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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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