Two: Determine What You Will Spend
can spend anywhere from $35 to $1000 on a pair of skates. In most
cases, the more you pay, the better quality you will get. For typical
recreational skating, however, you should expect to pay from $110-$170.
In this range you will get a sturdy, quality skate that meets the basic
needs of most skaters. A good rule of thumb: $150 skates are of much
better quality than $50 skates. But $300 skates do not necessarily
improve on quality; rather they will have more features and better
wheels and bearings. If these features are desirable to you - and many
of them enhance the skating experience - you may wish to consider them.
Inline skates are not complicated. They consist of relatively few
parts. Once you understand the purpose of each part you will be better
able to pick out the pair that suits your needs. You will also
understand how upgrading certain parts will affect the price you pay.
Inexpensive skates are sometimes thought to be a good choice for kids.
After all, no one wants to buy a youngster an expensive product only to
have it gather dust after a few trips down the block. Yet no parent
wants to dampen enthusiasm when the new skates break or function
poorly. Inexpensive skates fit poorly, causing blisters. They have
plastic wheels that wear quickly and provide less friction. Look for
skates that can be expanded to accommodate a child's growth. Parents
should assess their child's skill and interest levels and spend
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