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How do you choose your freestyle skates?

To choose the right freeride or freestyle skates, you really need to understand the characteristics of these two different kinds of skate, as well as your level and what you want to get out of skating. With the tips in our practical guide, you'll be able to choose the skates that are best suited to you.



It's important to understand all of the technical characteristics of skates before you go out and buy them. A skate is composed of wheels, underneath a frame, underneath a boot. Skates can be made from aluminium or composite materials and will vary in length depending on the kind of skating they are used for. Frames made from composite are less responsive than aluminium models, but they are more flexible and comfortable. They are ideal for novices or skaters with little experience. On the other hand, an aluminium frame gives you a more precise glide and better feel. The wheels come in different diameters and hardnesses. Their size depends on the kind of skating being done. For freestyle skating they will be smaller, whereas freeride skates need a medium-sized wheel. The hardness, which is indicated by a scale ranging from 74A to 100A, will also depend on the kind of skating you do, but will tend to be higher for these two disciplines. The harder the wheel, the more responsive, fast and durable it is, but you will also feel more vibrations and lose grip. Another technical aspect is the rotation speed, which is determined by the ABEC number. The higher the ABEC number, the higher quality the bearing.



Freeride skating is done in the city and applies to various different disciplines, such as road skating, slalom and jumps. It gives you a real thrill. As a clever blend of fitness and freestyle skates, these skates have rigid boots that hold your foot and ankle firmly. The frame is generally made from aluminium to be more durable. The wheels are relatively hard and medium in size.

Freestyle skates can be used for street skating as well as playing around in the skatepark and on the half-pipe. These skates are reinforced to withstand impacts. They tend to have a rigid boot and hard, small wheels. Sometimes the boots can be more flexible in order to make things comfier and lighter.



If you're a beginner freerider, go for a skate whose frame is shorter than that of a fitness skate. It should be somewhere between a road skate and freestyle skate so that you can benefit from its precision and responsiveness as you learn.

If you're an intermediate and want to be able to feel the road better beneath your feet, then go for a comfortable model with ABEC 7 bearings and 80 mm diameter wheels – perfect for jumps and slaloming.

Lastly, if you're an expert freeride skater, go for a comfy skate with a rigid, durable boot, relatively hard wheels (80A) and ABEC 7 bearings for maximum responsiveness and feel. A metal fastening system is best because it will withstand impacts.

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The freestyle boots you choose will depend on your standard of skating. The more experienced you are, the more flexible the boot can be in order to make things more comfy. However, if you're skating on a half-pipe, you should always go for rigid skates that offer more support and protection. It's best to choose bearings between 3 and 5 for street skating, and between 5 and 7 if you ride in the park or on a half-pipe. Whatever discipline you do, remember to try your skates on before buying them. It's important to choose the right size so that your foot and ankle are properly supported. This will stop you getting injured and help you improve your precision.


Last but not least, remember to wear a helmet and full protective gear.

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