Articles to help you choosing your skates

There are hundreds of different pairs of roller-skates available on the market. To choose roller-skates or inline skates required to consider several parameters such as your practice, your skill level in skating. If you want to practice recreational skating or inline speed-skating or even street skating or slalom, skate models are very different. Here are some articles to help you in your choice ...

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Artistic skating

Inline figure skating brands all around the World

Priscillia took an eye to the main manufacturers of inline figure skating frames all around the World. Find the setup which will fit you the most...

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Artistic skating

How to choose your wheels for inline figure skating ?

The choice of your wheels to practice inline figure skating depends on several parameters: the ground on which you skate, your weight, your specialty. So many criteria that must be refined to choose the right model...

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Aggressive skating

Choosing your aggressive skates (1/2)

Choosing a pair of aggressive skates is not as easy as it seems. According to whether you are into street, park or ramp skating, the characteristics of the model you need may vary. Here are a few tips to find a suitable match...

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Inline speed skating wheels: what are the differences between mono and dual-density wheels?

We met Yann Guyader who is the product manager in Rollerblade and he explained us the difference between insert-wheels and interlock-wheels...

on 16/10/18 - Read 8461 TimesRead more


Choosing your speed skates

For several months, we have explained in details how to choose your speed frames or boots thanks to articles by Christophe Audoire or Yann Guyader. OLS suggests you a couple of leads to make the good choice as for speed skates…

on 05/09/18 - Read 75181 TimesRead more

Slalom skating

Well choosing your slalom skates

Slalom is probably one of the skating disciplines that require the most precision, control and handiness. Then, you should be very careful as for your choice. OLS gives you a few main threads in order to make your decision easier...

on 07/08/18 - Read 93397 TimesRead more

Long distance skating

Choosing your long distance skates

Practising long distance raids implies to acquire skates that meet specific needs in terms of comfort and performance. In recent years, the brands have offered product ranges that respond well to these constraints. Here are some tips to make your choice ...

on 10/06/18 - Read 111146 TimesRead more


How to Choose Your Skates?

Esthetics set aside — being a very personal criterion —, choosing a pair of skates, inlines or quads, lies on many objective criteria, varying according to several parameters: type of practice, intensity of use, level of skating, budget. Online-Skating.com browses the key points that should help you make your choice...

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Comparison of 3x125 mm Speed Skating Frames

Powerslide, Flyke, Cadomotus, Bont, Rollerblade, EOSkates... There are more and more 3x125 mm frame models on the market, and we thought it was time to browse the various forces involved, and compare the existing speed skating frame models...

on 05/12/16 - Read 24112 TimesRead more


Why 3 Wheel skates do have such a golden future

Everyone could notice a multiplication of three wheel skates on the market. Every big brand has now produced new skates in all different kinds of skating, like Slalom, fitness, speed-skating and even inline hockey. But what is the real secret behind that configuration? Analyse...

on 03/08/16 - Read 73583 TimesRead more

Slalom skating

Speed Slalom: The advent of the 3x110 mm set-up

For several months now, 3x110 m short frames have invaded speed slalom competitions. Alexandre Claris, Yohan and Jimmy Fort have already adopted this set-up with success. OLS analyses the frame to discover its pros and cons...

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Is 2015 the comeback year of 165 mm mounting?

2003 was a turning point in the design of skate boots with the arrival of 195 mm interaxial distance, enabling to enter 4 wheels of 100 mm. What if the spreading of 3-wheel skates stimulated the comeback of 165 mm mounting?

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Which size for your bearing spacers?

The spacers are those insignificant little parts that greatly condition the performances of your skates. Too long or too short, they will damage your bearings or block your wheels. Why so much hate? OLS goes into further details...

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Testing the 3x125 mm set-up

5x80, 5x84, 4x100 and now 3x125 mm? Even if the FIRS hasn't yet authorized the diameter, brands like Powerslide actively campaign for it. It would undeniably reinvigorate the market, but what about performances? Here are the first impressions of OLS…

on 25/02/14 - Read 32779 TimesRead more

Artistic skating

Choosing your Artistic Skate wheels

Whether they are rough, slippery, dusty, each indoors floor has special features. Here are some enlightening pieces of advice given by Guillaume Wagner in order to make the best choice of wheels according to your needs in Artistic Skating or roller dance…

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Inline downhill

Inline downhill: where to find your skates and how to get it cheap

There are a very few inline downhill skates available on the market, so customizing is certainly the best solution to get the best. How to choose the most adapted spare parts? Tips ...

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Freeride skating

Customizing: Stop hesitating between aggressive and freeskating!

Dilemma: You cannot choose between aggressive and freeskating and your budget does not allow you to buy two pairs of skate… What should you do? Why not combining your own custom skate with a USF basis? Tips…

on 31/10/12 - Read 52610 TimesRead more


Choosing your skate rubber brake

There are as many models of rubber brake pads on the market as there are skate brands… an maybe even more! And yet, the number or references reduced over the years. Choosing and changing rubber brake pads remains a problem for lots of skaters. Tips…

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Aggressive skating

Well Choosing Your Aggressive Skate Frames (street, ramp, park…)

Today and thanks to the Universal Frame System (UFS), you can see more and more types of frames coming on the Aggressive Skating market. It was high time OLS took stock of the situation and saw which kind of frame is the most suitable to your needs according to your practice...

