If you’re a woman looking for a new sport, or just want to try something different and cool (or, if you’re brave enough), roller blades could be for you.
The cool thing about “roller blading” is that it’s not just an activity: It’s an entire subculture. There are traditional roller blade brands like the iconic Roller Derby and more fashionable brands like the always-available Rollerblade. Certain people might consider themselves part of the “blader community”, which is really great because there are plenty of other people out there with whom they can discuss gear, tricks and trends all day long.
Before we go in-depth, here is the list of the 5 best roller blades that are made specially for women:
Don’t Let “Rollerblading” Confuse You!
While all roller blade companies offer different models and qualities, there is a basic misconception about the industry– many “in the know” have learned that that many of the lesser-quality brands are marketed under names like “skateboarding” or “extreme skating”. This can be confusing to those people who may be shopping for new gear and don’t know what to look for. The best thing to do is look at the brand name before you make any decisions, because as we said before, it’s important to buy from quality brand names.
So What Does “Rollerblading” Look Like?
Fortunately, rollerblading is still cool and fun, even when you’re not looking like a superhero. The best part of rollerblade shopping is that many of the models are now specially designed to look good while you skate, not just while you’re sitting on your front lawn (maybe I’m a little old-fashioned.) Models like the Rollerblade brand offer full protection and an attractive design as well as an effective protective shell. Recreational skates are similar to the classic skates used by our parents but come with more advanced features and updated styles. You’ll be ready for just about anything in the simple style of a recreational skate.
If you’re looking for a challenge, you could try out the crazy inline skate boots that have been popping up in different parts of the world. These skates can be equipped with wheels from over half a foot to over two feet tall. These could be classified as “extreme skating” but they can also be classified as “extreme fun”.
The most important feature in rollerblade shopping is the comfort of the boot. You want to make sure you’re not going to get blisters or feel any tightness in your foot when it’s all said and done. The best way to be sure that you’re buying from a reputable brand is to look for the U.S.A. American Boarder, All Terrain and Racing Skateboard Association (ABARS) stamp, which is otherwise known as “skate ready”. That stamp signifies that the skate was tested by athletes and skaters before it was even handed over to the manufacturer.
Factors to Consider Before Buying Roller Blades
The main factor to consider when buying roller blades is how much you can spend. While some people may buy a pair of roller boots for $30, others may spend as much as $600 on one pair. Obviously, there’s a difference in quality between the two. However, the price isn’t always a good indication of whether or not you should buy from that brand or not. You’ll just have to test them out for yourself and see what feels right for your feet. A new roller blader should look into buying either recreational or semi-pro models, as their heavyweight will help them gain their balance before going out on walks and tours.
The next thing you’ll want to consider is what kind of wheels you’re going to use. If you’re buying a recreational pair, the standard wheel size would be 84mm. However, if you’re buying a more advanced pair, there are different sizes and options to fit your needs. The smaller wheels are better for keeping control of your movement on the road, while the larger ones are great for those who want speed and power. There are also hybrid wheels that offer a combination of size and traction.
For all skates, it’s important that you get fitted properly by an experienced professional before making any purchases so you know what will work best for your feet and your needs.
As If You Didn’t Have Enough to Think About
One of the most important things to consider when buying rollerblade shoes is the surface on which you’ll be skating. This can be a tricky decision because if you choose a rough surface, your wheels may wear out quickly. However, if you pick a surface that’s too smooth, those wheels will make so much noise that it’ll sound like you’re coming up the street in an ice cream truck. Trust me when I say that having big metal wheels next to your head can really break up your groove.
However, things aren’t always as simple as they seem, because not all public surfaces are the same. If you want to find the best place to rollerblade, you could go to your local skate park and find out what’s the best place to skate there. But if that’s not an option for you, you can always go online and do some research first before heading out in search of your new wheels.
While getting back to our subject at hand– rollerblading– there are endless possibilities in terms of what you could be doing with your new pair.