What is the best inline speed skate?

The answer to this question will have to do with the ankle strength of the person buying the skate.

There are 2 factors you have to look at, boot cuff height and wheel size.

Speed skate wheels come in 80mm to 125mm wheel height. 

A person has to see at what height off the ground they cannot properly stabilize their skates (skates become wobbly).

If you try an 80mm wheel and you are stable then move up to a 90mm wheel.

You continue to go higher in wheel height till you feel instable, then back down to the last height that felt stable.

The 2nd factor is boot cuff height.

The higher the boot cuff the greater the stability, the lower the boot cuff the less stable the skate will feel.

Say you have a low cut boot and are stable on 100mm wheels. Now you want to move to 110mm wheels but the skate becomes unstable with 110mm wheels. Moving to a higher cut boot may allow you to skate on 110mm wheels due to the greater stability of the higher cut boot.

So the answer to the question "What is the best inline speed skate?" is, what ever height of the boot and wheel that you feel stable on.

What size inline skates should I get?

The best way to pick a skate size is to have multiple skate sizes in front of you.

You go down in skate size till the toes hurt, then the first size up from there that is comfortable is the correct size.

If you don't have all the skate sizes in front of you, you have to go by street shoe size.

Some measure a foot but I find going by a street shoe size creates less skate exchanges.

Each size up or down in a street shoe size or skate size is 1/4 of an inch.

If someone measures their foot and is 1/2 inch off on the measurement that is 2 sizes off on the skate size.

This doesn't happen when going by a street shoe size. Going by a street shoe size also takes into account not only the length of a foot but also the width and volume of a foot.

First you need to find out if the skate your looking at fits true to size for men or women.

If it fits true to size for men then a man with a street shoe size 10 wants to get a size 10 in that skate.

A woman will want to order down one size from her street shoe size if  the skate fits true to size for men.

So the answer to the question "What size inline skates should I get?" is, go by your street shoe size and then find out from the shop if the skates fit true to mens or womens street shoe size.

Are inline skates and Rollerblades the same thing?

Yes, inline skates and rollerblades are the same thing.

The word inline when referring to skates means the wheels are inline front to back.

As opposed to a quad skate where the wheels are side by side.

The wheels on a rollerblade are inline front to back.

So the answer to the question "Are inline skates and Rollerblades the same thing?" is,  yes inline skates and rollerblades are the same thing.

How many wheels does an inline skate have?

A standard inline skate is going to have 3 to 4 wheels.

But they can have as little as 2 and as many as 6.

Back in the 90's and early 2000's most speed skates had 5 wheels.

But as wheels got bigger (90's, 100's, 110's, 125's) the amount of wheels got to be less so the frame did not become to long.

Today children's skates will normally have 3 wheels.

Most adult skates will have 4 wheels unless your running a 125mm wheel skate which will then have 3 wheels.

So to answer the question "How many wheels does an inline skate have?" is, 3 to 4 wheels depending on if it's a children's or adult skate.
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