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Artistic skating

Artistic Inline Skating: Which skates to use?

Artistic Skating on roller-skates is still mainly practised with traditional skates, whether you skate solo, in a group or in pair. However, it is possible to use inline skates...

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Technical description of the MPC Turbo speed skating wheels

After a lackluster year and a half with lots of breakage problems, MPC is back in the news with reworked speed skating wheels. Explanation of the changes that have been brought to the existing models by Yann Guyader…

on 05/06/12 - Read 12497 TimesRead more


How to choose skates when you are a speed-skating beginner?

It is often the logical follow-up: after having had a go at fitness skating, lots of skaters turn towards speed skating, attracted by the feelings of speed and gliding... but the choice of the skates is often tricky and it is not that easy to go from high-cut to low-cut skates. Tips...

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Rollerskates: where and how to dig up good deals

In these times of crisis, it takes a great deal of resourcefulness to dig up new or second-hand equipment and spare pieces. This article goes to all the broke skaters who wish to invest the less as possible…

on 24/12/11 - Read 24950 TimesRead more

Aggressive skating

Comparative: choosing your street frames

It is now common knowledge that the UFS is a standard in the world of aggressive skating. You can change your frame at will. But how to choose these frames? How to choose between flat and freestyle? Is Kizer better than Ground Control? Here are some tips to help you in your choice ...

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Freeride skating

Choosing your freeride skates

Among the practices where customization is king, the Freeride has a special place. These roller skates must combine the performance and the rolling of a fitness skate and the strength of a street skate. Online-skating.com proposes you an overview of the mandatory characteristics for this type of roller skates ...

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Aggressive skating

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...

on 26/11/11 - Read 64893 TimesRead more


Choosing skates for your kids

Choosing skates for grown-ups is not easy, but it’s just as complex to choose skates for a kid. Here are a couple of sound advices for junior skates...

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Buying second-hand skates

You’re starting roller-skating and you want to get a new pair of skates? Yes, but making ends meet at the end of the month is sometimes complicated. Fortunately, there’s still the possibility of buying second-hand equipment, and here are a couple of tips to make pondered choices and avoid problems...

on 16/10/11 - Read 107681 TimesRead more


How to choose your roller hockey skates?

In roller hockey, like in all skating practices, the choice of your equipment is crucial. Even if you can begin with non specialized skates, getting a pair design for you discipline quickly becomes indispensable...

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Physics of the inline skate wheel

Inline skate wheels are characteristic of our sport. If you consider speed skating as a rolling sport, wheels are the medium, the tool the skater has to master in order to gain speed. This article mainly focuses on speed skating wheels.

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Street skating

Which material for your skate frames: Magnesium or aluminum?

The marketing war between brands is often so fierce that you don't even know which type of product to choose in the end. Hopefully there are a few objective criteria to guide you. What will you have: Magnesium or aluminum?

on 26/01/11 - Read 31136 TimesRead more


The indispensable equipment in Roller Derby

Roller derby, as you may guess, is quite the sporty type of skating discipline. It requires specific quad skates, as well as heavy protective gear that will prove very useful with use. Browsing the must-haves...

on 22/11/10 - Read 48552 TimesRead more


Which skate frame for which use?

Each skating discipline requires special frame features. You'll need handiness and reactivity in slalom, rigidity and efficiency in speed, comfort in long distance, solidity and sliding in street, etc. Online-Skating.com prepares the ground to make your choice easier...

on 02/11/10 - Read 37449 TimesRead more


Test : 110 mm Roll'X Maraton'X Wheels

There are not that many wheel manufacturers whose business don't go too big and whom you can still meet in the flesh! If you go to races on a regular basis, you've certainly come across our national speed-skate wheel manufacturer: Roll'X. We got our hands on the 110mm Marathon'X, let's test them...

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2-point or 3-point Frames? Pros and Cons

Two conceptions of frames/boots are confronting each other on the market, the 2-point and the 3-point frames. Bont, the Australian brand, imposed its touch in patenting the 3-point Frames several years ago. But what are the main differences between the 2-points and the 3-points? Balancing test...

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How to choose your speed frames (Yann Guyader)

OLS publishes the first article of a series written by Yann Guyader: with the multiplication and the evolution of the wheel diameters the last couple of years, it has become really hard to choose a frame adapted to your needs. Here are some useful tips from Yann…

on 23/11/08 - Read 30652 TimesRead more

Street skating

How to choose your long rides roller-skates

Each product is adapted to specific needs – that's the case for fitness or long rides skates. That's why the first thing to do is to think about your actual needs before investing. Here you'll find a few pieces of information that may help you to make the right choice...

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Well choosing your speed skating frames

This third article dedicated to equipment on frames is the logical follow-up of the previous article on boots. For almost 20 years now, inline skates have been used for speed skating and frames have considerably evolved, but their basic function remains the same: making the link between the boot and the wheels…

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Choosing and setting up speed skate boots

In our first article we had talked about that "artificial joint" that should give us a great precision in our moves, thanks to the appropriate support of the foot in the shoe. In that second article, Christophe Audoire suggests a few tips in order to choose and adapt your shoes...

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