What to consider when buying inline skates?

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Choosing the right inline skates involves finding a good fit and considering the type of skating you’ll be doing. Recreational skates are best for beginners, while speed skates are specialized for direct skating. Inline hockey skates are heavier and used for street hockey, while extreme skates are for trick skating.

There are many important choices to make when deciding on a pair of inline skates. Luckily, with a little planning and a little shopping, you can make all the choices that are right for you. Probably the most important thing to consider when buying them is getting a pair that fits you well. If your skates don’t fit properly, you can develop blisters while skating and are more likely to injure yourself.

Make sure you wear a good pair of socks when you go to try out your inline skates. We recommend wearing a pair of thick athletic socks to get a precise fit. Your skates should feel snug and support your ankles, but shouldn’t feel tight or pinch your feet. Depending on the brand and style of skates you buy, the size may be different from your shoe size, so be sure to try them on in the store before buying.

Another consideration for inline skates is the type of skating you’ll be doing the most. They can be used for recreation, speed skating, street hockey and stunt skating. Every activity is best performed with the correct skating style.
Recreational inline skates are the most common you will find. They usually have four wheels and a rubber brake on the back. These can be used for other skating activities and offer a good all round skate. These are the best types for beginners.

For speed skating, inline skates usually have five or even more wheels on each skate. These skates sometimes lack a heel brake and may have less ankle support. These are specialized for speed and direct skating and are not suitable for recreational skating, hockey or acro skating.

Inline hockey skates have four small wheels and no brakes. They are usually heavier than the standard ones and made of very resistant material. They can be used for recreational skating, but due to the added weight and generally higher price, they are more often used for street hockey.

Inline skates used for trick skating in a skate park or pipe are sometimes referred to as extreme skates. They have small wheels and often have honing plates – areas of reinforcement on the sides, toe, and between the wheels – that allow the skater to glide along obstacles in a variety of maneuvers. They usually don’t have a brake. They can be used for hockey or recreational skating, but are specialized for tricks.

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