Which skates should I buy?
Which skate should I get? Where do I go to buy? How much should I spend? What skate suits me best? Why are there so many different types of skate? The questions come thick and fast. There isn't a single skate instructor who hasn't seen the results of a disastrous skate purchase. The reasons are many.
Who should I ask for help? Unfortunately advanced skaters complicate matters with technicalities, retailers have their own concerns, the internet can't answer specific questions or let you try on skates (see Skate Buying Guide). Begin with your instructor. If you can't rely on him/her for skate advice will you feel confident at their lessons? Don't hesitate to ask questions about any aspect of inline skates. Your skate instructor should give you impartial advice without obligation.
Traditional roller skates, often called "Quads", have been around since the 18th century. Quad roller skates are mainly used for artistic (figure) skating, roller derby, jam skating, disco, rink hockey and recreational indoor skating.
The design of inline skates was meant to mimic ice skating with the blade-like line of wheels. Inline skating is often referred to as "rollerblading", which really took off when Rollerblades (the brand) became popular in the late 70s.
Inline skates are used for speed skating, touring, roller hockey, aggressive skating, freestyle and perform well when skating TGO.
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