Protection - Buying Advice
Everyone seems to have different views when it comes to wearing protection when skating, at Slick Willies we would strongly recommend using protective gear as you just never know when you will need it. Skate pads or skating pads as they are called usually consist of knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards. A skate helmet is also a very good idea as you only have one head and even the most experienced rider’s fall over. The days of not wearing protection because it is does not look cool are over and you will see professionals around the world wearing pads and helmets.
The skating protection we sell can be worn by Inline Skaters, Roller Skaters, Scooter riders and Skateboarders. The most important thing when buying protection is that it fits well, you don’t want something too tight but also not to loose. Pads and helmets that fill well should always be comfortably tight and so that they do not move around or slip, at the same time they should not constrict movement or the body when riding.
WHAT DO I NEED?
Helmets are very important and should be used by all skaters and scooter riders no matter how experienced the rider is. Helmets must fit securely and should not move around as you nod or turn your head.
SKATING PAD SETS
The best and most cost effective way of buying Skating Protection is to buy a set of pads which usually include Knee, Elbow and Wrist guards.
Knee pads are another important part of skating protection and a particularly useful for beginners. Wearing a knee pad will help absorb impact when you fall and stop nasty cuts and scrapes. To check the pad fits correctly you will need to fasten it onto your knee and then give it a little tug up and down. If the knee pad slides on your leg then chances are it is too loose and not a good fit.
Elbow pads should not be overlooked and should definitely be worn by beginners. Elbow pads should fit in a similar way to knee pads and should not slip up and down the arm.
We would say that wrist guards are one of the most important pieces of protective equipment as when you fall it is a reflex reaction to put your hands out. It doesn’t matter how much experience you have you will always use your hands to break a fall. Wrist guards help to protect against breaks but also help stop cuts and bruises to your palms. When fitting a wrist guard make sure the Velcro lines up correctly and they should be comfortably tight.
If you need to discuss the different types of protection or need help with sizing please just give us a call at the shop and we will be happy to give you all the advise you need.