customer review

Some time ago you asked me for a review, as a rank beginner I didn't want to make another review the likes of "I just got my skates, and after just 15 minutes I want to say I just love them!"

I now have probably 40 hours on them, maybe more, I have good control forward, no backward skills, and can sort of manage a T stop and heel brakes. The same is pretty much true of the inline skates. I am 61 years old, 6'2" about 200 pounds (USA) size 13 shoe. Friday I skated on our local American River Bike Trail using the inline's about 10 miles with two other people on the local Friday night skate. Today I skated about 5.5 miles on the Skorpions on that same trail and an addition 2+ miles getting to and from the trail. Here is an excerpt from my log today comparing fairly fresh thoughts about the two skates on pretty ideal pavement:

Comparing the Skorpions with the rollerblades:
A. Lighter, much lighter, carrying the blades on the bus was a pain, hiking with them on my back even more so.
B. Easier to put on and take off. I don’t have to think too hard about if I want to walk across a busy road, skates on/off isn’t much more involved than putting on knee pads. Also handy when skating for transportation, rather than recreation. Skate to the bus stop, off. Ride the bus, get off, put on and resume the skate.
C. I find Skorpions more stable, some of this is because I’ve spent a lot more time recently on them than the rollerblades. The right foot has a harder time keeping the blades on center edge. I feel every crack and bump in the road on the blades repeated for each wheel, the quad track on the Skorpions pretty much is just thump/thump and some of that is absorbed by the Skorpions springs. The larger wheels of the Urban Street skates roll over larger cracks and bigger twigs easier. Clearly I am no expert skater and larger wheels on the blades (mine are somewhat worn to boot, making them even smaller) may make a difference in the future, but even bladers will tell you larger wheeled blades are faster than those with smaller wheels.
D. I am still working on braking skills, and mostly on Skorpions. I can almost do a T stop with both w/o drifting to the right. I finally understand what I need to do to fix that. Using the heel brake, I am more comfortable with the Skorpions. I think some of that has to do with wheel wear and a new brake on the blades. I feel like the two stops on the Skorpions give a more stable foot position than the single brake on the blades.

Why I choose one skate or the other; if I am out for a fitness skate, I think I will go with the blades, the extra weight helps towards the goal of fitness. If I want to cover ground and be fresh(er) at the end, or commute with bus trips between skates, or some other situation where I need to take skates off and walk, such as shopping, then Skorpions get selected. As more time and miles get under the wheels I may lean more in one direction or the other. Skorpions are much easier to carry either by hand or backpack, weight is a big part of it, but they are also smaller and easier to pick up.

I might add that my local roads, right from my home, are like large mosiacs, cracks running every direction, irregular shapes and sizes, mostly level, but anything but smooth and easy gliding, customer reviewtoo slow on either skate and these cracks will grab a wheel and over you go. On these roads the Skorpions have a clear advantage, that's why since I got the Skorpions I've used them almost exclusively for my outdoor skates. Indoors I either rent skates or use my clean pair of rollerblades.

- Mike