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Sizing Guide for Inline Skate Pads



By Steve Kopitz



Wearing pads while inline skating is one of the best things you can do for your confidence, peace of mind as well as protection in the event of a tumble. Here at Inlineskates.com we stock a great selection of inline skating pads for men, women and kids available in all sizes. But what if you don’t know what size you need? Worry not! We are going to go over the sizing of inline skate pads with easy instructions and a sizing chart to follow while sizing. Here we are going to go over the different types of skate pads, how to size them by weight and by style and we will also cover the adjusting of your skate pads once you receive them.

 

Types of skating pads

Sizing skate pads

Properly adjusting pads

Size Chart for Skate Pads

 

 

 

Types of skating pads

 

Knee elbow and wrist pads – Sold in packs or single sets

 

There are three main types of inline skating pads which are knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards. These pads are sold as individual sets for those that just need to buy or replace one type of pad but are also sold in packs. There are two pad packs and three pad packs. Two pad packs come with the knee pads and wrist guards and three pad packs come with knee, wrist and elbow pads.

 

Pads for specific types of skating – Recreational and aggressive

 

Recreational skating pads are going to be great for those skating for fitness or fun. Recreational style skate pads are going to fit more streamline and offer a slimmer fit that won’t get in the way. The design of these pads allow for a snug fit that conforms to the movement of your joints while skating allowing great comfort and protection.

 

 

Aggressive skating pads are going to be bigger and bulkier offering more protection than recreational pads. This extra padding is in place due to the extra risk aggressive skaters put themselves at. You can spot an aggressive skating pad by the oversized plastic cap and thicker padding around the plastic for added protection. Aggressive skate pads are also great for skateboarding.

 

 

Men’s, women’s and kids skate pads

 

There are specific pads for men, women and kids. These pads are going to be designed and shaped to best fit the user they are intended for. Women’s and kid’s skate pads are going to be more streamlined and offer a smaller fit. Men’s skate pads will offer a bit wider and bulkier fit.

 

Sizing skate pads

 

Sizing by weight

 

The easiest way to size inline skating pads is by your weight or the user’s weight for which you are purchasing pads. We offer easy to use and easy to read size charts both on this page and in the size chart section of the site. Here you can easily find your size in skate pads by simply knowing your weight. All you have to do is find your weight in the weight range portion of the chart and match that with the size. For example if you weigh 137 lbs and the range is “125-150 = Medium” you will want to go with the medium sized pads.

 

Pads for men, women and kids

 

Just as there are specific skates made for women, men and kids there are also specially made pads. These pads are going to be designed to fit specific to gender as body shape is different for men, women and kids.

 

Properly adjusting pads

 

It can be just as important to properly adjust a skate pad as it is to properly size it. If you have the correct size knee pad and simply don’t tighten it enough, it could move around on you while skating leaving you susceptible to injury. You will also not want to have the pads too tight as this can cause circulation issues on top of just being uncomfortable.

 

 

Skate pads need to be tightened snug but not to the point they are pinching or hurting in any way. When tightened you should not be able to move the pads up, down, left or right because if you can move them they will most likely move on you while you’re skating. To ensure you have not tightened them too tight make sure to do a few flexes with your legs and arms and make sure there are no pressure points or pinching.

 

Size Chart for Skate Pads

 

Knee Pads

 

Knee Pad Size Weight (lbs.) Weight (kgs)
Small Less than 125 Less than 57
Medium 125 - 150 57 - 68
Large 150 - 180 68 - 82
X-Large 180+ 82+

 

 

 

* Determine user’s weight and locate the corresponding size above.

* Knee pads should not restrict movement of the knee. After receiving product, test the range of motion by bending the leg, watching for restricted movement.


Elbow Pads

 

Elbow Pad Size Weight (lbs.) Weight (kgs)
Small Less than 125 Less than 57
Medium 125 - 150 57 - 68
Large 150 - 180 68 - 82
X-Large 180+ 82+

 

 
 

 

* Determine user’s weight and locate the corresponding size above.

* Elbow pads should not restrict movement of the elbow. After receiving product, test the range of motion by bending the arm at the elbow, watching for restricted movement.


Wrist Guards

 

Wrist Pad Size Hand Circumference (in.) Hand Circumference (cm)
X-Small 7 18
Small 7 - 7.5 18 - 19
Medium 7.5 - 8 19 - 20.5
Large 8 - 9 20.5 - 23
X-Large 9 - 10 23 - 25.5

 


 

 

* Wrist pad size is determined by measuring the circumference of a flat hand at the knuckles.