Inline skating is one of the most commonly – after running and cycling – chosen sports hobbies that help people stay fit.
Although with just over 15 million of active skaters, it’s not even close to running in terms of popularity, the overall number of skaters still makes for a big number compared to other sports.
One of the reasons why it lacks following is the low number of good skate paths as well as equipment.
The cost is not the only barrier (in fact, it’s not that expensive sport), but a proper equipment is quite often hard to choose for someone who has never skated before.
Since it’s not as mainstream as cycling, there are also not too many people who could encourage their friends – and people tend to choose hobbies that they can share with others.
Choosing proper equipment, and most notably, the best inline skates is not an easy task – it all depends on your skills and what exactly do you want to achieve.
Most people will be looking for skates that suit more than one purpose – this means that they will be most likely looking at recreational skates.
On the other hand, if you are into aggressive inline skating (also called street skating), then the skates you choose will differ.
Focusing on grinding, railslides and spins, requires much tougher and stronger skates, with smaller wheels and all parts easily replaceable.
Although many people associate skating with tricks and various tournaments, an occasional, recreational skaters make for the majority of all skaters.
The best inline skates for amateur skating are plastic skates with a foam liner inside.
Typically, they have a combination of laces and buckles, but sometimes they have only one of the options.
Probably the most popular brand of skates for both recreational (urban) and aggressive skating (but not only those, as they are huge in almost every skating niche) is Rollerblade, which capitalized on being the first skating brand with worldwide distribution.
Despite changing owners, Rollerblade products are still top notch and are widely chosen between both amateurs and pros – so almost anything that you choose and is made by them will be good.
Make sure it suits your needs, though.
For example, you may like The Rollerblade Formula 10, which is top-rated recreational skate at one of the biggest sports retailers – Dick’s Sporting Goods.
It’s a perfect choice for those who treat skating as a hobby because of the skates excellent quality to price ratio.
For just around $150, you receive very comfortable, lightweight and stable skates with ABEC 7 bearings.
But even the best inline skates won’t help you if you won’t take action and won’t practice.
Because it’s not the safest sport (especially in the beginning, you can expect to fall quite a lot), you should start by practicing at home.
You can even train your balance wearing your skates on a carpet in your living room or in the backyard, on a soft lawn.
Remember, that even professionals can’t stop immediately when skating, so pay attention to the distances between you and other skaters or obstacles on your way.
And avoid busy roads – not only you are expected to follow the same rules as cyclists and car drivers – but competing with them won’t bring anything but trouble.
Don’t compete with cyclists as you put both yourself and them in danger; go for quiet and smooth paths, especially if you are still learning the ins and outs of skating.