If you’re new to skating, or if you haven’t been on roller skates for years, you might be a little unsure of the types of skates available. Today you can choose between the traditional quad skate or the more modern inline skate, and most experienced skaters are staunch supporters of one type or the other.
Here’s everything you need to know to help you choose between quads and inline skates.
The traditional type of skate, with a wheel on each corner to form a rectangle under the boot, is known as a quad skate. This design offers more stability, but less maneuverability when compared to inline skates. Having two rows of wheels can make beginners and those uncertain on skates feel much more secure. Many advanced skaters, such as speed skaters and roller derby players, also prefer quads.
Inline skates, or roller blades, were introduced in the 1980s and 1990s and for a while were the most popular type of skate. Inlines have four or five narrower wheels all in a line, causing them to function more like ice skates in maneuverability. The skates also require the wearer to keep their ankles straight, which can cause beginners to take longer to feel comfortable on them. Roller blades are still a favorite choice of people who skate for exercise or transportation, and roller hockey has also become a sport in its own right.
Which is Right for You?
Some people like both quads and inlines, but it’s more typical for someone to prefer one over the other. Which type of roller skates you like better depends on your skill and goals. If you’re not sure which is best for you, go skating or take skating lessons so that you can rent both and try them out.
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