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Choosing the Right Inline Skate

02, marts 2020

Choosing the right inline speed skate is not always easy, and you’ll have to take several factors into account before you make your final pick. Before you start the search for your new inline boots, you must determine to what extent you’re willing to sacrifice comfort for performance.

There’s a few things you must decide as you invest in your new inlines. Theheight of the boots, thepadding, theweight, and thestiffness

Below, we have lined up 3 skates, ranging from comfort to performance. Generally performance is linked to higher prices, whereas comfort usually comes at a lower cost. This is mainly due to the price of the materials used in the production. Further down this page, we give you the pros and cons of each boot type, to help you pick.






Low (100-400$)

Medium (200-500$)

High (400-900$)


Fitness skates are generally made of softer and heavier materials.

Semi-pro boots are often made of a composite mixture of carbon fiber and fiberglass. This will add extra weight compared to a full-carbon boot, but will provide a similar stiffness

The high range boots are mainly made of carbon fiber. The lightest material, whilst providing high stiffness. 


Tall. Fitness skates provide more ankle  stability. On the other hand, it also limits the mobility and ability to extend pushes and reach a more extreme skating position. For newcomers, this is a great choice, as you will be able to get a good and fun skating experience, right away. 

Semi-pro skates are low cut, like the high performance skates, but will generally be 1-2 cm higher. This makes it a great choice, if you want a smooth transfer from fitness to speed. You will almost have the same mobility as in a pro skate, but still some extra ankle stability to avoid an excessive pronation on the inside of the soles.

The high end skates are low cut to allow full ankle mobility. This will make it easier to maintain a lower position when skating, and smoother crossovers thanks to the high range of motion. However, one must be an experienced skater, to get the full benefit of a low cut skate.


Fitness skates have a lot of padding, and will provide a comfortable experience to almost any skater, regardless of their foot shape. Chances of blisters are small and the skate will be very forgiving, when skating on rough or uneven surfaces.

Reasonable amount of padding. There will be a thin layer of cushion adding comfort. Ideal for skaters with a desire to go fast. 

Very little padding. The lack of cushion will ensure a good power transfer and control of skates, but with a higher risk of blisters and discomfort over long sessions. However, some high-end skates are made to adapt your feet or can easily be heat-moulded to fit your feet perfectly.  


Fitness skates are relatively heavy. Both due to its heavier materials as well as its size.

Even though the semi-pro skates are low cut and partly made of carbon fiber, they will add a little bit of weight compared to the high-end full carbon boots. To most skaters this won’t make a big difference, but if you’re racing at a high level, these details matter.

In the high-end models, everything is perfectioned to make the boot as light as possible. For the competitive skater, it will be an advantage with lighter skates to save energy or develop speed.

Viktor Hald Thorup
Viktor Hald Thorup

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