The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Inline Hockey Skates: Part Two

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Inline Hockey Skates Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome back to our Ultimate Guide to Choosing Inline Hockey Skates! We hope Part One provided the information necessary to decide on your next pair of hockey skates. But there’s still more to consider before you buy, so in this post, we will address questions we often get from customers.

How Do You Choose the Right Size of Roller Skates?

When choosing your size of inline hockey skates, look for ones that fit snugly but still allow flexibility in your foot movement.

If possible, try them on with the socks you plan to play in ahead of time to ensure a comfortable fit. Your heel should be held securely in the back of the boot, and your feet should have a bit of space between your toes and the front of the skate.

If you are buying online, use a sizing chart to help ensure that you select the correct size for your feet.

Always go for a half size up if you're unsure, swap between sizes to give yourself extra room, or buy skates from Xino Sports, which can be adjusted up to four sizes!

Xino Sports sizing chart for ice skates, inline hockey skates and roller skates

How Do You Clean The Skates?

Cleaning your skates is essential for their longevity, durability, and performance.

  • Start by removing dirt or debris from the wheels and frame with an old toothbrush or similar stiff-bristled tool.

  • Then, wipe down all surfaces with warm water, mild soap, or specialized skate cleaner.

  • Allow them to air dry before putting them away.

  • It is also important to regularly oil your bearings and wheels to reduce friction and ensure they run smoothly. Ensure you don’t over-oil, as this can attract dirt and dust!


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What Are the Benefits of Inline Hockey Skates?

Inline skates offer several benefits for recreational and competitive players, depending on the age group.

  • One major benefit is the increased speed from having four or more wheels arranged in a single line instead of two or three in a triangular pattern, like with other skates. This makes them ideal for skating long distances at high speeds.

  • Inline skates also provide better stability due to their design which helps build confidence while learning to skate.

  • Finally, these skates offer more control and agility, making them perfect for mastering tricks when playing inline hockey.

Finally, ensure your comfort and safety using your roller hockey skates by wearing the correct protective gear and following all rink rules.

With the right care and maintenance, your online hockey skates will last a lifetime! Finally, enjoy every moment with your new pair of skates. Have fun!

Can You Play Hockey with Rollerblades?

Yes, you can play hockey with rollerblades! Rollerblade hockey is a variant of the game that is played on hard or soft surfaces using roller hockey skates instead of ice skates.

The rules and equipment are similar to those used in traditional hockey, but there are some differences, such as a larger shooting area. So if you're looking for an alternative way to enjoy the thrill and excitement of playing hockey, consider these options before trying rollerblade hockey!

Can Inline Skates Be Used for Outdoor Skating?

Yes, these skates can be used for outdoor skating. However, they may not provide as much stability as traditional quad roller skates due to their design and size.

Inline skates are well suited for smooth surfaces like paved roads and sidewalks but may not provide the same traction on rough or uneven terrain. It is best to stick to smoother surfaces when using the skates outdoors.

Additionally, wear protective gear such as a helmet, wrist guards, and elbow pads when trying out any outdoor skating activities!

No matter your skill level or experience level with skates, it is important to have the right fit and equipment quality.


How Do You Turn Inline Hockey Skates Into Roller Skates?

It is possible to turn hockey skates into rollerblades by purchasing a conversion kit that includes wheels, axles, bearings, and mounting hardware. Selecting the right wheel size for your skates is important to ensure proper fitment and performance.

Or make it much easier by buying the inline combo skates from Xino Sports, which include an inline skate frame and a roller skate frame, an interchangeable combo!

Installing the new wheel set is usually as simple as unscrewing the original frame from the boot and replacing them with the other frame.

Once installed, it's a good idea to take your newly converted skates for a test ride on a flat surface before heading out onto more challenging terrain! Happy rolling!

What Is Roller Hockey Skates Called?

Roller skate hockey is a variant of hockey played on hard or soft surfaces using regular skates instead of ice skates. It is sometimes called rollerblade hockey, inline hockey, or street hockey.

The rules and equipment used in roller skate hockey are largely similar to those used in traditional ice hockey, but there are some differences, such as no icing and allowing a larger shooting area.

Roller skate hockey can be an exciting alternative way to enjoy the thrill and excitement of playing the game!

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What Other Skate Sports Can I Play with Inline Hockey Skates?

These skates are also suitable for playing other roller sports, such as rink hockey, aggressive skating, speed skating, and freestyle slalom skating, depending on the age group.

Depending on the terrain you’ll be skating on, purchasing wheels specifically designed for each sport or upgrading your existing ones may be necessary. With research, practice, and the right equipment, you can explore all these exciting sports with your skates!

What Is Freestyle Slalom Skating?

Freestyle slalom skating is a fast-paced discipline combining elements of freestyle and slalom. It involves navigating through cones in an S-shape pattern, jumping over obstacles, turning, and performing tricks off ramps or rails.

The main goals are to stay on the course while showing creativity and style by incorporating spins, slides, flips, grinds, and other tricks. This sport requires speed, agility, and technical ability for success!

These skates are ideal for freestyle slalom skating due to their light weight, low profile design, and flexibility which all contribute to their maneuverability and control.

If you’re looking for an adrenaline-filled activity with your skates, freestyle slalom skating is worth checking out!

With the right care and maintenance of your hockey skates, you can be sure to enjoy playing various skate sports for years to come. Regularly check for signs of wear and tear, such as loose screws or worn-out wheels.


How Do You Skate With Roller Hockey Skates?

Skating with roller hockey is similar to skating with traditional ice hockey skates. However, there are a few key differences.

  • First, as inline skates are larger and heavier than ice skates, keeping your weight centered over the middle of the blade rather than at the toes or heels is important.

  • Second, skate in short bursts rather than long strides when pushing off. This will help you maintain balance and speed more easily.

  • Lastly, always remember to practice proper stopping techniques, such as t-stops and heel brakes, so you can come to a safe stop while playing!

What Other Accessories Do I Need for Inline Hockey?

In addition to protective gear, several essential performance accessories are needed for participating in inline hockey, such as:

  • Pucks,

  • Sticks,

  • Goals,

  • Goalie equipment,

  • Face masks,

  • Referee equipment.

Enough room for the game is also important, as inline hockey can require significant space. If you plan on playing in an enclosed area, it is best to mark off a rink with tape or chalk to ensure that all players remain within the boundaries.

With the right accessories and preparation, you can look forward to having an enjoyable time playing inline hockey!


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What Are Some Tips for Safe Skating When Using Roller Hockey Skates?

Always wear protective gear such as helmets, elbow pads, wrist guards, back protection, and knee pads when skating with roller hockey skates.

Additionally, inspect your equipment regularly for any signs of damage or wear and tear before using it. When skating, keep your weight centered over the middle of the blade and push off in short bursts rather than long strides for better balance and speed.

Lastly, always practice proper stopping techniques such as t-stops or heel brakes to ensure you can come to a safe stop while playing! These tips allow you to have fun and stay safe when roller hockey skating!


Roller hockey skates can be an exciting way to enjoy outdoor activities! They can also be used for other roller sports, such as rink hockey, aggressive skating, speed skating, and freestyle slalom skating.

Players must wear more protection, such as helmets, elbow pads, wrist guards, and knee pads, when playing skate sports. Also, ensure that your skates are inspected and maintained for any signs of damage or wear and tear.

You can enjoy playing with skates for years with the right care!

Happy skating!


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