The right skate for you
At Shop Task, we've separated our inline skates into three main types that we know will suite most people. When reading through the following paragraphs think about which one best applies to you and how you'd like to experience inline skating. At the end of each description there is a link to browse all the skates within that type. Some skates are listed in more than one type, meaning they're more versatile. A skate like that will allow you to explore more aspects of skating and give you a more complete understanding of this fun activity so many of us have falling in love with.
Sizing is a very important part of choosing the right skate. A properly sized skate will increase control, comfort and performance. Please watch our "How to measure your skate size" video below to ensure a proper fit. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact us.City/Fitness | Park/Street | Speed/Distance | Sizing
This type of skate reflects the everyday spirit of inline skating. Take your skates on trails, explore the city, or do whatever makes you happy.
Our City/Fitness skates differ in both wheel size and boot construction. As a rule of thumb, bigger wheels are faster and smaller wheels are better for skaters seeking control and maneuverability. Soft boot skates are a more lightweight option as the majority of the boot is made of fabric. Hard boot skates are made mostly from plastic and/or carbon, which makes the skate more supportive, responsive and durable. We suggest a hard boot for most people because it provides you with more support and control which results in better performance. We do not recommend a soft boot skate to beginners or skaters over 150 lbs because of it's minimal support.
This collection offers a very unique inline skating experience. Using your creativity, these skates will allow you to interact with your environment in a completely new way. Whether you want to ride the smooth concrete waves at the skatepark or grind down a gritty street rail, these skates have what it takes to get any job done. These skates are also known as aggressive inline skates and are available in a variety of different boot styles and wheels set ups.
For a traditional skating experience, we recommend a hard plastic boot with a higher cuff and a removable liner. These skates have a good general fit, and a lot of ankle support. Making them a great choice for beginners, as they make the learning process easier and safer.
For the more experienced skaters, the carbon fibre boot seems to be the most popular choice. Making use of the most advanced technology available to aggressive skaters, these skates offer a closer fit with individual shell sizes. These boots are light, supportive, durable, and extremely responsive. Allowing you to take your skills to the next level.
The two most common wheel set ups for either boot are “Flat” or “Anti Rocker”. Anti Rocker set ups come with small plastic wheels in the center of each skate, making grinding on rails or ledges easier. Whereas the Flat set up, comes with all 8 urethane wheels in the same size, making the skate faster, more maneuverable, easier to control, and offers a better shock absorption. We highly recommend the flat setup, especially to beginners, as it provides a better all around experience of skating.
Weather you choose to ride Flat or Anti Rocker, you can always change your set up and experience something new. If you choose an Anti-Rocker set up for grinds, you can buy an extra set of 4 urethane wheels and bearings, switch with the plastic wheels in the center, and enjoy the smooth skating feel. Or if you get a Flat set up, you can buy a set of Plastic Anti Rocker wheels, replace them with your center urethane wheels and enjoy grinding with ease.
The inline skates in this collection combine a minimal, lightweight boot with very large wheel base. Ranging from 90 to 110mm, the bigger diameter wheels can carry your momentum further, meaning that you don’t have to push as hard as you would with smaller wheels. The lower cuff and the minimal support allow your ankle to flex with less resistance, resulting in a better stride technique and the ability to get lower and be more aerodynamic.
These skates are not very supportive nor maneuverable; instead the focus is on creating a skating experience that allows you to maximize the distance travelled with each stride with minimal loss of energy. These skates perform best on trails, paths, and open roads. On these unobstructed pathways skaters are able to experience a very rhythmic and methodical stride. Long distances can be covered with ease by simply maintaining a constant unchanging stride.
When choosing options from this collection the most important aspect is determining what wheel size is right for you? More often than not we prefer to sell skates with 90mm wheels setups as they offer the best combination of speed without overly limiting control and maneuverability. These setups are safer and easy to use in a variety of scenarios whereas 100 and 110mm setups require a wider and more linear open space to allow for longer strides, wider turns, and space to stop safely. The bigger wheels also put you higher from the ground, making you less stable and require more ankle strength to stay balanced.
Remember whats best for you might not necessarily be whats best for another skater. With that in mind take into account your skill and needs as a skater carefully before finalizing any decision on skates of this style.
Measuring Your Foot
Leon Basin, owner of Shop Task, tells you how to measure your skate size.
Seba Size Chart