If you’re just getting started inline skating and are looking for equipment that has the quality of Rollerblades without the Rollerblades price, you’re in luck. We researched the best-selling products from some of the best brands available and put together this buying guide in order to help you find the pair that’s best for you. First, let's take a look at some of the things about inline skates that you need to know before shopping for your own pair.
Age: We included a pretty big range of different skates on our list. Some are made for kids while others are meant for adults. There are even some that are made specifically for men or for women!
Size: Adult skates come in standard men’s and women’s shoe sizes. Men can wear women’s skates and vice versa, just make sure you double check the size. Kids’ skates are adjustable to 3, 4, or even 5 different sizes!
Color: Color is one of those things that doesn’t really affect the performance of a skate. That said, if you like pink or blue or if you have a lucky color that you swear makes you go faster, color is important.
Bearings: Bearing are really important to skating because they let you turn, spin, and even stop without the wheel grinding. Bearings are rated in odd numbers from 1 to 9. The higher the number, the freer the spin.
Closure: There are only a few kinds of closures. Laces give you an easy way to really lock your foot in the boot. Straps and buckles easily adjust and tighten to get the perfect fit. Most have a combination of these.
Warranty: The longer the warranty, the better. Most of these products have warranties that are good for 30, 60, 90 days or up to one year. We did find one really great pair that offers a lifetime warranty!
Now that we’ve gone into a little more detail about some of the key features of inline skates it’s time to get to our reviews. If you’re in a hurry or running short on time, check out the first 2 items on our list first. They’re our top and budget picks and will give you a good idea of the kinds of products that are out there. Keep reading if you can, the rest of our picks are pretty great, too!