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Types Of Inline Skates

Skates come specific to several different types of disciplines. Artistic, recreation, aggressive, speed, hockey are just a few types. Skates can have either three or four wheels, depending on the size of the boot & come with either laces or buckles. Wheel set-ups vary depending on the terrain & type of skating being done.


  • bearings—steel balls encased in bearing casings, bearings are mounted in pairs in the hub of each wheel. They help wheels turn with near frictionless ease.

  • boot—lower part of the skate that holds the foot in securely in place with the help of buckles or laces. Attaches to frame.

  • brake—device used to decrease velocity. Essential for beginners & a good idea for any recreational skater. Brakes are typically attached to the heel of one skate.

  • cuff—plastic, upper area of skate that encases the ankle to support calf & shin area, buckle & lace versions.

  • cuff activated braking—commonly referred to as the braking system, cuff-activated braking uses a special arm-like mechanism mounted on the cuff of one skate that can be engaged by pressing the cuff back as the skate is pushed forward with all wheels in contact with the ground.

  • frame—section of skate that holds wheels in place. While steel frames are more durable, aluminum & synthetic frames offer more flexibility, are lighter & are usually used by racers or high end performers.

  • liner—inner part of the skate boot designed to cushion and support the foot.

  • soul—refers to the sole of the skate. Skaters spell it this way when using it to describe tricks.