The Top 10 Rollerblades Reviewed

Rollerblading is an extremely popular activity that’s not only incredibly enjoyable, but it delivers an awesome workout as well. 

Whether you’re new to the sport, or a seasoned pro, rollerblading is the kind of activity that can be enjoyed no matter what your level of experience.

The sport’s versatility offers indoor and outdoor skating, something the whole family can enjoy together. 

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Bladerunner Advantage Pro XT (women)

Bladerunner Advantage Pro XT

Women 

Black/Light Blue

$$

Roller Derby AERIO Q-60 (women)

Roller Derby AERIO Q-60

Women 

Purple/Silver

$

K2 Skate Kinetic 80 Inline (women)

K2 Skate Kinetic 80 Inline

Women 

Black/Light Blue

$$$

Roller Derby V-Tech 500 Button Adjustable (women)

Roller Derby V-Tech 500 Button Adjustable

Women 

Blue/Purple, Gray/Purple, Mint

$

Rollerblade Zetrablade Performance (men)

Rollerblade Zetrablade Performance

Men

Black/Red

$$

K2 Skate F.I.T. Pro 84 (men)

K2 Skate F.I.T. Pro 84

Men

Black/Green

$$$

K2 Boa Skates (men)

K2 Boa Skates

Men

Red/Black, Orange

$$$$

XinoSports Adjustable Inline Skates (kids)

XinoSport Adjustable Inline Skates

Kids

Black/Blue

$

Rollerblade Spitfire JR XTB (kids)

Rollerblade Spitfire JR XTB

Kids

Black/Red

$$


When were rollerblades invented?


Rollerblades, or ‘inline skates’ interestingly have a history that goes all the way back to the 1700’s. A Netherlander took spools made of wood, fastened them to strips of wood, and attached them to his shoes. 

Fast-forward to the mid-1800’s when an American created what we typically know as, ‘rollerskates’, with the rows of wheels side by side.

It wasn’t until 1980 when two Minnesota brothers were in a sporting goods store and came upon an older pair of in-line skates. Thinking they could improve on the design, the brothers patterned the very first rollerblade in-line skates.

The pair thought their idea would be perfect for hockey players and Nordic alpine skiers to train and practice in the summer, so they began manufacturing rollerblade in-line skates.

Over time, their rollerblade design became popular with the general public, and has only gained in its admiration through present day.

Rollerblades vs. Rollerskates

If you’re contemplating taking up a new roller sport, you might be wondering whether rollerblades or rollerskates are a better choice for you. When comparing them by design, rollerblades are comprised of four wheels (in a line) under the boot.


The front and back wheels extend past the actual boot length, which offers balance for a skater’s forward and backward propulsion.


This longer wheelbase with its larger, thinner wheels is great for absorbing little bumps and uneven surfaces, thereby allowing you to ride with good stability.


On the other hand, rollerskates have four wider wheels, two side-by-side under the ball area of the boot, and the same pattern under the heel area.


Although it might feel somewhat more stable with the larger wheels underfoot, there isn’t anything past the toe and heel areas (as is the case with rollerblades).


In essence, this makes for much less stability in the front and back areas of the skate. Rollerskates are considerably heavier due to the weight of the larger wheels, thus making them harder to operate than rollerblades.


Learning how to rollerblade can be quite easy to learn, yet having the right features in a pair of rollerblades is a vital part of the process.