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Old November 13th, 2009, 10:42 AM   #1
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Default Inline or Quads for 8yr old

My daughter is about to have her 8th birthday and wants some skates.

My wife and I differ on opinion on which type to get.

She favours quads because thats what she had as a kid.

I favour Inline as may of the streets here are block paved and I thought that inline would run more smoothly.

What does the congregration think ?
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Old November 13th, 2009, 12:10 PM   #2
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If she is ever going to skate outside, inlines are the way to go. Much more suited to surfaces that are not billiard-table smooth.

If she is only going to skate inside, quads would be fun.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 03:01 PM   #3
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thanks for the quick response

I think adjustables would be a good starting point, I was looking at these below (unfortunatly there is not a retails outlet that sells skates nearby, so I have to guess via surfing). What doy you think

sfr bronx xtal


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Old November 13th, 2009, 04:21 PM   #4
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Both are cute and look serviceable. I like the sfr better. Seems to be slightly higher quality based on the frame and bearings, but it's hard to tell without holding it in your hand.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 05:22 PM   #5
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I agree, the Alu frames are usually better sign of quality than the composite.
And most importantly the wheels are properly spec'd and labeled in the photo.

heh, and also they are here: http://www.prolineskates.com/acatalog/Kids_Skates.html
A good a recommendation as any, we like Proline.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 06:09 PM   #6
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Thanks guys, you have been very helpful

the SFRs it is.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 06:13 PM   #7
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Old November 13th, 2009, 11:41 PM   #8
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My recommendation for style of skates is inline, mainly for the fact they will be used outdoors, but also from my experience of what kids pick up easiest.

For my daughters 7th and 8th birthdays, we had skating parties at the local rink. At both birthdays, the many of the parents got their kids on quads to start since that is what they knew from their youth. Some of the kids were OK, but many struggled to skate. We got the kids that were not doing so well to change to inline since that is what my daughter was on. They picked it up straight away since they had better fore-aft stability.

As for which skate, I would actually recommend the Bladerunner. SFR is a brand I have never heard of and may just be another dodgy skate coming out of China from a manufacturer with little or no history in making skates. Bladeunner is actually the budget brand of Rollerblade. They have the same designers working on the skates, and many of the premium features and learnings from Rollerblade brand skates a few years ago make it on to today's Bladerunners.

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Old November 15th, 2009, 07:00 PM   #9
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I just bought my 7 yr old a pair of Riedell R3s. It was surprising how much better she skated on them vs the less expensive Riedell Wave skate. Even with some extra growing room, she skated much better and confidently than her last pair of skates.
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Old November 24th, 2009, 04:27 AM   #10
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Default What Kind of Quads did she have +

Hi MisterGoof,

Wow this is an old discussion reborn that will be reborn again. I agree with everyone on this post stream yet I have seen another POV.

So What kind of Quads did your wife (oman, wifman) use and were they outdoor normal quad wheels. BTW oman and wifman are in the Oxford Dictionary as words used for woman in far ancient England

Quad Wheels if my book serves me right grew into a world wide appeal initially for women in a musical production with a great ice skater lady named sonja http://www.skatelog.com/skaters/sonja-henie/
http://figureskating.about.com/od/ol...picskaters.htm


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