2017 is gradually drawing to a close, and we can look back at what has surely been one of the most eventful years in the development of rollerblade/inline tech. The variety of options available to folks looking for best women’s rollerblades expanded substantially, even if we didn’t see any new companies entering the fray. As always, we were on top as soon as the wheels got rolling, and have compiled a list of the best women’s rollerblades based on our own tests and reviewing. Note that for the sake of convenience, we have divided the list into three sections viz. general women’s roller skates, outdoor roller skates and skates meant specifically for beginners.
The Best Women’s Inline Skates
Best women’s rollerblades comparison chart
|Roller Derby Women's V-Tech 500 Button Adjustable Inline Skate||See It||76mm||4.5|
|High Bounce Rollerblades Adjustable Inline Skate||See It||ABEC 5, Medium 2-5 ABEC 5, Large 6-9 ABEC 7||4.5|
|Rollerblade Zetrablade Women's 2017||See It||Rollerblade 4x80 / 82A||4.5|
|K2 Skate Women's Vo2 90 Pro Inline Skates||See It||--||4.5|
Best womens Inline Skates Review
Roller Derby Women’s V-Tech 500 Button Adjustable Inline Skate
Starting out at the lower end of the price range, this Roller Derby packs an excellent polymer frame, great wheels that work well on both the rink and the average pavement and a shoe that lives up to Roller Derby’s reputation. Indeed, the fit of these shoes are beyond average even compared to premium boots, and make this a great option for price-conscious casual buyers.
High Bounce Rollerblades Adjustable Inline Skates
Like the Roller Derby option above, High Bounce’s contender combines great inline wheels with the reliability of ABEC bearings. While smaller sizes depend on lower level bearings, the largest depend on the highly popular ABEC-7 bearings, making them great options for the roller derby fanatics among us. With a nylon frame and gel wheels topping off the charts, we get one of the most reliable units this list will see.
Rollerblade Zetrablade Women’s 2017
A Zetrablade must surely feature on every reliable cheat sheet, and the 2017 Zetra packs a monocoque frame that is supported by excellent outdoor 82A wheels. If these wheels fit your requirements, you’d be happy to know that the boot will likely be the least of your concerns. Of course, the price point also rises slightly as we go in for more premium features, but it is still a steal in its own category.
K2 Skate Women’s Vo2 90 Pro Inline Skates
Shift to the premium segment and you find K2 packing an extremely stiff but hardy VO2 2 frame made of aluminium that is amply supported by 90mm racing wheels. As users have noted, these wheels, rated at an outdoor-friendly 82A, can handle most surfaces with the least of difficulties. Add to them the simple lace system of the boot and the great ventilation and snug fit that it provides, and you have a premium category winner on your hands.
The Best Inline Skates for Fitness
Best Rollerblades for Exercise Comparison chart
|Bladerunner by Rollerblade Advantage Pro XT Women's Adult Fitness Inline Skate||See It||80mm WHEELS and ABEC 7 bearings||4.5|
|K2 Skate Women's Kinetic 80 Inline Skates||See It||80mm Wheel Durometer 80a Bearing ABEC 5||4.5|
|Macroblade 90 Alu Women's Adult Fitness Inline Skate||See It||SUPREME 90mm/85A WHEELS||5.0|
|Rollerblade Women's Macroblade 84 Alu Fitness/Training Skate||See It||84mm/85A wheels||4.5|
Best Rollerblades for Outdoor Use Review
Bladerunner by Rollerblade Advantage Pro XT Women’s Adult Fitness Inline Skate
Somewhat pricey for casual fitness, the BladeRunner’s latest iteration nevertheless recommends itself because of the quality ABEC-7 bearings they come with and the highly integrated composite frame. What’s really the USP of this unit though is that it comes with a frame that provides excellent support for budding skates. This, with the simple shoe and among the most reliable closure clasps in the market, make this product a must-have if outdoor wheels are what you’re looking for.
K2 Skate Women’s Kinetic 80 Inline Skates
Gunning for young soles in the same price range, the K2 offering puts in excellent Stability Plus cuffs to ensure that users get the level of reliability the Bladerunner has made them accustomed to in the past. In our best rollerblades for outdoors review roundups for the year, we found that the ABEC-5 bearings and a similar composite frame ensure that this unit doesn’t lag behind the Bladerunner. Indeed, throw in the softboot construction and you have fierce competition with the Bladerunner for your niece’s skate-happy feet.
Rollerblade Macroblade 90 Alu Women’s Adult Fitness Inline Skate
Coming back to the semi-professional category, we find another Rollerblade ruling the roost here. This one comes with the trademark aluminium body that we noticed in earlier as well, along with high durability wheels. More than learning though, this unit works for experienced racers due to the lower cuff. Beyond this detail though, the support systems – be they ABEC-7s or the lining in the extremely comfortable boots – they work extremely well for anyone who wishes to rise in the ranks of the lower competitive circuits but also engages in good amount of recreational outdoor skating.
