The 5 Best Rollerblades for Men and Women, According to Pro Bladers

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Rollerblade Zetrablade Elite
Rollerblade Zetrablade Inline Skates
Rollerblade Macroblade 100 3WD
K2 Skate Alexis 84 Boa
Rollerblade Bladerunner Advantage Pro XT
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When shopping for your best rollerblades, consider your level and need for speed.
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Whether your interest in rollerblading was born from childhood or a desire to add some fun to your grown-up exercise routine, there's no denying: Rollerblading is making a comeback.

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How come, exactly? In short, because it's the ultimate two-for-one. Not just a fun pastime of '90s tweens, rollerblading is also a legit form of functional fitness — benefitting your endurance, muscle strength, balance, stability and mood.

"It's a fun, efficient, joint-friendly way of exercising that works the full body and also gets you outside for some fresh air," says trainer Kelly Cosentino, CPT, director of fitness for FitXR, a virtual reality fitness app.

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Ready to hop on the roller-wagon? We talked to pro bladers and trainers to find out exactly what you need to get rolling. Read on a list of the five best rollerblades of 2022.

How We Chose

We consulted personal trainers and a professional in-line skater to get the scoop on all the best rollerblades. Using their guidance, we chose our top picks based on certain criteria, including:

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  • Secure lace systems
  • Comfortable, safe boots
  • Number of wheels

Manufacturers typically market shoes (and, in this case, roller blades) according to gender, so we've listed both women's and men's picks below. However, the main difference between most men's and women's shoes is the width and size.

In some cases, men's shoes are built to support greater weights. So people with bigger bodies may want to opt for men's versions, whereas people with smaller bodies may prefer women's versions. Choose whichever feels best on your feet.

1. Best Overall: Rollerblade Zetrablade Elite

  • Wheels:​ 4
  • Wheel size:​ 100 mm
  • Closure type:​ Lace-up

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If you want rollerblades that do it all — stabilize, secure, slide and glide — consider this four-wheel pick.

"Four-wheel skates like this option carry speed well, and have a longer sticking point for acceleration and pushing forward," says Jack Craig, CPT, a certified personal trainer with Inside Bodybuilding, a health clinic for professional athletes.

Additionally, the pair offers a strong buckle and detailed lace system that will help you tighten the boot as much as you need. Plus, engineered with mesh, this the arguably the most breathable pair on the market.

Buy it:Amazon.com (men's); DicksSportingGoods.com (women's); ​Price:​ $129.99 (men's), $149.99 (women's)

2. Best for Beginners: Rollerblade Zetrablade Inline Skates

  • Wheels:​ 4
  • Wheel size:​ 80 mm
  • Closure type:​ Cuff buckle and lace-up

Affordable, comfortable and stable, these boots feature a tight-but-soft boot design complete with cuff buckles closures. Craig says your ankles will feel stable as you ride and glide.

And the best part: As you build up speed, you can switch out the wheels for a higher-performance set. "The larger the wheel, the faster you'll be able to go, and the easier you will go over larger cracks, rocks and bumps," says professional in-line skater Caleb Smith.

Buy it:Amazon.com (men's); Amazon.com (women's); ​Price:​ $118.83 (men's), $119.10 (women's)

3. Best Three-Wheel: Rollerblade Macroblade 100 3WD

  • Wheels:​ 3
  • Wheel size:​ 100 mm
  • Closure type:​ Lace-Up

Three-wheel rollerblades are generally reserved for intermediate and advanced skaters, as they offer better maneuverability — meaning they're faster — Craig says. If that's you, consider the the Macroblade 100 3WD.

"The high boot will provide more stability through the ankle, limiting any opportunity for twists or fractures," he says. And the mesh upper-boot supports breathability, which will keep your foot dry all glide long.

Buy it:Amazon.com (men's & women's); ​Price:​ $219.00

4. Best Luxury: K2 Skate Alexis 84 Boa

  • Wheels:​ 4
  • Wheel size:​ 84 mm
  • Closure type:​ Boa

Maybe you skated as a kid or maybe you tried your partner's pair and now want your own. Whatever the reason, if you're reading this list because you're looking to upgrade your current pair, the K2 Skate Alexis 84 Boa Incline State is your move.

