For full details on skate skill range, please see our Kids Inline Skate Buying Guide
Different skates can be attributed to different skill ranges which is why you’ll see skill range as a searchable feature. Most kid's inline skates will only be offered in beginner, intermediate and sometimes advanced intermediate. You won’t see too many advanced to expert level kid’s skates because at a younger age it’s simply unnecessary, and many of the muscles used to flex a stiffer, higher end skate have yet to fully develop. When choosing a skate skill range, be sure to think of how often your child is skating, what ability level they are at, and what ability level they are aspiring to.
Beginner Intermediate - These skates generally have a composite frame and smaller wheels. These skates will have a smooth roll, lower top end speed and provide maximum control over the skate allowing a newer skater or someone who isn’t totally comfortable on their skates yet to learn and progress to the next level.
Intermediate - These skates will have upgrades in the boot, frame, wheels and bearings over beginner skates. They provide a lot of support without adding weight, they will generally have a larger wheel and a higher grade bearing than beginner skates, this provides a smooth roll and will give the skater a higher top end speed. These are for skaters who are more comfortable on their skates and are progressing to skating longer distances.
Adv. Intermediate - These skates will have an aluminum frame and will have larger wheels that generally fall into the 80mm-90mm range. These skates will provide better energy transfer for the skater. They will also provide a smooth roll and a higher top end speed. Ideal for skaters who are comfortable on their skates and will be skating multiple times a week and starting to cover longer distances.
Advanced - These skates will have an aluminum frame and will have larger wheels that generally fall into the 90mm-100mm range. These skates will provide maximum energy transfer and a high top end speed. Also at this level there are more skates with lower cut boots, these skates will still provide support but the skater will be relying more on their technique than the support of the skate. Skates of this level are designed for skaters who are skating long distances either training or even skating marathons.
Expert - These skates will have an aluminum frame and will have larger wheels that will be 100mm and up. These skates will offer the highest top end speed and the most energy transfer you will find in a skate. These skates will provide support but the skater will be relying mostly on their technique when skating and not the support of the boot. These skates are for skaters who don’t want a limit to how far they can skate, whether its distance training or skating marathons. The skater using these skates is probably on their skates more days than they are not.