Putting Your Best Wheel Forward

So you’ve graduated past the normal Playland rental skates and are looking for something a little more personalized. Your own pair of roller skates await you, designed to fit your fashion style and skating style. What, you didn’t know there were different skating styles? Take a seat folks, it’s time to get the run down on selecting the perfect roller skates to fit your personal skating style.

First thing is first when picking out the best roller skate to meet your needs. You have to decide what your skating needs are!

Maybe you are an artistic skater. Think figure skating but on wheels and a hardwood floor rather than blades and ice. If you’re looking to incorporate dance into your skating the wheels you will want to choose are going to be smaller in width and overall size so they can be easily¬†maneuvered. Artistic skating wheels also tend to be harder than a standard wheel, allowing skaters to perform jumps, dance movements, and other freestyle skating moves with ease. But maybe you’re not into the danc-y flourishes of artistic skating. No problem.

How about basic indoor skating? Look for something comparable to what we have here at Playland. These “recreational” wheels are designed for hardwood surfaces and will vary in width depending on the speed you choose to travel. But what if you want to take your skating to the streets?

Outdoor skating requires a slightly different skate so accomodate a rougher terrain. Wheels are generally wider in order to make the skate more stable but they are also surprisingly softer to provide a smoother ride across rough surfaces. Now let’s say all those styles are great but you’re in the NEED for SPEED.

Speed skating wheels (indoor speed skating) are wider than standard indoor wheels. They are also on the harder side of the spectrum to allow skaters to reach higher speeds with less physical effort.

So, now that you know the different styles to choose from, get to it! If you’re still unsure about the right “fit’ for you, give us a call or swing by! Check out our proshop to see some of the options we offer and feel free to pick our brains about the best options for YOUR style! We’re your number one stop in Austin, Tx.

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