The Rollerblade Activa 90 is a lightweight and maneuverable skate that will give you complete control with each stride you take. Designed specifically for women who are looking to have fun, get in a good workout or just keep up with your children. This high performance skate will offer you stability, precision and comfort. If you are a distance skater that is looking for a workout or to enhance your stride, Rollerblade has designed this pair of Activa 90 in lines to provide you with a cardio pumping workout for a smooth and steady ride for longer minutes of training. The great fit provides comfort for all of the key areas of your foot that you can adjust by using the adjustable buckles, power strap and the asymmetrical lacing system that will make this in line feel custom and to also give your stride better enhancement. The comfortable liner is Specialized 5 star fit with memory foam for all around comfort throughout. The durability will come from the Lo-Balance magnesium frame that is tough and will meet all of your demands and needs without the vibrations that other in lines have. This pair of Activa 90 high performance skates have an improved fit, lower cuffs and the visually appealing graphics as you train or workout with the stability and the support in all of the right places. You can look great, feel great and own a great pair of in lines that will secure your well being one day at a time.
Well lets all note that I've been using my 1995 Rollerblade Fusions w ABT Brake Technology, Overlap Fit Foot Braces, w 3 Multi Ajustable Buckle System (Which was fast & very convenient). Been rollerblading since 18yrs old. And are still in GREAT shape, just added some Dr. Scholls Gel Pads in them & they didn't annoy my feet from the vibrations from bad trails anymore. I stopped using them because I started getting a harsh pressure pain on my right leg, to the left of my shin & 2" above my ankle. Someone suggested its time for new skates because my liner isn't protecting me as much. I'm not giving up on em', so I'll still be using em'. But thought FINE, just in case that area needs to rest up & not I'm ready to give up rollerblading, maybe I wont feel that pressure in the newer skates.
So researched alot on skates, talked to people online about them. Looking for something comfortable cuz I use my skates alot & when I skate I go 10miles & more. And decided to still stick with Rollerblade brand, they did me good all these years, they gotta be even TOTALLY AWESOME now. So my choices were between the 2012 Activa 90's or 100's. I LUVED the 100's color, but thought since I've been using 78A & 77mm wheels all these years, those might be too fast for me & figured whats the point if I'm rollerblading for a workout cuz then I'm not really working out if I have speed skates. So asked if I could change the skate wheels & guess the only one I could change to slightly lower was the 90's-so that made my decision.
Let me tell you first. I thought they weren't that great looking online. I was soo tempted to buy the Activa's 100's just for the color. But I'll admit, the 90's were nice looking. They are silver with gray & glitter, very pretty, made me feel better with my decision. Well when I tried the Activa 90 skates in the house, they seemed to fit just right. Which is hard to tell, cuz your not really using them to test in action, which I wish they had a restocking used fee-I would've paid the extra or took loss & returned em' for a smaller size, knowing now after using em'. I had soo much trouble with the lacing system, the strap & buckle. I had to keep adjusting over & over again. But figured, eh, I'm just use to my 1,2,3 go Buckle System, I'm just spoiled (SERIOUSLY-Rollerblade should bring that system back). So after I felt comfortable enough, I was VERY impressed with how smooth it rode & the speed. *NOTE: Please look at your frame before you ride, mine was slightly off, it kept making me stumble & at first I couldn't figure out why. I thought to myself "am I really learning how to skate all over again". But then realized my right skate frame needed to be more moved cuz its off from being straight*. I just kept noticing my skates were coming loose again. So had to keep pulling to the side to readjust everything all over again ((ANNOYING!!)). So after 9 miles, I've noticed a pain of pressure on my right leg(about 1" above ankle), lower than the pain I had from my other skate & on top of my foot. So then thought ok, my skate is on too tight now. So reajusted the right skate again, but still had the harsh pains. So then said screw it, I just wanna finish my 11.45miles, then go home.
2nd Time I tried, I noticed I could not get it adjusted correctly again, where its like my feet when skating aren't held right again & can never get secured. Like maybe I can take a few strides, then they are loose again, where my feet are sliding inwards. And that pain was still going on. And later on got another pain on my left side, where I kept moving the liner tongue to the side, to avoid the pressure.
So what I did: I bought Dr. Scholl's Custom Memory Insoles-which OMG, made the skate feel SOO much softer on your feet. Then I got some 1.5" of Foam that I cut into 2 Rectangles (enough to cover the top of my foot & front shin & ankles. I inserted that on both skates. Then do the lacing, straping, buckle system like normally. Just note it wuz like my feet were on clouds-LOL!! So VERY Comfortable. But I can still feel my foot having some room to move, but for now I have no choice, but to deal with it. Eventually, I'll be going back to my old skates or I'll have to sell these & buy a smaller size. *NOTE: get a half size smaller. I'm not small or petite. I'm 5'9", I wear a 9 in gym shoes. I'm a 9-9.5 dress shoes or sandles. And these skates I bought a 9(just so you can get an idea)*
Also BECAREFUL when you rotate your wheels. The Screw System they use can easily strip. The washers they have that hold the screws are SOO CHEAP. I actually have to go check where I can buy more. I didn't think I turned that hard & messed 4 up already. I swear its one thing after another.
The brakes are worse than my ABT's. The trails I go on, go up & down steep hills, especially some going down straight to the street & thru the forest area's so large things are always on the trail, so I always tend to slow down & these brakes feel like a chincy piece of plastic, where I feel its not even slowing me down. I miss the ABT where I can lean & they brake automatically for me. My brakes were practically still new (never hardly used em') til this year going to these trails.
Seriously Bottom Line:
Besides the annoying tightening system & cheap washers. I think I would enjoyed them more if they were more snuggly fitted. But definately recommend buying Dr.Scholl's Foam insoles to replace or put ontop the original.
I rollerblade 2-3 days a week with the Active 90 women's inline skates. I use them for fun but mostly for fitness. It's a great workout. They are lightweight, fast and comfortable. The only thing I don't like is the lace it's thin and harder pull tiigher.
I would highly recommend them to anyone......
Q: have had my original Rollerblades since 1990. still using them but hard shell has crumbled away. i skate 6+ miles a day on streets. help...too many choices out there. don't know where to begin. i like my old skates with the three pieces that tighten down. they are dinosaurs but i love them
A: The most similarly designed skates to the older models (with the full shell boots) would be one of the Urban skates from Rollerblade. I would recommend checking out the Fusions (X3, X5 and GM 84) and the womens specific Twister 80's. While none of them feature the old three buckle system (not many manufacturers make skates with this any more unfortunately), these provide one of the most snug and similar fits to the older Rollerblade models.