1: GENERAL QUESTIONS
2: What's better? Quad Or Inline?
3: What's the difference between Indoor and Outdoor skates?
4: What is your return policy?
5: SIZING QUESTIONS
6: What size should I get?
7: WHEELS QUESTIONS
8: How many wheels do I get?
9: Does wheel size affect speed?
10: BEARING QUESTIONS
11: What does ABEC mean?
12: What does 7mm and 8mm mean?
13: What does the hardness number mean?
14: How many bearings do I need?
15: BOOTS QUESTIONS
16: Should I get a high top or low top boot?
17: What types of boots are there?
18: PLATES QUESTIONS
19: What is the difference between Double Action and Single Action?
20: Is a metal plate better than nylon?
21: Can a quad skate have a heel brake?
22: SHIPPING QUESTIONS
23: How much do you charge for shipping?
24: Do you ship to unconfirmed PayPal addresses?
25: Do you ship Internationally?
26: How soon do you ship?
27: PAYMENT QUESTIONS
28: What payment methods do you accept?
1: GENERAL QUESTIONS Top
See Below For General Questions.
2: What's better? Quad Or Inline? Top
They're both great! It's all up to you. Neither one is "better".
3: What's the difference between Indoor and Outdoor skates? Top
Some people find it easier to balance on quad skates.
Other people think they can go faster on inline skates.
Other people (like me) have a pair of both for different days/moods!
The only real difference is the wheels.
4: What is your return policy? Top
The outdoor skates have softer wheels.
The softer wheels outdoors will help you grip better as well as go over the cracks in the sidewalk
and small pebbles and things like that.
Generall, an outdoor wheel would be considered anything under 90A (the lower the number the softer the wheel).
Check out our selection of Outdoor Wheels.
Please see our return policyhelp.
5: SIZING QUESTIONS Top
Please See Sizing Questions Below.
6: What size should I get? Top
For low top speed skates, they are all in mens sizes.
7: WHEELS QUESTIONS Top
Men, you will just get your normal shoe size, unless otherwise noted on the item page.
Ladies, we recommend that you down one size from their shoe size. So, a lady who wears a size 8 would get a mens size 7.
For high top art skates, the white skates are in ladies sizes and the black skates are in mens sizes.
Again, ladies, if you want the black high top skate go down one size.
For inline speed skates, they are in mens sizes, but some of them (Bont, CanarIam) run a little bit differently... please check the Sizing Conversion Chart.
See Below For Wheels Questions.
8: How many wheels do I get? Top
For quad wheels, unless otherwise noted, each comes as a set of 8 wheels.
9: Does wheel size affect speed? Top
For inline wheels, they are sold by the wheel.
Yes, it does.
10: BEARING QUESTIONS Top
Generally, the larger the wheel is, the more roll you will get for the least amount of effort.
So, you will be able to cover more surface area with the larger wheel with less effort and you will go faster and have a smoother ride.
A good example of a larger wheel is the Crossfire, which comes in 65mm as well as 70mm.
The average quad speed skate wheel comes in 62mm.
See Below For Bearing Questions.
11: What does ABEC mean? Top
ABEC stands for Annular Bearing Engineering Council and it is a rating of how "good" bearings are.
12: What does 7mm and 8mm mean? Top
Basically the higher the number after ABEC-, the better the bearing is supposed to be.
The scale goes ABEC-1, ABEC-3, ABEC-5, ABEC-7 and ABEC-9.
Bones Bearings (Swiss, Ceramic) are "Skate Rated" and are basically better than most of the bearings rated on the ABEC scale.
Those refer to the inner diameter of the bearing and the size of the axle it's going on.
13: What does the hardness number mean? Top
Most skates use 8mm (or large) axles so you will need standard 608 size 8mm bearings to go on them.
Some of the older model and higher end skates use 7mm (or small) axles and you will need 627 size 7mm bearings.
The Hardness (or Durometer) of a wheel is measured on a scale of a number and then an A.
14: How many bearings do I need? Top
For example: 96A.
