What do you think about when we talk about roller skates? Takes you back in time to the good ol’ days when you skated till dusk with your friends and cousins, doesn’t it? Yep. But roller skates today have come a long way from what it used to be back in the day. Apart from being worn and used for entertainment and fun, roller skates are now also used as an eco friendly and cheap mode of transport, a competitive sport and a fun way to exercise. If you don’t own a pair already, then we highly recommend that you get busy looking for one. And to help you land the best roller skates possible, we are here to help.
Stay with us and continue reading as we introduce some of the best roller skates in the market now. Our detailed reviews will cover skates for men, women and of course and most importantly, the kids! Also, find out what goes into picking and selecting proper pair roller skates over the hundred others before you. Interested to get back on those rollers again? Good. Let’s start!
What are the ones we will cover? Here they are –
The first roller skates to kick start our list of the top 5 best men’s roller skates is the very well-known and a crowd favorite: the GTX-500 Roller Skates from Pacer.
Pacer GTX-500 Roller Skates, before everything else, is one of those nostalgic pieces that take you back time. It is a quad skate, meaning you have 4 wheels. And on top of the plate is a very enclosed and snug sneaker-like upper. Both of which keeps you feeling safer and more balanced as opposed to an open-upper roller skate. The GTX-500 is also a favorite for skaters who take comfort very seriously. This skates padded collar to prevent friction and blisters. You also have a very comfortable lining inside which keep your feet from getting sore from all the impact and warmth. The plate of the GTX-500 is made out of polymer with a fixed tow stop on the front. It does great job holding and distributing of the weight of the skater on the 4 wheels. Speaking of which, the wheels are Mach 63mm X35mm with ABEC-1 bearing, which are relatively large and smooth runners. Great indoor skates, but you can just as well use them outdoor by slapping on a set of outdoor wheels. A quality skate without putting a hole through your wallet, we’d say.
The best part about the Pacer GTX-500 Roller Skates is that these high-in-demand boys come in various colors, and sizes for women and kids too!
The Chicago Bullet Speed Skates are one of the many iconic roller skates out there. If you are looking for something that is versatile for use both in sports and in general, then this is it.
With 4×4 wheels and a very heavy-duty plate, these rollers are ready to take on a good amount of weight. They have a sneaker-ish upper with a vinyl and an easy lace closure with a Velcro strap for extra security. And to add to the balance, the Chicago Bullets use very wide 62mm urethane wheels with precision ABEC-1 bearings and premium fixed axels. The Chicago Bullet Speed Skate also feature a very low-cut design which gives you more control and stability, especially during turns. It is also padded around the collar so you shouldn’t feel much discomfort either. However, the feature that caught our interest most is in its trucks. The aluminum trucks on these skates are adjustable! This means these roller skates will adapt your skating style and intensity. Very cool.
Last but not least, the Chicago Bullet Speed Skates are backed by a 30-day warranty! More than enough time to try and test these bad boys.
For a pair of roller skates that made more specifically for the outdoors, you need something sturdy and robust, like the Riedell R3 Outdoor Energy Roller Skates.
Riedell R3 Outdoor Energy Roller Skates are definitely more heavy-duty and reliable from the very first look. It is a high-cut design with enables amazing speed and velocity even on uneven surfaces thanks to its grippy wheels. You have an R3 boot upper and both lace and a Velcro closure for adjustable and secure fit. The skates are also padded and lined so you won’t be succumbing to blisters or burns on the demanding outdoors skating sessions. You have Riedell PowerDyne thrust yylon plates with midi gripper toe stops for weight balance and accurate stopping power. As for the wheels, you have Riedell Radar Energy 62 wheels measuring 32mm x 62mm with a hardness of 78A and Riedell KwiK ABEC-5 bearings. These wheel speed up fast and also offer a good grip against the surface due to their soft make.
With a very strong and reliable construction and amazing comfort, the Riedell R3 Outdoor Energy Roller Skates is perfect for more expert level skaters who love speed and contol.
Next on our list of the best roler skates, we have the Dart Roller Skates from Riedell yet again!
