Choosing the Perfect Safety Gear

11084021_10152793322553837_2721270717048233696_oChoosing the Perfect Safety Gear

It’s almost that time of year: beautiful weather, barbeques, hanging out with friends, and of course – inline skating!

We mean it when we say we’re all about some serious fun, and K2 connects that hand in hand with making sure you’re out there having a blast, while staying safe.

If you are unsure of what kind of protection to get while out there skating, then look no further! We’ve provided a brief article to help break down the basics, and how to find the right fit for you and the little ones.

 

Helmets

If you’re getting out on your skates, be sure to always grab your helmet. Skating Helmets are the most important safety item you can wear while inline skating; so it’s important you find the right one for you.

If you’re into some serious skating, and are frequently out on the trail, then you should invest in some of K2’s Helmets. They can also double up as your bicycle helmet too!

“Skating helmets” come in a variety of names: city, compact, urban, or commuter. These helmets are going to have a rounder shape, and have a little more protection on the side and back of the head.

 

Quick tips:

  • See if the helmet you want can allow for accessories; like a mirror, a visor (which has to be waterproof), or lights
  • Your helmet should have ventilation
  • Choose a bright color so other people can see you
  • Your helmet shouldn’t be able to slide or move around your head after you adjust your strap and have it sitting squarely on the top of your head

 

Inline Skate Pads

 

Skating pads are also a great way to protect yourself while you’re out having some serious fun! They are also a great way to help out that beginner skater into becoming more confident while out on the trail, or park.

 

Different skating pads:

  • Knee
  • Elbow
  • Wrist

Specific types of pads:

  • Recreational: Grab these for extra safety, for those who skate for a fitness aspect, or just for fun! These are going to fit more streamline, and offer a slimmer fit.
  • Aggressive: These are going to be a little bigger to help offer extra protection while you are sending it.

 

The right fit for you:

 

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Follow the graph above to determine your weight, and locate the corresponding size above. Remember: these safety pads should help you skate better, and not restrict your movement.

 

After finding the right safety gear for the skater in you, you’ll be ready to jump on that pavement and have a blast skating! Don’t forget to share your stories on our Instagram or Twitter! #k2skate #k2getinline

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