Beginner or expert rider the choice of rollerskates that suit you must be a deliberate action. If the "look" may seem important, you must first focus on technical features – which are practice specific : slalom, street, hockey, fitness, speed...
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As an essential part of your skates’ performance, your bearings have to be closely looked after. You don’t always necessarily have to dismantle them. But if this is the only option left, here are a couple of tips to do your best.
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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...
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We had the opportunity to test one of the key-models of Rollerblade's freeride range: the Metroblade 3WD, a 3x110 model designed for freeskating. Feedbacks...
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Thierry Feutrier and David Detrau had the opportunity to test the Flyke Neutrino 3x125 mm Speed Skating Frames during their training camp in Geisingen. Here are their feedbacks...
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Long distance skating
Online-Skating had the opportunity to get a pair of Tempest 125 3WD long distance skates for testing. Feedbacks...
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Powerslide has sent us a pair of their latest freeride skate models, the Kazes, mounted on 4x80 mm Trinity frames. Test bench...
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Here is our test of the MPC Big Black Magic 125 mm Speed Skating Wheels, in X-Firm and XX-Firm hardnesses, a model rather designed for marathon skating. Feelings...
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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...
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The Powerslide Imperial Megacruiser Pro 125 is the flagship of the German brand for Freeride Skating with three wheels. We tested the model, which is meant to rise the common standard.
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Following the logic of their 3-Wheeler concept, Powerslide launches the Swell range, with skate models designed for intensive fitness skating, available in 3x100, 3x110 and 3x125 mm. We have tested the middle model, the Swell 110. Feedbacks...
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With its new wheels with aluminum hubs, Bont also launches its new 3x125 mm speed skating frame, the CXXV or 125 in roman numerals. Test…
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Bont has been working in partnership with MPC for many years. The Australian brand has just released a brand new model of 125 mm wheel with aluminum hub. We could test a set and here are our impressions...
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The OLS team has tested for you a set of MPC Turbo Training speed skating wheels, a dual density wheel at a reasonable price...
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After a quick overview, it's now time to have a closer look at the Trigger Rainbow skates and put them to the acid test. The first tests were promising, what about the long run ? Can this French pro-model compete with the international market ?
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The OLS team goes on with the testing of 3x125 mm speed skating frames. This time, we're focusing on the Powerslide Vi Alu...
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You don't always have pockets to carry the few accessories you need. Back in time you would go for pockets in the back, now there's also a new alternative with the FlipBelt. Testing...
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When you practice in difficult weather conditions, rain can drastically deteriorate your skate boots. Using shoe covers is an efficient solution at a moderate price...
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The FIRS has just authorized the use of 3x125 mm frames (and wheels) on marathons, for junior, senior and master categories. This set-up is spreading little by little amongst long distance competitors and lovers. We got hold of Powerslide's latest creation: the Triple X 3x125 mm frame. Feedbacks...
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We got hold of a set of MPC PM XT-02 110 mm speed skating wheels. This speed skating model is made by the American company MPC, in collaboration with X-Tech. Here are our impressions...
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Roces sent us their latest skate model designed for urban practice, freeskate and slalom. After several months of testing, here are our conclusions...
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Setting up a new slalom spot to the official norms requires precision and method. The OLS team gives you advice to set up your classic slalom area...
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Powerslide sent us their new 'Pleasure Tool' slalom frame. Under that suggestive name hides a 3x110 mm model, suitable for slalom and for regular urban skating.
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Looking for thin and light gloves for speed skating in the summertime, we found a pair of nordic skating gloves at Pierre Qui Roule, a shop in Bordeaux. Here are our impressions...
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Matter and Powerslide have launched a phosphorescent wheel on the market. We got a set from the Parisian shop HawaiiSurf. Gadget or safety device in its own right? Test...
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The market of 125 mm speed skating wheels is expending rapidly, month after month, with more and more new models. RollX strikes hard in releasing a new model that is as light as a 110 mm wheel. Verdict...
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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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The 3x125 mm is on a roll in speed and long distance skating. After Powerslide, It's EOSkates' turn to take up the segment in launching a range of 3 frames of different lengths. We have tested the 12.8'' for you...
