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On 26 November 2011 at 08:17 | updated on 11 April 2015 at 00:37

Choosing your aggressive skates for street, skate park and half-pipe

Choosing your aggressive skates for street, skate park and half-pipe

More and more frequently, we are asked advice to choose skates for street, ramp and skate park on the forum. Consequently, we have decided to take some time to describe various ranges of skates available in shops. Depending on price, quality or practice, here are some tips to choose your skates...

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Explanation...

Choisir ses rollers de streetEssential first step: The most important thing is to try the skates you want to buy (when possible). Otherwise, it is recommended to choose your current size or at the most one size up if your feet are still growing. You can also measure your foot to determine its length.

Tip: It is better to rely on the length in centimeters. Most of time, the EU / US / UK sizes vary depending on manufacturers. The bigger your skates, the less accurate your skating.

Entry level skates (less than € 200 / $ 200 )

In most cases, these skates are designed for beginners, for skaters who fall a lot and spend days to learn a slide and so on... There are very good skates for that budget.

Most of big skate manufacturers propose entry level skates. It does not mean that those skates are bad or uncomfortable. Most of those products have shown their worth. You may need to change the frame when your skills improve. Nevertheless, they are properly equipped.

Razors Cult Street

This skate is only an evolution of the "flat" version in the Razors family. It appeared on the market in the 90's!
The Razors Cult Street is dedicated to street practice. It is strong and easy to handle. It is a durable skate that will withstand your learning mistakes.


Comfort:
The Razors liner is not the most comfortable on the market but it fits well with the boot.

Sliding: It is equipped with a soulplate cast in one piece with vents for less friction. A basic frame.

Solidity: This skate is really strong and offers a good compromise to withstand beginners in learning.

 

Rollerblade New Jack

The RB New Jack is the direct descendant of the RB Alpha. It is solid despite its overboot. It offers a rather pleasant sliding. The frame is basic but remains one of the best on the market in this price range. Its main drawback is its weight, but it has the advantage of developing your legs when you start skating!


Comfort:
The RB liner is thick but not very flexible, just like the skate. The comfort is poor despite the width of the skate.

Sliding: The souplates are quite heavy. However, their H-blockes are good. The sliding is decent, with one of the best frames in this range.

Solidity: The overboot of this model is strong. This skate is resistant, even if the soulplates might break atfer a big shock. 

 

K2 fatty

This is one of the oldest street skates still available on the market! It is not the most comfortable or the most resistant skate. It is especially interesting for its handiness and flexibility.
The model breaks in exceptionally well. The more you wear them, the better you feel inside. Unfortunately, it suffers from rapid wear. This skate is designed for skate park practice...


Comfort:
This skate is not the most comfortable at first. The boot is very open and breaks in really fast. It gets very confortable, a real slipper for your feet.

Sliding: The sliding is pretty decent even if it is clearly designed for copings...

Solidity: There is not much shell on this semi-rigid skate. You can't afford to fall too much without damaging the boot.

 

USD Seven

In our opinion, the USD Seven is the most successful skate in the entry range. It is lighter than the others and its frame is of good quality... Despite the fact that it is a freestyle frame and it is not always the best choice to start with.
The USD Seven also has a large soulplate. It looks quite nice. It's really ideal for the small budget and those who love riding in the street or skate park.


Comfort:
The liner is carefully designed. It fits closely the shape of the shell.

Sliding: The sliding is good since the soulplate is similar to that of the USD "Carbons". The USD Seven comes with a small bonus: the Kizer frame.

Solidity: This skate has a solid shell without overboot or opening. No worries as for its durability.

 

Mid-range skates (€ 200 to € 250)

This range of prices is rather for advanced skaters already. They are better equipped, with a better finish. This range of skates shows more attention to the design of the boots. 

