If you notice the new 2022 Swell models have a 3D Adapt behind its model name, it is not there by mistake. The 3D Adapt is MYFIT’s patented 3DAP technology that’s constructed from cast polyurethane (PU) that molds perfectly around your foot to deliver a level of control and comfort never experienced before on inline skates.
Apart from the comfort, the liner is flatter with compressed cushion so you can feel all round the liner comfortably pressing against your feet. This gives you total control of your boot. Every minute movement will be instantly delivered to the skates. This is the maximum responsiveness that every top skater will want.
The Swell 3D Adapt also allows skaters to buy an exact fitting skate by making the toe box area softer than other skates. This means that the skates remains supportive at areas that are supposed to be hard and softer at areas that are more sensitive to pain. Also, the skates can even be heat molded to enhance the fitting further! Manufacturing skates like the Swell 3D Adapt requires more money, time and finesse.
Now, the most surprising thing is the price point. Skate liners that achieves such a specification will usually cost you at least SGD250.00 on its own. With these Swell skates, you are getting the whole skate! Shell, Liners, Frames and Wheels at a great great price point.
Most common are plastic frames, aluminium frames and extruded aluminium frames. Lets now decide which frame is best for you.
- 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 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:
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|
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 and the rubber gets compressed, slowing down the skates.
If you are a beginner looking to buy an inline skates, here are the parts of the skates you need to look out for:
Frame - The frame will take the bulk of your weight. So getting a frame that is not strong enough will cause pronation and supination.
For user weight below 70kg, plastic frame is good enough to start learning how to skate. For user weight above 70kg we recommend metal frame.
Shell - The shell usually comes in two types. Soft and Hard. Soft shell is more comfortable but less supportive for the ankles and Hard shell is more supportive but less comfortable.
For users who are totally new and never done any type of similar sport, go for a hard boot because it helps you stand straighter and balance better. Those with experience in ski-ing, ice skating or any similar type sport can consider the soft boot for more comfort
Wheels - The size of the wheels matters. Smaller wheels keep you lower to the ground for better balance and bigger wheels allow you to roll fast and longer. The best is to get a good balance.
For user height from 150 - 175cm, go for 80mm wheels. For user height above 175cm, go for 90mm wheels.
Brake - Brakes are important because it helps you to slow down easily. Brakes also help to prevent users from falling backwards. For skates that don't have brakes included, you can buy them seperately.
Cuff - Most cuffs are hard plastic. Lower cuffs give you more flex and higher cuffs gives you more support. So for beginners, we recommend higher cuffs for the extra ankle supports.
Liner - Liners are either removable or integrated. Liners control your level of comfort. Although this is not applicable for beginners choosing a pair of skates, it will be when you choose to advance.
Top Strap - The top strap is there to make sure your feet and ankles don't move inside the liner and shell. For beginners, we recommend buckle strap. Velcro straps is uncommon but we will not recommend beginners if he/she happens to see one.
Mid Strap - Mid strap usually comes in velcro or buckle type. They are there to prevent supination and pronation. For users above 70kg, we highly recommend buckle type mid strap.
To see a list of beginner skates for men. Please see here.
To see a list of beginner skates for women. Please see here.