Junior Roller skate
How to choose your junior roller skates?
Inline skating requires some mastery of the body, balance and perseverance. To skate safely, it is fundamental to evolve at your own pace without skipping certain stages of the learning process.
In this advice guide you'll find all the information you need to choose the right skates for your child's age and skill level.
- Understanding your skates
- Adjusting the size of your skates
- Inline skates for beginners
- Intermediate inline skates
- Advanced inline skates
UNDERSTANDING YOUR SKATES
If you are new to inline skating, you may have trouble understanding some technical terms.
ABEC is a rating system applied to bearings. The lower the ABEC, the slower the bearing's rotation. For children, choose ABEC 1 bearings, which will allow them to develop their balance.
2) Toughness and diameter of the wheels
The toughness of the wheels is indicated by an "A" rating. For example, a 78A wheel is a soft wheel. It will be more comfortable and will grip the ground better, but as a result will tend to wear out more quickly. An 88A wheel, meanwhile, is harder. It will have a more reactive contact with the ground and will wear out more slowly.
3) Choosing between composite and aluminium frames
- Composite frames are more flexible to wear and more comfortable to use. They absorb vibration but are slightly less responsive.
- Aluminium frames are better suited to advanced skaters. They are stiffer and more responsive, giving increased feel and precision.
ADJUSTING THE SIZE OF YOUR SKATES
Your child's feet grow very quickly, so adjustable skates are best for younger skaters. The skates in our selection are all adjustable by at least three sizes. Adjusting the size is simple, thanks to the simple strap or lever system, depending on the model.
INLINE SKATES FOR BEGINNERS
Children as young as five can enjoy inline skating. To make sure they do so safely, opt for skates specially designed for beginner skaters as they make their first steps on wheels. These skates ensure a safe ride: they roll at a learner's pace and have a rigid boot to protect your child's foot.
INTERMEDIATE INLINE SKATES
With the basics of skating, braking and turning all mastered, your child is ready to start skating over longer distances. Skating becomes easier, but a thirst for discovery will lead your child to seek out new experiences. To keep pace with this quest for new adventures, the young skater will need more developed skates. Composite frames with at least ABEC 1 bearings are vital for a smoother glide. More flexible and responsive, they will allow your child to start out on longer rides.
ADVANCED INLINE SKATES
There will come a time when your child has mastered the basics of skating on asphalt and when composite frames with ABEC 1 bearings are no longer sufficient for his or her needs.
To continue developing technique, your child will need skates that respond better to his or her demands:
- ABEC 3 or 5 bearings for a more comfortable glide
- n aluminium frame, more responsive than the composite version
- Larger wheels