Hello, I’m James Brown. Welcome to my website where we discuss all things skates. Navigating the world of rollerblades can be difficult for the experienced rider, let alone the beginner that’s first trying to get their bearings (pun intended). That’s why I’m here.
Different Kinds of Skates
Within the world of ice skates alone there are several types of skates that are all designed for their own unique purposes. The hockey skate is designed to provide power for cornering, hits, and all the other many demands of ice hockey.
In contrast, a skate designed for something like figure skating is going to have an altogether different design that has an emphasis on fine control, stationary techniques, and high-flying manoeuvers. While both are equally demanding in their different way, it’s essential you have the right tool for the job or you risk losing the competition – whatever it might be – before you even step foot out onto the ice.
Not unlike ice skates, “inline skates” is an umbrella term for a whole wide variety of skates that are used for all different purposes.
First, there’s the recreational inline skate. The recreational inline skate is probably the most popular kind of inline skate, and most likely the type of skate that an individual with a casual interest in inline skating would be expected to be looking for.
A recreational skate can be defined as any skate for general purpose use, and is designed for the more casual user. This isn’t to say that a recreation inline skate has to be of poor quality. Far from it. Some recreational skates are manufactured with all the highest quality materials and top notch designs to provide incredible products that would be enjoyed by beginners and experts alike.
A recreational skate does not, however, typically provide a specialized design that other skates in the market provide. Recreational skates are typically reserved for the individual that takes a ride through the park one day, and the freedom to play a pickup game of roller hockey the next.
With that being said, there are many other types of inline skates out there that are strictly designed for one type of inline skate activity. One of the most common would be the inline skate that’s designed specifically for roller hockey.
Unlike recreational skates, a skate for roller hockey is designed with one thing and only one thing in mind: hockey. That trouble is that a design that was implemented with one thing in mind is almost by definition going to be less adept at fulfilling multiple needs.
Roller hockey inline skates are not the only specialized skates available on the market. There are also racing skates, which as the name suggests are designed with racing in mind. The main differences lie in the wheels, which are much larger than you would typically see on recreational or roller hockey skates. Larger wheels allow for higher speeds, but they also come with a diminished maneuverability. While they’re perfect for the gradual turns that comes with speed skating, they are less adept at more aggressive types of inline skating.
Besides roller hockey, recreational, and racing skates there are also aggressive skates (tight cornering) and urban skates for use in cities. Just like the other types of skates, the parts and overall designs of each of these kinds of skates varies widely.
What Can You Find Here
Between ice skates, inline skates, and all the types of skates within each subcategory of skates there’s a lot to wrap your head around, and finding the right skate for you and your needs can seem like an almost impossible task.
That’s where I come in. The first thing that I can help you with is determined by which kind of skate is going to work best for you. If you’re into ice skating that might be a simpler endeavour, but especially for inline skating finding the right skate is absolutely crucial.
If you’re causal or a seasoned veteran looking for a skate that’s going to keep up with your every stride, I can find the skate that will do just that. Obviously, it’s not all about finding the right type of skate, however.
Another important part of finding the right skate is having a fundamental understanding of the different parts of a skate, so you can know what to expect.
For instance, “Closure systems” is a fancy term for the means in which an inline skate fastens your foot inside your inline skate. The frame of your skate holds the wheels in place and has a great deal of influence about how much speed and control you can expect out of your skate.
There are also wheels, the boot itself, and much more to consider before you even make a purchase. I can help you understand the anatomy of a skate, so the decision you make about a given skate is based more on your own insights than the endorsement of a stranger on the internet.
Last, but certainly not least is the materials that make up a skate. The industry uses all types of different materials in their inline skates, some of them good, some of them not so good. I can help you find the skate that strikes the perfect balance between quality and affordability. After all, everybody wants to buy a skate that’s going to last, provide incredible performance, but nobody wants to empty out their wallets to get it, and now you don’t have to!
Thank You for Visiting
Again, I’m James Brown and thank you kindly for taking the time to check out my website and all that I have to offer you while you’re looking for the perfect skate for your needs. They say if you find something you love, you never have to work a day in your life, and that’s my philosophy with this website. I gladly pass on my years of experience and passion for inline skates in the hopes of inspiring a whole new generation to pursue skating, and enjoy the sense of adventure and good health that all skates provide, no matter what type of skating experience you’re looking for.