Fresh Meat Roller Derby Starter Pack Advice

Roller derby starter pack advice

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Jackson Competitor Review

jackson competitor skate review

OMG these skates are AWESOME. The quality, weight and comfort of these skates is tip top. We even love the nylon plates that come on them, they are light and well designed, a far cry from the nylon plates you will have known from lower end skates.

The eagle plates are better than a lot of alloy plates and have a huge weight advantage.

You usual get a choice of wheels when you buy these skates, which is an added bonus.

The bearings are super slick and fast. For their price range you are really getting loads for your money.

In the UK Jackson and Luigino are not well known brands yet – don’t let that put you off, they are very well made and have a lot of experience in skate manufacturing.

We recommend these highly

Riedell R3 Review

Riedell R3

Pros – Good price, comfortable (for slim feet)

Cons – Wheels, not for wider feet (Ideal for slim feet).

Generally, these are very popular as an entry level skate. The boot does stretch quite a bit, we’d suggest to go down a size if you are in between sizes. If you have a slim foot, these or the Jackson Vibe would be the ones to look at – the R3 is slim and the vive is average. The wheels are of a standard expected with skates of this price but they will need replacing sooner rather than later because they will hold back progression.

Overall, a great beginner skate.

SureGrip GT-50 Review

SureGrip GT-50

Pros – Very comfortable, great price point , excellent entry level skate for roller derby .

Cons – Wheels are hard and quite slippery on most sports hall surfaces ( some may like them this way).

Overall a great value skate that is a favourite amongst roller derby folk.

The synthetic leather boot does stretch out in length and width, so make sure you buy them snug. This makes them ideal for people with average to wide feet.

The plates are plastic but they are strong and light, the trucks are metal.

They are surprisingly stable and sure footed for a skate of their price.

Conclusion – If you are are looking for a comfortable, well priced skate, these are a proven favourite.