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Monday, November 21, 2011
Vanilla Skates are some of the best made skates on the market today. They are not only made of some quality materials, but also have a unique and interesting look. They also come in different looks depending upon the style of skating that is desired. Let's look at some of the neat looking skates put out by Vanilla.

First of all, there is the Vanilla Freestyle. It comes in either black or white. The boot is very comfortable and the leather has been upgraded from earlier versions as have all the Vanilla skates. It now is scuff resistant. It runs true to size and is a little wider than normal. This upscale boot is great for general skating or jamming.

The Vanilla Curve is also 100% leather as are all the Vanilla skates. It has a different design that the Freestyle with a combination of black and white. Also it is a very comfortable boot great for general skating and jamming. When deciding between the Freestyle and the Curve, most skaters make their decision based upon the look and design of the skate because both cost about the same and are equally great skates.

The Vanilla Brass Knuckles Boot is the choice of many derby skaters. Besides the quality look, it has a B width in the heel to keep you locked in and a D width in the toe to give it breathing room! These skate boots are usually ordered by advanced derby skaters.

Vanilla Tony Zane Freestyle Boots are an upgrade to the Vanilla Freestyle Boots. Everything is the same except the color selection is different. They come in black/gold or white/gold. If you have a few extra bucks and would like the upgraded color choice, then this skate boot is for you. It is very popular with many skaters of all ages.

Vanilla Diamond Walker Pro Boots are quality at its best! This probably is the most comfortable boot ever, but that does not mean the other boots are not comfortable. It just means that this is at the very top of the class! The other difference between the Diamond Walker and the other boots is the boot colors. It comes in either in white/silver or white/red. These boots are great to use for jam, derby or just general skating on the rink.

As you can see, you can find a great selection of excellent boots put out by Vanilla. If you have been skating for any period of time and are looking for an upgrade, you do not need to look any farther than the Vanilla. They are the best!

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Monday, November 7, 2011
I have people asking me on a regular basis questions about inline skating. They want to skate but realize that there are so many different kinds. Let's say that mom, dad and the kids made a decision to take this up as an activity for the family. If they go online they will find a large selection of great hockey skates. Unless they want to play hockey as a family, it is best to look at some other possibilities

One option that some pick is the fitness skate. If you want to take up this as a family, it might not be your best choice unless some or all of you are experienced and can afford their prices. A fitness skate normally is expensive (over $200). The wheels are usually larger for speed and they always have the top end bearings. Other skates can have a lower end bearing, but not the fitness. In fact, another name for this is a speed skate. Fitness or speed skaters are very comfortable at higher rates of speed.

Recreational or family skates are usually the best choice for a family wanting to get out of the house and do something together. What makes them different from others? It is the design.

Family or recreational skates have a soft boot with an exterior support system that gives ankle and foot support. As I already mentioned, the bearings are not always the best available. The bearings would be in a range from ABEC 3 to ABEC 9. As a beginner, you would probably not notice the difference on an ABEC 3 versus a ABEC 9. Also, you will find that the wheels are smaller. The larger the wheels the faster you go! It is easier to learn on a skate with smaller wheels. So if you want to ride on a sidewalk as a family and you are not interested in speeding, this kind of skate is just what you need.

Most online stores have a large selection of these kinds of skates. You can buy something real cheap or very expensive. I would recommend you pick something that does have some quality. That means staying away from the real cheap options. They won't last and you probably will not have a good experience. You don't have to spend a lot of money, but spend some money! For the kids, check out some of the adjustable inlines. There are some very good quality adjustable skates available at a decent price.

So mom, dad, and kids get out there and have fun! With the information I have provided I believe you can make the right decision on skates and will, as a result, have an enjoyable experience.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Outdoor roller or inline skating can be a lot of fun, but there are some concerns that need to be understood. Without that understanding the result could injure you and/or your skates. There are many great places to skate outside but even the best locations can bring some challenges. Here are some things to watch out for in skating outside.

Sand and debris

If you come across sand or other debris, be very careful. It can cause you to go into a skid. Also, sand is very bad for your bearings. So, my recommendation is to slow down or stop and step over the debris when you see this in front of you. If you slow down, look for the smallest part of the debris and skate over it maintaining a moderate speed. If you are too fast you will skid, too slow and you will get tripped up.

Rocks and other larger objects

Whether they are rocks or sticks, slow down. If the space between them is big enough, you may be able to make a path through them. If that is not possible, stop and step over them. Don't think that you can just speed skate through them. You could easily fall and be seriously injured.


This is the most common danger that you can face skating outside, because rain and puddles are regular occurrences in most parts of the world. Don't ride your skates through the puddles. It will rust your frame and destroy your bearings. It also can cause you to go into a skid. However, you could get caught in the rain while skating. Try to get out of the weather as soon as possible and quickly dry off your skates with a towel. Take your wheels out and make sure that they are dry as well.


Stay away from hills when you are first learning to skate. It is very easy to end up going a lot faster than you ever intended. Even if you are experienced, never skate down a hill with rough pavement or an intersection at the bottom. If you find yourself going faster than you want, and cannot slow down, try steering to the side (if the side is a grassy area or a safe place that will stop your momentum down the hill).

These are a few of the things to watch out for when you are skating outside. Most of this is just common sense. I would be negligent if I did not mention also to remember to wear at least a helmet while skating. No one plans to fall. It can happen to the best of skaters. Have fun!

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