The Dart Roller Skate are a very easy-going and beginner-friendly skate. This 4×4 is made out of PowerDyne Thrust nylon plates and Midi Gripper toe stops. Great weight districution with quick, accurate stopping power. For the wheels, you have 62mm and ABEC 5 bearings with matching hub colors. And with a hardness of 93A, the wheels are tough and hard, but still soft enough to skate on uneven surfaces. Great for indoors, and okay-ish outdoors as well. Lace and Velcro closures mean you can adjust and custom fit the boots while also ensuring that they stay put. And like most Reidell skates, the dart rollers are heavily padded and well-lined for maximum comfort and protection against impacts.
Simple, subtle and very relaxed- the Riedell Skates Dart Roller Skates are the best skates for learners and beginners.
And the final men’s skates to make it to our list of the best roller skates are the Chicago Men’s Rink Skate.
As you can guess from the name already, these skates are specifically made for use in rinks. And thus, it also has a tall shaft which covers your ankles and a little above to offer warmth and of course, safety. You have lace closures which offer adjustable, secure fit and with its aluminum base plate with adjustable truck, you have more control over your turns and glides. Urethane wheels with semi-precision bearings ensure that you can use these guys both indoors, and outdoors out of the rinks. Versatility at its best!
Last but not least, the Chicago Men’s Rink Skates come with a 30-day warranty as well!
And now, on our ladies’ section, we present our first pick for the best roller skates with the Citizen Outdoor Roller Skates from RieDell!
The Citizen Outdoor Roller Skates are high-cut boots which reaches just up to the ankles. This provides more balance and better safety. As for comfort, they are made from soft, synthetic vinyl material with a lace closure for adjustable and custom fit. The PowerDyne Thrust Nylon with White Bolt-On Bell stop toe does a great job evenly distributing weight and making quick, smooth stops. For the wheels, you get Riedell Radar Zen Wheels, with Riedell KwiK ABEC-5, measuring 62mm x 32mm in size with a hardness of 85A; hard yet soft enough for skating over uneven surfaces.
Speaking of which, the Riedell Citizens are specifically made for use outdoor, but you can of course use it indoors as well.
Next up on our list of the best roller skates for women, we have the Roller Derby Roller Star 350 Girls Roller Skates which is a undoubtedly THE skates to get for your princess-obsessed learner!
The Roller Derby Roller Star 350 Girls Roller Skates, first and foremost, is a scene right out of Disney. It is girly, it is pink and super flirty. Needless to say, it is targeted more towards girls and teens, but.. ..if you fancy too, then why not? Come in larger sizes too. This 350 Girls Roller skates have a high-cut boot upper with a lace closure for custom fit. The plate has a fixed stop toe for safe, easy stops. As for the wheels, you get 54mm wheels with Excellerator 608ZB bearings. And it’s padded and lined too so no worries.
Easy, simple and very basic. If you have a learner and beginner in the house, then the Roller Derby Roller Star 350 Girls Roller Skates is the thing to get!
For a pair of skates that’s a little more mature and heavy-duty, take a look at the Chicago Women’s Leather Lined Rink Skate.These rink skates, as the name says it all, are made to be used on rinks. And if you can use it outdoors, you can use it indoors! You have a boot leather-lined vinyl upper lace closure for custom fit. It is leather lined boot with a padded ankle collar for optimum comfort during skating. As for the wheel, you have 58-mm high rebound urethane wheels with precision bearings which absorb shock like a pro. And for the pro-level stopping, you have a large toe stop. Next, you have the classic aluminum base plate with jump bar for reinforcement with adjustable double truck.
Last but not least, the Chicago Women’s Leather Lined Rink Skate comes with the company standard 30-day warranty!
Taking it up a notch from the Star 350, we have for you the Roller Derby Star 600 Women’s Quad Skate.
The Roller Derby Star 600 Women’s Quad Skate has a boot upper or the classic RTX Pro Chassis. The high-cut design offers ample support around the ankle and more control. And with a lace-up closure you can adjust the fit to your liking. As for the wheels, you 56mm Urethane wheels with ABEC-5 bearings. For the comfort factor, the Star 600 comes with padded lining and reinforced heel support.
Simple and affordable. Great for indoors!
And the last ladies’ skates on our list of the best roller skaters is the Purple Boardwalk Skates Outdoor from Sure-Grip.
The Boardwalk skates are definitely a more refined and tough-duty kind of roller skates. It has a suede leather boot upper with stitched composite nylon sole, and has lace closure for adjustable fit. A high-cut design ensures ankle support and better balance. With an indestructible ROCK plate and aluminum trucks and steel axles, these girls distribute weight evenly and offers ample amount of balance and stability. As for the wheels, you get high rebound urethane 65mm wheels with ABEC 3 bearings which absorb shock very well. Perfect for the outdoors!