USD Throne Classic

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A skate released on the market in the 90s. It has become lighter over the years.
It is mainly available with a V-cut boot (V-cut under the calf). It is almost always equipped with a flat set-up frame or with antirocker wheels. It has one of the best slidings for street and park. It remains one of the best skates for all surfaces today.


Comfort:
Width remains a problem at USD's. The shell can quickly hurt the sides of your feet, but it breaks in with time and you can fully enjoy the comfort of the liners after a few sessions.

Sliding: The sliding is one of the bestb available, on copings and rails. The skate is the most versatile of its range. Kizer frames are always a plus: You can fully enjoy the sliding...

Solidity: It has proven its worth already! Even if the Throne knows some fastening issues, the skate resists to intensive practice without breaking.

 

USD Throne UFS

Back in time, the Throne was an evolution of the Classic. It is almost the same thing, but with a soulplate in two parts. It doesn't slide as well but the stalling is better.

Xsjado

The Xsjado is a revolutionary skate born in the 2000's. You can use it with your own shoes for maximum comfort.
It is very wide, which provides good support when grinding. The Xsajdo frame is quite high, which proves to be useful in "top", but it takes time to make the H-block for it to have a good grinding response.


Comfort:
The entry level version of the Xsjado is a full skate, the shell and the liner are thiner in comparison with the pro model, but they remain good enough.

Sliding: Despite the wear and tear, the skate does not lose in sliding. A big H-block and a wide soulplate make this model one of the best and easiest for grinding and sliding on large rails/walls.

Solidity: Quite strong, the frame has the reputation of breaking even if the problem as been solved. The skate has a good overall durability. Still, note that the buckle may break after a bad fall...

 

Valo TV2

The TV2 is a variation of the Roces Majestic with an overboot and a three-part soulplate. The main drawback is that the shell is one of the heaviest of the range!
However, it offers rather nice comfort and a very good sliding, the best available today. The TV2 is easy to handle and solid.


Comfort:
 The Valo liner is part of the "Team" range and breaks in with time, just like the boot. Comfort is quite good, even if the shell is very (too?) close to the foot.

Sliding: In our opinion, the sliding of the Valo is the best of all brands. However, the frame is really not the strong point of this model, which is a shame because it obviously reduces its level of sliding...

Solidity: Many believe that the overboot of the Valo is fragile. It is not totally wrong but it resists quite well and the rest of the skate is very solid.

 

Rollerblade Solo Hype

Rollerblade has completely changed its range of street skates and now offers easier access to all practices (street, park, freeride...).
Even if the soulplates are a bit fragile, they offer a nice sliding. The boot is cut a little small but the comfort is very good. The Blank liner has a lot to do with it....


Comfort:
The whole Rollerblade Solo range is comfortable. It is equipped with a liner that breaks in quickly, a wide shell, half-sizes, everything is done for the happiness of your feet!

Sliding: This skate is just as good as other models. It has a decent sliding, good H-blockes and it is quite versatile. You can also adapt it for freeskate sessions!

Solidity: This skate is build to withstand not only shocks, but also big gaps with its shock absorber. No problem with the buckles... There are two straps instead.

 

Rem’z OS

The Rem'z OS is the entry level skate of the brand. No flourish, no overboot, Remz delivers an open skate, not too heavy and with a good sliding. It is often available with a comfortable Jug Street Liner. Even if the boot is fragile, it is nevertheless one of the most interesting in this price range...


Comfort:
It's getting better generation after generation. The liner is thick, but pain may come from the V-cut of the cuff that may be too pronounced for your feet. 

Sliding: Very close to that of Razors, it proves to be good in street. The Rem'z frames are not the most sliding... Slides are considerably slowed down. Consider changing the frames!

Solidity: These skates are flexible and shock and gap resistant, but the buckles can break in case of an uncontrolled sliding.

 

Shima Skate

The Shima Skate is an evolution of the NIMH range, designed from a Razors basis with an added overboot. Even if it is not as complete as the Valo, it still has a good H-block and a good soulplate.
Choisir ses rollers de streetThe boot is indeed heavy but still meets the requirements of street skating.. 


