Safety Essentials To Go With Boys Roller Skates

Do you remember this classic roller skate advertisement?

fisher-priceWe don’t know what’s better, the headline or the grin on the little kids face? Together they make one classic advertisement that went down as one of the best ads ever.

Why did Fisher Price take this angle on safety when they wanted to boost boys roller skates sales? Because 9 times out of 10 kids slip out and fall straight to their bottoms when they’re learning how to roller skate.

This was a brilliant way of combining humor with safety and it performed better than the usual fear appeal/scare tactics that are commonly used in advertising today. Wait a second, “Where are the kids that fell”? That’s the best part!

But kids falling on skates is no joke and it’s always better to prevent than protect. In other words, use these essential safety products to part ways with bandaids this summer!

Wrist Guards

Wrist guards protect the palm of the hand and the wrist from injuries caused by falling and sliding. It’s instinctive to use your hands to break your fall and a pair of wrist guards gives you a piece of mind.

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Atom Armor line is the smallest, derby specific protective gear on the market today. For those looking for maximum airflow, lightweight, affordability and maneuverability, choose Atom Armor.

Knee Pads

A super essential safety item is knee pads, especially during the first learning curve.

You only get two knees so don’t wear them out! The 187 Killer FLY pads are ultra protective, comfortable and durable for a long life of healthy knees.

They come in a variety of sizes but we recommend X-small and small for kids 12 and younger.

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The funny bone is not so funny when you come crashing down on it!

Generally speaking, kids with pads are more confident and learn to skate much quicker. Falling is a major part of the learning process and getting hurt doesn’t make learning any easier.

In fact, it tends to deter kids away from learning to roller skate. So grab some elbow pads if you want the full out protection for your child and here is our most popular protective trio-pack:

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Save over $30 with this 3-pack. The knee pads and elbow pads are made of high grade durable fabrics, EVA Foam padding and polycarbonate full coverage caps to provide superior protection with high density impact-resistant molded ABS splints on front and back of wrists for support. This 3-pack is ideal for recreational skating, inline skating, rollerblading, outdoor skating and all roller sports.

Helmet

Did you know,

There is no federal law in the U.S. requiring bicycle helmets. The states and localities below began adopting laws in 1987, mostly limited to children under 18. At present, 22 States including the District of Columbia have state-wide laws, and more than 201 localities have local ordinances.

Check out this link here for a detailed list of the state helmet laws!

Helmet laws can be useful, but given the problems with enforcing them they will probably not work well in most places until more riders have accepted the need for wearing a helmet. So we favor a stronger push for voluntary usage than for passing new helmet laws, and our Web site has always reflected that attitude.

What do you think? Should there be laws that require us to wear helmets? Let us know in the comments below.

A Tribute To Our Most Liked Roller Skating Posts On Facebook!

There’s something nostalgic about roller skating for most people. The sport brings back past times and good memories of when life just seemed a bit more simple. Maybe it was maybe it wasn’t but we do know one thing; roller skating is just as cool as it ever was!

We mixed it up a bit for this post to put our #1 fans in the spotlight to show you what they “like most” about roller skating!

Roller Skate Nation has evolved over the years to appeal to people of all ages and we wouldn’t be here without you guys. We love updating you with all sorts of  roller skating memorabilia, news, pop culture, inspiration and more but take a guess which posts you all engage with most?

You’d be right if you guessed antique and vintage related content!

Here’s a snapshot of our most exciting times on Facebook. Here you will find more information about all of the content we share that received 90 likes and more so sit back and lets dive in!

 The Vintage Skate Case

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These cases are straight up retro and we love them. In fact you can scoop up a case for around $30 if you’re interested. Not only are they a great collector item but they provide ultimate protection for your skates and year long.

You can even use this as a small suit case. Perfect to use for toiletries and other small objects!

The “I Would Kill Myself In Those” High Heeled Boots Roller Skates

Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 7.50.22 PMBased on the comments, the general consensus is that these “look dangerous”. We have a quick guide to make your own roller skates but we reckon that you don’t try this at home unless it’s just for fun.

Of course however, you will probably try them if you make them or purchase a pair. Start out on the carpet or the grass before taking it to the streets… just an idea!

Roller Skate Mixer!

Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 7.50.44 PMHands down probably the coolest mixer in the world. An Easy Mix mixer from  about the mid 80′s with two classic skate chick photos. Stuff like this is hard to come by these days so consider yourself lucky if you ever make contact with this Easy Mix!

What Roller Skating Taught Me About Living

Did you know this is the title of a blog post you can read here.

