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Old November 23rd, 2014, 04:38 PM   #1
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Has anyone tried roller skis?
I am seriously considering getting a pair. I have the boots, polls and bindings from my XC days. So, just need to find a cheap pair to start.
My main reason is that I don't have good places to do my inline and the only trails I can use need resurfacing. The way they are now they hammer my toes.

The roller skis use a softer wheel and the length will absorb the bumps better.
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 11:49 PM   #2
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I'd like to get some off road skates, like the rollerblade coyotes. Not sure about the ski skates tho. Much too long of a wheel base for my tastes.

Are you going to use the poles too? Slalom does kinda look fun with those.
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Old November 24th, 2014, 12:09 AM   #3
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I've never tried rollerskiing, I do about the same thing with my skates to get ready for XC ski season. Rollerskis are rated for the surface you intend to use them on. There are smooth, medium or better, and rough pavement skis which have 125mm-150mm pneumatic tires that also work pretty good on hard packed dirt and crushed limestone.

If your pavement is getting so rough that you're having trouble skating on it, I think the only rollerskis that will work are the ones with pneumatic tires. Make sure the ones you buy are rated for your weight or they'll break.

Let us know how it goes.
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Old November 24th, 2014, 01:10 AM   #4
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It's time you and a custom bicycle became friends

Take the time to get conditioned, great way to work the heart.

The wheels roll over objects that are resistant.
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Old November 24th, 2014, 07:16 PM   #5
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Sold my bike. Today's bikes are so efficient that you have to stay on them for hours to get your working.

I'll stick with my inlines.
But I thank you for your interest.

I do think I will get into roller skiing- with poles.
I have skate poles, skate boots, skate bindings already stored away with my old skate skis.
Re-Purpose for Sunny Southern CA.
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Old November 24th, 2014, 08:04 PM   #6
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Hey Ken, here is a link to buy rollerskis online; http://www.barnettamerica.com/skating-roller-ski/
And another; http://www.rollerskishop.com/ecart/rollerskis.php

Cross country skiing is the ultimate endurance sport, as you use every muscle you own. Plus the trails are exhilarating.
Great cross training for inline.
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Old November 24th, 2014, 10:41 PM   #7
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...like carrying 2 cinder blocks up hill!
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Old November 25th, 2014, 04:40 AM   #8
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They make skis to slide easily on the slippery snow. Waxing skis adds to matching the variable snow conditions and temperature. Poorly maintained skis, can be a lot of work, like skiing on a sandy beach.
Here is a the Birkebiener ski race in northern Wi., to see skis skiers sliding on the slippery snow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0UXykrFfDg
Experiencing fast skis, is what keeps people coming back for more.
This video shows skiers skating, or using the striding form, as they chose.
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Old November 26th, 2014, 04:18 PM   #9
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Hey, Journeyman,

You should try skiing in Colorado in the coldest months- Jan-Feb - on the dry snow. There is barely any water content. And the crystals are so vicious that they grab the wax like Velcro. You can actually hear the snow- it sounds like you are on sandpaper.
The other condition they have in the high country is "sugar snow". These crystals are long and look like rice grains. They do not bind together so when you step on them you just sink in. Thus, impossible to pack for tracks.
I remember one race at the YMCA of the Rockies. They churned up the track then tried to reset it. Did not work. A miserable experience especially as it was -15F.
So, waxing for high country is a black art.
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Old November 27th, 2014, 08:33 AM   #10
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I have the coyote frames.
come up for sale on ebay every now and then.

http://www.powerslide.com/products/skates/vi-suv

http://www.powerslide.com/products/skates/vi-shockliner

these are similiar.
much more maneuverability. than the skis, which look like they can't turn.
I have no brakes.

when I pick up speed it's really scary.
I intend to get good enough to do big gaps.

I fall over all the time offroad.
so many unseen bumps. holes. falling on dirt is great though it doesn't hurt.

never fall over blading downhill regularly.

I bought xsjado's that I'm eventually going to use for this purpose.
which to date have been the strangest skate I'v had.
it's a lot of effort to skate uphill even with my dog.
so I walk up which say takes 10 minutes.
takes 1 minute to get down.
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Old December 11th, 2014, 02:34 PM   #11
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I highly recommend the Powerslide XC-Trainer. It is beyond fun.

A friend of mine has a pair and he let me use them one weekend and I am sold. I want a pair badly. Thinking of the Cado Motus pair but still thinking about it. The thing is I will only use them rarely since it is hard for me to find the time to get away for very long and I would rather spend that time skating then driving.

However, it is beyond fun and if you have trails to go on, even though you can go just about anywhere on these bad boys, it is the most enjoyable exercise I have ever done and I love skating long distance.

I loaded up my backpack with food and had my water belt with me and my dog and I spent the day trail skiing and sitting around eating and drinking. I didn't feel sore or anything but the next day and for a few days after I was sore everywhere. Like was mentioned earlier, it is a serious total body workout.

The other thing I like about them is that since you can cover miles much quicker than hiking, my dog and I could get away from the hikers and he didn't have to be on the leash. Also, since these things can just about travel over any terrain, we could get off trail and get away from people that were dog afraid.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 03:54 PM   #12
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If I get into roller skis it will be the ones that are longer and have no breaks.

I have done a lot of XC skiing while living in CO so I am technically proficient.
I don't want to do off-road anything. I have places to rollerski that are unsuitable for inline.
I appreciate everyone's input.
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Old December 30th, 2014, 02:02 PM   #13
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Still haven't used them as I generally like to go to the skatepark. and keep buying new skates.

soon.

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Old December 31st, 2014, 04:15 PM   #14
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All of the responses on this thread assume that one is NOT using poles.
I intend to use my XC Skate poles as that is where the big workout comes in.
Using poles climbing hills is a great upper body workout. I know from XC skating on snow that about 60% of the effort is in the poling motion.
If you get where you can do V1 up hill then you are pretty much toned up.
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Old December 31st, 2014, 05:33 PM   #15
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Are you clued up on poles?

snow pole or trekking pole??

I'm scared of them tbh. when skiing i once broke my strap.
did a front flip onto the pole which landed handle down imbedded into the snow.

by pure luck i landed on the pole with the back of my knee which absorbed a lot of the impact.

could have easily impaled me somewhere much more critical.

I'd be keen to trial it..
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Old January 2nd, 2015, 04:13 PM   #16
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Double poling is something one must learn. I've seen guys trying to use poles without a clue.
Here is a good YouTube on XC poling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0zO1mJt1dY


The principles are the same if used with rollerskis or even just on inline skates.
The key is to keep the poles mostly in front of you.

Sorry for your crash.

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Old January 11th, 2015, 07:58 PM   #17
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Getting ready to go skate in cold rainy weather with the hound and was looking for motivation on google when I came across this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_UAQ1npVoE

First off I wish these girls could read this... these women are the definition of superwomen!!! But I bet they already know this fact. Just look at that course. I think I'm having a coronary just looking at it! These women are unreal!

Anyway, I thought of you and your rollerskis and thought you might like this video.

I am in total awe. Phenomenal!!

Ok, now I am going out and skate on flat ground. Elevation 300 ft.
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