Should You Rollerblade or Roller Skate?

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If you’re like the team at Beach Bound, then it’s hard to see a smooth sidewalk like The Strand at a beautiful beach like Hermosa and not want to skate up and down it.

If that sounds like you then we want to help you have a blast on wheels. The only question is will those wheels be attached to roller skates or rollerblades?

We’ve written a short guide to the difference between roller skates and rollerblades below so you can decide which are right for you. Keep reading, and then visit the Beach Bound shop in Hermosa Beach for the fastest and friendliest roller skate and e-bike rentals in Hermosa Beach!

Rollerblades Move Faster

Rollerblades, also known as inline skates, are designed to be more agile than your traditional roller skate. In fact, rollerblades are often used for sports like hockey since their design allows for quick movements and turns.

That’s why roller blades will be a better choice for you if you like to skate by making sudden turns.

Roller Skates are More Stable

If you’re more focused on the journey than the destination, then roller skates may be the right choice for you since they provide a slower but smoother ride.

The quad-design of a roller skate makes for a more stable platform to ride on, so while you may move and turn slower on skates you’re also less likely to lose your balance while going over a bump or obstacle.

Plus, the smooth ride provided by roller skates makes for a stylish ride with more flow than roller blading.

Roller Blades Are better for Transportation

Even if you’re not interested in hockey then rollerblades still may be a good choice for you if you want to ride further.

The same maneuverability that allows rollerblades to make quick turns also allows them to move faster, which means you’ll cover more distance wearing them than you would wearing roller skates. That speed will make a big difference if you’re using skates to make a daily commute or are in a hurry.

Roller Skates Require Less Balance

Both roller blades and roller skates require balance to ride smoothly, but roller skates are more forgiving than blades.

For example, the square design of a pair of roller skates creates a ride more like a skateboard while the design of roller skates feels more like riding a bike. You have to balance on thin wheels while riding on blades, so if you’re looking for a stable ride with an easy learning curve then roller skates may be the best choice for you.

Both Roller Skates and Roller Blades Are a Blast to Ride

No matter what you decide, roller skating and roller blading are both serious fun once you get comfortable being on wheels.

It doesn’t matter your age or where you are, all you need is a pair that fits, a little patience to learn, and some concrete and you’ll be having fun in no time!

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