The best skates for women in 2022, according to the pros
Call it a comeback – inline skating is on the rise again in the United States. If you’re about to step back into the boot, take that as your sign to strap in. Thanks to extensive research and expert advice, we’ve got a list of solid recommendations for the best women’s rollerblades to buy right now. .
We spoke to certified rollerblading instructors Lena Vi, co-founder of the annual Los Angeles Big Avocado Roll skate event, and cousins Dee and Coco, who teach and skate under the moniker Rollerbaddies. The pros shared important tips on what to look for when buying skates (fit, wheel size, pad materials, etc.) and told us what types of gear work best for different styles. skating.
After considering price, purpose, construction and must-have features for each category, the versatile, high-quality Powerslide Next Core 80 ranked as our top overall pick for women’s inline skates ( although, to be clear, most skates are designed to be unisex and listed in men’s sizes). We also have top picks for slalom, aggressive, speed, kids, beginners and more to help you choose the right skates for your goals.
Here are the best skates for women in 2022:
Tips for buying rollerblades
Get the right size and number of wheels for your experience level
Smaller wheels provide more flexibility in movement and agility, but require more effort to skate and can make balancing more difficult. Bigger wheels will give you more stability and speed, but it’s harder to make quick moves. Dee notes that larger wheels are best for long-distance and endurance skating since you can accelerate faster and with less effort, while Vi recommends using four smaller wheels for urban skating. Wheels are generally available in sizes from 76 to 110 millimeters, with the typical skate having 80 millimeter wheels.
Know the pros and cons of different frame materials
“The type of skating will determine the type of frame you want,” says Dee. For example, plastic frames are best for aggressive skating because they are more flexible and can take wear and tear from turns and grinds, while the light weight and durability of carbon or aerospace-grade aluminum works well. in speed skating. Frame length is also a factor; the longer the frame, the more stability and speed (but less dexterity for pivots or maneuvers), while shorter frames are best for slalom, figure skating and dance skating.
Take note if the skates are marked for “fitness” use
Inline skates for beginners are often labeled as “fitness” skates or for “fitness” use. Fitness skates often have a soft boot that scores high on comfort but low on support. Dee recommends fitness skates as a good introduction for anyone just starting out, while Vi advises against them for anyone planning to skate frequently or for long distances, explaining, “your foot will move and you’ll get foot cramps.” It takes more effort and you’re using muscles you shouldn’t be using.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to stop while skating?
Many beginner level inline skates have a built-in heel brake behind the wheels and under the heel of each skate. To stop, skaters simply apply pressure to the padded brake and create enough friction to slow their speed. For unbraked skaters (and beginners), Vi advises using the wheels to come to a stop by tilting one foot behind the other in an upside-down “T” formation, and applying pressure to the foot back to create the necessary friction when stopping.
Is rollerblading good exercise?
In-line skating is a low-impact option for toning muscles, strengthening your core, and doing cardio. It’s gentler on muscles and joints than running or rowing, and it also helps improve balance.
How should the skates fit?
“Skates should fit snug but not tight,” advises Dee, who also recommends going up a size (rather than down) if you’re between sizes. Vi warns that sizing isn’t consistent across brands and that shoppers should opt for skates that “fit like their normal shoes” and don’t leave room for your feet to wiggle inside.
Why trust Travel + Leisure?
For this article, Katherine Alex Beaven spoke to three different certified inline skating instructors to buy tips and recommendations and conducted some personal research.
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