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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...

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Freeride skating

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Testing The Powerslide Imperial Megacruiser Pro 125

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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Fitness skating

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Testing the Swell 110 Fitness Skates by Powerslide

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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Speed-skating

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Testing the Bont CXXV 3x125 mm Frames

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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Speed-skating

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Testing the Bont / MPC Red Magic Hardcore 125 mm Wheels

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 got a set and here are our impressions...

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Speed-skating

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Testing the 110 mm MPC Turbo Training Speed Skating Wheels

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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Aggressive skating

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Testing the Trigger Rainbows Julien Cudot

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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Speed-skating

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Testing the Vi Alu 3x125 mm Speed Skating Frame by Powerslide

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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Fitness skating

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Testing the FlipBelt sports belt

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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Tip: Neoprene shoe covers

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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Speed-skating

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Testing the Powerslide Triple X 3x125 mm Speed Skating Frame

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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Speed-skating

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MPC PM XT-02 speed skating wheel test

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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Freeride skating

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Testing the X35 Freeride Skates by Roces

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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Slalom skating

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Slalom: Setting up your cone lines

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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Slalom skating

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Testing the Pleasure Tool Frame by Powerslide

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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rollerski/skiroll

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Testing the Nordic Skating Gloves by Powerslide

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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Freeride skating

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Testing the 80 mm Matter Glow skate wheel

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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Speed-skating

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Testing the 125 mm RollX XDual Wheel

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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Slalom skating

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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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Speed-skating

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Testing the EOSkates 3x125 mm Frames

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

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Long distance custom set-up: Seba Marathon boot, RollX wheels and EOSkates 3x125mm frames

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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Freeride skating

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Testing the Roll'X Freeride Wheel

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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Speed-skating

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Testing the Hunter skating suits

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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Off-road skating

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Testing the Skike V7 Fix Cross Skates

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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Slalom skating

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Testing the Seba High Light Carbon

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

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Testing the Seba Marathon 110

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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Slalom skating

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Testing the Seba Street Invaders 84A Wheels

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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Speed-skating

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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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Fitness skating

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Testing the 110 mm Powerslide Fothon LED wheels

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

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Testing the X-Glow Black reflective/light-emitting vest

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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Anatomy of a skate frame

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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Slalom skating

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Testing the 2015 Rollerblade Twister Pro

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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Fitness skating

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Modify your wristguards for the wintertime

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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What is a 'bore' in skating?

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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Caliper: Pretty useful for skating!

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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What is the use of a durometer?

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

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Testing the U-Road Sport Uglow retro-reflective/luminous vest

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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Speed-skating

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Testing the Cadomotus Comp TR-5 3x125/4x110mm Speed Skating Frame

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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Speed-skating

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Testing the 110 mm 86A Atom Matrix Plus

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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Speed-skating

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Testing the 125 mm Matter One20Five F1 Speed Skating Wheel

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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Speed-skating

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Testing the DMB ceramic ball bearings

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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Speed-skating

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Testing the Rogelli Peak gloves

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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Freeride skating

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Testing the Powerslide Defcon Dual Density 80 mm Wheel

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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Speed-skating

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Testing the Atom Luigino backpack

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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Slalom skating

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Testing the 2014 Seba High

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

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Testing the 2014 Fila M110

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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Speed-skating

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Testing the Luigino Challenge speed skating boots

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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Reducing the risks of axle unscrewing with thread locker

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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Aggressive skating

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Testing the Xsjado Dustin Werbeski aggressive skates

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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rollerski/skiroll

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Testing the Powerslide XC Skeletons

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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Aggressive skating

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Testing the Kaltik Flat aggressive frames

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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Fitness skating

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Testing the Cardiff Skate Co. S1 / S2

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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Roller-derby

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Testing the 59 mm / 80 A Juice Jolt Wheel

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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Speed-skating

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Testing the 100 and 110 mm Atom Matrix Wheels

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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Speed-skating

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Testing the Atom Boom 110 mm XXFirm Wheels

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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Inline-hockey

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Testing the Oxelo XLR Pro Model Hockey Stick

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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Speed-skating

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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…

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Testing the Luigino Atom Trolley

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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Artistic skating

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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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Aggressive skating

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Testing the Seba C.J. Wellsmores

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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Speed-skating

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Testing Rollerblade's Powerblade GTR 110

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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Tip: Making your own skate mudguards

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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Roller-derby

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Testing the Bont Hybrid Package Quad Skates

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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Fitness skating

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Testing the 2013 Powerslide Gamma

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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Fitness skating

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Testing the 2013 S255 Roces

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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Roller-derby

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Testing the AMP Juice Wheel (62*38 mm, 91A)

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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Roller-derby

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Testing the Sure Grip Avenger plate

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

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Testing the 2013 Roces Labs

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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Fitness skating

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Testing the 2013 Roces Gymnasiums

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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Fitness skating

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Test: Oxelo Sneak In

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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Freeride skating

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Test Roces Metropolis 2013

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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Aggressive skating

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Test : Valo JJ 13

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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Aggressive skating

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Test Valo V13

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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Speed-skating

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Tip: Thermoforming your carbon boots

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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Aggressive skating

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Test: aggressive skating - Bake frames

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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The new tightening systems of big skate brands

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 trade secrets of skate boots

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 manufacturing processes of skate frames

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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Artistic skating

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Test: Rio Jive quad skates

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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All about skate bearings

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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Inline downhill

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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

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Test: Freestyle and Swift Doop Skates

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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Hybrids

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Comparative test: Powerslide Vi SUV Vs. Rollerblade Coyote

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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Aggressive skating

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Testing the Xsjado 2.0

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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Anatomy of an inline skate boot

There are many types of boots, depending on the various existing practices: hockey, speed skating, slalom skating, downhill skating...

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Anatomy of an inline skate rubber brake

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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Speed-skating

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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…

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Hybrids

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Testing all-terrain skates: Powerslide Vi SUV

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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Skate bearings: ABEC and ISO standards… Same difference?

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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Inline downhill

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Tip: Making your own downhill visor

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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Freeride skating

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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…

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Aggressive skating

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Testing the Youth Airliner frames

« Youth, we are the frameworks co. » This is how Chris Farmer, Chris Haffey and Jon Julio introduced their new brand of frame. Knowing the three skaters, we could expect a mix of all that is currently done, but better. Let’s discover together what the Youth Airliner frames are worth…

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Speed-skating

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Test: MPC Black Widow Wheels (100 and 110 mm)

Cadomotus sent us two sets of MPC Black Widow wheels, one 100 and one 110mm with "Firm" and "X-Firm" hardness. We gave a set to Raphaël Planelles and we kept the other one in order to cross-check our opinions.

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Aggressive skating

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Anatomy of a pair of aggressive skates

All the aggressive skates have structure elements in common: the boot, the frame, the wheels and the bearing. However, according to the concerned practice, some elements may vary to fit the skaters' needs. We have decided to dissect an aggressive skate for you…

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Slalom skating

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Testing the 2012 Powerslide Hardcore Evo

Last year, we tested the 2011 Powerslide Hardcore Evo, which already had quite a good potential for slalom skating. Here is the test of the 2012 version, which shows a few improvements, by Kenshin83 who had already skated with those skates in 2010...

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Slalom skating

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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...

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Aggressive skating

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Test: Aggressive Skating USD Carbon 4 Boot

USD loves its concept of carbon skate: it is available in several versions and it is renewed constantly. Proof here with this new version of the Carbon 4 which unveils lots of changes compared to the previous models with the arrival of a new liner…

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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

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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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