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Roller Skates 101

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

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

Indoor/Outdoor Roller Skates

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.

There is also a category of wheels called "Hybrid" or Indoor/Outdoor. These wheels are typically around 85A hardness, which is soft enough to skate outdoors and hard enough to skate indoors. These are generally used on more beginner skates. For best performance, we recommend switching your wheels when you move from outdoor skating to indoor skating.

For more information on wheels, see our wheel FAQ.