Inline skating may appear to be the most “professional” of all skating methods but facts show that it is one of the most easily accessible and widespread form of skating. This should come as no surprise given that inline skating is one of the top-ranking fitness workouts in terms of stamina, balance, sleep enhancement, muscle toning and of course, calorie burning. Indeed, by burning 6 calories per minute (at a pace of 20mph), an inline skater achieves far greater benefits than running, etc. To achieve such benefits though, you must have the inline skates for women that are capable of handling the wear and tear while also providing sufficient manoeuvring space, protection and comfort for your feet. To help you take a wise choice, we’ve provided short inline skates reviews of the best inline roller skates in the market and followed it up with tips for choosing the best yourself!
Top 3 Inline Skates 2016
1. Rollerblade Women’s Spark 80ALU Skate
Users were equally impressed by the quality of the softboot that sits atop the frame. While a few found the “bling” on the outer surface to be unnecessary, every user found herself highly impressed by the quality of the lining of the shoe and the fact that regardless of the size, it fit snugly without constricting the leg inside. With the Velcro strap providing additional protection, this skate ensures the best balance between speed and utility that Rollerblade has to offer.
2. K2 Skate Women’s Kinetic 80 Inline Skates
Coming to the shoe, we note that the pink and black beauty is solidly built and if a size below one’s normal walking shoe size is purchased, provides a snug fit. Further, the company has managed to eliminate excess skate weight by creating a compact design meant for executing sharp turns. Combined with Rollerblade’s signature Quick Lace system, these make this skate ideal for anyone who enjoys skating outdoors/on the streets.
3. Rollerblade Women’s 2013 Activa 90 Inline Skates
The lacing system of the shoe evoked mixed feelings with a few users noting that the quick lacing in this case was not very efficient. On the other hand, it was generally agreed that the skates’ size matched those of everyday shoes to the inch and this, combined with their ability to provide sufficient comfort during harsh training sessions, made them the favourite choice for the vast majority of skating enthusiasts.
What You Should Notice Before Buying Inline Skates For Women
While the above three easily rank among the best in the market, it is always possible that you may have additional needs and/or these may not be available when you intend to make your purchase. To help you make an informed decision, we have provided below some pro tips for choosing the best roller skates for women
- Decide your activity – Inline skates typically come in three variants – fitness, recreational and professional. While most users would go in for recreational skates, more dedicated users may want to spend a little more and obtain fitness skates. Fitness skates are recognized by the higher quality bearings and ability to withstand large amounts of wear and tear.
Professional skates, on the other hand, are specially geared towards specific sports such as ice hockey, rink hockey, derby and racing. For racing, there is a specific variant called “speedskate” and for certain specific activities requiring additional support, a five-wheel variant is available. The more premium among them come with leather shoes and a number of modifications such as enhanced axles, modified wheel size, bearing adjustments, etc. Note however that just because a unit is meant to do well in a professional arena does not mean it will be better in all respects. Indeed, some of the recreational units available for outdoor use are more rugged than the ones having leather shoes.
- Ensure adequate lining – Lining is vital because it ensures that your feet are comfortable. While 21st century skates usually achieve this, many of them forego holes for air circulation. Neglecting such airholes can lead to buildup of sweat and eventually, blistering and irritation of the skin. Further, the lining should be such that there is adequate room at the point where the tongue meets the inside of the shoe.
- Closure Systems – The closure mechanism decides how fast and how well your feet are secured when you go out into the park or rink. Most companies choose a Velcro-strap system that connects to the top of the shoe. Many users however warn that the unit should also contain a strap adjustment mechanism at the back of the shoe that provides adequate scope for tightening the unit.
- Wheel size – Larger wheel sizes are generally better for skating if they maintain the centre of gravity of the body at a sufficient height. Ideally, the minimum wheel size supported by a skate should be at least 76mm and the distance between two wheel axles should be 78mm.
- Wheel bearings and durometer – Wheel bearings should come with either ABEC or SG ratings and the higher the rating, the better the quality of the bearings. The durometer on the other hand is measured in “A” units and 85-90A is taken as the splitting line between outdoor and indoor skates. Outdoor skates need softer wheels and hence have lower rating and indoor skates have harder surfaces and higher ratings. Note however that regardless of the durometer, the quality of the wheels should be such that the durometer is maintained ie hard wheels should not become soft and soft wheels should not wear out to become hard.
Unlike some other forms of movement sports, inline skating offers a lot of scope for branching out, whether into figure sports and performing arts or competitive sports and racing. A lot depends on the choice you make, and for this purpose, we’ve refrained from naming any one skate as the best in all scenarios. With the choice of three and the tips for making your own decisions, we hope you will have sufficient means for making the informed decision that will ensure skating joy and success for years to come.