The Best Inline Speed Skates 2020
What we looked for:
We are looking for an inline speed skating boot that has a good fit, heat moldability, lightweight, good frame mounting connection points, and good quality materials. Speed skating boots, like all shoes, are built around plastic molds. Unlike most footwear, the cuff of a speed skating boot is above your ankle bone and hard carbon fiber is not far away from your foot. There are a ton of inline speed skating boots on Amazon and eBay that will hurt your feet so bad you will make you wish you never bought them. We know because we, unfortunately, tested them. Getting that plastic foot right seems beyond the reach of many skate manufacturers. Some of them have identified that they make painful boots so to compensate, they add more padding. This makes the boot more comfortable but you lose power because the foam is absorbing your power. This is speedskating, after all, we buy speed skates to skate as fast as we can and we don’t want padding absorbing our speeeeed!
#1 Bont JET
The Bont Jet is the world’s most popular speed skate and you don’t have to look too hard to see why. The boot is very comfortable and the last (plastic foot) that it is built around was developed with the use of 10,000 laser scanned feet. The boot is the most heat moldable on the market so you can use a hairdryer or the oven to custom mold it to your feet. The footbed is thin enough for you to feel the road but thick enough to absorb vibrations. The micro-adjustable buckle holds your foot in firm and the boot is made using Bont’s famous one-piece construction that is usually reserved for boots that cost three times as much as the Jet. The frame and bearings are all top-notch and if you want to move to the next level, we recommend upgrading the wheels to a full race wheel such as the Bont Red Magic.
#2 Bont LUNA
The Bont Luna is a new inline speed skate for 2020. It is the cheapest one-piece boot on the market. One-piece boots are usually reserved for custom professional racing boots. Apart from the Bont Jet, you won’t find another one-piece speed skating boot for under $500 for the boot alone. The Bont Luna features a sleek minimalist look with a micro-adjustable buckle, anatomical foot shape, carbon composite base. This boot differs from the Jet in that it has less heat moldability. If you are not planning on putting your boots in the oven and molding them, then get the Luna as this saves some weight in the boot. If you do want a more custom fit and you want to heat mold your boots, go for the Jet. The Luna can be purchased as a complete skate or you can buy the other components from other brands as they are all interchangeable. On the Bont website, you can select the frame, wheels, and bearings that suit your budget. The higher-spec frames are stiffer and made with more expensive materials. The more expensive inline speed skating bearings have more precise balls and the higher-priced wheels have better urethane and you move up from Chinese Urethane to urethane that is made in USA. We also cover inline speedskating wheels and bearings on this site.
#3 Powerslide PS ONE 110
The Powerslide PS ONE 110 has a good foot shape and support from its carbon fiber base. This inline speed skating boot uses an industry-standard mounting where you can upgrade the frame from another brand if you wish unlike some of the new Powerslide racing boots that are using their proprietary mounting system which offers less flexibility when you want to upgrade your inline speed skating frame. In my opinion, the Powerslide frame is what lets this package down. The side cutouts are too large which creates too much flex. If you like this boot, I would consider purchasing an inline speed skating frame from another supplier. The wheels and bearings are all high quality on this skate but I would consider upgrading the wheels to Matter G13 wheels which are a proven race wheel.
#4 Rollerblade POWERBLADE ELITE 125
The Rollerblade Powerblade Elite 125 is much better value inline speed skate than the Rollerblade pro 125. The Elite is around $300 cheaper. This is a great looking skate but it is not a professional level skate. It’s a skate that looks good and works well but it’s more suited to training than inline speed skating. The boot has a two-piece carbon composite shell that is well made. The padding also feels supportive and not too soft. The frame and wheels are on the low end of what’s available in the market but there are better options available. Going into more detail, the frame feels flimsy at high speeds and while the graphics are nice, the axles and the finishing on the frame feel low budget. The wheels are the worst part of the package. They feel slow and lack rebound. I recommend upgrading the wheels as soon as they wear out.
#5 Bont VAYPOR
If money is no option or you are the type of person who wants the best of the best, then the Bont Vaypor Supercell 125mm inline speed skate is the skate for you. The boot is made by hand with the best unidirectional carbon fiber. Each layer is hand-laid in different directions for maximum strength. The carbon is finished with a matte dry carbon final coat and the resin is the most heat moldable on the market. The padding is closed cell so it does not absorb sweat and the outer skin is made of a material called Durolite which is a high-end Japanese material that is extremely lightweight and has more stretch and durability than leather. The boot has layers of anti-stretch material between the carbon and the liner so it will not stretch over time. Even the laces are made from non-stretch material so you don’t have to tie your laces after warming up. It has multiple loops and Velcro to hold the tongue of the boot in place so it doesn’t move. The boot has air ventilation in the toe which has been proven by the UK Olympic cycling team to improve performance. The bearings are made by Jesa of Switzerland and they are the only racing bearing where the inner race is polished in both directions. The bearing is made from high tensile steel which doesn’t warp at high speeds. The wheels are made by MPC in USA on Bont’s aluminum hub and they have won more world championships marathons than any other inline speed skating wheel. The frame is called Supercell and it is Bont’s new 2020 100% carbon fiber inline racing frame. This is an unbeatable package if you want the best skate money can buy. It is also available in custom made.