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Inline Skating pre-season?

post #1 of 5
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I am looking to pick up a pair of inline skates to do some pre ski season conditioning on. I want to get a pair that will give me the closet feeling I can get to skiing. I found a pair of hardshell three strap boots but before I buy I just want to make sure I am making the right move. Any help would be great!

post #2 of 5
Many experts think inline skating is the closest dryland training to alpine skiing. I've used inline skates for several years and would advise the following:

1) get long-track "speed" type skates, 4 or 5 wheels. You don't need hockey or rockered skates unless you're a park skier.
2) match your equipment to conditions. If you've got a bike path then a pair of wrist guards is all you'll need, and your skate wheels can be hard (they've got a durometer rating on them). I skate on the street, on some pretty rough asphalt sometimes, so I go the whole nine yards: helmet, wrist guards, knee and elbow pads. Wheels have a medium (78A) durometer rating. Soft wheels take debris-bumps easier and corner stickier, but wear faster and aren't as speedy. K2's been good for me, warrantied first pair with exchange upgrade.
3) Learn to stop. Keep your weight forward. Don't fall backwards! Broken collarbone preferable to broken tailbone or torn rotator cuff.
4) Once you're safe, find a hill, set up some cones, and slalom away, even use poles.
5) Make like a speed skater and it's great abductor/adductor work.

Einstein was right: the faster you go, the slower you age.
post #3 of 5
Agree with DD's post except perhaps the suggestion to get long-track, speedskate style skates. I've got both an older pair of heavy, stiff 4-wheel skates and a newer speedskate style pair with a lower, more flexible boot. On the newer speedskate style skates there is virtually no support in the boot, it's like skating with a pair of sandals on. It's OK for just powering along speedskate style for 30 - 45 minutes, but if I want to carve pretend slaloms, or skate a longer distance, then it's back to the heavy stiffer boots. Bottom line, you've got to be comfortable in the skate, and you definitely ought to try it out first before you commit to any particular syle.

Also agree re wrist guards but would add one more precaution: a helmet. It's the proverbial no-brainer: skate without one, you may end up with no brain ...
post #4 of 5
try to find an IISA instructor near you... take some lessons... as with skiing -practising GOOD technique & you will improve... practise crappy technique & you will find it harder to CHANGE when you need to... (well unless you like the static never improving feeling)
post #5 of 5
I agree with the last guy strongly. I tried pulling some short slalom-style turns on skates, trying to get my rhythm all in line, when I found that my balance didn't match anything correctly to that of skiing. When I got to the hill it took me a day to re-learn where I am supposed to be because I was so used to doing it the wrong way on rollerblades. This is partly because I skated on flat land ski-style, so I couldn't stay flexed enough and far enough back. So the bottom line is this: GET PRO SKI-RELATED INSTRUCTION BEFORE TRIALS, and also skate on an incline; flat ground throws you off.
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