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Old January 19th, 2012, 03:54 AM   #1
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Default Good pads for a beginner?

I'm stuck, in what I assume is the age old question of "big safe pads or small less bulky pads".

Do I go with pads like the Triple Eights
http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...413993.4418020 and get the 3 sets (wrist, elbow, knee) for around $60?

Or a full set like
http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...413993.4418020?

Maybe something in between:
http://www.inlinewarehouse.com/FitPGCombo.html

or ProTec line
http://www.inlinewarehouse.com/Prote...page-PSKP.html ?

And then questions like strap vs slip on? Im thinking strap, for when I forget to put the knees on before the skates, which I inevitably will.

any input from those more experienced (at falling) would be appreciated.

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Old January 19th, 2012, 05:00 AM   #2
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What type of skating and in what environment? (ie. fitness/recreational, derby etc. indoors, bike path etc?)

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Old January 19th, 2012, 01:39 PM   #3
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Ahhh...that would be a good bit of info to add, wouldnt it?

I'm going to start off on flat, park trail skating. No traffic, no hills, good surface. (For this I would probably be fine with wrist guards...and my helmet).

Hopefully I'll be able to start skating the urban skate we do in downtown Tampa. That's when I will probably want something more.


Thanks for asking.
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Old January 21st, 2012, 12:51 PM   #4
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For outside, if I wear pads, I use triple 8 knee pads and hired hands wrist guards, and a helmet.

For indoors, a helmet during speed skating practice. Nothing for art practice (solo dance, team, dance and figures)

Sometimes I do use volley ball knee pads, or ballet knee pads.

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Old January 21st, 2012, 10:35 PM   #5
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I got a full set of ProTec. Wrist, elbow, knee, and helmet for that matter. Nice and cushy when you fall. Knee and elbow pads are the strap kind. I did not put a moments thought into it. It is what they had at sports chalet.
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 03:26 AM   #6
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Protec and Triple 8 appear pretty similar in being very protective. Ive had others here in Tampa recommend staying away from the really slim items too. Guess the Triple 8 from Dick's Sporting Goods (where I get a discount) is the way to go.

Thanks for the input
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 06:54 AM   #7
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For this I would probably be fine with wrist guards...and my helmet
oh for heavens sakes, just get the combo pack with wrist, knee & elbow.

The "Rollerblade Lux" set is the coolest (for hot sweaty Tampa in summer) and is available at Sports Authority for around $40.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 03:19 AM   #8
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I spent the morning at a clinic for freestyle skaters, and not a single one. Used any pads of any kind. They we falling all over the place.

Cool to watch.


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The "Rollerblade Lux" set is the coolest (for hot sweaty Tampa in summer) and is available at Sports Authority for around $40.
Yep. As a beginner you are generally better off with less bulk. Most of the accidents you have with the initial type of skating you will be doing are likely to be road rash/grazing or a broken wrist. If you do graduate to a more urban environment, then you could consider upgrading your pads.

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I spent the morning at a clinic for freestyle skaters, and not a single one. Used any pads of any kind. They we falling all over the place.
Cool to watch people falling....LOL.

But seriously, as a skater moves through the skill levels, they will often wear less pads partly because their skill reduces the risk. Agressive skaters are notorious for this, but if you watch 'Barely Dead' their claim is that when they stopped using the pads the flow of their skating was better. I can accept that, but it introduces a massive risk considering what they do on skates.

I assess the risk with every skating activity I do and adjust my padding accordingly. For example:

- Inline hockey....prescribed hockey gear (shin/kness, elbow, gloves, hockey helmet, cup) and I also add a cage for my helmet and light padded shorts.
- Skate park/aggressive...helmet, big knee pads, wrist guards (should probably add elbows now that I am getting old)
- General session at a rink....nada
- Rec/Freeskates on a trail or doing sprint training for hockey....wrist guards.
- Rec/Freeskates in an urban environment...wrist guards, big knee pads

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Old January 23rd, 2012, 09:51 AM   #10
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Also take into consideration your age and any pre-existing conditions such as knee problems etc. I always wear wrist guards, and since being around derby and seeing so many more injuries, I'm a lot more safety conscious. Outdoor skating I wear my helmet, wrist guards and knee pads (my huge chunky ones), at the rink I'm usually in wrist guards and knee gaskets. I have a set of 187 killer pads, but the knee pads are HUGE. I'm like a stick, so I look quite stupid in them, with skinny stick legs and massive knee pads..but, I don't feel a thing if I fall on my knees. But I'm 40, bruise easy, and have dodgy knees. Years ago when I skated, I wore no protection except wrist guards, as my theory was if I fell, my wrists would take most of the impact.
The big knee pads were a hindrance to start with, but I got used to them pretty quick. I did always use the skate packs from sports stores that were inexpensive, but wasn't until I forked out for some proper gear that I realized how rubbish the inexpensive stuff was
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I spent the morning at a clinic for freestyle skaters, and not a single one. Used any pads of any kind. They we falling all over the place.

Cool to watch.


Katy


They we're jumping double axles, loops, flips and working on traveling camels. All at full speed. There was the occational triple in there as well.

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Old January 24th, 2012, 07:20 AM   #12
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Protec and Triple 8 appear pretty similar in being very protective. Ive had others here in Tampa recommend staying away from the really slim items too. Guess the Triple 8 from Dick's Sporting Goods (where I get a discount) is the way to go.

Thanks for the input
What ever pads you get I hope you get better skates soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old January 24th, 2012, 01:00 PM   #13
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The "Rollerblade Lux" set is the coolest (for hot sweaty Tampa in summer) and is available at Sports Authority for around $40.
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Yep. As a beginner you are generally better off with less bulk.
Read these two posts yesterday, and took your advice. Got the Lux set last night. Tried on the Triple 8 set they had there, just for comparison sake, and they were very "clunky" and uncomfortable.


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What ever pads you get I hope you get better skates soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NEVER!! My bright yellow skates w/ training wheels are safe, unique.....and downright sexy!

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