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Best Rollerblades and Reviews 2016
Top Rollerblades and the Best Inline Skates for Each Level of Skater
I am a huge fan of rollerblading and try to get out at least twice a week for about 8 months of the year -- I live in Chicago so the other months just don't work. If you are new to in-line skating, I have written an entire beginners manual on everything you should know before getting started, called tips on roller blading.
Now if you are ready to get going and itching to buy some blades, then this is the place for you. I wanted to create this detailed inline skates review page because I remember how confused I was when I decided to buy my first and second pair of rollerblades. Now if you are already an expert, you might not need any of this help, but I still have included an experts section to this guide, so you can always just pop down there and see which pairs I like for experts.
However if you are buying your first or second pair of inline skates, I suggest that you read through my entire manual to avoid making any big mistakes you will regret later. I have broken down the reviews into level categories, such as best rollerblades for beginners, intermediates and experts. The biggest manufacturers of rollerblades, K2 and Rollerblades, both create rollerblades for inline skaters at each level of the sport.
Rollerblades are an excellent fitness alternative for just about any healthy person. Did you know that you can burn as many as 1,000 calories in an hour of rollerblading? That's a healthy workout. I find inline skating to be much less abusive on the knees and feet than running. I think the workout is more intense than biking and yet, all the while you are having fun. I love rollerblading and hope that you will too.
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Inline Skates for Beginners - Some of the best skate Rollerblades for starting out
These are some good inexpensive inline skates options for those starting out in rollerblading. The key is not too spend too much money on your first boot just in case you do not like the sport. Beginner inline skates are usually built on shorter wheels, 78" or 80", which are easier to learn on, but will not going as fast as the taller wheels, 84" - 100", of more sophisticated skates.
Also you should be aware that Men's blades always tend to be more expensive than Women's blades both because Men's feet are usually bigger and they have to hold up to the heavier weights of Men.
Rollerblade has this great starter boot for women.
Sorry gals, but women's blades are usually flashy and bright with lots of sparkles. However, this simple purple and silver boot is one of the most tasteful looking Rollerblades I have seen for women.
An inexpensive model for starting out. The Spiritblade W delivers great performance and an excellent ladies fit.
Roller Derby has a Variety of Entry Level Boots
Roller Derby is a very expensive brand of blades. I would probably only buy these if you were really unsure about your interest in the sport. I have never owned a Roller Derby brand but at only $45, how good can they be.
Having said that, if you are buying blades for a teen that you are hoping will like the sport or you are really not sure if you are going to take to it, these might be worth trying out for a season.
Zetrablades are a great place to start for Men
These Rollerblade Zetrablade boots are a great starting point for a Male skater. When you are starting out you are looking for a bit more ankle stability than you are looking for the "need for speed" and these boots are a good balance for beginners.
Roller Derby men's entry level skates
As I said with the Women's Roller Derby blades, these are probably only a legitimate option if you are really unsure whether you will like the sport. They are very inexpensive but one also has to assume they sacrificed a lot of quality to get to that price.
This is a great blade for a kids starter set
This Bladerunner rollerblade for kids is a good starter set to see if they like the sport. There is no reason to spend a lot of money on a kids boot because their feet are still growing and you have no idea if they will like the sport. Save the money with this entry level boot.
Best Rollerblades for Intermediate Skaters - For experienced inline skaters, check out these good intermediate rollerblades
If you are comfortable with your skating abilities and are looking for good cruising inline skates for long workouts, these rollerblades are great alternatives. These rollerblades are usually built on bigger wheels, between 80" and 84", which provides for faster speed. They are fast but still stable enough that you can skate comfortably without expert skills.
Spark W is a great intermediate level skate
I must admit that when I evaluate boots that the look is important too. Since they are so public when you wear them, you want blades that look good. Many of the Women's blades get "way too busy" in their designs but these Rollerblade Sparks are a nice mix of muted colors and stitching designs.
