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How to choose adult roller skates

Roller skating isn’t just the pursuit of teenagers at the park – it’s a fun activity and great exercise for all ages.

There's a huge range of skates on offer for all sorts of activities, from fitness skating to freeride and even roller derby. So how do to choose the right ones? Our urban sports brand offers expert advice for roller skating enthusiasts.

Choosing your roller skates

You should choose your skates based on two criteria: the type of skating you do and your skill level.

1. Types of Skating

There are four kinds of skating practices:

Fitness/Road Skating
This kind of skating focuses on straight lines – if you're starting, you'll land in this category.
These rides can be gentle or more intense and even cover long distances.

Freeride/Aggressive Skating
Skating, sliding, jumping and doing tricks.
Freeride is done in the skate park, where the urban environment becomes your playground.

Roller Derby
A team sport that combines tactics, speed and contact. It's done on an oval indoor track.

Roller Hockey
A team sport based on ice hockey (but with roller skates, not ice skates) that requires speed, power and technical skill. It can be played indoors or out.

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2. Your level

Oxelo offers fitness and road skates designed to suit your standard of skating.

For Beginners
Beginners who are just discovering skating sports and keeping to a slow speed.
They aim to help you master the basics: getting up, pushing off, maintaining your balance, turning, and braking using the toe stop.

For Intermediates
Short rides or medium distances (10 to 20km).
Intermediates can perform basic moves at higher speeds, as well as T-stops, tight turns and crossover turns. In a controlled environment, they can choose their direction, make emergency stops and avoid or get past obstacles.

For Experts
Experts regularly go on medium and long-distance rides (more than 20km).
They can easily make all intermediate moves, even at high speeds or going backwards. In an urban environment, they can control their direction, make emergency stops, and avoid or get past obstacles.

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How to Choose Adult Roller Skates


Scooters specialist

Falling over is a normal part of learning to skate. If you want to prevent injury, it's best to wear a helmet and protective pads.

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