I've heard from a lot of skaters who are upgrading from their first pair of skates that they are going to use their old skates as "outdoor skates." From my experience, this rarely actually happens. Once you get used to your awesome new skates it is quite difficult, and often unnecessary, to go back to that old pair.
If you are bouting, scrimmaging, or doing some seriously heavy practicing on asphalt where you are going to be falling a lot, then I could see wanting to wear your less expensive boots...but if you are just going to be doing some trail skating or practicing on smooth concrete there really isn't a need to keep those old skates around.
What you will need, however, is some outdoor wheels. If you haven't had a proper set of outdoor wheels and have only tried skating outside with old indoor wheels, you are in for a treat! Outdoor wheels are about 78a hardness, which is super soft and will roll over cracks and rocks with ease. I recommend either Pulses, which come in a variety of colors, or Kryptonics, which not only come in a variety of colors but also 3 sizes to choose from. Here are the details:
Atom Pulse Wheels
|Atom Pulse Green, Pink, Smoke, Blue, and Purple Wheels|
- 78a durometer (super soft)
- 65mm x 37mm
- Pink, Blue, Green, Purple, Smoke
- Weight-2 lbs for 8 wheels
Pulses are popular for a reason, not only will you roll over cracks and pebbles with ease, but they are also available in 5 sweet colors-they look like gummy Life Savers! They are shaped like regular indoor wheels (not slim or micro) so they are nice and stable for long trail skating sessions.
|Kryptonic Route 62, 65, and 70 Wheels|
If you are used to slim or low wheels for indoor skating, the Route 62 or 65 wheels will work well for outdoor skating and shouldn't feel too different in terms of width or height when switching from indoor to outdoor and back again.
A few skaters have asked me what I think about skating outside with hybrid wheels (usually about an 84a durometer wheel). These wheels tend to lose their stickiness ability once you skate outside on them so I prefer to keep them really clean and use them for super slick floors; however, if you only have a choice between hybrid or indoor wheels, go with the hybrids...your feet will thank me when they don't go numb from the vibrations!
|Cheezeballs Gouda Bearings|
|187 Lock-In Recaps|
When you're hitting the trails, why not contemplate the great sport of Roller Derby and compile a haiku? You could win a set of Heartless wheels for your trouble. Just leave your poem in the comments between now and May 31st and you could be skating around on some of the slimmest (and sweetest) wheels in the Derbyverse!
Edit: I need a name (real/derby/whatev) to keep track of entries into the contest.
Until we skate again!