Moxi Rainbow Quad Roller Skates Review + How to Choose Roller Skates | AD
I’ve not done any kind of skating since I was a teenager (and then it was mainly ice-skating which I did love), so I’m excited to have a pair of Moxi Rainbow Quad Roller Skates from SkateHut to get me skating again – in a new for way for me.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Moxi Rainbow Quad Roller Skates is how gorgeous they are! You can’t miss the stunning rainbow design and bright colours. I have the yellow ones, but they are also available in Black and Pink which are both also very beautiful.
The fun, retro design is wonderful, but these skates are also comfortable, supportive and great quality. The Moxi Rainbow Quad Roller Skates are designed for beginner recreational skaters who are looking for comfortable outdoor roller skates that will not break the bank.
These quad roller skates feature a boot made from vinyl uppers with a padded, soft foam-backed lining, ankle padding and a curved collar for support and comfort. The heel is raised, and the PVC outsoles are durable and low-maintenance. The boot is attached to a sturdy die-cast aluminium plate with soft 58mm/82A outdoor wheels and ABEC-5 bearings, complete with an adjustable PowerDyne toe stop.
I got these skates in my usual size and can confirm that they are true to size. They fit comfortably – they are snug but still have plenty of space for toe movements. They feel great on my feet, and I can’t wait to get out more and work on my skating skills!
Moxi skates are made with high-quality materials and craftmanship to ensure durability and longevity which is important to me. The top is made from strong materials and the wheels and bearings are high-quality too and offer a smooth and effortless glide with the perfect balance between grip and manoeuvrability. I’m really happy to have a pair of Moxi skates for my first roller skates as a grown-up!
How to Choose Roller Skates
I thought it would be good to include a quick roller skate buying guide in this review too, in case you are looking to buy roller skates for you or child skates for your little ones.
The first thing to consider when choosing adult skates and kids skates is the boot construction. The boot is such an important aspect to consider as it serves as the foundation for the whole skating experience. The right kind of boot will provide you with support and ankle stability as well as the comfort that will let you enjoy skating.
Look for boots made from durable and supportive materials and pay attention to the shape and the details of the boot. Padding and cushioning in all the right places will ensure comfort and reduce the risk of blisters.
When I chose the Moxi skates above, I compared the boot design to the kind of shoes and boots I like to wear normally. Most people have a kind of shoe shape that works well for them, and this can be useful to consider when choosing adult roller skates or children skates too. The material was an important aspect for me as I wanted a durable option that would work outdoors as well as in indoor skating rinks.
The wheels are an important aspect to consider as well. You need to know what your skating environment will be to choose wheels with the right characteristics to maximise both performance and enjoyment. For smooth, polished and maintained surfaces, like the ones you can find in indoor skating rinks, softer wheels that have a higher grip are the best choice (between 78A and 85A). These will provide better traction and manoeuvrability, so that you can enjoy making sharp turns, stop with easy, and even dance!
For outdoor skating, you need harder wheels that can withstand rougher terrains. When skating on asphalt or concrete, harder wheels (between 82A to 100A) will provide durability and a smooth ride even on uneven surfaces, cracks, and bumps, allowing you to stay stable and fast.
The size of the wheel should also be considered. Larger wheels will provide better speed and momentum so are great for speed or long-distance skating while smaller wheels offer better manoeuvrability which is important for dancing on your skates or for roller derby.
Next, it’s time to consider the roller skate bearings. They play a vital role in how your wheels roll and whether this is a smooth and efficient experience. Prioritise high-quality bearings when shopping for new roller skates. Look for the ABEC rating which is a standardised system to measure precision and smoothness of bearings. The higher the rating, the better. Aim for at least an ABEC-5 rating. Also consider the bearing material and lubrication. Steel or ceramic are the materials generally used. Steel is the most common and offers reliable performance, while ceramic is more durable and reduces friction which results in a smoother roll. Lubricate your bearings regularly to keep them in tip-top condition.