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Long distance skating
Customization is the art of mixing and matching the skate parts that you like to make a set up that corresponds at best to what you're looking for. Today, OLS presents a 100% French set-up in 3x125 mm for raid and long distance skating...
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The French brand Roll'X is famous in speed skating but they know how to diversify in other disciplines, like roller hockey and freeride. We had the opportunity of testing the 80 mm freeride model in 85A...
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The speed skating suit brand got itself noticed last year thanks to the many victories of the French Team during the World Championships of Speed Skating in Rosario, Argentina. The manufacturer sent us a sample...
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Skike presents a whole range of roller skis / nordic off-road and road skates. We took a pair of V7 Fix Crosses to get a breath of fresh air on dirt paths. Verdict...
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The Seba High Light Carbon is the high range version of the popular Seba High Light. It has the same simple design, with a carbon base for the shell. How efficient is this new model? Does it make the difference in the Seba collection and does it compete with the Hardcore Evo by Powerslide? Verdict...
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Long distance skating
Seba took their time to enter the market of long distance skating. The French brand started with freeskate, slalom and then fitness before taking the leap. We had the opportunity of testing the Seba Marathon 110. Impressions...
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Seba equip all of their urban skating models with the Street Invaders. They are available in different colors and diameters. Those wheels have imposed themselves in shops as well as in skatecross and slalom competitions. We have tested several colors to give you a more precise verdict...
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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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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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It has been a while since a new LED wheel had entered the market. Powerslide rushes in with the Fothons LED wheels, available in 72 to 120 mm. Testing...
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Long distance skating
The Ligne Droite shop, specialized in speed skating, has diversified with the years, also opening to products designed for long distance skating. They provided us with a reflective/light-emitting vest by Uglow, the X-Glow Black, designed for night practice...
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The frame ensures the link between the boot and the wheels. Its technical characteristics (rigidity, length…) may considerably vary according to the considered practice.
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In 2015, Rollerblade renews its slalom model, the Twister 80, and designs an enhanced version, the Twister Pro. Announcing the Twister with a new frame, different colors and a quality liner, Rollerblade has intended to take into consideration the flaws of the previous editions. Verdict...
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Who's never hesitated between slipping on wristguards or gloves before going for a ride in the wintertime? Rather than letting you overthink on that tricky question, we have a 2-in-1 solution to keep your fingers warm at a lesser cost...
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The vocabulary of skating can be quite exotic sometimes, and some words are borrowed from other fields. It is the case of « bore », coming directly from the world of mechanics...
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If you are a skating geek, buying a caliper must have crossed your mind already: Wheel diameter, ground clearance of your frames... That little tool can prove to be pretty useful!
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On the printing of skate wheels you can often see a number followed by an A. You get this measurement with a very specific tool: a durometer...
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Long distance skating
Ligne Droite sent us a yellow vest equipped with retro-reflective strips and a luminous device by Uglow for us to test it. It can prove to be particularly useful for night skate staff skaters or to safely skate in solo in the dark. Testing the U-Road Sport…
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Cadomotus anticipated the doubts of the skaters hesitating to take the plunge and invest into 3x125 mm speed skating frames, in offering a 3x125/4xx110mm hybrid model of frame, a good idea that we couldn't wait testing...
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Atom starts the year with a great rush in launching a 14€ dual density wheel: The brand-new Matrix Plus is available in 100 and 110 mm. We had the opportunity to test the biggest diameter of the two. Here are our impressions...
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Powerslide pushes the decision-making bodies of the FIRS, the International Federation of Roller Sports, to accept diameters of 125 mm just like the 110's at the time. Matter designed the One20Five, a 125 mm wheel available in three hardnesses. We have tested the F1...
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Winter rain launches the subject of bearing maintenance. In order to reduce the time of dismantling, cleaning, oiling... ceramic bearings quickly come to mind. We bought DMB ceramic ball bearings to see how they put up with bad weather...
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We made the most of discounts to buy Rogelli Peak gloves on skate-dump.nl. This model is rather designed for mild weather practice. Here are our impressions...