Heavy-duty and tough- the Boardwalk Skates are just what women on the go need!
And to complete the list for our best roller skates, we want to finish off by introducing some of the most fun and vibrant roller skates for the little tots and juniors out there. That said, let’s start with the cult favorite: Chicago Boy’s Sidewalk Skate.
The Chicago Boy’s Sidewalk Skates have a high-cut boot design which offer much needed ankle support and overall balance for junior skaters. It also has a lace and Velcro closure which means you not only get to adjust the fit, but also secure it. You have 4 oversized wheels with semi-precision bearings for smooth, sage gliding. And the padded collar, high impact double adjustable chassis and truck, along with the fixed tow stop makes sure kids are safe from high-impact and are able to stop smoothly.Although it is designed to appeal boys with the bright blues and reds, we think it would nevertheless make a great skate for girls too! And the 30-day warranty window is a bonus with Chicago products as usual.
Next on our list of the best roller skates for kids, we have the very popular Pacer XT70 Adjustable Roller Skates.
The Pacer XT70 Adjustable Roller Skates have a high-cut boot exceed well over the ankle. This means more support and balance. With a buckle closure, getting skating is fast and easy. No lace, no Velcro. Takes the fuss away from tying and knotting, doesn’t it? As for the wheels, you have polyurethane (injection) wheels with 608ZB sealed bearings under a plastic but adjustable plate.However, what makes the XT70 so amazing and unique is its adjustable shell with removable comfort lining. This means the skates literally expands to accommodate your child’s growing feet. A year extra years of use, a few extra bucks saved! But the real pleaser is the bright and fun white and pink colors combo which your learning princess (or prince, we don’t judge) is going to love!
Is it really a list for the best roller skates for kids without light up skates? Take a look at the Comet Kids Light Up Roller Skates from Pacer!
The Comet Kids Light Up skates has a low to semi-cut design and offers both Velcro and lace closures for adjustable, secure fit. It has a polymer plates with fixed toe stop which distribute weight pretty well and offer immediate stopping power. As for wheels, you get 54mm Polyurethane wheels with 608ZB sealed which make the Comet skates ideal both in and outdoors. And with enough color combo and sizes, you will find the perfect pair to your kid’s liking for sure!
However, the most eye-catching (literally!) feature on the Comet skates are that its wheels light up! Got a kid that likes the bling and flashy life? The Pacer Comets make for the best presents!
The next name to make it to our list of the best roller skates for kids is the Boy’s Trac Star Adjustable Roller Skate from Roller Derby!
From one look, the Trac Star roller skates are anything but basic. They have a high-cut boot with a buckle closure. Yet again, no lace, no Velcro and thus, no time lost trying to get into the shoes! You have a molded shell with hinged cuff and washable liner. As for the wheels, you get 54mm Urethane wheels with 608Z Excellerator bearings. Definitely more heavy-duty and outdoorsy. One unique feature to the Trac Star is its toe stop which deviate away from the generic round shape to a more sharp, and angular body.
However, the real showstopper is the Trac Star itself. These skates have a patented torsion beam frame and with a bright, bold red and silver color appeal to them, making them for both girls and boys.
And the last name to make it our list of the best roller skates for kids is one of the bets money can buy: the Chicago Kids Adjustable Quad Roller Skates.
The Chicago Kids Adjustable Quad Roller Skates have a very well-built and packed upper boot. For closure, you get a buckle closure which is heaps more convenient and fast! The two-piece boot construction has a padded collar, breathable nylon mesh inner boot for maximum comfort and user-experience. As for wheels, you get 60mm composite wheels with 608ZB semi-precision speed bearings and a fixed toe stop for easy, quick brakes. And although these skates are targeted towards girls, the bright, standout-ish color combo is still very much approachable for boys as well.
What makes the Chicago Kids Adjustable Quad Roller Skates so unique and advanced from the rest of our kid’s skates is that it is designed to expand up to 4 sizes up with the push of a button right above its wheel! And the cherry on top is of course the standards 30-day warranty from Chicago. Doesn’t get any better than this, does it?
Getting the size right is hands down one of the most important things to look into when shopping for a pair of roller skates. And although it seems like a fairly easy job- you get into the store, select according to your regular foot size and check out; bad sizing is probably the no.1 reason why most footwear doesn’t fit…..And it’s not even the shoe’s fault!