Our whole life can be spent afraid of falling; sitting on the sidelines because we’re afraid of scraped knees and bruised egos.

Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 9.07.38 PMThe Giant Roller Skate

There’s something special about driving along the interstate and seeing a life size roller skate statue. Legend has it that it was created to promote a nearby roller rink. Sadly, the roller rink is gone but the skate lives on!

In fact, this big skate is listed on yelp.com and here are some reviews:

It’s cute. My kids loved the GIANT roller skate when they were little and loved skating here. Hugo’s was the name of the roller rink Roc!

The fact this giant skate is up for review is awesome. Lol. Yelp has made my day. For what it is, it deserves 5 stars. It’s the best giant skate I’ve ever seen!Pass by it every time we take our drive towards i-95 and Virginia beach. Truly wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t there. My family tells me the building used to be hugo’s dance hall and then a roller rink. I guess they just decided to leave the skate behind. :) I’m glad they did.

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10 Tips for Buying Quad Skates

Spring weather has arrived and people are taking their skates to the streets. FYI, a major pet peeve of mine is seeing someone roll past me when I’m slowly walking along, can you agree? The best part of quad skates are the versatility they provide to enjoy both a leisure stroll through the park with friends or a fitness activity.

Quad skates easily fit into a gym bag or book bag so you can bring them along throughout your day to beat the traffic and burn a few calories while you’re at it!

This is our guide to help you make the perfect choice for your next and/or first pair of quad skates. We know the approaching summer months have you itching to relive the nostalgic good days and here are 10 tips to get you rolling on the right path and in the right direction.

1. Know The Different Types Of Quad Skates

Yes all quad skates have four wheels but there are various types of them.

Outdoor skates are simply meant for the outdoors and come in either low top or high top boots and the wheels are specifically designed to skate outdoors where the ground is not as smooth.


Indoor skates aka artistic skates, recreational skates or traditional skates are perfect for those wanting to skate in a skating rink, artistically dance (kind of like ice skating but instead of a blade they have wheels), and those that want to rhythm skate.

2. Choose Your Style

Not the fashion and glamour type of style, but the type of skating style.

Outdoor fitness and skating  entertainment: Roller skating is a phenomenal way to work out and it’s even recommended by the American Heart Association. We suggest outdoor skates at this time of the year because there’s so much to explore on your quad skates. Skating outdoors makes for a great way to walk the dog, enjoy family time and exercise. If you are going to skate outdoors we recommend you purchase either an “Outdoor (Quad) Skate” or “Inline Skate“.

 

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Rink Rat Skater: Don’t take offense to the name of these skaters because thousands of people head to the roller rink every weekend to dance, exercise, listen to music and chill out. This is a good style to explore especially if you live nearby a roller skating rink. Rolling around a circled track can take a toll on your ankles but you want to be sure they get the support they need. We recommend you buy a “Speed Skate” or “Indoor Skate“. Speed Skates have “low-cut” boots, whereas Indoor Skates have “high-top” boots.

3. Get The Most Out Of Your Budget

This is a no brainer but what we mean is to leverage your budget for the extra important stuff such as:

  • Helmet
  • Skate Tool
  • Skate Cleaner
  • Skate Bag

4. Derby Is A World Of Its’ Own!

The girls are always out to have a good time but that doesn’t mean “playing nice”. We reckon to join a league if you’re feeling up for the frenzy, but please, just don’t show up to tryouts with artistic skates!

Derby skates are equipped with reinforced materials such as extra stitching and velcro straps for durability and support. The price tag of derby skates reflects the high quality materials and innovative design weaved into every pair. Derby skates should be low top and equipped with quicker bearings.

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Lights, Camera Ska-ction: Roller Skates In Pop Culture

Since the first recorded use of roller skates in 1743 roller skating has meandered through many obstacles to remain the top casual fitness activity. Ironically, the great depression played an influential role in motivating people to think “Outside the box” for new forms of entertainment.

In fact roller derby got it’s start in a popular pastime recreational activity by the name of Endurance Races. But soon after the great depression something called WWII broke out and most of the roller derby men had to kiss the sport goodbye.

They definitely kept their skates stashed in the closet as evidenced by the come back that roller skates made after the war. In 1948, roller derby debuted on New York television with a 13-week series of matches between New York and Brooklyn. The big screen is responsible for the revival of many sports and hobbies and roller skating is no exception!

In 1995, roller skates were first promoted as fitness skates and this trend doesn’t show any signs of stopping. Let’s glance back at the big screen and take a look at the influence that pop culture has had on roller skates.

