There's a huge range of skates on offer for all sorts of activities, from fitness skating to freeride and even roller derby. So how do to choose the right ones?
You should choose your skates based on two criteria: the type of skating you do and your standard.
1. Type of Skating
There are four kinds of skating practices: Freeride/Aggressive
Skating, sliding, jumping and doing tricks.
Freeride is done in the skate park, where the urban environment becomes your playground.
Fitness/ Road Skating
This is all about riding straight ahead!
These rides can be gentler or more intense and even cover quite long distances.
A team sport based on ice hockey that requires speed, power and technical skill. It can be played indoors or out.
A team sport that combines tactics, speed and contact. It's done on an oval indoor track.
Your Level of Fitness Skating
Oxelo offers fitness and road skates designed for your standard of skating:
Beginners who are just discovering skating sports and doing slow speed rides. Their aim is to master the basics: getting up, pushing off, maintaining their balance, turning, and braking using the toe stop.
Short rides or medium distances (10 to 20 km). Intermediates can perform basic moves at higher speeds, as well as T-stops, tight turns and crossover turns. In a controlled environment they can choose their direction, do emergency stops and avoid or get past an obstacle.
Experts do mediumor long-distance rides (more than 20 km). They can easily do all of the intermediate moves, even at high speeds or going backwards. In an urban environment they can control their direction, do emergency stops, and avoid or get past obstacles.
There are no age limits on roller skating! This fun skate sport will help kids practice balancing and coordinate their movements. So which skate should you choose for beginners, intermediates and experts? Check our expert advice on how to choose your kids' roller skates!