It has a soft-but-stable boot, sturdy aluminum form and boa closure system for security. What's a boa closure? It's a crank that's attached to wires in your boot. Turn to tighten or loosen with ultimate precision.

This pair checks off the two most important features of any boot, according to Smith, which are quality and comfort.

Buy it:Amazon.com (men's); Amazon.com (women's); ​Price: ​$176.63 (men's); $189.95 (women's)

5. Best Budget: Rollerblade Bladerunner Advantage Pro XT

  • Wheels:​ 4
  • Wheel size:​ 80 mm
  • Closure type:​ Lace-up

This pair is an absolute steal — especially considering that it's made by Rollerblade, a brand ​known​ for their high-quality blades.

Perfect for the rink, walkway or park, this pair is as stable as it is stylish: very. That's thanks to the sturdy boot structure, which enhances stability and gives you more control.

Plus, at 80 millimeters in diameter, the wheel size is perfect for beginners, according to trainer John Gardner, CPT, CEO of Kicko, an online custom fitness platform. "For beginners, you want a wheel that's 75 to 85 millimeters," he says.

Buy it:Amazon.com (men's); Amazon.com (women's); ​Price: ​$86.89 (men's); $74.99 (women's)

6. Best for Skating on the Road: JEUITH Inline Skates

  • Wheels:​ 3
  • Wheel size:​ 110 mm
  • Closure type:​ Lace-up

For those who like to speed skate down the road, this is the perfect pair. Speed skates like these have larger wheels (more on that below), according to Smith, allowing you to move more quickly without too much extra effort.

Plus, these have a well-ventilated, washable liner, so you don't have to worry about unwanted odors after a sweaty ride.

Buy it:Amazon.com (men's & women's); ​Price:​ $135.90

5 Factors to Consider When Buying Rollerblades

1. Your Budget

Even the most wallet-friendly pair of skates can put you out $100. And a pair of blades isn't the only thing you'll need to get moving! You also need a helmet, knee pads, wrist guards and/or gloves and elbow pads, Craig says. That can cost you an additional $100 to $200.

If you're on a budget, rather than skimping on protective gear, Craig recommends hitting your local second-hand sporting goods shop to see if you can find safety gear there. "Skating without proper protection can result in serious injury," he says.

Whether you plan to skate on city streets or neighborhood sidewalks, always obey the rules of the road. When turning, signal with your arms and only move when you have the right of way. People driving cars may not pay as much attention as they should, so always watch closely and keep a safe distance away from any vehicles.

2. Fit

No matter what, you should prioritize size over style, Smith says. Rollerblades are usually sized the same way as running shoes, so if you're an 8 in running sneakers, you'll likely be an 8 in blades. But if you can, try them on before investing.

"Too big of a skate will cause blisters and too small of a skate will cause pressure points," Smith says. Generally, you want to be able to fit a pencil between your heel and the back of the boot, but ​not​ wiggle it around once it's there, he says. And that applies no matter what type(s) of closure your skate has.

If you're buying online, check the return policy. "A lot of online retailers will allow you to buy skates, try them on and return them as long as you don't cause any visible damage," Smith says.

3. Closure Type

Laces and Velcro, buckles and knobs — all skates have ​some​ type of closure mechanism. Actually, most skates feature multiple for the most secure fit.

Everyone will have their own preference, and that's OK, Smith says. The kind of closure(s) doesn't necessarily matter as long as the skate is equal parts quality, comfort and security.

4. Wheel Number

For casual users, a four-wheel pair is perfect. They're ideal for learning to rollerblade, and most people feel like they have more control while using them, Gardner says.

"But for people looking to go longer distances, join races or go really fast, three-wheel is best," he says. Three-wheel blades have room for larger wheels, he explains, and larger wheels make it easier to pick up the pace.

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5. Wheel Size

The larger your wheels, the faster your speed. That's why the best rollerblades for beginners tend to have smaller, 75- to 85-millimeter wheels, and competition-ready blades have the bigger, 100- to 110-millimeter ones, Smith says.

That said, even if you're a beginner now, that doesn't mean you will be in the future. If you think, with time, you'll want to pick up speed, opt for a pair that allows you to switch out the wheels with a larger set, Smith says. The wheel change will allow you to go faster with the same blades — saving you money.

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