What kind of roller skates to buy is a common question at our Skate Shop inside Orbit Skate Center in Palatine Illinois. While rental skates are good to use until you are sure you want to invest in skates, owning your own skates makes a huge difference in how fast you progress. Just like any sport whether it’s skiing, bowling or tennis; having your own equipment gives you a consistent experience that allows you to focus on practicing your skills and not just how the skates are performing this week.
Here’s a list of things to consider when shopping for roller skates for yourself or your child:
- Have you taken a few classes or lessons to determine if this is a sport you want to get serious about? Just like any sport that takes practice, roller skating is no different. There are many types of roller skating and you can try different kinds of skates during the class i.e. quad or traditional roller skates or inline skates sometimes called Rollerblades. With regular roller skates you can get low boots sometimes called speed boots or higher boots sometimes called artistic or R&B boots. It’s important to know what kind of skating you wish to pursue to determine what kind of skates you need.
- Roller skates, quad or inline quality fall into about 3 price points. Skaters normally only buy one or two pairs of skates during their lifetime if their feet are finished growing. Growing feet will require more pairs over the years. Parents can spend about $59.95 to get decent skates for their children. Adult skates start at about $100. The investment you make into your roller skates really pays off with the quality and enjoyment you will have while wearing them! Tell your skate shop expert how often you plan on skating, that makes a difference too.
- When considering purchasing roller skates, you want skates that are comfortable and roll well. The boots should have about 1/4 – 1/2 inch at the front for your toes and should not feel pinched or pressing on the front of your foot. Leather boots absorb perspiration and help keep your feet dry and happy. The plate that is mounted to the boot should have moveable trucks, the mechanism that allows the skate to change edges and cushions that provide a soft to a firm ride depending on your level of skating. Skate plates are made of many materials from nylon, aircraft aluminum, and cast metal. Wheels come in different hardness and determine the grip or lack of on the floor. R&B skaters for instance want harder wheels so they can slide during moves and turns. Speed skaters want softer wheels so they have good grip when taking the turns. It’s really all about you!
- Bearings are a part of every roller skate, each wheel having 2. Bearings determine how far you roll for the same amount of effort. Bearings are priced by the quality of materials and precision of manufacturing.
The best place to buy roller skates is at your local roller rink that has a well stocked pro shop. Not only can you check out multiple types and makes of roller skates, most shops inside rinks let you try your skates before y0u buy them. Orbit Skate Center’s Skate Shop offers a reward card for any skates purchased for over $100 that includes 7 free admissions totalling up to $57.50 in free admissions!
Spend some time perusing different roller skates and rely on your skate shop experts that can guide you to the right pair of roller skates or inline skates for you and your entire family. Roller Skating is a lifetime of fun and fitness and having the correct skates for your ability and budget is important!