Made by the same people who make all the Bones Swiss bearings (the best out there), REDS are awesome. Tons of bearing companies out there farmed their production out to China so that they could get cheap, crappy bearings to sell to you at a good price. Bones has a name to protect, however, and they put out the effort to make sure that REDS are high quality, well made bearings. They are still made in China, which is why they are still such a good price. Their quality is close to Bones Swiss – not nearly as good, but close.
So, if you are a new skater, these are the bearings you should try. If you’ve been a skater for a while and want something reasonably priced, but not cheap crap – try REDS. You won’t be disappointed.