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Old May 12th, 2014, 09:09 PM   #1
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Default Best Skates For Long Skate Paths

Hi,

I do backpacking trips on Rail Trails with my skates. I skate about 20 miles, find a place to stay that night then continue on the next day. Everything I need for the trip I carry on my back. I've optimized how and what I carry and the feel of my skates over time for this, but I was looking to see if I can optimize further. I have a pair of 4 wheel recreational Rollerblade brand, ABT Lite Skates. Wheel size = 78 mm. Hardness = 82A. Can anyone think of a better skate or wheel for long duration trail skating, which includes skating with about 13 lbs on your back?

Thanks for your opinions!

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Old May 12th, 2014, 10:05 PM   #2
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Pretty much any marathon or fitness class skates with 90-100mm wheels would suit you well for really long distances. A Team Rollerblade skater named Kacie skated across most of the USA a couple of years ago on Rollerblade Tempest 100s, I think. Soft boots will be a lot more comfortable, but hard shell boots will give you more control. It sort of depends on what your preferences are.
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Old May 13th, 2014, 01:58 PM   #3
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Hey one eye.

Interesting you mentioned this because just last weekend I tried a trail skate by Powerslide. Go look at their website to get an idea of what you can get. I skated on the XC Trail and I now want one bad!

I went to a place called Davy Crockett National Forest and the trails were dirt and it was so much fun. It was beautiful and beyond fun. I was able to roll over all kinds of stuff.
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Oh yea! I remember learning about those a couple of years ago. I should look into getting a pair. I would love to go "off road". Thanks for the reminder!
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Hey one eye.

Interesting you mentioned this because just last weekend I tried a trail skate by Powerslide. Go look at their website to get an idea of what you can get. I skated on the XC Trail and I now want one bad!

I went to a place called Davy Crockett National Forest and the trails were dirt and it was so much fun. It was beautiful and beyond fun. I was able to roll over all kinds of stuff.
I'm a believer! Here's a video that shows how much fun a human can have with a pair of Powerslide Vi SUV's.

Although, I think he could have spent less time picking himself up off the ground or grabbing trees if he had a brake system like on the XC Trail.
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Old May 14th, 2014, 02:05 PM   #6
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The type I used only had two wheels and they were pneumatic like bicycle tires. Extremely stable and fast. I didn't have poles. The trail I went on was much better than his. I went with my dog and it was so much fun skating in the woods.

At one point we were going down a rather big hill and I was really moving but felt extremely stable and had no issues at all. I am seriously looking into getting some. It adds a whole new dimension to skating. Skating on a dirt trail deep in the woods with just your dog is so different then normal skating that I can't describe it in those terms.
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