We don’t know about you, but when we see a clear, sunny day in the weather forecast we gear up to get outside and roll. Whether it's skating at the local netball courts, trails, carparks or down the street, you can make your skate sesh so much smoother with some outdoor wheels.
Outdoor roller skate wheels are generally bigger, softer and made of a more squishy urethane compound than indoor or skatepark wheels. You want to be looking for wheels with a nylon hub in the 70-84a hardness range but you can stretch to the 92a end of the hardness spectrum if soft wheels aren’t your jam. The bigger the wheel, the faster you’ll go and the more crunchy stuff you’ll be able to roll over. A lot of outdoor wheels on the market are similar so you don’t need to overthink it, but we’ve gone ahead and put together a list of our faves to make it even easier for you to get rolling.
For most of the RollerFit team, the Radar Energy wheels are the outdoor wheel of choice. They are nice and soft at 78a, lightweight and come in a range of sizes and colours. They have a nice shape for control and quick movement that doesn’t compromise their stability. As a bonus they are also super durable. We love the 57mm for roller dance or skating on smooth outdoor surfaces, 62mm for rougher surfaces and the 65mm for long trail skates.
The Moxi Gummy wheels come standard on the Lolly skates and are a great outdoor wheel option for beginners. They are a little heavier than the Radar Energy wheels, but that’s because they’re wider which is a bonus for beginner skaters looking for stability. The Gummy wheels are 78a making them perfect for a range of surfaces and all kinds of outdoor skating.
Moxi Cosmo Glow
Wheels don’t have to be boring, so Moxi made the Cosmo Glow wheels. These are LED light-up wheels with an 80a hardness rating. They will glide over smooth and rough surfaces alike and their decent height means they aren’t sluggish. If you’ve never had light-up wheels before, there is a magnetic spacer that sits in the wheel hub in between your bearings which makes the wheel light up when it makes contact with your axle.
Chuffed Skates Chiller
If you don’t like big and soft wheels, then a hybrid wheel could be a good choice for you! The Chuffed Chillers are an agile 92a and 58mm wheel so they will serve you well on smoother outdoor surfaces. Not really ideal for long trail skates or a long time spent on rough surfaces, but they will do the job for just about everything else and you won’t have to worry about changing your wheels.
A great option for the skater who never wants to change their wheels, the Moxi Fundaes are another hybrid wheel for the go anywhere and everywhere kind of skater. Whilst they don’t have a hardness rating we think they feel like an early 90’s wheel. So, soft enough to absorb some bumps but not so soft they feel slow and sticky on smoother surfaces. We think hybrids are better for more experienced skaters outdoors because their smaller size and hardness means less absorption of surface vibration and debris, plus they’re much faster.Outdoor skating is a blast and having the right gear makes the experience that much better. You get a dose of Vitamin D, see the sights and feel the breeze as you skate on by. Outdoor wheels are a must-have in your skate kit to absorb all the bumps as you cruise. As always, if you have any skate-related questions drop us a line and we are more than happy to point you in the right direction.