One: Determine Your Skating Interests
of the great things about inline skates is that they can be adapted to
a wide variety of activities. You will need to determine the activity
you are most interested in and choose a type of skate made for that
purpose. It is possible to play hockey on a recreational skate, race on
a fitness skate, do tricks on a hockey skate; in other words, you can
use one type of skate for other activities. However, this will not
produce optimal results for serious use.
a general description of the basic skate types. Unless you are certain
that your interests are exclusive to one type of skating, you will most
likely want to start with a recreational skate.
- These are constructed very much like ice-hockey skates. They are made
of stitched leather and lace up for a very close fit. They have wheels
designed for the very quick movements of this sport.
- Racing skates have five wheels, a long wheel base, and a low-cut
leather boot. They typically have no brake. These are for very
- Most moves that are done on ice can be done with inline skates. The
boot is similar to ice figure skates, but uses a pick stop mounted on
These are the skates that started it all. They are typically designed
with a plastic boot to hold the ankle firmly and wheels that permit a
large degree of control.
- Similar to recreational skates, they are usually lighter, offer a
lower- cut boot, and have larger wheels. These skates are also used for
- These skates are made for doing stunts on ramps and rails. They have
smaller wheels, grind plates, and are constructed to withstand extreme