Charlie Chaplin at his best in the 1939 comedy film Modern Times

Roller Skates Go Western

Not so long after, the epic western film from 1980 Heavens Gate, brought us one of the most epic scenes with roller skates. Did you know the roller rink in the film is called “Heavens Gate”? Unfortunately, the entire roller skating dance scene didn’t make the cut for the slimmed down 149-minute version.

Rock On At The Rink

2002 saw the best collaboration of pop music and roller skating when Matchbox Twenty transformed New York City into a giant roller disco for a music video. Even though the song they chose isn’t in their top three best, can we agree that the video definitely is?

“In Manhattan now, there’s this unbelievable underground roller disco scene,” Thomas said. “We went out and cast these kids, some of whom were from this off-Broadway show that’s a roller disco show, some of whom are just Wednesday-night-at-the-Roxy skaters, street skaters. There’s a whole other world that goes on in the middle of the city that people don’t know about.” ~ Lead singer Rob Thomas

Skateland: Sundance On Roller Skates

Only grossing $19,411 in the north american box office is the 2010 movie Skateland. Come on! Every movie involving roller skates should be a blockbuster hit, right? It’s your typical teen movie and it premiered at the Sundance Festival. Were not movie critics here at Roller Skate Nation but we give the roller rink scenes a 10/10. Check it out!

Your Guide to Buying Girls Roller Skates

With the recent emergence of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), more women are strapping up skates today than ever before. Let’s face it guys, these girls are tough and you should steer clear of their path. Furthermore, it always seems like more girls take advantage of the fitness benefits of roller skating. Maybe these observations are skewed since I am a male but they seem accurate nonetheless.

  • Girls are always skating around the lakes and neighborhood
  • Women would rather roller skate the dog than walk the dog
  • In general I believe women are more health conscientious and turn to roller skating more often than men
  • Women need a quick escape every so often from the chaos in the household

*Further suggestions to why women love to roll are appreciated in the comments below!

If there is one thing that holds true, it’s that girls are fashionable and girls roller skates provide the style, comfort and flash that can be found in high heels and a favorite pair of shoes.

There are hundreds of glamourous pairs of girls roller skates but if you don’t know how to search for them, you’ll never find the perfect pair. Roller Skate Nation has a wide variety of girls roller skates and we created a quick guide to help you find a pair today.

Ask Yourself These 4 Questions To Get Started

  1. Have I ever roller skated before?
  2. Can I imagine myself on the local roller derby team?
  3. Do I want to make a fashion statement on my roller skates?
  4. Am I on a tight budget?

Below are paragraphs related to each question above to help you make the right decision.

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5 Hilarious Videos With Roller Skates

It’s time to take a quick break on your roller skates and sit down for a laugh or two with the Skate Talk blog. Were definitely serious about roller skating and are happy to help you with everything to do with roller skates but sometimes in life you just need to kick back and relax.

So pat yourself on the back for the huge strides you’ve made on your roller skates and keep on improving!

While we wait for the spring sun to melt away the winter blues you can pass the time with these 5 hilarious roller skating videos. Oh, and don’t forget to take our quick poll at the end of the post!

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Do you remember the first time you roller skated? We bet it was after you began to crawl and before you were walking without the help of your parents.

But we’re 100% sure it was after you stopped wearing diapers! But babies have their way with getting their way and attracting millions of views on Youtube. So do funny animals, but that will come after this Evian water commercial of babies on roller skates.

Imagine your boss arrived to work one day with a special request for all employees to wear roller skates. You’d probably agree to this request but might change your mind after watching this next video made by comedian John Purcell. Caution, do not try this at work!

We don’t know which is a better reason to watch this next roller skates video;

A. The understated lesson in life to never give up or…

B. The 90′s music sound track.

Whichever reason you chose we can all agree that learning to roller skate was not an easy task. It feels like earth becomes a giant treadmill while you have bricks strapped to your feet.

Be sure to watch until the 2:26 mark. This kid just can’t stop!

Roller skating must be so easy a monkey can do it. There are other tricks to learn on roller skates other than jumping over some blocks but this is a great crowd pleaser.

Ever wonder what to do with an old pair of shoes and left over roller skates? Watch this 7 second vine video for inspiration and then read our make your own roller skates guide for a step by step tutorial.