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We got a set of 80 mm Powerslide Defcon Dual Density freeskate wheels. Powerslide was one of the first brands to design a double density model for urban practice. Testing with Luc Bourdin...
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Earlier in 2014, we had tested the Atom Luigino trolley. Today, we're presenting you the backpack. Here is our verdict after 8 months of daily use...
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We had tested the first version of the Seba High, released in 2005, then the 2008 model, a version at the origin of the current design. In almost a decade, the French brand, Seba, has regularly updated its initial model. Are we served with an improved version of the Seba High or with a mere marketing update? Verdict...
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Long distance skating
The Fila M100 is a classic of the brand. Online-Skating presents the test of the Fila key-model with a 4x110 mm wheel set-up. This skate is essentially designed for long distance skating. Impressions...
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We have entrusted Thierry Feutrier with a pair of Luigino Challenge speed skating boots for a few months of testing. Here are his feedbacks on those boots, a model that is still little known, yet offering very nice assets…
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If you are a regular skater, you probably already had the unpleasant feeling that one of your frame axles was coming loose or clearing off... and sometimes even without you realizing it! Hopefully, there's a solution called thread locker...
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Bobor presents his conclusions on the Xsjado Dustin Werbeski, a model of aggressive skates mounted in Powerblading, that is to say with a frame for wheels with big diameter. Feedbacks…
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After the test of the XC Paths two seasons ago, we're presenting you a new Nordic / All-Terrain Skate test. Powerslide proposes the XC Skeleton, an adjustable model for which you can use your own shoes...
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While freestyle frames are everywhere, some of us are overwhelmed by a rush of nostalgia and go back to those good old flat set-ups (with all four wheels touching the ground). It is the case of Sno, who tested for us the Kaltik Flat aggressive frames…
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OLS presents quite an atypical model today! During the ISPO, the outdoors sports show that takes place every year in Munich, we discovered the Cardiff Skate Co. brand, which produces an attachable three-wheeled skate model. Focus…
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In 2013, Powerslide launched a new wheel range called 'Juice', dedicated to roller derby. Here is the test of the Juice Jolt model in actual derby use. The wheel is soft with a small diameter...
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After the testing of the Atom Boom, let's test another set of wheels by the same brand. Here are our feelings on the Atom Matrix, a versatile model in both 100 and 110 mm…
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We entrusted two sets of Atom Boom 110 mm XXFirm wheels to our testers and to two elite skaters. With EOSkates as its new distributor, Atom's comeback will not go unnoticed in France, Germany and Switzerland. The Boom has some serious assets...
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Jérémy Défossez, coach and player for Lyon's Road Runners, has tested the new XLR Pro Model Hockey Stick, the high-end model by Oxelo, Decathlon's skating brand. Feedbacks…
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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…
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It's a first on OLS, testing a trolley! Such a companion has become a key-accessory for traveling skaters. We had the opportunity to test the Luigino Atom model...
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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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Seba kept us waiting for more than a year before unveiling his new aggressive skate model: the C.J. Wellsmore. The French brand has already established its pedigree in slalom and freeskate. Now it also tackles aggressive skating and doesn't do things by half.
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We had the huge privilege of getting a pair of the brand-new key-model of Rollerblade's 2014 collection: the Powerblade GTR 110, an innovating speed skating model with its frame mounting system. Here are our impressions on the specimen...
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Wintertime and rain put your skates and your clothes at risk. Just like in cycling, water projections leave you great souvenir traces on your calves and back. Here is a tip to make your own DIY skate mudguards…
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The test of the day is that of a derby/speed skating Bont quad skate. Called Hybrid Package, it is made up of a heat moldable boot and a nylon plate. Let's see what it's worth...
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The Powerslide Gamma is an entry range model of the German brand. It is a fitness skate destined to beginners and leisure skaters. Testing...
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Let's finish our Roces skate testing session with the S255. It is a skate dedicated to beginner and intermediate skaters for recreational skating. Let's check what those skates are made of…
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In 2013, Powerslide launched a new range of 'Juice' wheels dedicated to roller derby. We have put a set in the care of a player in order to collect his feelings…
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The Avenger quad plate by Sure Grip is one of the most popular plates on the roller derby market. Two versions exist: aluminum (black) and magnesium (white). We have tested them to get better acquainted…
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Long distance skating
It's been a while since the Labs have been eying us up... and Roces has finally sent us a test pair! It is a model designed for treks and long distance. Let's see how much power the 2013 Roces Labs have under the hood to stand out from that already well-stocked skating niche...