These Sparks are built with 80" wheels to provide a balance between maneuverability and speed. Superior comfort and performance with the Double Wrap upper and memory foam liner. The new Low-Balance frame is light, incredibly strong and provides great stability while dampening vibration.
K2 also has several great intermediate level blades
Finally someone has come out with a Women's boot that looks like a Men's. These black and white K2 blades will provide just enough flash without getting into the bright pinks and purples.
The Alexis line is a very solid intermediate skate with 84 in wheels that are going to let you fly but the Stability Plus cuff provides just enough support where you need it.
Rollerblade Spark come in men's styles too
These are some sleek looking black boots from Rollerblade. They are built on 80" wheels which provide decent speed but still afford a lot of maneuverability for intermediate skaters.
They also feature NEW Double Wrap upper and memory foam liner. The new Low-Balance frame is light, incredibly strong and provides great stability while dampening vibration.
K2's FIT line is great for Intermediates
After riding Rollerblades for years, my last two pair of blades have been K2 and I have been very impressed. K2 are really best in the intermediate and expert categories and many expert skaters swear by them and I have really been impressed.
The F.I.T. 80 naturally comes with 80mm wheels allowing for great speeds, depending on where you are skating, or your ability. K2's Softboot designs incorporate breathable, comfortable, and flexible materials that fit and function like a second skin while substantially reducing overall weight.
Best Inline Skates for Expert Cruisers - Inline Skate Shop for top Expert Rollerblades
If you are an expert skater and are looking for maximum performance, speed and exercise, then these rollerblades are the ones to check out. Currently, I skate on the Men's K2 Mach 100s and I love them. They provide an amazing amount of speed but still have the base stability of a full boot.
If you are really gutsy, you can even try racing in line skates, which are much longer. If you like to do crossovers, though, they might not be the right boots for you as it it easy to get yourself clipped up with their long length. Also, do not buy racing skates unless you first try them on. The smaller boots for racing skates require a lot of your own balance and ankle strength. They are tough to get used to, so don't spend the money until you know that is what you want.
These K2 Radicals are a great Expert Women's boot
For really serious women with a need for speed. If you are thinking about racing or just love to go fast, these boots will help you fly. They provide much more support than a typical racing blade but their 100 wheels provide the fastest speeds for a training blade.
K2 has great Expert boots for men too
If you want to travel fast but don't want to limit your ability to do crossovers, you might check out these K2 VO2 100 X Pro line with two 100 mm and two 90 mm wheels.
You sacrifice a little bit of speed compared to all 100 mm wheels but you get increased maneuverability.
Rollerblade's Top of the Line Fitness Skate
For the cross-trainer who wants a lot of the speed of a racing skate but still requires the ankle support of a full boot, Rollerblade and K2 both make great 90 mm fitness skates. This is the pair from Rollerblade which are sleek and fast.
They feature the innovative mix of 90 mm wheels. That helps your ability to do crossovers without tripping over longer 100 level wheels
Expert In Line Skates for Urban Skating and Street Hockey
Urban skaters that enjoy performing tricks and playing street hockey requires a unique style of roller blade with shorter wheels so that you can change direction from forward to backwards skating easily and quickly. Rollerblade is the king of the urban skates so you will want to check out their options in this unique area.
Lastly -- PLEASE wear a helmet! You only get one brain and urban skating increases the risk of landing on your head.
Rollerblade dominates the Urban skate market
Twister 80 W is perhaps the most versatile skate on the market. A female specific molded shell and design is more maneuverable, quicker and transmits power better than a soft skate. Urban feel and look make this utility skate the perfect choice for any condition.
Men and Women turn to Rollerblade for Urban skates
The Men's version of the popular Twister 80 Urban Skates.
Rollerblade Men's X3 Urban Skate
The Fusion X3 combines some of the best features of urban skating with a skate that can also be used for cruising. The wheels are spread a bit farther apart so it is a bit less versatile for tricks but will cruise at higher speeds than typical urban skates.
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