Just like getting the right boots and plates, wheels are very important to a rollerskate dancer. And it will come to no surprise that every skater has his or her own preference when it comes to the perfect wheel. Some say the smoother the better, others say that grip is everything. Of course the surface is also a very important factor..
That's why we are very happy to inform you that from now on we will be able to give you more choice, by adding Komplex wheels to our shop. Komplex is an italian brand, originally specialized in wheels for artistic skating. They have a wide range of wheels in different sizes, hardness and colors.
These wheels are used by some of the finest rhythm skaters that we know: Skate Lisa (UK), Tony Limtiaco (USA) and Sascha Dornhöfer from the Infamous Skating Couple (GE).
The technical specs of these wheels can be a bit confusing since they use different ratings but we can translate the specs for you to usability. And we have some try-out wheels available at Ginger Skates headquarters so let us know if you would like to give them a try. Most of the wheels are quite hard, so they are best used for indoor skating although we are testing out the softest wheels for outside as well.
So what do these gorgeous wheels cost? For example, a set of 8 Ghibli 57 mm wheels is EUR 60,-. The Angel wheels 38a are EUR 42,- for 8. All prices will be listed on our website soon.
- special thanks to Lisa, Tony, Alexandra and Sacha for being expert advisers -
- stay tuned for a wheel review by Linda Groove Flyswagger Rider!
Every year in Munchen all the entrepreneurs in sports gather to give shops and stores an impression of their new gear. This was our second time at ISPO and we noticed a growth in rollerskates from different brands and factories. Although we think it's good that there are more options to choose from, we feel none of these new brands are interesting enough for the rhythm skaters that we cater for. The new brands also seem to focus more on kids skates and lower priced street skates.
In the meanwhile, we got to see and touch, feel and smell the very new Moxi skate and we think it's awesome!
It will come out in the color teal as you can see in this picture.. The biggest difference with the other moxi skates is that it has more support in the ankle and also the rest of the boot feels a lot more sturdy. This makes this new model a very good option for rhythm skaters as well..
Stay tuned for more information about price and availability, and of course pictures!
For more pictures of our trip, see this Facebook album
Hi rhythm skaters!
This is just a short notice to let you know that the shop will be closed in the month of september. We are fulfilling one of our dreams by making a road trip with a camper van from Amsterdam to Barcelona and back.
We will be responding to e-mails but please know it may take a bit longer. So if you need anything, let us know now, since we have limited options to arrange for stuff when we are on the road.
Have a great summer and we hope to meet you in BCN!
Marcel, Esther & Charlie
By the way, if you want us to bring skate gear to Barcelona, let us know in time. Some items that need to come from the US take longer to get here. And provided that we have enough space in the van ;-)
By the way, our rental van will not be as cute as the one in the picture ;-)
We've mentioned it before, finding the perfect laces is not easy! And of course, everyone has a different opinion on what the perfect laces are..
I personally don't like wide laces, since the eyelets of our boots are usually very narrow and the laces get stuck like the blue laces in the pic on the left. So I love a thin lace like the beige one. They fit the eyelets much better then the blue ones.
If more people are interested in thin laces the skaters at Derby Laces might be willing to start a new line, so let's hear your thoughts!
- What is your perfect length? Is 183 cm too long, too short or just right?
- what is your perfect width? In the pic above you see 6 mm (beige) and 9 mm (the blue one). So thin or wide?
- the stripes... yay or nay?
- sparkle, yes please or no thank you?
- do you prefer bright colors or more natural colors?
Please comment below or on FB.
When you decided to invest in some real nice high end rollerskates, it might be worth to spend an extra 85,- euro on the Riedell color lab. That enables you to design your own unique rollerskate!
If you are interested in this, here's some important info to consider before you order:
- the Riedell color lab app lets you design a 172 boot but the color lab is actually available for the rhythm boots nr. 172, 220, 297 and 336.
