Inline Skates for the Alpine Skier
Fun summer recreation that doubles as ski training? That’s what the Rollerblade Maxxum and Macroblade inline skates bring to the table for the summer skier. Start next season out already in mid-season shape with these training-focused inline skates from Rollerblade.
This month’s featured products are part of our continuing series on Skate to Ski, the initiative launched by Rollerblade that promotes inline skating as an off-season training method for skiers. We’ve already covered what Skate to Ski is all about, and how Rollerblade is pushing the envelope in their ski-focused skate design. Now, let’s check out some of the best inline skates for ski training: the Maxxum and Macroblade series from Rollerblade.
The Maxxum Series from Rollerblade is specifically-designed with ski training in mind. Their sturdy, molded hard shell has a blend of materials and hardware that isn’t all that different from a ski boot. The boot provides a healthy dose of support for long-distance, high-effort skating sessions. The Maxxum also has lateral support and a laterally adjustable, padded liner that make training a heck of a lot more comfortable. The skates are designed with a V-cut for an increased flex and a range of motion that will give you more power in each stride. The Maxxum is one skate that will let you train hard all summer long.
The Maxxum comes in three different variations, depending on wheel size:
84mm: The Rollerblade Maxxum 84mm inline skates are the best for newer skaters or skaters looking for a little more maneuverability in their skates. The smaller wheel size requires less effort to stride, but will not coast as long or as fast as larger wheels. The Maxxum 84mm feature SG9 bearings (the top bearings offered by Rollerblade) and Rollerblade Supreme wheels, which maximize power while creating a smooth ride.
90mm: With the Rollerblade Maxxum 90mm inline skates, you’re getting an advanced skate that can hit high speeds, but at a wheel size that is easier to control than the 100mm. These skates use 90mm Rollerblade Hydrogen wheels for a combination of power, response and longevity; the perfect wheels for skaters looking to work up a sweat. The Maxxum 90mm also feature the SG9 bearings.
100mm: The highest-performance skate of the bunch, the Rollerblade Maxxum 100mm inline skates are made for speed and distance. If you’re an experienced skater looking for a real butt-kicking workout, this is the skate for you. Outfitted with a specialized 5-Star Fit liner, V-cut and shock-absorbing heel, the Maxxum 100mm is prepared to handle any kind of riding, including commuting, cruising or training. The 100mm uses the Hydrogen wheels and SG9 bearings.
Training for the ski season will never be easier than with the Rollerblade Macroblade Series skates. Comfort, control and durability are the name of the game with the Macroblades. These skates come with a training footbed tailor-made for support and cushion during hardcore training sessions, and have an athletic form-fit liner for full-foot comfort. The skates stay on snug, too, with a combination of a cuff buckle, 45-degree straps and laces. Veteran and novice skaters alike will love the smooth, controlled ride of the Macroblades.
The Macroblade comes in 4 different wheel sizes (It also comes in women’s versions, as well):
80mm: If you’re just getting into inline skate training, the Rollerblade Macroblade 80mm inline skates would be a great place to start. You won’t get the same speed as you would on some of the models with larger wheel sizes, but they will keep you comfortable and in control as you cruise around the park.
84mm: A little more fitness-oriented in comparison to the 80mm, the Rollerblade Macroblade 84mm inline skates can get going fast and maintain that speed with each stride. The 84mm skates use an SG7 bearing, a step up from the SG5 used in the 80mm, but are still versatile enough to be used as recreational skates.
90mm: The Rollerblade Macroblade 90mm ALU inline skates feature Rollerblade’s Supreme wheels, made for maximizing speed and efficiency. Supremes have enhanced rolling capabilities that will help you control and maintain speed while you skate. The SG9 bearings in these skates will handle all that speed while actually reducing vibrations. To top it all off, the Macroblade 90mm has a special Speed Lace System that will give you a consistent fit every time.
110mm: The Rollerblade Macroblade 110mm inline skates also takes advantage of the Supreme wheels and SG9 bearings, but does so on a 3WD setup. Instead of the four standard wheels, this skate uses three 110mm wheels for strides that are longer and smoother. This is the most advanced (and difficult) of the four Macroblade skates.
With snow already on the way out in most places, skiers need a way to stay in shape during the non-winter months. Inline skating provides all that while giving you a chance to enjoy the summer sunshine too. The Rollerblade Maxxum and Macroblade inline skates are the perfect solution to avoid that off-season slump. You can view our entire selection of Rollerblades online at Skis.com.
Still need some more advice on picking out the perfect pair of inline skates? Check out the Inline Skate Buying Guide for the lowdown on all things inline.