Rollerskating is a fun and exciting way to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, understanding the difference in durometers in roller skate wheels can make a big difference in your skating experience. There are a few reasons why you aren't skating as you would like, one of the reasons could be the wheels are not suited to the surface and or your roller skating style, speed, recreational, roller derby, dance rollerfit, or figure skating. that affect the skating experience you have.
In this blog I discuss the hardness of wheel, how it is measured and which wheel hardness is best suited to. I hope my blog gives you the confidence to choose the wheels you need to get the best skating experience. Happy Skating!!
What is Durometer?
Durometer is a measure of the hardness of a material on the wheel, in other words the tyre. In the case of rollerskate wheels, it measures the hardness of the urethane used in the wheels. The durometer scale goes from 0 to 100, with 0 being the softest and 100 being the hardest. The higher the durometer rating, the harder the wheel.
Why is Durometer Important for Rollerskate Wheels?
The durometer of your rollerskate wheels can affect your speed, agility, and comfort while skating. So, it's essential to choose the right durometer for your skating style and the surface you'll be skating on.
A softer durometer wheel will provide more grip and control, making it ideal for indoor skating surfaces. On the other hand, a harder durometer wheel will offer less grip but greater speed, making it perfect for outdoor skating surfaces.
Understanding the Durometer Scale
The durometer scale ranges from 0 to 100, with 0 being the softest and 100 being the hardest. Here's a breakdown of what each durometer rating means:
0-35: Extra Soft 36-55: Soft 56-75: Medium 76-85: Hard 86-100: Extra Hard
Choosing the Right Durometer for Your Rollerskate Wheels
The right durometer for your rollerskate wheels will depend on your skating style and the surface you'll be skating on. Here are some guidelines to help you choose the right durometer:
Indoor Skating: If you're skating indoors on a smooth surface, you'll want to choose a softer durometer wheel. A soft to medium durometer wheel (around 78A to 88A) will provide more grip and control, allowing you to make tighter turns and stops.
Outdoor Skating: If you're skating outdoors on a rough surface, you'll want to choose a harder durometer wheel. A medium to hard durometer wheel (around 88A to 95A) will provide less grip but greater speed, allowing you to skate faster and smoother over rough terrain.
Speed Skating: If you're into speed skating, you'll want to choose a harder durometer wheel. A hard to extra hard durometer wheel (around 95A to 100A) will provide the fastest speed and the least grip.
Understanding the durometer of your rollerskate wheels is crucial for getting the most out of your skating experience. Whether you're skating indoors or outdoors, choosing the right durometer will make a big difference in your speed, agility, and comfort on the wheels. So, take the time to consider your skating style and the surface you'll be skating on before selecting the right durometer for your rollerskate wheels and check in with us anytime, we are here to help.
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