Men’s: Picking a size of roller skates for men is relatively easier than it is with the ladies or kids. It so pretty straightforward: pick you regular size and you are done with it.
Women’s: The rule of thumb for picking a shoe size for the ladies is always choosing a size down than the men’s size.
Kid’s: Picking the right size for kids are easily the most challenging part. They are tiny, fragile and too fussy for our patience. There an ouchie here, there an oww there. It’s just a mess with the kids. However, the great news is that most manufactures will come with children’s sizes that cater to kids as small as a toddler, and above!
Width: Sometime, the boot or upper of the roller skates may feel to narrow. Now, you don’t want it to be too roomy either, but it shouldn’t be too snug either. The best way to avoid an ill purchase is to put it on, try it and use it for 10 to 12 minutes. Also keep in mind that it takes a while to break in to new shoes.
Socks: Don’t forget taking the socks into account when picking the right size. Wearing soicks will obviously add some bulk so buy accordingly. And if you aren’t a sock wearer, then stick to buying your true size.
The next factor to take into account is the purpose of this purchase. Is it for sports and training? Are you getting a pair for a beginner? Is it for some light leisure activity? Or do you need it for your commute to the office or school?
For roller skates that will be used indoors, say in the ice rinks, on the driveway, skating parks or even at home, you want a pair that is lightweight but sturdy nonetheless. This type of roller skates will have harder wheels since you are most likely to be skating on flat, smooth and even surfaces. They are comparatively cheaper than outdoor skates too! Indoor skates are overall ideal for some light duty skating for fun, learning and entertainment.
For more heavy-duty use, for daily commute on roads, pavements, etc, go for buying a pair of outdoor roller skates instead. Outdoor roller skates are heavier and have a more robust and strong construction. These types of skates will also have softer wheels so that they can offer you more traction and grip against uneven surfaces like gravels, stones, and slopes. Outdoor roller skates are therefore ideal for more demanding uses like for training, sports, and commute.
The wheels of your roller skates are no doubt the very essence of the entire thing, and you want to make sure they are just right for you. You want urethane wheels that are robust, heavy-duty and of the perfect hardness (durometer). Speaking of which, the rule of thumb is that for indoors and smoother, even surfaces, you want a harder wheels with a durometer from 88A to 84B. And for outdoor, uneven surfaces you want softer wheels that fall somewhere in the lines of 78A to 87A.
Next, check for the bearing. Most skates will have ABEC 3 or 7 bearings but you will of course find otherwise. The important thing here is that you get bearings that are smooth, won’t stiff up or jam; something which seems to be a norm among most skates so watch out!
There’s nothing much to say about toe stoppers other than that they are often a subject of criticism by skater when they are fixed. Stoppers will obviously wear down over time with use and you want to be able to replace it. So try and get a pair of skates that offer fixed toe stops that can be replaced or upgraded. Oh and another quick tip, opt for rubbery, soft and sticky toe stops over hard ones. Softer stops have more traction and can stop immediately whereas harder stops will initially slide and glide when used by the skater to make a stop.
Yes, closure is a part of the overall construction of a roller skate, but it is so very important that we had to do a section entirely dedicated to it. Roller skates will come in a lace closure system or a Velcro system, if not both. However, more and more newer roller skates are ditching the traditional lace and Velcro and opting for buckle closures. Now, the important thing about the different types of closure systems is that they each come with their own benefits and downfalls.
This is the most traditional and common closure systems of all. It uses lace through several coupled eyelets to tie and truss the roller skates. The downfall with lace closures is that they take a while to tie, is a lot of work and demands a little maintenance on the lace itself. On the plus side, lace closures allow you to adjust how tight or loose you want your fit. If you want a custom fit with maximum control and adjustability, go for lace-up closure.
Velcro closures are super fast and no effort to put on. They also require little to no maintenance. However, with Velcro closures you as adjust the fit only up to a certain extent. If anything at all, Velcro closures do a better job securing a fit more than offering the right itself. You will therefore come across many roller skates which have both lace and Velcro closures in one. Lace to adjust and fit, and Velcro to secure it in place. Either way, if you want a very gentle fit that won’t squeeze or constrict your feet too much, go for Velcro.
