Riedell Skates makes ice skates for skaters at every level of expertise, including beginners. Riedell offers three beginner models. Any one of the three might be best for a particular beginning skater depending on the skater's needs. Riedell's beginner skates are priced from $119 to $300 as of January 2010.
The 121 RS
Riedell's 121 RS model is its most inexpensive beginner skate. The 121 RS features a quick-drying liner and PVC soles. These features make the skates easier to care for, making them a good choice for young children who have yet to master the details of proper skate care. The 121 RS comes with Quest Topaz blades attached, which helps beginners who do not yet know what they need in a basic blade. However, because the soles are made of PVC, the blades are riveted rather than screwed to the sole, making them impossible to replace. The 121 RS is the best beginner choice for skaters who want to be better recreational skaters or who have not yet decided whether to commit to skating lessons.
The 255 TS
The 255 TS is a second beginner ice skate option from Riedell. Like the 121 RS, the 255 TS offers a quick-drying liner, which is good for skaters who spend many hours on the ice or who are still learning how to care for skate boots. The skate is available with Quest Topaz blades attached, or skaters can choose their own blades. The 255 TS has a higher back, which can provide added support to skaters with weak ankles but which also makes it more difficult to produce deep knee bends. It also features a higher toe box to relieve pressure on toes, which helps skaters still getting used to the confines of a properly fitting skate boot.
The 910 LS
The 910 LS is Riedell's ultra-lightweight beginner skate boot. Unlike the 121 RS and the 255 TS, which have soles made of PVC and maple, respectively, the sole of the 910 LS is made of cork, making it about 50 percent lighter than the other beginner boots and a good choice for beginners with little-used leg muscles. The 910 LS also features lacing hooks in the tongue of the skate, which help create flexibility in the ankle area so that skaters can develop proper knee bending techniques. Skaters might choose a separate blade to use with the 910 LS boots, or might order them with the Quest Topaz blade attached.
Fitting and Considerations
Before you order a pair of beginner ice skates from Riedell, you should have your feet measured by an experienced skate fitter to determine whether Riedells are appropriate for you. All figure skates are made on a mold called a last. Among the various brands of figure skates, Riedell is known for using a relatively narrow last. Riedell also uses a last with a slanted toe box, so if you have particularly long or square toes, you might be uncomfortable in a Riedell skate. However, as of 2011, Riedell is the only skate manufacturer that makes children's beginner skates in wide widths.