slides as the grip is significantly reduce when the wheels are hard. Soft wheels gives better traction and a more comfortable ride.


Chaya is a roller derby and roller skate brand from Powerslide.

Over the past 4 years we have been working hard to perfect our product line ensuring we introduce unique and innovative designs unlike any other brand on the market.

Chaya’s image is clean, pure and focused.
Fully functional product with great design and style combining function and fashion.

After our success in Roller Derby and Park Skating, most recently we are excited to join the Roller Dancemovement.

The unique selling point for Chaya is the patented Dual Center Mount. For the first time ever you can put a roller skate together with just two screws, so no extra mounting and drilling work, no misplaced frames, and no discussion about forward or backward mount.



Dual Center Mounting

Advantages of DCM

Less hardware needed for the assembly

Plate position can be customized

Easier handling for the (online) shops – frame can be mounted by skaters


Chaya Derby Skates - the most aggressive skate to help you ace in indoor competitions!

Chaya Derby Skates


The Chaya Pearl has been the flagship of our roller derby collection since Day 1... The Pearl is a high end, high performance, light weight carbon boot that will truly take your game to the next level. Loved for its sleek look, unmatched heel lock, incomparable heat molding and extreme responsiveness. BUT WAIT ➡️ The Pearl has been UPGRADED and now showcases a lower cut shell and softer upper for added comfort. .

Combined with our off-set 20º Ophira aluminum plate - mounted via our unique DCM 2-point mounting system, juicewheels Java 92A and wicked bearings. You will feel an immediate increase in your performance. The Pearl is built to last and will see you through multiple seasons.


Chaya Lifestyle Skates - fastest way to get you from Point A to Point B!Chaya Lifestyle Skates

The Chaya Melrose Elite benefits from a padded high cut boot for superior comfort, our high performance Shari plate, Octo wheels Paseo, wicked Bearings ABEC 9 and our much loved Controller Toe Stop. This combination makes for an extra smooth, extremely comfortable and very responsive ride. This is the roller skate for long hours of cruising.  Other Colour Options available HERE


Chaya Park Roller Skates - Great for Outdoors, tricks and stunts in the skate park!Chaya Park Roller Skates 


The Chaya ‘Jump’ (Black) is a durable boot built for outdoor + street + park. The high cut sneaker fit boot is a combination of mesh and leather, providing great support alongside superior comfort. Extra features such as an extremely padded foam tongue and anatomically shaped ankle area ensure comfort throughout the longest and hardest of skating sessions.


Chaya Vintage skates - aesthetics still counts does it not!Chaya Vintage Skates


The Chaya Glide is the flagship of our Vintage roller skate collection and it’s easy to see why. This extremely comfortable and stylish mid-cut boot is the perfectly smooth ride you need for the roller disco, street or beach. This high fashion distressed denim look will make you the envy of your crew. You are sure to be noticed as you roll back in time to the good old days! .


The Powerslide SWELL is a revolutionary inline skate specially designed for intense fitness training. 

With the Powerslide SWELL collection it comes a whole new way to experience inline skating. It doesn’t only score with its extraordinary design, but also with perfect and comfortable fitting. The Swell skates are made for fast and intense skating and they will help you unleash your full potential, no matter if you skate for 5km or 42km, in perfectly paved tracks and rinks or in the city streets, you will experience skating as you never did before.






The skates are built in a unique and revolutionary manufacturing process. Powerslide SWELL skates come with a built-in liner which makes it the ultimate soft boot skate, providing unparalleled fit as well as being extremely comfortable and responsive.


For first time in a skate we are using a seamless Power knit sock-like upper in four of our models. This makes the boot extremely comfortable, resistant, breathable and lightweight.


The upper is lasted over a lightweight and anatomically shaped plastic shell with integrated ankle padding meaning there is no need for a liner so the upper and lining are a single layer of material.


All the Powerslide SWELL skates include our new patented 3-point mounting system specially designed to take 3-wheel skates to the next level of performance.


To reduce weight, improve stability, maneuverability, increase both speed and control as well as to maximize every skating stride, all the Powerslide SWELL skates are TRISKATES (3 wheel skates) which is the future of inline skating.


100, 110 and 125mm wheels provide a smooth ride over any surface. We have developed a special PU formula for all Powerslide SWELL wheels to guarantee high durability, unparalleled grip and maximum speed



The Powerslide SWELL skates feature WCD freespin bearings lubricated with light grease. They have a strong and solid steel cage and 7 steel balls which are honed and finished to perfection to guarantee a smooth and nice roll. WCD is the bearing of choice of the fastest man of the planet on inline skates: Bart Swings, professional speed skater and multiple world champion.






Globe Skateboard The Pearl Series

It’s not just a look, it’s a slick! In addition to the eye-catching appeal of these pearl based decks, they slide like ice on the stickiest of surfaces. Additionally, we’ve used pearlescent inlays and edge details like you might see on guitars and guitar picks across a series of high-end cruisers.





Daily fun from point A to B, Globe's Outsider 27" Cruiser Complete Skateboard comes pre-assembled and ready to shred right out of the box! Constructed with premium components offering a smooth ride while the bottom veneer is designed with Globe's signature Pearl Slick composition, a glossy underside that offers an enhanced slick slide turning curbs, rails, and ledges slide-able even without wax.



TRUCKS 5.25" Tensor Alloy Trucks
WHEELS Globe 60mm 80a wheels
DECK CONSTRUCTION Resin-7 hardrock maple; Full concave
SIZE (length x width x wheel base) 27.125" x 8.25" x 14.5" wb







The Globe Inside 31" is broad board brusier for better control and stability. It comes with Tensor Alloy trucks and mid size wheels for a more enjoyable ride.



TRUCKS 5.25" Tensor Alloy Trucks
WHEELS Globe 60mm 80a wheels
DECK CONSTRUCTION Resin-7 hardrock maple; Full concave
SIZE (length x width x wheel base) 31 x 9.25" x 16.75" wb


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