Owning a pair of good rollerblades is an investment. Though it costs a hundred or so dollars, in the long run, it is more cost-effective than renting and owning a hand-me-down pair. Just think of it this way: when you spend money for a pair of good rollerblades, you are actually investing to have a fun experience and to do safe glides and turns. There’s reduced risk for accidents and injuries, and there’s more room for pleasure and excitement.
As with any of your buys, however, you have to be scrupulous and finicky when choosing your rollerblades. To help you in your shopping, follow these quick and easy tips.
- Determine how you’re going to use the rollerblades. Are they for pure recreational purposes? Are they for a fitness regimen? Will you heavily use them for transportation? Are you in for some intense tricks and stunts? There are several kinds of rollerblades fit for different uses. If you only intend to skate around the park or neighborhood, choose the ones that are made for recreation such as cross-training or fitness inline skates. If you, however, are engaged in tricks and stunts, choose the aggressive or stunt blades. There are also speed rollerblades for racing and hockey rollerblades for hockey.
- Try on as many rollerblades as you can. The rollerblades should have enough room in the toe area, should fit well, and are as comfortable as your ordinary shoes. Keep in mind that some rollerblades look promising when worn but not when used in actual skating. Therefore, before buying rollerblades, try to skate on them around the store. It would also help a lot if you try the rollerblades on with the socks you normally use when skating.
- Take a closer look at the rollerblade parts. Are the fastenings, wheel frame, and wheels tightly attached? Is the footbed easy on the foot? Are the bearings noiseless when you spin the wheels? If the answer is yes to all questions, you’ve got a good deal. Remember that when buying your rollerblades, your protection is still your primary concern. Don’t place your money on something that can jeopardize your safety.
- Invest on protective gears. Buy helmet, wrist guards, and knee and elbow pads. RollerBlading is no doubt a fun experience, but like any other outdoor activity, it can put you at risk if you don’t wear the proper protective gears.
- Consider the price, but don’t fall for the cheapest. You need to prioritize quality over the price. In the end, you’ll realize that the rollerblades offered in higher price range can save you from constant repairs and another rollerblade purchase.