Rollerblade is the most popular brand of inline skates, often used interchangeably with the sport’s name. Before buying, consider the type of skating you’ll do. Multipurpose skates are best for recreational use, while aggressive skates are for tricks. Cost and protective gear should also be considered.
Rollerblade is actually the most popular brand name of inline skates. Just as many of us call handkerchiefs “Kleenex,” the sport of inline skating is commonly referred to as the brand rather than the sport. For the sake of popular terminology, this article will use the word “rollerblades” interchangeably with the more appropriate term “inline skates.”
The first thing to do before buying rollerblades is to determine what type of inline skate you will need. Having enough information will prevent you from buying rollerblades that you later discover are not right for you. The main thing you need to consider is what you will be doing with the rollerblades. Will you use rollerblades to learn to skate? Are you going to play hockey? Is speed skating what you have in mind? Or are you just buying rollerblades for exercise and fun?
Most people who buy rollerblades are probably planning to use them for recreational purposes. In this case, multipurpose, cross training or fitness inline skates are the right ones to buy. In fact, most of the rollerblade market consists of these all-purpose skates. They are usually made of plastic and lined with a soft foam. The lacing mechanism can consist of laces, buckles, or a combination of both.
Aggressive and street skates are available for those who want to do more aggressive tricks like grinds or railslides. These skates usually feature grind discs, smaller and harder wheels, and sturdy shells.
The next thing to consider when buying rollerblades is how much money you want to spend. As with most things, the more money you put up front, the less it will cost you in the long run. But if you’re not feeling heavily committed to rollerblading just yet, it might be advisable to buy a cheaper pair of inline skates from a discount store. You can try them out and find out if you like the sport enough to invest in a good pair of rollerblades. A decent pair of rollerblades can set you back $200 US Dollars (USD) and upwards.
When shopping for rollerblades, your next consideration is protective gear which can cost around $50-$100 USD. The protective gear you will need includes a helmet, wrist guards, knee and elbow pads which are often offered in combo packs at a discount.