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K2 Inline Skate Buying: 101

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Skating is so much fun, and we’re sure K2 has the perfect skate for you.  But which skate to choose?  To help you figure that out, we’ve put together a small skate buying guide help get you out skating!

How should my skate fit?

Your skates should fit like a comfortable pair of running shoes, limiting the amount of foot movement inside the skate to reduce the chance of getting blisters without being overly tight.  We recommend sizing your your foot using a Brannock Device to get a good idea of what size skate might work the best for you.

Why does wheel size matter?

Simply put, bigger wheels roll faster and are more challenging to control.  Wheels are measured by their diameter in millimeters, and most skaters begin skating on smaller wheels (<84mm).  Every K2 skate frame lists the largest wheel size that will work with that skate, so when you are ready to try a larger wheel size you will know the max size your skate can accommodate.

What’s up with Rockered Frames?

Rockered frames allow you to set the wheels of the skate at different heights, adding a customizable feel to every skate that features a rockered frame.  Typically, beginner skaters will not utilize this feature at first, but every skater should play with their setup to find what works best for them.  This article explains the basics.

What about bearings?

Generally speaking, bearings with a lower number are manufactured at a lower tolerance and are subject to being a bit less smooth than their higher rated counterparts.  All of our skates come with bearing that can be upgraded or replaced.

Now, which skate should I choose?

Fitness Category
Fitness Category

Our Fitness skates are our most popular category, and if you are just getting into inline skating, this is a great place to start.  These skates and well ventilated, feature 80 and 84mm wheels, and are best for casual cruising on paths with friends or short to medium distance training sessions.  Models: Alexis, F.I.T.

Aggressive Category
Aggressive Category

Our Aggressive skates are freestyle focused, feature smaller wheels for maximum maneuverability and agility, and frames that are built for sliding and grinding.  If your goals include skating ramps, rollers, jumps, rails, or ledges, these are the skates for you.  Models: Front Street, Unnatural

Lifestyle Category
Lifestyle Category

K2’s Lifestyle skates emphasize street style and durability, feature 80mm wheels (besides the SODO, which features 100mm wheels), and are perfect for skaters of all abilities who prefer a more urban look.  Picture hanging out with friends, drinking milkshakes, and cruising the city streets.  Models: Midtown, Broadway, Uptown, Sodo.

X-Training Category
X-Training Category

Our X-Training line feature 90 and 100mm wheels, increased ventilation, and is designed for skaters who focus on higher speeds, miles logged and calories burned.  Beginners typically do not learn on X-Training skates, rather they upgrade to this series once they’re comfortable on skates from the Fitness or Lifestyle line.  Models: VO2

Marathon Category
Marathon Category

The ultimate skates for distance and speed, the Marathon Category skates are generally for advanced skaters who hammer out long training sessions or love high speeds on open trails and roads.  These skates feature 110 or 120/125mm wheels, high-end bearings and premium uppers to create the ultimate distance tool.  Models: MOD 110, MOD 125