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Choosing the Correct Skate

There are four basic categories of skates. Choosing the correct skate will insure the best possible skating experience.

 

Fitness / Performance
Designed for training or racing. The larger wheels and light-weight construction make this skate ideal for long distance sessions on a variety of skating surfaces.

 

Structure:    External support structure and a mid to tall height cuff, allow more ankle mobility and stride potential.

Frames:  Aluminum with longer frame lengths depending on your specific style of skating. Frame lengths vary from 11.2’’-13.3’’ Longer frames are more stable at higher speeds and fit larger wheels.

Wheels / Bearings:  Urethane wheels 90MM-110MM with SG9-HTO rated 608 non-serviceable style bearings.

 

 

Fitness / Recreational
Designed for fitness and recreational skating on bike paths, public parks or skating rink.

 

Structure:  External support structure and a tall supportive cuff.

Frames:  Composite plastic or aluminum with medium to longer frame length options depending on your specific style of skating.

            - Short frames turn quicker and fit smaller wheels           

            - Longer frames are more stable at high speeds and fit larger wheels

Wheels / Bearings:  Urethane wheels 78MM-100MM with SG5-SG9 rated 608 non-serviceable style bearings.

            - Smaller wheels turn quicker but roll slower.

            - Larger wheels turn slower but are more stable at high speeds and roll over bumps easier.

 

 

Kids
Designed for kids that want to have fun on skates cruising bike paths, public parks or skating rink.


Structure:  Adjustable sizes: 11J-1, 2-5, 5-8

Frames:  Composite plastic or aluminum

            - Short frames turn quicker and fit smaller wheels; ideal for bike path and neighborhood skating

            - Longer frames are more stable at higher speeds and fit larger wheels

Wheels / Bearings:  Urethane wheels 78MM-100MM with SG5-SG9 rated 608 non-serviceable style bearings

            - Smaller wheels turn quicker but roll slower

            - Larger wheels turn slower but are more stable at high speeds and roll over bumps easier
 

 

Street
Designed to grind and absorb impacts from freestyle street-skating and ramp skating.

 

Structure:  Molded shell and a tall height cuff, providing ankle and foot support.  Includes soul plates for grinding.

Frames:  Composite plastic

            - UFS frame (Universal Frame System) allows any brand of UFS frame to mount to the boot.

            -Shorter and stronger frame construction than a recreational skate.  This style of frames includes a center groove and split 2nd-3rd wheels for grinding.

Wheels / Bearings:  Urethane wheels 55MM-72MM with SG5-SG9 rated 608 non-serviceable style bearings.

            - Wheel profiles range from flat to rounded depending on your style.

            - Flat profile wheels are more when jumping gaps

            - Rounded profile wheels are stable on gaps with the benefit of smooth turning.