Buckle closures are more or less similar to Velcro, except they are a little more reliable. Having said that, it does quite offer the same kind of adjustable or custom fit that a lace closure can. On the plus side yet again, it takes no time to slap on the buckles and requires no maintenance whatsoever. Simple and easy. And this is in fact one the reasons why we recommend buckle and Velcro closures to adult, whereas a very secure and snug lace-up closure to kids and tots.
You feet are going to be staying in those skates for a while, and they need to be able to move freely and breathe well.
The best roller skates come made with breathable, ventilated mesh fabric which keeps your feet feeling fresh and light throughout all the skating. And because blisters are burns are so common with roller skates, you want to look into pairs that come with a padded collar, preferable a padded tongue, and soft inner lining. Apart from just providing comfort, these small details will also ensure that your feet do not have to go through the massive shocks and impacts during jumps or falls.
Now, if you are purchasing something with your hard-earned money, you obviously want it to last. And although roller skates aren’t the most unreliable products, they do however have a tendency to peel, rip and if you are really unlucky, then come apart at the stitches, lose a toe stops and so on.
The best roller skates are of course the ones that come from reputable manufacturers and producers. Look for strong stitching at the seams, food fabric on the upper and very reliable plates and trucks. They may not be everlasting, but they will last long and offer a great service while they last. Try and select a pair of roller skates that come with a warranty or security of some sort, especially if they are expensive.
Answer: That a very asked question here. And well, the answer is both yes and no. You see, the socks play a very important role. They help with proper fitting if the skates are a little too roomy; they help to keep legs warm if you tend to skate during winters or falls. But most important, they help reduce and prevent the scratches and blisters on your feet that usually happen due to friction on bare skin, especially with fresh, new roller skates. However, if you have broken into the new skates just fine and are more comfortable without the socks on, then sure, you can skate without them too.
Answer: Excellent question. Roller skating involves a lot of speed, velocity and impact. And skating without proper measures could end up hurting you severely. The first thing to look into is gear. Invest in a helmet, elbow and knee pads and if necessary, a goggle to protect your eyes from water/dust during high speed skating. Never skate into the traffic or even the main links unless you have mastered the sport a 100%. If you skate en route to work or school, maintain and follow traffic rules. Avoid the running road and stick to the pedestrian walk as much as possible. Most importantly, never let toddlers or tots skate alone, anywhere, without adult supervision.
Answer: This is a fairly common problem with majority of the roller skates today. And one simple fix is to lubricate the bearings with a lubricant, or any grease of your choice will do too. Also, try and avoid doing things that cause this. Don’t jump in your skates which create shock and impact. Try and clean them regularly. Dust and dirt can build up inside the bearings and cause blockage and clogs.
Answer: Quad skates, no doubt about that. Inline skates are great and all, but webest recommend them to more expert level skaters who know and have mastered the whole thing. Inline skates can reach super high speeds, but more importantly, are difficult to balance on for a newbie since its wheels align in a single line (hence, the name, “inline”). Whereas with quad skates, you have 4 wheels on each side to take on and distribute the weight of the skater far more evenly. Quads also tend to give more feet room too. They are not as fast as inlines, but they so much easier on balance on. Exactly what you want for beginners: fast but not too fast, easy to balance on and easy to control. Definitely and hands down the skates to get for beginners, be it for a kid or an adult!
Answer: The perfect pair doesn’t come easy and letting go of one can be tough. However, if its time is up, it’s up. Having said that, most reputed roller skates brands will design their skates with the concept of upgrades and replacement in mind. Check with the manufacturer of your current skates via email or phone to find out if they sell replacement parts.
Whether it is for a summer sport for yourself or a transporter to school for your high school-er, roller there is no denying that roller skates are a wonderful way to bring back some fun into your lives. They aren’t overly expensive and landing the perfect pair could last you for years and years to come. We hope our coverage on the many roller skates here today helps you find the perfect pair for yourself, family or a friend. They make for excellent holidays presents and are easy on the budget too. Our buying guide along with 15 detailed reviews of the best roller skates will help you find everything you want in a roller skate. We have a little something for the men, the ladies and of course, the kids. You one-stop solution right here!
With that said, this wraps up our take on some of the best roller skates out there. We hope you enjoyed reading and hopefully find it very use and informative. Thank you for staying with us and we sincerely hope that you have a fantastic time this summer with your hot skates on! Good luck and we will see you next time.