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Trinity Three Point Mount

Trinity Three Point Mount

WHY THE WORLD NEEDS IT?

With bigger wheels the center of gravity of skates is higher, control and support are also more important. With bigger wheels the force gets higher too, more torque.

We at Powerslide, as the pioneers of big wheels are aware of these facts and looked for solutions to make skates not only faster, but also more secure, agile and easier to control.

WHAT DID WE WANT?

A mounting that is as low as possible for ALL wheel sizes and setups.

To make the connection between the boot and frame more stable.

To add more control and better balance.

WHAT WE DID

So we looked at different sports, fixations in different areas and at other disciplines of skating. Inline hockey frames use front wings forming a channel since ages for one reason:

TO LOWER THE CENTER OF GRAVITY

Hockey is the fastest game in the world, and the lower skate is, the easier it is to maneuver, to handle and to control. This was our goal and mission for the new Trinity frame concept.

The construction of hockey skates inspired us to:

CREATE A THREE POINT MOUNTING FRAME

where we placed the two front mounting points outside of the frame using wings like in hockey frames

FORMING A DEEP GROOVED CHANNEL FOR THE WHEELS to keep center of gravity to the lowest possible. Precise engineering enables wheels to be less than 0.5 cm away from the boot.

INTEGRATE THE X-SLOT MOUNTING INTO OUR TRINITY 3-POINT MOUNTING frames as well. It gives the skater the opportunity to shift their frames to the front and back and even side wards, which enables them to customize the frame position under their boots to their skating skills and needs to optimize their performance.

 

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.

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