If you’re just getting into roller skating at Lanham Skate Center, it can be difficult to know where to start. The first thing you’ll need to do is pick kind of skates you’d like to try! What is the difference between quads and inline skates, and which type is right for you?
Quad skates are what most people probably think of when they hear “roller skating.” These skates have four wheels in a two-by-two configuration, which gives them more stability. They are used in artistic skating, roller derby, and are standard in most indoor tracks. They may be best for many beginners due to being more stable.
Inline skates also have four wheels, but in a straight line. This makes them better for outdoor use, since it’s much easier to avoid obstacles, potholes, etc. Inline skates offer more ankle support, speed, and maneuverability than quad skates. They are used in roller hockey and speed skating, and are a lot like ice skates.
Another big difference between quads and inline skates is how you brake. When you’re wearing quad skates, you brake with the toe; on the other hand, inline skates require braking at the heel.
Ultimately the only way to decide which type of skate is best for you is to try them both out! Skate lessons at Lanham Skate Center are a great way to do that while also honing your skills. You can also join us any time we’re open and give different types of skates a go. We can’t wait to see you!