- at Ginger Skates we have a sample of colors you can choose from (more then you see in the color lab app), feel free to visit us to have a look, and even feel the texture of the samples.
- please know that the colors will look more colorfull once they cover a big piece of the boot, good to take this into account when choosing your colors (personal experience ;-)
- the different materials/colors that you can choose from vary in thickness. The thicker the leather, the more sturdy your boot will become and this may mean some extra breaking in time. For some parts of the boots, like the sides, it is not always recomended to choose the soft suède leather because it will give you less ankle support. Of course for some people this is a good thing, so feel free if this is what you want. However, the 297 boot for example is already a sturdy boot and it will still be sturdy even when you choose suède because this boot is built from multiple layers of high quality leather. The 172 is already a softer boot, so if you use suède, it might become a bit softer in total after breaking in.
- every color lab boot is 100% handmade in the USA. This means that your boot may be slightly different sized then the boot you tried on at Ginger Skates. So unfortunately we cannot guarantee you will get the exact same fit as a regular black boot. The differences will be minimal, but it is good to know this in advance.
- production time will take 5 to 7 weeks but sometimes even longer, depending on how many skates are in production at Riedell color lab.
- because your boot is handmade especially for you, it cannot be returned.
- payment is in advance, but we do offer the option of paying 50% up front and 50% after receiving your boots. Let us know if you want this.
Enjoy your process, and we are happy to think with you, even when your friends or family no longer want to talk to you about it anymore ;-)
WARNING: going for a custom color boot may cause several sleepless nights and endless hours of combining colors before you are ready to choose, and some extremely nervous moments when they've finale arrived ;-) But it is all worth it!!!
Below you will find some pictures of custom boots, the last four custom boots havent been ordered through our shop but through our counterpart Chris Nelson in the USA, posted here as an example of what the color lab can do for you...
What plate should I choose and what are the differences is a question we often get.
Different models, different specifications, different characteristics. It can be hard to choose...
The choice of your plate size really depends on your skills and style, while most dancers prefer a sport setup with a shorter size (1 size down), recreational rollerskaters or beginners are advised to buy longer plates for more stability.
First you need to check your budget, you can spend as much as you like on plates, but considering your skills and style it's not always worth it to buy the most expensive plate.
The kingpin angle should also be considered, because the angle is responsible for the feel of your skate. A small number (10 or 15 degrees) will give you a more traditional feel, faster acceleration and more stability because your weight is considerably more on the kingpins. A bigger angle (the 45 degrees or actually 33 degrees) will give you more maneuverability, and a faster response because your weight is more on the part of the plate that is responsible for turning, but therefore those plates are less stable then others.
Riedell sells the most innovative plate of this moment, the Arius plate. They bought the patent a couple of years ago and started to finetune them in cooperation with a couple of fine skaters from the US: Stop thinking about kingpins and pivots! This is a whole new system. The Arius doesn’t use a traditional adjustable kingpin/trucks set up. Instead, the trucks hinge on a pin and press against the butterfly cushions to provide resistance for the action. There is no twisting and pressing around a kingpin.
This creates a more efficient action, but you loose all suspension. The result is a much lighter plate that's a lot more responsive, there is no dead point compared to a traditional setup.
The only cons I can think of is that changing the butterfly and finding the right durometer (hardness) in the beginning can be a hassle, but definitely not a dealbreaker, and the plate feels a little less comfortable because it has almost no suspension, so you should feel all the imperfections in the floor, although I never heard an Arius skater complain, not even outdoors.
We think it is the best plate you can buy at the moment, every skater who tries the Arius is convinced and doesn't want to go back to skating with a more conventional system.
That having said, almost nothing is more personal than skates, so there are plenty of skaters who feel it just exactly the other way around, so this is only my technical point of view and the opinion of a few clients of ours. And maybe you like a more traditional (oldskool) look and you're happy with a kingpin and pivot, or simply don't want to spend over €300,- on a plate.