Essential Safety Equipment For Roller Skates

If you’ve stumbled on our Skate Talk  roller skates blog, then we assume these four things;

  1. You’ve strapped on a pair of roller skates before and the experience you had made you more passionate about the sport.
  2. You’ve roller skated in your previous years and are interested to do it again.
  3. You’re passionate about roller skates and are always looking for new ways to improve your skills and stay in the loop of all things roller skating.
  4. You’ve never roller skated before but it seems like the coolest physical activity this world has to offer!

There’s one thing we forgot to mention and this tends to be forgotten most often in regards to roller skating. You’re probably not here to learn about safety equipment because afterall it can be pretty boring.

Until now!

Our passion for roller skates combined with our priority to keep you safe is our obsession at Roller Skate Nation. This is why we stock the latest trends in safety equipment including the essentials and most sought after protective gear.

Let start from the top and work our way to the bottom. In other words, from the head to the legs. But first, here’s some food for the brain;

Did you know, according to Rochester Medical Research that:

  • More severe injuries occur during individual sports and recreational activities.
  • Children who are just beginning a sport or activity are at greater risk for injury.
  • More than 47,000 children ages 5 to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for roller skating-related injuries.

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The Best Roller Derby Apps To Download For Derby Officials

Welcome to the third post in our series about integrating your smartphone with roller skating. We previously learned about the great apps out there for both Android devices and the iphone (iOS). These apps are made essentially for everyone on roller skates and we recommend that you get your thumbs on one asap.

But what about the apps that target a certain user such as a roller derby referee? Whether you are a roller derby official an active member in your derby community, it will be worth your time to download and spread the word about the following apps.

 

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Roller Derby Penalty Timer is the best mobile app created specifically for roller derby officials.

This is a hefty claim stated by roller derby nation straight from the Android App Store and we believe its’ backed by user reviews and an easy to navigate interface.

This penalty tracker provides a reliable way to track penalties with built-in-knowledge of the WFTDA rules to help you manage any jammer situation that gets thrown your way. This app makes it easy for just one person to manage the full penalty box.

Features:

  • Manage any configuration you’d like: two blockers, two jammers, four blockers, or even the full penalty box!
  • Stop all timers simultaneously between jams.
  • Tap-edit allows you to quickly edit a time or add a minute for a double-penalty.
  • Paid Version contains NO Ads. Plus it helps support further development!

Roller Skate Nation rating and feedback: 5/5 stars. A must have app for anyone on a derby team! It’s developed by the renowned roller derby nation and is frequently updated to keep up with the fast pace sport.

The major downfall is that this app is only for Android devices. Don’t worry, keep reading!

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Use Your Smartphone To Get The Most Out Of Roller Skating: Part II

The Best Android Roller Skating Apps To Download

We’re back and ready to follow up with Part II  in our series of articles about how to best use your smartphone to enhance your roller skating. We will dive into some apps targeted to roller skaters that are supported on the Android platform. Yes, the flashlight app will come in handy and we recommend you download it for your late night laps around the neighborhood, but these apps below are packed with useful information that will make you a more confident skater.

From how-to tutorials to data analysis, you’re bound to find something to spark your interest and take up some more gigabytes. Move Angry Birds aside because these are the best Android Apps for roller skaters!

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Published in 2012, the Inline Skating App For Beginner is a must have if you’re just getting the swing of things. This app provides expert advice with step-by-step video lessons, tips and tricks and is extremely easy to use.

The main features of the app are below and you can get them with a $2.99 price tag:

  • Watch fundamental moves and practice techniques
  • Dig deeper into equipment and learn about usage
  • Expert Instruction
  • Master turns, falls, glides, stops and more

Roller Skate Nation rating and feedback: 4.0/5 starsJust when you thought you knew everything about inline skating this app comes along to teach you more. Yes, skating is intuitive for most people but this app does a great job of covering the basics that we often ignore and/or forget to learn.

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Use Your Smartphone To Get The Most Out Of Roller Skating: Part I

The Best iphone Apps Every Roller Skater Should Download

iphones, smartphones, cell phones…whatever you call the device you spend half your day staring at. Let’s learn how to use them for roller skating. This is the first post in a soon to come blog series to teach you how to use your smartphone in order to optimize and enhance your roller skating and/or inline skating experience. The apps below are supported for iphone users. Stay tuned if you own an android device!

We presume and hope you own a smart device before proceeding with the post. If you don’t, feel free to continue and sharpen up your geeky side right alongside the amazing sport of roller skating.

Whether you are just starting to roller skate and could benefit from simple how to video tutorials while you’re out and about or if you prefer to dive into some awesome data about your average speed and trails you travel, these apps are for you. (ps, click on the icon to view app in app store)

How-To Roller Skate Apps for iOS

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