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Indoor Skate Camp (March 2015)

We've just wrapped up an energetic week of our ever-popular Indoor Skate Camp!



 

What

A five-day inline skating course for beginners, covering all the essentials you'll need to find your skating feet.
When Three times a year during the school holiday periods: in March, June and November. The sessions last 1.5 hours each. Session slots are in the morning, afternoon and evening daily.

Where

Our Riverwalk (Clarke Quay) indoor skating rink and retail space. It's fully air-conditioned, keeping everyone comfy and fresh during lessons, rain or shine.


For 5 days, a bunch of earnest younglings trooped into the store nice and early (those who registered for the earliest slot at 10:30am) to gear up and have a crash course in inline skating basics. Usually our store opens to public at 12nn, so this was a lively start to the day for us.

The parents, meanwhile, huddled about to snap photos and watch the lessons. Parents are welcome to stay, although it can get a bit crowded. But no worries, over the next few days, the number of parents staying through the whole session dwindles.

At first, the little skating padawans set firmly on the astroturf for the essential steps: learning how to stand up and sit down, and proper skating posture.

Nope, the "gong xi fa cai" pose is not a leftover from the recent CNY, but to prevent them from flailing their arms haplessly and losing balance. Which people tend to do instinctively.

As they progress, the ones who are ready to roll (literally) will move out to the next zone, while our instructors continue to aid the ones who need more time.

Parents, don't worry if your child spends the first day in the grass! They always catch up soon enough, and it's important that everyone grasps the basics in the order taught, so they won't develop bad skating habits. That's more difficult to correct later, so getting it right early on is the best.

Also, it may be useful to note that all INLINEX lessons are Results Guaranteed (if not we will redo the course, on a weekend at the same location until he/she learns to move and stop, absolutely free)!


And away they go, rolling around in a circuit to work on their technique. Lots of falling is to be expected. It's normal! They learn how to fall safely and recover. As our instructors like to say: if you don't fall at least once, you're not learning.

The kids have a lot of fun, sometimes focusing quietly, sometimes giving tips to their siblings and new friends. They're all progressing nicely and have found their skating feet. The next few lessons will hone their technique further.

Our instructor-to-student ratio is kept low, about 1:5. This way, there are always enough of our dedicated instructors to go around, ensuring that each student has enough attention and can progress their learning at a good pace.

Before we know it, the session is over and it's time for a debrief!



For more information on our Skate Camp, follow our facebook page for updates! The upcoming one will be in June, and the details are all finalized. Click here for Skate Camp (June 2015).

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!

Buying Inline Skates for Kids (Part 1)

If you're a parent looking to get some skates for your youngling – but don't know where to start – fret not! We're here to help. This article covers the main things to consider, and after that you can check out Part 2, containing technical information and our brand/model comparison list.


Comfort & Size

First things first, comfort is key. It is absolutely essential to come down for a fitting. When? The best time to do so would be after an afternoon of walking, since feet tend to swell a little towards the end of the day. Spend at least 30mins to an hour letting him/her test out a few pairs. The skates should fit snugly, without any pinching or soreness. If the skates are a little loose, don't brush it off thinking "oh it'll be fine, they'll grow into it…" Looseness will cause friction sores and make skating difficult!

So, look for a pair that fits their current size closely. The best part is, most kids skates models expand four to five sizes. So you can keep up with their rapidly growing feet, get the most out of the skates, and not waste money on something you'll toss out in a few months.

Closure System

Now, the next factor to consider is the closure system. We recommend a system they can use without any assistance from you, for convenience. These are the common options:

Velcro+buckle >> velcro straps and a buckle
Laces+buckle >> shoelaces and a buckle, for those who can tie laces
Speed lacing >> just like a drawstring, tug to tighten, slide the cord lock into place
BOA lacing >> simple twist/pull of a dial, to tighten/release


Alright, are you ready to check out some real-world examples? Let's go over to Part 2 to see what the different brands and models have to offer.

Customise your Penny Skateboards at Inlinex today

So the Penny 22" grip tapes have arrived!

This pre-cut grip tape is ready for you if you want a little extra stability and a sturdier platform for throwing tricks. Or if you just want to create a pop of matching/contrasting color on your Penny board. It comes die cut to fit perfectly on your deck. Just rip it and stick it.

 

Even better, you can further customize it with just a pair of scissors (or a pen knife). The possibilities are endless! Now you can have a skateboard as unique as yourself.

Penny has provided a diamond grid on the reverse side, making it super easy to cut out some really rad patterns.

Here are some cool examples from the web:

 

And of course you don't have to use the grid — the sky's the limit. Let your imagination flow and make your Penny truly one of a kind!

Riding your inline skates on Lightning

Well, not exactly lightning — but the closest you can get to it without being fried to a crisp. How, you ask? Simply kit out your skates with these snazzy PG Lightning of Life skate wheels, freshly landed in store!

Here they are in their regular form, pretty decent design, but not particularly eye-catching... yet. Wait for it…

Like whoa. Would you look at that. (See our video to admire it in motion.)

The most mesmerising combo of colours morph into a super cool, glow-in-the-dark hue, when spun at skating speed. Still slightly visible in normal light, these really come alive in the dark, and will add some pizzazz to your night-time skate sesh.

We carry the 3 standard sizes: 72mm, 76mm, and 80mm, suitable for most of you skaters out there.

Rave on!


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