hi everyone today we're going to talk about wheels and the different characteristics that wheels can have which will affect your outdoor skating experience now there's three different characteristics of a wheel that you want to be looking at when you are purchasing a pair of outdoor wheels and that's the durometer the height and the width of your wheel and depending on what that durometer height and width is on the set that you choose to purchase it's going to affect your skating experience in different ways so what I'm going to do first is explain each of these characteristics and then I'm going to show you some of the outdoor wheels that I have and their qualities and we'll talk about how how they affect your rolling experience so the first thing that I want to talk about is your durometer and your durometer start at 78 a which is a very soft wheel these are ideal for outdoor skating they tend to give you a slower roll but they also give you a smooth ride over very rough surfaces they are perfect for outdoor skating this to wait for this motorbike to go by we're okay the higher the durometer the hardness is very hard they roll very fast and they're best used on smooth grippy surfaces not ideal for outdoor skating whatsoever so this is an example of a 78 it's kind of hard to capture on camera but when you give them a bit of a squeeze there is a definite gumminess to them so you can see how little rocks and twigs and debris will get kicked out from under under them when you're rolling outside the other characteristic that I want to talk about or the next one is the height now Heights can range from fifty eight millimeters which is this little guy right here all the way up to 70 millimeters which is this guy right here and when I just put them down side by side you can see the difference in height the higher the wheel the faster roll you will get but you will also be less stable because you are higher off the ground so if you're going to go as high as 70 you want to make sure you know what you're doing and maybe a bit more of an experienced skate skater on the lower end of that is the 58 millimeter these are more stable and because they don't have a lot of height they have a slower roll out which allows you to stay a bit more in control when you're starting skater so we're gonna look at some of the heights in between these two in a little bit the last criteria that I want to talk about is the width now when you're dealing with width the narrower of the wheel so 32 millimeters the less stable it is but it also gives you more agility and the ability to move around a bit more because they're lighter in weight now I believe these are a 32 and then just in comparison here this one is a forty-two so almost a full centimeters difference here between these two the wider the wheel the more stable you are but when you're getting into the this size here which is the 42 they can start to feel a little bit more clunky and they're also very heavy so again this wheel is more for an advanced skater but we're gonna look at some widths that are in between and you can see the difference here in the width and put this down when I hold them up side by side there so you can see how this one would give you a little bit more agility and the ability to move around whereas this one is a bit more clunky '''l to stick out quite far from your skate all right so what I'm going to do next is we're going to talk about each of these individual wheels and their different characteristics and how you can use those characteristics to kind of get an idea of how the wheel will respond when you are skating outside okay so the first wheel that we're going to look at in terms of their individual characteristics is this wheel here which I believe was made by sure-grip but I'm not exactly sure of the specific brand similar characteristics it's also my real roller which is a very fun light-up wheel I don't know if it'll work for me I can't really get it on camera but you know they look pretty awesome when you're skating in the dark so these skates are have a durometer of seventy eight eight which means that they're a very soft wheel and excellent for outdoor skating the height is 58 millimeters so that's not very tall which means that this wheel will give more stability because you're lower to the ground it's also a slower wheel because of its its lack in height the width is 32 millimeters now the characteristics of 32 millimeters means that it's less stable and more agile but when you the narrow wheel with the short height you actually do get a good level of control for a beginner skater so if you're looking for a wheel that's agile but still has a level of stability to it this size is a really nice one for a beginning skater the second wheel that I want to talk about is the poison brand now this one is the atom poison alloy but there is also a similar brand that has a plastic hub instead of this aluminum hub the characteristics of this wheel is 84 a so it's a little bit higher than what the standard outdoor wheel is its height is 62 millimetres and its width is 38 millimeters now this wheel I would call a really nice middle-of-the-road wheel because it's durometer is higher this allows you to wear it indoors and outdoors so it's often referred to as a hybrid wheel its height is 62 which is a really nice middle of the road it's not too high it's not too low so you get a really nice mixture of stability and rollout for a beginner skater then the width is a 38 millimeter so it's not the widest it's not the narrowest again it's just right now my kids actually use these wheels and they have skated on them outside but they also really like using them indoors on slippery surfaces in arenas so if you're interested in a hybrid wheel that you can use on multiple surfaces this is a really good option the next wheel is actually my personal favorite wheel when skating outside and it is the radar pure this one is 78 for durometer which means it's very soft and perfect for outside it's height is 66 millimeters so it is getting up there in but it has a really nice fast rollout because I do like to skate pretty fast on paths and it makes skating faster effortless because of this height the width is 38 millimeters so again it's kind of in the middle of the road not too narrow so I don't lose control but it's not too wide so they feel clunky so this is a really nice combination wheel and one of my favorites and it has a really good combination of width and height to get the really experience that I want the final wheel is the Crypt onyx now I bought these when they were on sale and I thought I was getting a really good deal but I'm kind of regretting this purchase this is a very large wheel when you compare it in width to the radar so it's sticking out that much more or the height I mean I know the width there we go it's kind of hard to see and just those few millimeters makes a huge difference in my skating experience yes the width makes them very very stable but I feel at this point they're on the verge of clunky and when you mix clunkiness to its height of 70 millimeters you have a little bit of instability so I rarely roll on these under any circumstances I will put them on but I'm definitely not going to go my top speed like I do on my radar peers because I feel very unstable due to their weight and their clunkiness and how much higher they are off the ground in comparison to my radar peers so when you are purchasing your own outdoor wheels make sure you are looking at your durometer you want it very soft your height you wanted a good height to keep you stable and your width you want it to be wide enough to give you that mixture of stability and agility if you have any questions please feel free to visit my facebook page learn to roller-skate YQL and make sure to like our group in order to join three roller skating lessons better starting in leverage on July 7th that's all the time thanks for 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Outdoor Wheels and How They Roll

