Options for Sliding and Gliding
By Liz Miller
I look forward to my regular Skates.com emails. Because they offer such an amazing array of skate-related products, this is where I begin research before offering any product-related advice to my readers. Here are some recent tips I’ve shared.
- Quadline® skates: A recent query from an obese person with large calves prompted me to add a new FAQ recommending this rapidly-growing inline/rollerskate hybrid. They feature a lower cuff and four inline-style wheels set in a square, which delivers the same smooth ride as inlines. This video introducing Quadlines has good close-ups.
- Skorpion (TM) Quadline: A variation of Quadlines is the strap-on model designed for the California streets and beach boardwalks by none other than Skates.com owner and longtime San Francisco skater, Lee Cole.
Aggressive skates: With sturdy ankle support and very short wheels, this type of inline skates may be the perfect choice for wobbly beginners who are terrified of speed.
- LandRollers: These slant-wheeled babies are great for smoothing out the vibrations of rough pavement but I've learned this type of skate is not for beginners. It became clear during a 2007 Camp Rollerblade that the giant back wheel accelerates backwards falls.
- Taller wheels: It’s time to upgrade! Did you know that 90mm wheels have become the norm for high-end fitness skates? Marathoners and competitive skaters are now rolling on 100mm-wheels.
Don’t let me limit your imagination! Follow the links on the left side of the Skates.com web pages to see Urban and Off-Road, Freeline ™, and Xlider skates, and much more!
Other January 2008 Stories
Have a Zephyr Adventure! - Skate, trek, bike, or do a wine country hike in hot spots across the globe. See you there!
Rollerblade's 2008 Lineup - Use the site's online Product Selector tool to find the perfect skate for you.
Wintertime Fitness - See a video clip showing how I stay fit on those days when the weather is too ugly to be outdoors.
Manhattan Beach to Playa del Rey - Dale Uptegrove recently contributed updates to our description of The Strand trail.
Revisited - Status of 4Xs brake availability; more choices of eZeefit Ankle Booties; about the Inline Plus TV show.