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Welcome to our big Aggressive Skates Test 2022. Here we present all the Aggressive Skates that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.
We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best aggressive skates for you.
You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy aggressive skates.
- 1 Summary
- 2 The Best Aggressive Skates: Our Picks
- 3 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying Aggressive Skates
- 4 Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate aggressive skates
- Aggressive skates are great for stunts and tricks. They are among the most stable and durable inliners around.
- Aggressive skates are equipped with very small wheels. Beginners can learn to ride inline skates well with them.
- Inexpensive aggressive skates cost between 100 and 150 euros, more expensive ones about 300 to 400 euros. Only high-quality materials are used for the absolute top models.
The Best Aggressive Skates: Our Picks
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying Aggressive Skates
When are aggressive skates right for you?
Do you love to grind with your inline skates (meaning sliding along an edge) or to do jumps and turns? Then aggressive skates are just the thing for you! Two types can be distinguished in this “more aggressive” form of inline skating:
In street sk ating, natural objects from your surroundings are turned into obstacles. These can include benches, railings, walls and stairs. There are no limits to your creativity, which is why this type of skating is also called freestyle sk ating.
|Type of inline skating||Description|
|Freestyle skating||In this type of skating, you can turn natural objects in your environment into obstacles. For example, you can perform your tricks on benches, railings, walls or other obstacles. As the name suggests, you are completely free.|
|Stunt skating||In contrast to freestyle skating, stunt skating is practised in artificially created parks. Here you can improve your skating style on different ramps with varying degrees of difficulty.|
Stunt skating takes place in a man-made skate park. There you can try out different ramps with varying degrees of difficulty. A popular action is the so-called Vert Skating. Here, the vertical part of a halfpipe is mainly used to perform tricks.
The inline skater Jürgen Köhler set this record in the tow of a motorbike. He had special skates made for it.
How much do aggressive skates cost?
Models made of high-density plastic with an extremely stable nylon fibre rail are available for as little as 130 euros. Hard-shell skates made of robust plastic are priced in the 200 euro range. Aggressive inline skates made of carbon fibre with an aluminium rail, on the other hand, can easily cost up to 480 euros.
|Models made of high-density plastic with an extremely stable nylon fibre rail||from approx. 130 €|
|Hard-shell skates made of robust plastic||from approx. 200 €|
|Aggressive inline skates made of carbon fibre||approx. 150 – 480 €|
Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate aggressive skates
In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate aggressive skates. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a certain product is suitable for you or not.
In summary, these are:
In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.
The rail is the most important component of your aggressive skate. It determines the feeling when grinding and riding. It determines how good the balance, manoeuvrability and sliding speed are. It also determines the impact behaviour and angle of entry when coming into contact with obstacles.
|Rail designation||Size of the skates||Length of the rail|
The rail of your Aggressive Skate is usually made of robust plastic to withstand the extreme stresses and strains of grinding. High-quality aluminium is also used, but it is more expensive. However, due to the hard impacts, a high degree of material wear must be taken into account.
All Aggressive Skates are equipped with UFS (Universal Frame System) as standard. The big advantage of this feature is that you can replace all components of your inline skates (shoe, wheels, ball bearings). Individual adjustment is also possible thanks to the practical fastening mechanism of the rail.
Many tracks also have a recess between the middle rollers that facilitates grinding. This is the so-called H-block, which is often mistakenly called a groove.
The groove is located centrally on the outside of the sole of the foot and is an indentation that is intended to support stability when grinding, among other things. Exceptions are, for example, rails from Kizer, which have an integrated groove.
The following values can be used as a guideline for the optimal size of your splint:
- Small (size 36-40) = 250 mm
- Medium (size 41-43) = 260 mm
- Large (size 44-47) = 270 mm
There are several ways to connect the rail and wheels of your aggressive skates. Derived from the technical term Rockering, this is an adaptation of the usual flat set-up (rail includes four equally sized wheels).
In an anti-rocker set-up, two identically sized wheels are attached to the outer ends of the rail. These are complemented by two narrow, extra hard grind rollers in the middle.
The grind rollers do not touch the ground, which is one of the main reasons for the reduced running characteristics of the Anti Rocker set-up. This feature becomes an advantage when grinding over obstacles, which runs very smoothly due to the Anti Rocker rollers sliding with it. This combination is the most popular among aggressive skaters.
In this version, the two wheels in the middle are completely omitted. Instead, there are usually resistant plasticplates that are used for grinding. Some freestyle rails are also equipped with a suspension.
