When you have just started skating and are eager to pursue the sport, the best thing to do is equip yourself with the necessary equipment for an exciting and adventurous time. The foremost is to buy skate shoes to go along with the skates. Now we come to the kernel what type of skating do you wish to do?
Quad roller is best suited for beginners who want to enjoy themselves and have a bit of fun. They are normally used in an indoor rink. But with a softer and wider wheel, the skates are good for outdoor skating as well.
When one mentions roller skates, the image that crops up is a figure zooming around and around the rink, but the quad rollers are divided into;
- Recreational Skates
- Outdoor Skates
- Speed Skates
- Artistic Skates
- Children’s Skates
Recreational Roller Skates
When going to buy your first roller skate shoe, be sure that you get the correct fit from your local rink. Get them to measure your size and also the shoe you were wearing at that time. It is best if you are wearing a half size than a full-size.
Recreational skates are boots; they are most often high tops with a wheel of 57mm to 60mm. The hardness or the softness of the roller wheels is measured by its numbers. Harder the wheel, higher would be the number. The higher number is used for indoor skating while the lower numbered wheels are used for outdoor skating. The outdoor wheels are softer and wider to absorb the friction and tension arising out of the uneven surface.
The roller skate boots provide the ankle support preventing any swelling or injury to your joints.
The plates of the recreational blade is made of aluminum or urethane whereas cheap skate shoes are of vinyl. All the skates have dual cushion making it easier to turn and take on the edge by the skater.
Outdoor Roller Skates
Outdoor rollers can be skate sneakers (Tennis Shoe). They are sought after by young ladies who are conscious of style and comfort.
Any skates can be configured to outdoor rollers merely by fitting an outdoor type wheel of 62mm to 65mm in size. The minor disadvantage while using these wheels indoor is speed or momentum. Users have found that the momentum decreases enormously when outdoor wheels are used indoors.
In outdoor skating suede, black skate shoes work very well for its conventional look, its chic factor and also for its ease of use.
The outdoor roller skates are gaining popularity among the youths or adventure lovers who want to skate on smooth roads& trails.
A point to bear in mind while purchasing outdoor skates is to get a precisely sized bearing.
Speed skates also known as jam skating is favored by the teenagers and youths for entertainment or a social gathering. They are also practiced in regular rinks. In jam skating, the toe stops of the skates are removed and fitted with jam plugs. This form of the sport is gaining rapid popularity among the skaters.
Speed skates have a strap across the ankle, for ankle support and are of a low cut shoe. The flap in the front and the laces make it sophisticated, elegant and stylish. These types of skates are popular all season and among both the gender.
The speed skates conform to the rigors of moves and stunts of jam skating.
Speed skaters are made of urethane plates with ABEC-3 to ABEC-7 bearing. The wheel is 62mm wide. The toe stop is adjustable with a dual cushion. The skates with its wide wheels make it a fun type for all skating sessions. The ABEC-3 bearing is often the choice of the bearing for normal users.
Speed skates come in quads and inline. Both are favored by the discerning users.
Children are in the growing stage therefore it would be impractical to buy them a high-end skate shoe unless they are professional athletes. It is best to go with those skates that are hardy and durable yet does not leave your wallet slim. The answer is plastic skates with vinyl boots.
Plastic skates are the basic skates for children who have just started learning skating or in the beginner’s stage. The kids learn to skate in slow speed without risking any grave injury or bruising. It is almost like walking with your shoes on. Once the child gains confidence or is fluent in skating, it is better to purchase a quality quad skates.
Usually, it is difficult to find skates for kids, but most often your local rink may be in possession of few skates that can be bought cheaply. If you have decided to buy a new one for your young one, make sure to read the descriptions/measurements carefully to ensure that their equipment is made of top stuff, and the bearing, plates, and wheels are of high quality.
The temptation will be strong to buy a bigger sized skates to accommodate the growth of your progeny, desist from such an action as a loose or ill-fitting skate cannot provide the necessary balance while skating.
Artistic skates are normally performed by professionals or one who have had a high degree of training and are at ease with most difficult maneuvers. They are for users who want to do dance skating, freestyle skating or figure skating.
Freestyle skaters need light skates with small wheels that have good grip. The bearing should be ABEC-3 or above. The skates should have a soft toe stop for easy adjustments of heights. The soft toe stop allows the performers to gain great heights without losing balance.
Unlike for other styles, a freestyle boot will be rigid and firm to give maximum ankle support as the wearer executes tight turns, pirouettes and jumps. Hence, a leather boot is preferred while engaging in freestyle skate. The leather boot is flexible, rigid and offers tremendous support to the ankle.
Skating with all its forms is an energetic sport. It is good for cardio and tones your muscles. Based on your taste choose the style you most prefer and have statistic experience!