That's the standard hardness for a quad speed skate wheel.
The higher the number, the harder the wheel..The lower the number, the softer the wheel.
For outdoor use, you will want a wheel that is below 90A.
For indoor use you will want a wheel from 90A up to 103A.
You will need 2 bearings per wheel.
15: BOOTS QUESTIONS Top
For Quad Skates, you will need 16 bearings total.
For Inline Skates with 4 wheels on each skate, you will need 16 bearings total.
For Inline Skates with 5 wheels on each skate, you will need 20 bearings total.
See Below For Boots Questions.
16: Should I get a high top or low top boot? Top
It's up to you! Neither one is "better" than the other.
17: What types of boots are there? Top
High top boots generally offer more ankle support, so if you have weak ankles that may be right for you.
Low top boots are more popular and allow you to move your ankle more freely, and it will also not be as hot on your foot.
The low top boots are generally considered speed boots.
There are a few diffrerent types of boots.
18: PLATES QUESTIONS Top
- Leather Outside with Leather Lining
Top quality boot and has the maximum amount of durability and lasts longer than other boots. This will be the best kind of boot in most situations. Once the leather breaks in and forms to your foot, this is the most comfortable type of boot. Example: Riedell 220.
- Leather Outside with Cambrelle Lining
This style of boot wears very well and the inside absorbs sweat better other types of material. Example: Carrera.
- Vinyl Outside with Leather Lining
This boot has a soft inside against your foot, but the vinyl outside doesnt wear as well as leather boot. Example: Esprit.
- Vinyl Outside with Unlined Inside
This type of skate has less ankle support than others and it a lower price economy boot for beginners. Example: Chicago Starter.
- Suede Outside with Leather Lining
This is usually called a Riedell 130 boot or 135. It is used primarlily outside and is a very soft and comfortable boot. Example: Zone.
- Manmade Material Outside with Padded Inside
This is a very comfortable boot as well as a very durable and affordable boot. Example: GT-40.
See Below For Plates Questions.
19: What is the difference between Double Action and Single Action? Top
A Double Action Plate has two cushions the kingpin is usually at a 10 degree angle.
20: Is a metal plate better than nylon? Top
It is used for all types of skating.
A Single Action Plate has one cushion and the kingpin is set at a 45 degree angle.
This is made only in metal plates and is much heavier than the newer nylon plates.
They are only used for quad speed skating.
No, it is not better.
21: Can a quad skate have a heel brake? Top
A nylon plate has a double action, is lighter, and allows the skater to have much better control and maneuverability.
Metal plates are generally heavier and there is not much advantage to them over a nylon plate.
The Sunlite plate is a great example of a nylon plate that is very sturdy and light and does not cost much.
Yes, it is possible.
22: SHIPPING QUESTIONS Top
There is something called a California Back Brake made by Sure-Grip that will fit most Sure-Grip plates.
These will cost approx $20. Please call us toll free at 877.277.2346 to order.
See Below For Shipping Questions.
23: How much do you charge for shipping? Top
We ship with FedEx and the shipping cost is calculated automatically based on your ZIP Code.
24: Do you ship to unconfirmed PayPal addresses? Top
For FedEx Ground shipping, it will normally run between $12 and $18.
Yes, we do.
25: Do you ship Internationally? Top
We have not had a problem with this so far, so for now we are accepting them.
Sorry, but we cannot ship internationally.
26: How soon do you ship? Top
If your order is placed before 12 Noon CST we can normally ship the same day on all in stock items.
27: PAYMENT QUESTIONS Top
If you order after hours, or on a weekend your order will ship the next business day.
See Below For Payment Questions.
28: What payment methods do you accept? Top
We accept the following:
- VISA (Credit Cards and Check Cards)
- MasterCard (Credit Cards and Check Cards)
- PayPal.com (PayPal Accepts All Credit Cards)
- Money Order
- Cashier's Check (NO Personal Checks)
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call toll free at 1.877.277.2346 if you need any additional information.