A freestyle set-up offers you the largest possible area to grind. Furthermore, it helps beginners in particular to hit landings and railings more easily and to keep their balance.
It’s called freestyle slalom and there are different disciplines. In Berlin, the Berlin Freestyler Crew Slalomplace hosts the biggest event every year with the Inline Games. Every year, 100 skaters from 20 different nations take part.
There are four equally sized wheels on the track. Grindplates are attached to the outside of the two middle wheels. If you are mainly skating in skate parks, this set-up will serve you well.
The reason is the good power transmission. It enables sufficiently high speed and manoeuvrability in the steep sections of the ramps. The relatively large wheels, on the other hand, are more of a hindrance when grinding, because they can block when they come into contact with obstacles.
Tri Rocker Rail
There are three identical rollers on each rail. The remaining axle hole is either empty or fitted with an anti-rocker roller. On the one hand, this makes your aggressive skates relatively fast and agile, but on the other hand, you can still grind. If you prefer speed and want to reduce the risk of jamming wheels, take a look here.
This rail allows you to attach larger wheels. They usually have a diameter of 72 to 80 mm and allow for faster torque.
However, the increased speed comes at the expense of stability. The rail is therefore of limited use for grind tricks. It is more suitable for an aggressive boot that you use for normal cruising.
In contrast to other inline skates, aggressive skates are equipped with much smaller plastic wheels. These are characterised by their special hardness. Beginners, advanced skaters and professionals benefit from the special riding characteristics.
The average wheel size is between 50 and 64 mm. Widely used are 55, 56 and 57 mm wheels. Anti Rocker wheels or Grind wheels, on the other hand, only have a diameter of 40 to 47 mm.
Regular wheels have a hardness of 85 to 95A. The average is 89 to 92A. For grind wheels, this value is 98 to 105A. Aggressive Skates wheels are generally very durable and long-lasting.
Due to their nature, Aggressive Skates wheels have a much better margin of balance than other inline skates. There is less friction on the surface and the wheels glide more easily, resulting in more control and stability. You can shift your centre of gravity more easily without tripping. However, the cushioning is not as effective as with softer wheels.
Such castors are rather unsuitable for covering longer distances. This is due to the increased effort required to move and the comparatively low final speed. Aggressive skates are therefore also well suited for beginners.
The aforementioned stability and control when riding is another plus. For longer distances, however, fitness skates are the better choice. We recommend that you always take a standard 4-pack of wheels with you as a spare. This way, you are well prepared in case something breaks during the heavy use.
Aggressive skates use different types of boots. The focus is on strong protection of the joint and foot. The aim is to absorb the energy of the impact when jumping and grinding.
You can choose between different construction types for aggressive skates. This means the actual upper shoe (boot) without the rail and its components. What you ultimately choose depends on your personal taste and budget.
Hardboot skates without skin
Hardboot skates are robust plastic shells with removable inner shoes . They are particularly stable, but at the same time very simple in construction. This makes it easier to replace the individual components.
In addition to the inner shoe, which is often equipped with a shock absorber, a stable, high cuff is also used. This stabilises the ankle, heel and fibula muscles as an extension of the plastic shell. It can be fixed in the desired position by means of a buckle.
The sole is reinforced by two support frames (soulframes) in the front and rear part. A hardened plastic plate in the middle inner part of the sole completes the construction.
Hardboot skates with skin
The hardboot skate is additionally covered with a fabric or leather skin. This serves to visually enhance the skate, but because of the vulnerability of the material, there is a risk of faster wear and tear.
Carbon is a suitable alternative to plastic shells. Carbon has the great advantage that it does not deform even after long, intensive use and is very light. However, this quality has its price. Hard shells made of carbon cost considerably more than normal plastic shells.
The upper material consists of several layers of fabric on top of each other. This makes the boot lighter and more flexible, but also more susceptible to wear. This is why the construction of modern soft boots is more like that of hard shell skates, where there is a separate inner shoe.
The close-fitting cuff is also fixed here by means of a plastic buckle. Another buckle in the area of the cruciate ligament provides additional support.
These are made of a combination of different materials. Several layers of fabric, plastic and leather are used and carbon is also used. The overall construction is not as bulky as the other boots and is extremely light.
The XSJADO boots are a special case. They are similar in construction to a snowboard boot, which you enter with a special shoe. In contrast to conventional inner shoes, you can walk around in them without any problems.
The skeleton of the boots is again made of plastic or a mix of materials. Three buckles provide the necessary hold. If your feet grow, you can simply replace the boot with a larger model.
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