Roller skating has had a bit of a resurgence in recent years, with kids of all ages seeing the skating trend as much more ‘street’, it seems that the cheesy 70s roller disco image is thing of the past. Skating has become seriously cool and with so different styles and brands it’s difficult to know what the best kids roller skates are…
Top Tip: Always go 1 or 2 sizes up when buying skates!
Quad Roller Skates Vs In-line Blades?
In a similar vein to the classic ‘To Ski or Snowboard?’ question, there is no right or wrong answer. In -line skates are generally considered to cooler and give more opportunity for tricks, whereas quad roller skates give a smoother overall ride and are better over long distances.
Both types of skates have their merits with children: if kids are complete beginners then Quad Rollerskates are much easier to initially stand up on, however if a child is keen to do tricks or play roller hockey starting them on inline skates is the best option.
The Best Quad Roller Skates for Children
In our parent guide to skateboards we recommended staying clear of anything with cheap plastic wheels as they are terrible value for money. The same lesson applies for roller skates: Avoid plastic wheels, they may be a cheaper option but have no grip and give a very bumpy ride – enough to put anyone of skating.
These skates have adjustable straps, ensuring a comfortable fit is easy. In addition, polyeuerethane wheels give good grip and a smooth ride. Colour options are red/black and pink/white and sizes are accurate, just remember to go bigger than smaller.
Offering more of a retro style, these skates are light and stylish. The feedback on them is very positive and although a little more expensive than the Osprey Skates, children think they look pretty cool. They come in disco inspired black with a blue flame and white with pink stars. Go one size up with these skates.
If you are looking for something a little bit more serious then these skates fit the bill, they are: comfy, stylish and built with high quality wheels, a solid chassis and carbon steel bearings. The price reflects the build quality, but definitely don’t disappoint.
Roller Blades and Inline Skates for Kids
Inline skates have always been built with speed or tricks in mind and it is therefore no surprise that the young and fearless are immediately drawn to them. Although slightly harder to get the hang of, inline skates are not too difficult to progress quickly on, and they are can take a battering at a skate park or on a roller hockey pitch.
These entry level inline skates give children a solid base to learn on. The wheels are soft polyurethane and a back brake pad helps regulate speed. We recommend looking at the sizing of these skates carefully as adjustable straps mean the skates have the potential to last a while.
For older children looking to go to the skate park and learn tricks, you have to go for an aggressive inline skate. As these are more specialist the price is higher, but these skates are built to take a battering, with a reinforced grind plates and SAS shock absorber system. In all black, these skates are adjustable through sizes UK2 to UK5.
With a standard inline skate design, featuring a back brake pad and three fully adjustable straps, these are a great beginner or intermediate skater. The design favours speed skating with larger wheels and good quality bearings. There’s also no reason to let the kids have all the fun – they come in adult sizes too!
Keeping Children Safe on Roller Skates
Roller Skating is an extreme sport and therefore we recommend purchasing safety gear. A set of pads will help avoid scraped knees and elbows and a helmet should be a minimum if children are skating or riding their bike. Here’s some safety gear on Amazon.
If kids are not keen on wearing safety gear then show them some videos of the professionals who wear it all.