Quad vs. Inline Skates

quad and inline skatesRenting, buying, or starting your roller-skating journey? Before you start thinking about wheels and bearings, there’s a more basic roller-skating question: quad or inline? We’re fans of both at Fun Spot skating center. And it’s true that many skaters master both types of skates. But which kind is best for your next trip to the rink?

Quad Skates

  • Four wheels arranged in a box under the skater’s foot
  • Meant for indoor skating
  • Stable
  • Not supportive for the ankles
  • Harder to pick up speed

Inline Skates

  • Four or five wheels in a straight line under the boot
  • Good for skating outdoors
  • Wobbly, requiring more balance when learning to skate
  • Made of hard plastic that encases and supports the ankle
  • Made for exercise and speed

Quads vs. Inlines

While quad skates are the classic variety, many people have an easier time learning to skate on inlines, especially if they’ve spent any time at an ice skating rink. In the end the biggest difference between quad skates and inline skates is breaking. Quad skates have a toe stop, which many beginner skaters find easier to master than the heel brake you find on inline skates. If you’re not sure which type of skate you prefer, there’s an easy way to try them out: come skate at Fun Spot! We have both types of roller-skates available for rental, so you can try first one, then the other to see what you like better.

Ready to roll? Check out our weekly skating schedule and Belleville special events for summer. For more information, call Fun Spot skating center.

Quad vs. Inline

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