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Skate Purchasing Guide

*NEW* Victoria's Roller Rhythm Skating Club carries adjustable kid's skates!


This guide is not an exact science because everyone's preferences vary, and some markets have different prices. If you have more specific questions about your situation, please contact us. Some examples have been linked for you.

Q: What are inline skates and what are quad skates?

A: 

Q: Which type of skate should I get?

A: The model you should get depends on your primary intended use for the skates.

Q: Which skates should I buy?

A: Once you've decided on the type of skate, next is to narrow down which pair to get. Here are some rough guidelines of what you typically get at a particular price point. This guide refers to new skates. So you may be able to find better prices in the used market or on sale. But you can compare the used model to its retail price to get an idea of its quality. See the Brand Comparison tab for some guidelines on quad skates.

Protective Gear Purchasing Guide

*NEW* Victoria's Roller Rhythm Skating Club carries kid's protective gear packs!


This guide is not an exact science because everyone's preferences vary, and some markets have different prices. If you have more specific questions about your situation, please contact us. Some examples have been linked for you.

Q: What type of protection should I get?

A: Decide if you want recreational gear or sports gear

Q: Why do I need protection?

A: When learning new skills, it is encouraged to push yourself to discover your limits, and this will cause you to fall. Falling on skates can be sudden and abrupt, which increases the chances of wrist and elbow injuries. When you have protective gear, you will usually be able to progress faster, have fewer injuries, and enjoy the sport longer. If you are playing impact sports like derby, or hockey, you must have gear.

Q: I am already an avid ice skater/skater, do I still need protective gear?

A: If you have not passed stage 6, and/or you are learning something new, and/or the surface you're skating on is uncertain due to slopes/debris, and/or you're playing contact sports, you should wear gear. Falling on concrete or even hardwood is very different than falls on the ice, where you can slide. Falling due to contact with another skater results in higher impact falls than falling on your own.    

New Skates & Accessories

These businesses are skater-run and have been proven to be dedicated to helping build the skating community:


We have no affiliation with the following businesses. These are places we've shopped at, and are listed for your shopping convenience. 


If you know of others or want to be listed here, please contact us!


Used Skates & Accessories

We have no affiliation with the following businesses. We recommend checking the condition before buying (wheels spin, no loose or missing parts, etc.)


If you know of others or want to be listed here, please contact us!

Brand Comparisons

We are not paid or sponsored by any of these companies. These comments are based on our personal experiences and the experiences of our skaters. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all available skates. We chose some of the more popular skates we've seen people wearing or asking about.


We ranked some quad skate models based on what stage you could get to in the Learn to Roll Right program before you found that the skate no longer supported you in achieving the skills. See also the Skate Purchasing guide above for a price comparison if your brand isn't listed below. If you have a question about a specific skate, please email us:

Very Beginner: Stage 1 - 2: 

Moxi Rainbow Rider, Rio Roller, Impala

We don't recommend either of these or other skates at the same price point.

Beginner: Stage 1 - 3: 

Chaya Melrose, Moxi Beach Bunny

These are okay if you're seeing if you want to get into roller skating and can't afford the intermediate skates listed below. Note that you will hit a wall with your skates around stage 3, meaning you may have difficulty executing and applying edges, power, and control in your skating. You would be looking to upgrade to enjoy your skating experience better. When learning using these skates, you may not get as good of a feel for the weight transfer and techniques required for proper skating, which may limit future progress. These skates are best utilized for children or teens under 120 lbs-ish. Also, just so you know, if you weigh more than 130 lbs-ish, the effectiveness of these skates declines further. Therefore, we advise an intermediate-level skate. 

Intermediate: Stage 1 - 6: 

Reidell Orbit, Reidell Crew, Jackson Mystique, Chaya Melrose Elite, Moxi Panthers

These skates will be good enough to get you through the Learn to Roll Right program, and you can continue to enjoy recreational skating, trail skating, and roller dancing. You may find your ability begins to be limited if you are looking for precision or support or more advanced moves, such as in artistic skating or park skating. Depending on the discipline, some of these skates will require you to change the wheels or toe stoppers for better effectiveness.


Advanced: Stage 1 - 6+

Reidell*, Chaya Melrose Premium, Wifa, Moxi Jack

At this stage, the sky's your limit, so you can, but you do not need to buy a pre-made set with boots, plates, etc. You can mix and match to meet the needs of your preferred skating style. Consult the advisors at the store or email us if you want more information.


*Reidell often sells boots and plates separately, and some stores combine suggested options. Use the skate purchasing guide above to determine if they are Intermediate or Advanced skates.