Rollerblade Women’s Macroblade 84 Alu Fitness/Training Skate
Packing larger 84mm wheels for navigating those pesky cracks with ease, these Rollerblade hold up surprisingly well regardless of terrain courtesy of the ABEC-rated bearings. Speed is another USP, since the larger wheels make for faster movement, thereby aiding folks who wish to enter the competitive circuit. While the shoe department occasionally runs a size larger than ideal, the fit is more often than not snug and does not cause any foot injury or problems, placing it among the best inline skates for fitness as well as sports.
Best Inline Skates for Beginners Review Roundup
|2pm Sports Vinal Girls Adjustable Flashing Inline Skates||See It||82A / ABEC-7 bearings||5.0|
|Rollerblade Macroblade 80 ABT Inline Skates Womens||See It||80mm||5.0|
|Rollerblade Macroblade 80 Alu 16 All Purpose Skate||See It||80mm||4.5|
|Linear Inline Outdoor/Indoor Roller Skates||See It||--||4.5|
Best Inline Skates for Beginners Review
2pm Sports Vinal Girls Adjustable Flashing Inline Skates
2PM may not be the most well known of brands and the shining LED wheels may not be the USP of this product, but the Vinal Girls unit packs serious skating power. This is courtesy of the ABEC-7s running the wheels and the sturdy aluminium frame that we have come to expect in this price bracket. When we added the all-too-comfortable soft boot and its triple closure system to the equation, this offering surely became among the hardest to avoid.
Rollerblade Macroblade 80 ABT Inline Skates Womens
The biggest selling point of this unit was its sophisticated stopping system, which included height-adjustable trucks, a patent aluminium body and a simple sliding mechanism. Look below the marketing material though, and this skate manages to shine in terms of 80A wheel power, sheer speeds achieved and most importantly, ABEC-7 grade stability of the skates. With the shoes proving to be equally snug and capable of multiple-method closure, these features make this Macroblade one of the truly most reliable units, whether it is in the hands of veterans or amateurs.
Rollerblade Macroblade 80 Alu 16 All Purpose Skate
Another contender boasting of aluminium, this unit recommends itself more on grounds of 82A excellent wheels, a number of excellent training footbed positions and the use of Form Five Star liner. Coupled with the presence of a well-lined boot, these allow the wheels to conquer practically any outdoor surface it is put on. Last but not least, the unit comes with 80mm wheels that are neither too large nor too small, including those using this pair as their first rollerblade pair.
Linear Inline Outdoor/Indoor Roller Skates
Move to the last contender for today and we find a truly comprehensive unit that can handle the average indoor and outdoor surfaces with ease. This is because Linear has not only provided better than the average grippy urethane wheels, but they are known for the great quality of their frames and the fact that their sizes always run true to town shoe size. Combined with some magnificent shoe design and lace closure systems, these make the unit versatile yet reliable, which is the perfect combination for anyone starting out early!
What to Look for When Buying the Best Inline Skates
Admiring USPs in a market where every brand seeks to be different from the others can lead to a lot of unnecessary jargon and possibly, injuries. To avoid these, we have come up with some simple points to help you make sense of your needs, wants and understanding of skating as a whole.
Younger skaters may need smaller diameters so they can learn without taking on a lot of speed. To this end, higher and larger wheels are typically for professionals, while smaller wheels are used by the newcomers. If you’re in the latter category, sacrificing some speed for balance by choosing smaller wheels may be a good idea.
Outdoor workout skates will typically not go above 90A, since this is where most users are comfortable skating. However, do not hesitate to purchase wheels as low as the early 80s if you would need somewhat more grippy wheels that can still hold up outdoors when the terrain changes.
We saw three types of frames here – composite, nylon/polymer and metal. Metal is the most durable but makes the skate heavier and definitely prone to foot aches. Polymer is better since it is as light as plastic. However, this also raises questions about its durability. Finally, the composite option mentioned last would be some sort of hybrid between the two, though given that these are just now entering the market, one should be circumspect about these latest units as well.
Trucks and cuffs
Meant for pausing or stopping the skates while in motion, these should be larger for younger officials and smaller for those who participate in races and derby. 2017 however brought in entirely new braking tech, and now we can say that the skates are truly stoppable at a moment’s notice.
While it is not possible to discuss the prices in detail, one can say that a good mix of aluminium, small cuffs and small wheels in the sub-$200 range would be a great bet for a professional. Similarly, just the opposite under $75 would be a steal. Either way, ensure that whatever you go for is modular so it can be modified later as per one’s requirements.