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How to Select the Right Roller Skates in the Philippines

Roller skates are made for various activities, such as fitness, recreation, and even disco or dancing. Here are things to consider to find the best roller skate suitable for your needs.

Wheels

As a first-time buyer, you might want to decide between soft wheels or hard wheels. Soft wheels may have shorter lifespans, but they provide impressive shock absorption and grip. Hard wheels, on the other hand, have longer lifespans, but average shock absorption and grip.

It’s important to note that the hardness of a wheel is based on the durometer scale that goes from 0-100A. The closer you are to 100, the harder the wheels will be.

Bearings

To make sure your roller skates perform their best, you must treat the bearings well. Some steps to keep them in mint condition include the following:

  • Avoid skating on sand and dirt
  • Avoid skating on moist surfaces and water as much as possible

When buying roller skates, always check the bearings.

Soft-shell or Hard-shell

Roller skates come in two different types: soft-shell (soft-boots) or hard-shell (hard-boots). The former is the best option for those who want a more maneuverable roller skate for dancing or disco. Soft-shells also provides better ventilation and lightweightedness. Hard-shells, on the other hand, are ideal for those who are into fitness and longer rides, as they offer great support and stability. They also have replaceable liners if the old one gets worn out.

Size

When you buy roller skates online, always check the size guide first that’s found somewhere on the product detail page. This is because if a specific model is very small in size, you might have to go two sizes up. You may also go 1 size bigger than your shoe size unless the website states otherwise in their size guide.

While finding the right size of roller skates can be tricky, what matters is that the equipment should have a firm fit around your feet without feeling any tightness or looseness. That is why some people would go one size up or the same size as their shoe size to find the right fit.

Once you’ve got your roller skates, make sure to try them at home. As you wear them, check whether your toes touch the nose of the skate. If they touch, this means that they are too small.

Trucks and plates

The truck and plate found underneath roller skates are made of materials such as nylon that makes them lighter in weight and aluminum that makes them sturdier but heavier.

Meanwhile, cushions underneath roller skates can be replaced to your liking. These components make the skates stable and agile. Harder cushions offer more directional stability, while softer ones make the skates more agile.

Toe stop

One unique feature of roller skates is the toe stop, which serves as a brake. While this can be replaced, make sure to do so before it gets completely worn down. This is because they become very difficult to dismount once worn down.

Skate Protection

It is recommended to get a roller skate helmet, as it provides extra protection to the back of your head. Wrist guards are also a must to protect your hands during a fall. Being fully geared up with skate protection, such as a roller skate helmet, wrist guards, knee pads, and elbow pads, will give you an extra sense of safety. As a result, you will be more confident to skate and learn the art of roller skating faster.

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