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Inline Skates

Inline skates have a line of wheels unlike the classic roller skates with wheels located opposite each other. For many years inline skates have been the most popular types of skates. Because of the demand, a range of equipment for inline skates and various kinds of inline skates have entered the market through the years. Inline skating is similar to ice skating, in style as well as technique, some people prefer inline skates to classic roller skates. As an example you can both play hockey on ice skates and inline skates.

Different types of Inline Skates

Because there is such a wide range of inline skates on the market, it can be difficult to find the right kind. If your rollerblades have to be used for specific purposes or for a sport, you should have a look at one of our other categories: Aggressive, Speed, Roller hockey, Nordic or Freeskates.

Roller blades in this category are so-called fitness skates. They can be used for work-out skating on short and medium length distances. They can also be used for transportation around town. Most of the fitness skates have fairly large wheels with a medium hardness, which makes it possible to work up speed while maintaining a good grip. The boot is high to keep the ankle protected which is important for beginners who need extra stability.

The story behind roller blades

In the 1980's, Roces and Rollerblade created inline skates as we know them today. But actually the idea originated in 1849, when a Frenchman had to make props for an opera that should look like ice skates. The prop never became a success, as the skates could not brake nor could they turn. But when inline skates started to gain ground in the end of the 1980's and the beginning of the 1990's, they became a success – and they have been ever since.

Roces was the first brand to mass-produce inline skates, but it was Rollerblade who made them popular. Therefore, rollerblades are synonym with inline skates in many countries.

Keep an eye on our guide: Buying inline skates, for tips on getting the right model.