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Difference between an "Outdoor Skate" and "Indoor Skate"

What exactly makes an indoor skate an indoor skate, or an outdoor skate an outdoor skate? The difference is the wheels!

Outdoor skates feature wheels that are softer than indoor wheels, which offers a smoother roll on rough surfaces such as sidewalks & streets. They absorb more shock when rolling over debris.

Indoor skates feature wheels that are harder than outdoor wheels. A harder wheel will give you a smoother roll on very smooth surfaces like those at skating rinks or derby tracks.

For more information on wheels, see our wheel FAQ