Comfort:
It is close to that of a Razors Cult because it is the same boot under the overboot. The front of the shell being hollowed, the skate is all the more comfortable.

Sliding: The one-piece souplate is quite sliding although it loses fluidity with wear. With the 50/50 frame, It is a good compromise, since it offers a little more sliding in grinds.

Solidity: The Solidity of this model is well established. The skate is strong and flexible, the same mix as for the Razors, with better protected buckle.

 

Razors Genesys

The Genesys is a safe bet, a cornerstone in the Razors range. A new version of this model is released almost every 4 months, with different colors. The sliding is good with well-placed H-blocks. The spoiler breaks in quickly, but the solidity of the shell compensates pretty well for this damper.


Comfort:
Another basic liner for the brand, but that one is a little thicker to closely fit the foot.

Sliding: The Genesys has one of the most interesting slidings, both for street and for park skating. Razors now equippes the Genesys with Ground Control frames that provide offer smooth sliding...

Solidity: The shell is very strong. It is therefore suitable for beginners that tend to fall a lot. Yet, the buckles or the soulplates are not that solid...

 

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Skates over 250 € and pro-models

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We are now tackling the high-end models. Most of them are pros-models with branded wheels, better designed liners and higher quality frames. In short, it is the best possible equipment. However, for some models, the only quality and innovation they provide is their price...

USD Carbon Free


Comfort:
Thicker than the "Imperial", the "Carbon Free" is the cheapest skate of that range. It is more comfortable and made of less expensive materials.

Sliding: Just like with all USD "Carbon" skates, the sliding is smooth. Yet the sliding it quite slow. The Kizer Fluid frame is a (small but) significant bonus...

Solidity: The skate is a little less solid, particularly because to the cuff, but it gains in flexibility, which is a real plus. The cuff and buckle are the weak points of this skate...

 

USD carbon 2 et 3

USD was the first brand to use carbon for street skates, even if Deshi actually created this concept in aggressive skating. The USD Carbon is now equipped with a cuff and a new soulplate.
It is characteristically easy to handle, but it doesn't provide the best sliding. The boot is pretty tight, which can lead to very unpleasant pain for wide feet.


Comfort:
A little more foaming in the boots would be welcome, but they are very close to the foot, which makes them very easy to handle. The carbon 3 has a thicker liner, but it is not enough to provide good comfort, even as soon as the first sessions.

Sliding: The sliding is as smooth as for all the other USD Carbon skates. However, we regret that it is not faster.

Solidity: The boot is quite solid even if it has the same drawbacks as the Carbon Free. The seams and the overboot were reinforced on the latest model.

 

USD Imperial

Same model as the "Carbons" but without the cuff. The upper of the boot has a higher cut, which makes it more rigid. It is the same concept of comfort. Ad for the sliding, nothing new but the skate responds better in ramps and parks.


Comfort:
Here, USD favored weight over comfort. The shell is very stiff but close to the foot. It gets more flexible with time at the ankle, but the support remains good enough to prevent sprains.

Sliding: The sliding is as smooth as for all the other USD Carbon skates. However, we regret that it is not faster... The Kizer type M frame goes very well with this skate.

Solidity: This model is very solid. Many reinforcements were added to avoid the tearing of the overboot.

 

Valo Light

Now, Valo skates also produces carbon-based products... But they are wider and longer than usual. They fit really big. The sliding sensations have changed a little with the new soulplate but remain very good. A better line and a more affordable price would have been welcome.


Comfort:
The liner is a bit thicker than on TV2 but it remains thin. Yet, the lighter finish of the skate provides good comfort sensation. The boot is wider. It is therefore more suitable for all types of feet.

Sliding: The sliding is a little different from that of the former soulplate, but it is still very fast. The H-blocks are in the same place. The frame can still be improved...