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Here is a new skate test in the range of fitness skates. We chose the Roces Gymnasiums: It is a model suitable for beginners or occasional skaters who practise on short or medium distance. Let's dissect it together...
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Oxelo, the brand distributed by Decathlon sports megastore, sent us a new model of step-in skates for testing. To put it simple it is a pair of skates that can be used with your own shoes. Here are our impressions on that newcommer...
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The Roces Metropolis is intended to practice freeskate and slalom. This model appeared in Roces lines 2011. We have put the 2013 version on to give you our impressions ...
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For its 10th anniversary, Valo unveiled its first aggressive skate of the season on a carbon basis. It sports the colors of Jon Julio: black and white. A model with clean lines and a some new features...
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For its tenth anniversary, Valo has decided to release a new edition of the mythical Roces Majestic 12. For the occasion, Valo has made some changes to this bestseller and introduced the Valo V13. OLS has tested this version for you. Here are our feedbacks ...
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When you buy a pair of skates, even if their characteristics seem to make them the best pair of the moment on the market, they are still not always as close to the foot as a molded pair. Yann V. reveals his tip for an optimized thermoforming...
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It is never easy for a new brand to enter on the aggressive skating market. However, four riders from Liverpool (United Kingdom): Andy Birch, Alex Brunton, Ash Gavin and Jordan Jones launched a new concept: Bake frames...
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These last years, the tightening systems of the big skate brands have evolved, inspired by concepts already tested for skiing. Overview of the concepts available on the market...
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The way skate boots are made depends on the discipline: rigid in aggressive skating, low-cut in speed skating, semi-flexible in fitness skating. The materials involved in the process are very different too and influence the methods used. Here are the trade secrets of these key parts welcoming your feet…
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The frame is a key-part of our skates. Its shape, its length and its rigidity vary according to the discipline and the needs of the skater. Made of composite or polyurethane, they are molded or injected, just like boots. Made of aluminum, they may be pressed, extruded or machined from billet. What are the differences between theses manufacturing processes?
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We tested a first pair of Rio quad skates in 2012. The British brand sent us a new model called "Jive". It has some improvements over its predecessors...
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It is hard to rely on serious information as for the quality of bearings and the real needs met by skaters. Consumers are often overwhelmed by a torrent of technical terms and hazy marketing concepts. The best solution is to ask an importer to take stock on that spare part so precious to our gliding…
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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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Powerslide has just launched a brand new range of skates with which you can wear your own shoes. We had the opportunity to try the Doop Freestyles and Swifts…
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After 15 years of a relative sleep, the market of all-terrain skating experiences a second youth in 2012, with the arrival of new models. Here is a comparison between the newborn Powerslide Vi SUV and its ancestor, the famous Rollerblade Coyote.
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We will have been waiting for them for more than two years… Hoped for their launching in February 2012, then in September, but here they are at last, the new Xsjados! A feedback by the Online-Skating team on that new opus…
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There are many types of boots, depending on the various existing practices: hockey, speed skating, slalom skating, downhill skating...
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The brake of your inline skates is an outgrowth made of rubber, hard plastic or polyurethane. It is fixed at the rear of the frame. Here is the story of this very useful accessory ...
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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…
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After 15 years of a relative sleep, the market of all-terrain skating experiences a second youth in 2012, with the arrival of the Powerslide Vi SUV, a skate with very similar characteristics to those of the Coyote, but benefiting from a great number of technological improvements...
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Here are two barbarous acronyms which sometimes conceal very different realities. Even if the A.B.E.C. standard is the most common on the market and is often favored by vendors, yet it is not systematically a token of quality…
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With Downhill, you will get flies in your teeth if you venture without a visor. To deal with that, you can buy yourself a full face motorcycle helmet, which is a bit expensive, or make your homemade visor…
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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…
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