If you're trying to decide what plate to buy, we have a few models available in our shop, so stop by at an event or join us at our kitchentable. We love talking about these things! And drinking good coffee in the meantime :-)
(sources: derbysmack/skatelogforum and some of our clients)
Everything about your rollerskates is personal!
You won't find two skaters with the exact same taste.. we all like to be individuals with our own personal style. When it comes to boots, plates, wheels and laces... your choice is unique!
We noticed though, that finding the perfect lace is not easy in The Netherlands. There isn't much to choose from.
Recently one of our customers came up with what might be The Perfect Rollerskate Laces! He pointed us to 'Derby Laces', designed and produced by two rollerderby skaters in Seattle. After some e-mailing with these super friendly skaters, we are now proud to anounce that we are official reseller of Derby Laces. A great addition to your personal style!
There are two product lines: Waxed and Spark. WAXED laces are treated with wax that feels awesome to the touch. They stay tied, tight, and where you want them while skating. SPARK laces are not waxed, but have similar grip and staying power due to their metallic nature.
We think the Spark laces are more suitable for rhythm skates, since they are a little bit less wide then the Waxed laces. But of course we have some waxed pairs available as well.
Join us at the Riffs & Routines rollerskate trainingsweekend and pick your favorite color!
Price: Eur 7,50 per pair.
Length: 72 inch / 183 cm
Thanks for the tip R!
- Ginger Skates raffle at the Riffs and Routines trainingsweekend -
In May 2016, Es Quint is hosting another one of their famous traingsweekends at their venue in The Hague: The Riffs and Routines Rollerskate trainingsweekend.
We are pleased to announce that Ginger Skates is organizing a special raffle for this event and that participants of the event have the chance to win a pair of Riedell all leather 220 boots! (regular boot-only price: EUR 355,-)
Here's how it works:
- tickets for the raffle are EUR 5,- each
- maximum 5 tickets per person
- tickets can be bought at the Ginger Skates stand during the event at regular intervals
- you can pay with cash, and probably with a bank card as well (we're working on that)
- in order to be eligible for the boots you have to be attending the event at least one day
- the draw is on Sunday, early afternoon
- did you win? YES! You can come and fit the 220 boots right there and pick your size
- if you're not there on Sunday, make sure you do a fitting on Saturday so you know your size.
Most importantly: all proceeds will go directly to the Es Quint foundation!!
Spread the word!
To register for the event, click here.
We are thrilled to announce that we are now also proud dealer for the famous Bones bearings!
These bearings are originally designed for skateboarders: Bones Swiss Skateboard Bearings have the best reputation in the skate(-board) industry, and have had this honor for the past 34 years because of their performance and quality. Everyone who rides Swiss knows how fast they are, and most also comment on how long they last, typically several times as long as low cost bearings.
A set of 2 x 8 Bones REDS = eur. 45,-
A set of 2 x 8 Bones Super REDS = eur. 70,-
A set of 2 x 8 Bones Super Swiss = eur. 120,-
As you may already know, Riedell is constantly developing and innovating their products together with their partners.
For 2016 the original red Arius plate (developed by Dan (Kno Limits) Miller, yep, the same guy who developed the Adonis wheels) is even better! If you were afraid you would break the light but strong red plate, now there is the champagn version, wich is even stronger. The toe-stop screw is moved to the front to make sure it is better kept in place and it makes the front of the plate stronger and stiffer.
And for the people who already own an Arius plate and tried to change the butterfly cushions... With the new version of the plate it's easier to change them. The new trucks hold the split butterfly cushions better in place, so there is no need anymore for the extra screws. Yeah! another improvement :-)
On top of the new design, the plate is platinum colored, to match your custom boots even more...
The platinum Arius will be available in your local theater soon!
Oh, and by the way, if you are an original Arius owner, and you want to treat your plate to the new winged trucks, even that is possible. And there is also the option of changing your 8mm axles to 7mm.