Fitness Roller Skates
How to choose your fitness 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 age and skill level.
- Understanding your inline skates
- Skating for beginners
- Intermediate skates
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INLINE 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.
SKATING FOR BEGINNERS
You want to try something new but aren't sure how to choose the right product.
Inline skating is a roller sport that requires a certain level of dexterity. For this reason, it's important to choose a skate that's suited to your level, to reduce the risk of falls and increase enjoyment.
While you are still learning, go for skates with a more flexible and comfortable composite frame, soft wheels for better grip, and ABEC 3 bearings to help you balance more safely.
With the basics of skating, braking and turning all mastered, you're ready to move to higher-performance skates. You'll need more effective skates, with increased glide to make skating longer distances or on tarmac more enjoyable.
- An aluminium frame, for greater responsiveness and a more precise trajectory.
- ABEC 5 bearings for a more comfortable glide and more efficient acceleration.
- Tougher wheels for greater responsiveness on the ground and slower wear than on skates designed for learners.