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SKATE ADVICE: Choosing the right skate for you



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.


Buying skates in Glasgow? 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 HIRING OR BUYING).

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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 come in many different variations depending on what you want to use them for. They are ideal for learning indoors, but are definitely the preferred choice for skating outdoors as the design is far more suited to skating over the many different surfaces you will find when skating The Great Outdoors. A recreational style inline skate is capable of most types of skating, and as a skater's skills advance you may find yourself looking at upgrading to a more specialised skate for speed skating, touring, roller hockey, aggressive skating, freestyle etc.


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