Freestyle skates or Slalom skates are defined by the fact that they have a short wheelbase and a stiff upper boot with lots of support. They are broadly used for lots of different types of skating.
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Inline skates in this category are recreational inline skates for adults and young people - suitable for fitness skating. They are known for their high comfort and good support. Fitness roller blades can be used for short and medium-length distances. They are also good to use as an alternative to running, since you increase your metabolism and build up muscle strength all while doing soft movements that are mild for your joints.
Recreational Inline skate specifics
On recreational inline skates, wheels are placed in a line under the boot instead of in pairs like classic roller quad skates. Most fitness roller blades have fairly large wheels with a medium hardness which makes it possible to work up speed while maintaining a good grip. For fitness skating we recommend a wheel size of 90-100 and even 110mm. For skating in the city we recommend smaller wheels with a size of 80-84mm. This will make it easier for you to turn and stop in the city. The boot of inline skates is high to keep the ankle protected which is important for beginners who need extra stability.
Freeskating, commonly known as freestyle inline skating or urban skating, is a style of skating placed in between fitness skating and aggressive skating. This particular style is often performed in cities and urban environments. The skates feature hard boots to withstand impacts and high-cuffs for improved ankle support. Freeskates are often favored by both advanced riders and beginners approaching skating for the first time.
Freeskating Styles: Urban and Slalom
These types of skates are among the most versatile inline skates available. Offer the same mobility and speed as recreational skates and can also be used for urban skating or slalom skating.
In this particular skating style, freestyle skaters can use freeskates to either just cruise from one place to another in the city or perform aggressive skating style tricks. When urban skating, riders often prefer using 90mm up to 110mm sized wheels as they make inline skates easier to control on some of the rough surfaces found in the cities.
Performed on smooth surfaces, slalom skating is a highly technical style where riders perform tight turns and tricks through equally distanced cones. Advanced slalom skaters also make dancing style moves when passing cones during skating sessions and competitions. For this discipline, riders mount 76mm, 80mm or 84mm wheels to their skates granting the best manoeuvrability needed to perform tricks.
Aggressive inline skating is a specialized form of inline skating, in which different tricks and stunts are performed in skate parks and urban environments. The skaters’ main intention is to perform extreme tricks including grinds, jumps, and slides, while most other skating types focus on speed, distance, or urban commuting.
Aggressive skates are built to be durable, strong, and robust to withstand the impacts and hard landings of the sport. Therefore, aggressive skating should only be performed with these specialized skates for the best possible performances and protection.
The characteristics of the aggressive inline skating?
1. STREET SKATING
Street skating or freestyle skating takes place in urban settings or places that are not specially designed for tricks. When street skating, you use everyday street objects such as handrails and stairs as obstacles. Creativity and finding new, exciting places for tricks is an important part of street skating.
2.PARK & VERT SKATING
Park skating takes place in skate parks. The special-made obstacles make it possible to improve and practise more technical skills and to connect a series of tricks. Vert skating is also characterised by skating on a specialized object, a vert ramp. Vert skating usually features more air-time than the other types of aggressive skating, and the tricks performed include various spins and flips mid-air.
Powerblading is a special sub-type of aggressive skating where the focus is on speed. Powerblading is performed with aggressive skate boots featuring flat frames and larger wheels, and it consists of jumping off stairs and other obstacles, similar to parkour.
Inline speed skating, also known as roller speed skating, is a form of skating where the goal is to reach the highest possible speeds. The sport is often competitive, and skaters race either individually or in teams aiming to achieve the fastest possible time.
Race skating can take place either indoor or outdoor and it features in many prominent sporting competitions around the world. Mastering inline speed skating takes practise, so it is worth getting to grips with other forms of skating before giving it a try. Race skaters use three or four wheels on their boots. Furthermore, inline speed skating should not be confused with speed skating, which takes place on ice.
How Fast Can You Go on Speed skates?
Professional inline skaters can routinely reach speeds of over 40 mph (64.37 kph) and there have even been instances of skaters reaching over 70 mph when traveling downhill.
To reach the highest possible speeds, the technique of an inline speed skater is slightly different from other forms of skating. Because the wheels used are larger, you will need more strength in your stride. You will need to twist and rock the hips to maximise the force and power transfer while you are skating. Moreover, the strokes need to be deeper and larger to generate sufficient power. It is generally considered harder to turn on speed skates. Overall, this technique means that inline speed skating is a great source of full-body cardio.
How to Start Speed Skating?
It’s best to be comfortable and confident with regular inline skating before starting speed skating. While you can still reach a decent speed with recreational and freeskates, you will need a pair of Speed skates to reach the fastest speeds. Indoor speed skating usually takes place on a plastic-coated wooden floor and outdoor skating can be on a regular pavement or road.
Marathon skates, also known as endurance skates, are a type of roller blades specifically designed for long-distance skating sessions. Compared to speed skates, marathon skates have a higher cuff providing better ankle support during long travels. This kind of inline skates feature both traditional four- and three-wheel configurations. Marathon skates mount 100mm, 110mm and 125mm wheels and long frames that grant stability at high speeds.
What Skates Are Best for Long-Distance?
There are a few factors to take into consideration when buying a new pair of long-distance roller blades: wheel size, boots and frames.
For medium to long distances, fitness-style skaters prefer 100mm or 110mm wheels that will help you maintain speed and use less energy. Even though 125mm wheels might feel heavier, they represent the optimal choice for marathon skaters who cover very long distances. A soft or hard boot shell depends on your taste. A soft boot is more comfortable and well-ventilated. A hard boot is typically more stable and provides more control. Long-distance inline skaters usually prefer long frames for enhanced stability and weight distribution.
Four Wheels Vs. Three Wheels Marathon Skates
As mentioned, endurance skates feature four or three-wheel configurations. The wheel setup depends exclusively on how you want the skate to feel. Four-wheel skates are more stable with better weight distribution. However, they are not as fast as a three-wheel setup and you cannot gear them up with 125mm wheels. Three-wheel setups are usually lighter but less stable than four-wheel setups.