Solidity: The overboot is a little stronger than before. The rest of the skate is sturdy, just like the TV2. A more detailed test would be worth it…

 

Razors SL

It is the high-end skate of Razors. Its plastic structure reduces its weight. The SL is lighter and thinner than a Genesys but it is still quite massive. Except for the buckles, it is a solid product.
The H-blocks are not always easy to find but the sliding is quite good, rather street oriented. A Ground control frame completes the set-up.


Comfort:
The comfort of the pro-model comes from the very thick Jug liner, very thick at the heel — but according to us, not thick enough at the ankle. The liner is solid and comfortable, just as expected for this price range.

Sliding: The H-block is very enjoyable. It goes well with the Ground Control frames that often complete this type of skate. The soulplate is resistant, and the sliding is nice.

Solidity: The overboot is a little stronger than before. The rest of the skate is sturdy, just like the TV2. A more detailed test would be worth it…

 

Xsjado Pro Stockwell, Farmer, Wilson...


Comfort:
The comfort is significantly improved between the "Basic" and the pro model. The liner is thicker and the finish of the boot is better. The support of the foot is better designed, and holds the foot more efficiently.

Sliding: The sliding of the soulplate remains the same. The frame is the part that usually changes. Some skates are released as ‘boots only’ while some others are equipped with frames such as the Farmer 4 or the "Create Original" (flat set-up).

Solidity: A skate with a better finish and a greater solidity. It is the case of those pro-models where the fastening system is better designed. However, the buckle doesn’t change and remains more or less the same from one model to another.

 

Rem'z HR 1.1

It is the usual Rem’z skate. It is quite fat, with a solid overboot. It is one of the most flexible skates available in the market. Remz has opted for a Ground Control frame, designed for street skating. The fragile overboot is the main weak point.

Rem'z haffey

... Or how to make a flexible skate even more flexible! Street-skating oriented, this skate allows to correct your mistakes easily when sliding thanks to its flexibility. It is designed for riders who have already been practicing for several years. The sliding is the same at that of the whole range, but not exceptional...


Comfort:
This skate is so comfy you can’t wait to slip your foot in! This flexible skate is not suitable for weak ankles.

Sliding: This Rem'z skate is equipped with the same soulplates and backside plates as the Remz OS. They are of good quality and well adapted to street-skating.

Solidity: No buckle problem here, since this skate has none! The leather is thick enough to withstand small mistakes...

 

Choisir ses rollers de street

Less than € 200

brandmodelcomfortslidingsoliditypracticeskillstested?

Razors

Cult

++

+

+++

street, park

Rollerblade

New Jack

+

++

++

park

K2

Fatty

++

++

+

park

USD

Seven

+++

++

+++

street, park

€ 200 to € 250

brandmodelcomfortslidingsoliditypracticeskillstested?

Razors

Genesys

+

+++

++

street.

USD

Throne classic

++

+++

+++

street, park

Rollerblade

Solo hype

+++

++

+++

Park, street, freeride

Xsjado

Basic, avant

++

++

++

park, street, freeride

Rem'z

OS

+++

++

++

Street, park

Valo

TV2

++

+++

++

street, park

Shima Skate

Montre Livingstone

++

++

+++

street, park

Over € 250 and pro-models

brandmodelcomfortslidingsoliditypracticeskillstested?

USD

Imperial

++

++

+++

street, park

USD

Carbon free

+++

++

++

street, park

USD

Carbon 2 et 3

++

++

++

street, park

Xsjado

Pro : Stockwell, Farmer, Wilson

+++

++

++

street, park

Razors

SL : Aragon, Horn, Powell

++

+++

++

street, park

Rem'z

Haffey 2,2

+++

++

++

street

Valo

light J.J.

++

++

++

street, park

 

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Useful links

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By Thomas Bordier aka "Bobor"
Photos: all rights reserved
Mise en ligne  on 26 November 2011 - Read 31874 times


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