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Inline skates are composed of a boot attached to a frame that holds the wheels in place. The wheels contain bearings, which allow them to rotate freely around their axles. A high boot is used, except in the case of speed skating, which uses a lower boot to allow for increased ankle inflection. Recreational skating boots are soft, with shock absorbent padding, whereas hockey skate boots are harder. Recreational skates generally use high-grade polyurethane frames; cheap inline skates are often made of other plastics. Inline speed skates are constructed from carbon, extruded aluminum, or stamped aluminum. Bearings enable the wheels to rotate smoothly; their precision is rated from 1 to 9, where 1 is lowest quality and 9 is highest quality.
Several types of inline skates are available, including aggressive or street skates, recreational skates, hockey skates, and speed skates. The outside diameter of the wheels depends on the skating style: 54-56 mm diameter wheels are used for aggressive skating, 68-72 mm wheels are used for artistic skating, 72-76 mm wheels for recreational skating, 59-80 mm for roller hockey, and 80-110 mm for speed skating.
Inline skating is a great form of exercise as well as an enjoyable activity. Gear such as a helmet, wrist guards, and knee pads are recommended to protect against injury. On InlineSkates.us, you can compare inline skate specifications and shop for inline skates from selected skate manufacturers.
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