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Old June 7th, 2018, 06:12 AM   #1
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Hello everyone-

I am returning to skating after more than 20 years and am looking for advice on a set of skates (quads). I am a big guy (300 lbs), and not young any more...lol. If possible, I would like to have a set of skates I could use both indoors and out. I have started to research, but there are so many options, it is quite overwhelming. I like to cruise and dance on skates, I do not jump. I am not into speed. I really just want a good all around set I can take to the park or rink.

I have seen skates beginning around $150 (not sure if they are any good) all the way up to a set of Berryís...I do not have a set budget, but I want something that is reasonable (although I am not sure what is reasonable...hehe).

Thank you for the advice.
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Old June 7th, 2018, 09:33 PM   #2
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Hello everyone-

I am returning to skating after more than 20 years and am looking for advice on a set of skates (quads). I am a big guy (300 lbs), and not young any more...lol. If possible, I would like to have a set of skates I could use both indoors and out. I have started to research, but there are so many options, it is quite overwhelming. I like to cruise and dance on skates, I do not jump. I am not into speed. I really just want a good all around set I can take to the park or rink.

I have seen skates beginning around $150 (not sure if they are any good) all the way up to a set of Berryís...I do not have a set budget, but I want something that is reasonable (although I am not sure what is reasonable...hehe).

Thank you for the advice.
@300 My recommendation would be a metal plate. Keeping expenses down with metal makes it an invader or competitor plate by suregrip. You can have skates built @ conniesskateshop on the net. Use euro sizing to get close for boots. The Sure Grip stuff is tough enough for the outdoors. Then you should run 2 sets of wheels, one for indoors and the other for outdoors. Keep things basic and you might get a decent pair of skates for around $300, give ot take.
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Old June 7th, 2018, 09:46 PM   #3
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Lots of skate groups on FB with good used gear.

I'd look for a used set of rollerbones turbos 97A or so for the indoor wheels, and maybe atom poisons for outdoor, also used if possible.

Almost all boot manufacturers have the "last" size listed(the fake foot their boot is built around). Find one that fits your size foot. Know what width length and to some degree , circumference your feet are.

Sometimes people sell very nice gear for cheap. More so the very large or very small sizes. So you could be in luck there.
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Old June 9th, 2018, 12:00 AM   #4
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Default and dont discount ebay

or gumtree if you get that in your location.
if your not needing a high boot you can save big dollars by using soccer boots with the stops cut off.purpose built skate boots are around $200 alone new for a decent pair
Second hand plate trucks and wheels, sure grip stuff is good value for money.
Even the older stuff like wallaby plates can be bought back to life cheaply.
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Old June 10th, 2018, 03:00 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone for the info. Iím going to research what you have posted and let you know what I come up with...
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Old June 10th, 2018, 04:48 AM   #6
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So I have found this...

https://www.skates.com/Sure-Grip-37-...sg37bkcroc.htm

They are made by SureGrip and they have a metal plate. Are there any negatives you could see with this set?
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Old June 10th, 2018, 04:52 AM   #7
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Now that I look at them closer, I do not think the plates are metal.
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Old June 10th, 2018, 04:55 AM   #8
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if your not needing a high boot...
What is the difference between a high and a low boot? I have only ever skated with a high boot (rental).
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Old June 10th, 2018, 05:49 AM   #9
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A high top boot generally has more ankle support than a low top boot. The high top boots also tend to have higher heels, which shifts you onto your toes more than a lot top boot would. It's mostly personal preference, personally I skated on low top jamskating boots that didn't have a heel at all (Flat sole) for a year before switching to stiff high top freestyle boots to provide extra support for jumps. The main difference for me was that I was used to a ton of lateral ankle flexion with the lower boots that allowed more flexibility and when switching to the high tops I couldn't do certain tricks like the iceberg. (Video I found for visualization purposes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8vyJAu4uH4)
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Old June 11th, 2018, 05:05 AM   #10
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I think I want high tops for the extra support.

Any thoughts on vinyl vs leather boots? Besides the obvious...leather will outlast vinyl, are there other advantages vs disadvantages to each?
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Old June 11th, 2018, 06:32 AM   #11
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What is the difference between a high and a low boot? I have only ever skated with a high boot (rental).
The heel and high ankle is restrictive if you want to do speed and full hockey stops ,but if you like to do spins and jump the high boot is preferred.
I tried inline boots on quad plates at first but i ended up just buying $49 soccerboots and they are comfortable from the get go.
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Old June 12th, 2018, 01:47 AM   #12
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What is the difference between a high and a low boot? I have only ever skated with a high boot (rental).
On a high top boot, you are restricted in movement. It helps maintain your angle when coming down from a jump so that the skate doesn't suddenly turn or your ankle turn. Some people like the high tops but leave them loose.

Low tops give you more freedom of movement for sudden direction changes and ankle articulation. Less rub on the sides of your legs and ankles if you do a lot of turns and cutting through traffic.

When I started skating, I was in high tops. It took a while to get used to low tops. So buy the right boot and you will be happy. Boots are very important to your feet.
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Old June 18th, 2018, 04:25 AM   #13
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Okay, so I finally went into the local skate shop, Skates on Haight, and ordered a set of skates...I ended up with:

Riedell 120 Fitness Deluxe boots (they really fit my foot shape well)
Plates...Iím not sure, but I ordered metal, double action
Wheels, 2 sets...outdoor...Suregrip Boardwalk 65mm
indoor...Rollerbones 62mm, 101a
Bearings...Bones Reds

They are going to build them for me. I am super busy this week, but I should be able to pick them up next weekend.
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Now that I have the skates (Iím picking them up in the next few days), I need some advice on breaking in a new set of boots. Any and all thoughts are greatly appreciated.
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