The right skate for you
The skates in our store are organized into categories that represent common purposes for how our customers use their skates. The descriptions below explain our ideas behind the way the skates are grouped on our website and will help guide you to find the right skate for you!
Between our retail locations, our online store and the skating experience of all our employees, we have extensive hands on experience in helping people find the perfect skate for their individual purpose. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
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!
First off, "Recreational" can sometimes be used synonymously with "low end" or "entry level" when referencing inline skates. That is not the case here, our Recreational Skates represent more versatility and general purpose usability than the quality of the skate. This type of skate reflects the everyday spirit of inline skating. Take your skates on trails, commute to and from work, explore the city, or really make the most of your imagination.
As a general rule of thumb, smaller wheels offer superior control and maneuverability, whereas bigger wheels offer greater top-end speed and distance with every stride. Soft-boot skates are a more lightweight option, well suited to experienced casual skaters, since the majority of the boot is made from flexible fabric. Hard-boot skates are primarily constructed from plastic and/or carbon fibre, which makes these skates more supportive, responsive, and durable than their soft- boot counterpart. We like to recommend hard-boot skates for most skaters because they offer the most support and control, which in turn brings about superior performance. We do not recommend soft-boot skates for beginners or skaters over 150 lbs because of their 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 falling within the Speed category combine a minimal, lightweight boot with a relatively large wheel-base in order to maximize speed and efficiency. Larger diameter wheels, typically ranging from 90mm to 110mm, are able to better carry momentum over a greater distance. Lower-profile cuffs minimalize ankle support, enhancing articulation and flex and allowing for a lower and more aerodynamic stride technique. These skates are designed around creating a skating experience that allows you to maximize the distance travelled with each stride with minimal loss of energy. As such, these skates are neither maneuverable nor particularly supportive, making them an unsuitable option for beginners. Moreover, the larger wheels place the skater higher from the ground, further reducing stability, which requires greater ankle strength and balance.
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.
Freestyle slalom skating is the practice of skating through cones, often while performing intricate maneuvers while traversing the line of cones or speeding through the cones on one foot. These skates generally use a very supportive shell and a smaller wheel / shorter frame base to maximize control and maneuverability. Elements of dance and artistic expression are often involved, and these skates can be used to incorporate those elements into your skating outside the cones!
Many slalom skaters will "rocker" their wheels, putting smaller wheels in the front and back to decrease the surface area of the wheels touching the ground which increases maneuverability and allows the skates to pivot more easily. Traditionally, this will involve decreasing the size of the 1st and 4th position wheels by 4mm. Rockered Frames will have this effect built into the frame, so changing wheel size is not necessary.
Measuring Your Foot
Leon Basin, owner of Shop Task, tells you how to measure your skate size.
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