What is Speed Skating?
There are four types of speed skating. Two on ice and two on wheels. Short track and long track speed skating are the two forms of ice speed skating and both are Olympic sports. Quad roller speed skating and inline speed skating are the two types of speed skating performed on wheels. The fastest form of speed skating is inline speed skating which can reach 68 miles per hour / 110 kilometers per hour.
Speed skating is quite a small sport so the level of engineering and quality of the products can be quite low compared to other sports. Many boots are produced in backyard workshops. It is important to purchase from a reputable manufacturer. Skates can be purchased as a full set or most manufacturers produce components that work together with other manufacturers' skates. An inline speed skate has four parts which are the boot, the wheel, the bearing and the frame which connects them all together. Quad speed skates have the same parts as inline speed skates apart from the plate is used to connect the boots, wheels, and bearings. Ice speed skates are made up of a boot and a blade.
Best Inline Skates 2020
On the pages below you will find our personal favorite skates of 2020.