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Skating is a popular sport among kids of all ages and despite it being a fun activity kids enjoy thoroughly, it also provides them a lot of health benefits such as strengthening of core muscles and improves the child’s motor skills to a great extent. Skating is not just for kids, but adults can equally enjoy the fun and benefits of skating and it’d be a great idea to skate with your kid when he/she is in the initial stages of learning so that they aren’t afraid to make mistakes and you can protect them from getting themselves injured in the process of learning.
We design inline skates that cater to the needs of all from skates suitable for you to skating equipment such as skate helmet, skate bag, basic protection kit, and skate stability kits.
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How to choose the right inline skates for kids?
Skate Type: Different skating types require different skates. The following are:
Recreation Skates: Recreation skates are catered towards beginners mainly and casual skaters. Recreation skates are designed keeping in mind the comfort to the rider and the improved stability. These skates usually don’t need a lot of break-in time and provide a very relaxed fit. Recreation skates are more designed for casual skating sessions that aren’t demanding in nature.
Cross-Training Skates: Skating can be a great addition to your workout routine and for the people who are experienced in skating, this can be a great way to improve your workout regime. Though these skates are pretty comfortable right out of the box, break-in time for high-end models can be achieved in 2-3 skating sessions.
Inline Speed Skates: Inline speed skates are designed mostly for distance skating or for marathons at professional levels. These skates are strong and stiff in the construction so that once it’s properly put on, it gives even power transfer.
Aggressive Skates: Aggressive skates are designed to skating in a park or specialized areas with a ledge or a drop to jump, slide and grind. Skates of this kind usually have wheels under 60mm which helps in having a lower center of gravity which helps easily perform tricks.
Wheels: When choosing inline skates or roller skates for kids, there are a lot of elements regarding the wheels that have to be considered such as the size of the wheel, the hardness rating or the durometer rating and the type of skating your kid would use it for. Wheels of skates today are usually made of polyurethane which is sturdy and does not crack. In terms of the size, for your kid, you could get sizes ranging from 70-78mm for recreational skates and 50-59mm for aggressive skates. At Decathlon, we have inline skates and roller skates for kids of sizes ranging from 60mm to 76-80mm so that we can be your one-stop destination for all your skating needs!
Skating Skills: One of the major mistakes that parents make when buying skates for kids is that they tend to go for one more advanced than the skill of their child in the hope of them developing the necessary skills later. But more often than not this leads to accidents and injuries which swaps the fun out of skating as a whole. Thus it is ideal that when choosing skates, go for one that matches your kid’s current skill set.
Beginner- For beginners, beginner inline/roller skates are designed to be stable and supportive giving the necessary confidence to skate and are comfortable straight out of the box. These skates usually require no break-in for maximum performance. For these kinds of skates, the wheels are smaller in size and also come with a brake to go at a more controllable speed.
Intermediate- The skates require some experience and are more suitable for kids who are confident in their skills. These skates are not very supportive and forgiving compared to beginner skaters. If your kid is experienced but hasn’t been skating for a while, it’d better start off with a beginner skate and work his/her way up.
Advanced - Advanced skaters are those people who skate on a regular basis and are confident about their skill and ability achieved as a result of daily practice. For advanced skaters, a high-performance skate suitable for the skating type followed would be ideal. Basic models would lack technical features provided by high-performance skates which would limit your ability to learn more.
Expert - Experts are professional skaters with years of experience and are masters of the skating type they practice. For expert skaters, it’s mandatory that they go for professional inline skates that promise the best performance in the particular category to be able to meet your demands.
Size Adjustability: When buying inline skates or roller skates for your kid, it’s ideal to choose one that are size adjustable. As you know, kids grow at a rapid pace and there’s a great possibility of their feet growing resulting in the new pair of skates unusable. This is where size adjustable skates come in to picture. Size Adjustable skates vary in their extension limit and thus, it’s best to understand your kid’s growth rate and if required, get a size just above what they’re currently wearing which is size adjustable so that the brand new pair of skates can be used for a longer period of time.
Head to the Decathlon online store to get your kids’ first pair of inline skates or roller skates from Decathlon’s online store today!