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Parents know their kids and what they can handle. Kids younger than school age may be able to start on rollerblades but starting them on roller skates may help build confidence on wheels. Under age 5 or so, kids may need that second set of wheels to develop a sense of balance when first getting started. Often mini-lessons are available in communities. Lessons approximately 15 minutes in length will help them with the basics and fit with short attention spans.
5 Important Features for Kid’s Rollerblades
Adjustable sizes. Kids' growth makes this feature an absolute necessity. Look for skates that can adjust up to four full sizes.
Easy in and out enclosures. A variety of buckle technologies, straps and good old fashioned laces will help provide support for young ankles and minimize the struggles of getting them on and off.
Shock absorbing liners. Kids (and adults) appreciate being able to roll over cracks and bumps without feeling much vibration.
Soft wheels. Allowing some grip on the pavement will enhance confidence.
Cool colors. If you have a choice, maybe let the little one pick.
What are the Best Rollerblades for Kids?
Several companies make high quality offerings for kids including:
Roces introduced their adjustable kids skate in 1994. They pride themselves on being the brand for fun sports and have designed products especially for young people.
Rollerblade continues to exert a huge influence on the market. Their push button adjustments make life simple for parents.
K2 continues to build on its expertise with ski boots to make inline skates for kids and adults.
Roller Skates vs. Inline Skates: Which to Buy
Three key factors:
Age of the child: under school age kids may benefit from extra easy balance in roller skates.
Where they will be used: roller rinks scream for roller skates but generally allow rollerblades. Sidewalks, parks and other paved surfaces are best covered by rollerblades as they make it easier to avoid cracks etc.
How they will be used: roller derby means roller skates. Roller hockey is almost always rollerblades. Longer rides are easier with inline skates as is moving at higher speeds.
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