25 thoughts on “Outdoor Wheels and How They Roll

  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Thank you for posting. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am looking to purchase outdoor wheels which are new to me.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Best video ever on wheels, thank you so much!!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    You did a wonderful job on this tutorial!! Thank you for the information!!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    What would be good specifications for indoor wheels for a fast and experienced skater?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Who clicked on this and thought it was for skateboarding

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Those radar pure wheels were discontinued by the manufacturer.. do you have any recommendations on something similar?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    hello martina i bought some skate quake wheels 59mm/38mm to skate outside with my roller quad is it good ??

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Nice selection of wheels! I have been considering going to the Route 70mm wheel but you may have talked me out of that. I'm a little worried about smacking the wheels together of both skates causing a crash. I currently roll on Radar Energy wheels for commuting in the city and distance skating on Rail-Trails. They are relatively narrow 32mm, 78a, 62mm tall. They work really well for me so now I will just stick with them. Thanks for helping me not waste money! Next time you replace your 62mm wheels you should try them. They also grip really well on wet streets. Cheers!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    A+++ 4 U YOU are GREAT on explaining in very detailed about the roller skate wheels. Thank U ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    What outdoor roller skate product would you recommend?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Awesome awesome awesome video! I'm 42 & just getting back into skating but I've only done indoor! I've been looking into outdoor skating & which wheel I should get, glad I found this video…. idk if you have a video about bearings I'll take a look thru ur videos… if not can you do one on metal vs ceramic indoor/outdoor etc

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Oml love your video!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Super helpful video. Thank you. clear and direct.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Hey, thanks a lot. Brilliant lesson. Iโ€™m really tossing around the idea of getting a pair again and I was a bit confused and curious. Itโ€™s been awhile. Lol! I might be a little old for this.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Great video thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Šโคโคโค๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Thank you!!! Iโ€™m new to skating and I needed the difference between wheels๐Ÿ˜‚

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    I have been researching this for weeks and no other website, reddit, store, or youtube video has explained this even half as well as you. THANK YOU so much!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    this is super helpful thanks

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Can I still skate outside with wheels with a durometer of 84? In a beginner. The wheels Iโ€™m using are https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B073SFV6MY/ref=mp_s_a_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1524524492&sr=8-5&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=outdoor%2Broller%2Bskate%2Bwheels&dpPl=1&dpID=61ivhKK9l7L&ref=plSrch&th=1&psc=1

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Congratulations! You have made THE single most helpful YouTube video explaining outdoor skate wheels. Thank you so much.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Awesome, thank you so much!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Great video. I am a beginner, my question is what would be recommended for a heavier skater?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Great video! It seems I was lucky when I chose these skates then: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/232664813594 I'm a beginner.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Woooowwww! Thank you so much! I recently moved overseas and I only have an outdoor skate park to work with so this helps so much!

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