hey skiers Jeff from ski essentials calm and we're here to do a different style review than we've been doing thus far we've done a lot of twenty20 ski reviews I know you guys are excited about ski is coming out next year but we're just about to end the month of May I'm really getting into some nice warm weather here in Vermont and around the rest of the country in the northern hemisphere as well so we're kind of changing changing paces a little bit as far as you know the activities that we're doing on a daily basis and and kind of what we're what we're thinking about on daily basis so still lots going on around here about skis and we'll still be rolling out 2020 ski reviews the rest of the summer I'm working hard compiling all the data from our 2020 ski test as well so plenty of skiing related stuff going on but we thought we would work in a couple rollerblade reviews as well you may have noticed that we're a rollerblade dealer we picked up the brand a few years ago there's really rollerblade has a company and inline skating or rollerblading as a sport is kind of making a comeback here you know very popular back in the 90s I was a child of the 90s so to speak age 4 to 14 which we were talking about the other day so I was you know I was introduced to rollerblading at a young age and it's definitely it's definitely making a comeback the equipment's a lot better now so we're gonna take a look at one particular model of rollerblade skates today talk a little bit about them who they're best for what you can do with them how rollerblading benefits skiing and then I'll show you some other skates as well and kind of touch on them quickly we'll probably end up doing at least three of these probably not much more than four or five rollerblade reviews so keep an eye out if you want to check back and see see other skates and in the meantime definitely let us know if you have an questions once I'm done so this skate right here is the rollerblade twister edge a couple different variations of this skate this is the twister edge X which is really just a limited a different graphic limited edition graphic excuse me over to my right these are also a twister edge skates this is the men's colorway and that purple one next to it is the women's colorway all three are the same and we have all three available on ski essentials comm so you can kind of you know pick which color you like best and and rest assured that the performance of the skate is going to be the same so we'll talk a little bit about just the skate itself before we get into performance probably the first thing you'll notice when you take these out of the box and just hold them in your hand is the just general level of quality as a you know opposed to roller blades of the past or inline skates of the past these feel just really really high quality in your hand really rugged plastic on this this upper boot and this is a full hardshell boot which is something that we're going to talk about when we get to performance but really rugged plastic the lacing system is you know pretty basic but proven to work it's it's just a simple lacing system that you tie it's got kind of this 45 degree strap which is really helping you keep yourself back in the heel pocket very much like a ski boot kind of the third buckle of a ski boot or if you're thinking Cabrio boots it's very similar to a three-piece Cabrio boot you just don't get a plastic tongue and then there's this top portion of the boot top buckle basically helping close it around your leg the liner itself I'm not going to pull it out right now but it isn't a nice liner there's nothing like super crazy about it but it is a very high-quality liner it's again another thing that you just kind of noticed once you once you have them in your hand if you pull the liner out you're like whoa that's a that's a really nice liner again kind of looks similar to a ski boot liner and then the wheels and the frames frames are aluminum now they're extruded aluminum which if you know if you were to put these next escape from the 90s with with plastic frames it's like a world of difference spaces the wheels out really well – these are for 80 millimeter wheels and we're gonna talk about wheel size in a little bit but I really like this feel the 480 millimeter wheels and it's just a really really clean looking design really really good-looking skate overall I want to talk a little bit about fit before we go into performance you know if you're if you're used to ski boot fit which most of you probably are you're going to or you may want to kind of look at sizing and and just carry your ski boot size over I would not recommend doing that so for example I've been skiing for years now and 24.5 ski boot a downside is probably 10 years ago from a twenty five five and they're really really tight but they give me the performance I need sometimes need to do some custom work to them to make them fit but realistically I am a twenty four or five ski boot or a twenty four ski boot this is actually a twenty six point O in mondo size or centimeter size which comes out to a US size eight which is also interesting a lot of my casual shoes are size eight I've run in seven and a half and my mountain bike shoes are seven and a half so kind of my performance oriented shoes are typically seven and a half my street she was eight and I find these fit me best I probably could go down a size if I wanted to but I don't think there would be any benefit I don't have an excessive amount of toe room in this skate so that's my advice for sizing is go off your kind of casual shoe size and I think you're gonna find that's that's what works bad I'm definitely let us know if you have any questions about sizing a quick note on hardshell boots you know it is like a ski boot so you have that hard external shell these fit not super narrow but a little bit narrow I got a little bit of not pain but kind of a hot spot on my navicular when I was skating this skate and I think you know ultimately what I would do and what I will do because I'm planning on getting a pair of these for myself is punch out that spot I'm just like you would with a ski boot so just do a quick little punch you can stretch this plastic just like you would with a ski boot you can grind it – I typically prefer stretching for my navicular if I need to so something to think about there and I guess I'll bring up softshell boots real quick if you're not super serious about rollerblading your inline skating or the sport in general and you're not like really driven by performance they're going to be soft shell boots that definitely will never require any kind of customization and they fit and just really really comfortably off the bat and they still perform really really well so that might be a better choice for you but I'll show you some of that some of those when we get to the end of this review performance itself let's just go right into performance I skated quite a bit when I was younger so I feel pretty comfortable on skates tried a bunch of different rollerblades in our we did a little test day recently and we have a bunch of test pairs kind of kicking around the office so I skated some of their bigger three-wheeled skates which I have some that I can show you at the end and then I skated these towards the end of the day and for me this was perfect rollerblade skate to ski program is really interesting I would definitely check it out if you're if you're interested in kind of the cross-training you know doing some rollerblading or inline skating in the summer to keep your balance up keep your fitness up you similar muscle groups as skiing so for that I really really really like this feel which kind of makes sense because I ski a lot of like not necessarily true center mounted skis but pretty close to center mounted skis kind of have a freestyle background and this skate gave me a similar feel lower lower center of gravity than the bigger wheels I will say that the bigger wheels roll over obstacles noticeably easier so I skated quite a few 110 millimeter wheels which is quite a bit bigger than that I'll actually grab a pair to show you right now this is a three wheel 110 millimeter skate which we have available on on ski essentials as well so you can see the difference between the two these big wheels do roll over things a little bit easier than the than the four wheels but what's nice about these four wheels is it keeps your center of gravity lower and you actually have kind of like a longer wheelbase or a longer effective edge if you want to get into ski terms and then kind of cross over from ski terms so I really like the four wheels I think they carve a little bit better than the than the three wheel especially right off the bat we were talking to our rep the rollerblade rep and eventually those three wheel skates kind of wear into more of a rockered shape so the front and rear wheels wear quicker than the center wheel which helps that carving but these have just a really instinctual feel when when you're kind of carving turns really really fun skate overall I kind of like to you know as a kid I like to skate skate parks and jump off of stuff and that's another thing I feel with the twister edges is that I can I'm not nearly as it as brave as I used to be but I can still kind of jump off some curbs here and there do a little one eighties stuff like that just just a really fun skate I thought it had a really really for me personally it had a perfect mix of of being playful but also a skate that I could go out and and do some distance on just for a fitness workout cardiovascular workout these actually fall in the kind of free skate urban category for rollerblade so a lot of urban commuters are using these but I think they cross over between a ton of different rollerblading disciplines so that was really fun I did find that this was the stiffest boot out of everything that we tried so I'm going to show you some other skates now and and we'll kind of talk about how how those differ from from the twister edge here so we've got those three twister edges like I talked about at first the first thing I want to talk about is maximum 90 at first glance these are pretty darn similar and this skate was actually specifically designed for their skate to ski program so you actually get 90 millimeter wheels on these you have four 90 millimeter wheels so you get that same carving benefit that we talked about but a little bit easier rolling less rolling resistance than the smaller wheels these have a slightly softer flex to especially in that upper cuff area so allows for easier ankle flexion so kind of personal preference there and this is a skate that we are going to do a full review of we kind of took a quick look at the 110 similar thing this is a full hard boot slightly different shell design than the twister slightly different than the maximum as well but same idea here you get the same responsiveness and support out of that plastic shell as you do with these other skates again a little bit less nimble with the three wheel but they roll super fast so if you're really looking to put distance down this is a great great choice and then for those of you say you're you're like and everything I'm saying but you're not quite convinced that it's something that you're going to devote a ton of time to or you're not really looking for that upper tier of performance rollerblade has some really really nice soft booth options as well this is the zetrablade which is probably the best value of anything they sell or or anything we have on ski essentials pretty straightforward skate but still really high-quality components you know you don't get the aluminum frame like we saw this is a plastic frame but for people that just want to get out and have fun these are fantastic quite a lot of people on our staff are getting the zetrablade just because they want to have something that's easy they know that's gonna be comfortable and fit easy and just get out and skate around and have some fun great choice and then this kind of steps up the performance a little bit this is the macroblade 84 different wheel size options with this and I will mention now that with these skates you do have the option to swap around frames I'm say you got this skate and then down the road you want to try the three wheel setup you could swap a three wheel three wheel frame onto that boot but on the macroblade you were back to an aluminum frame slightly different design than what we see in the other skates but it is aluminum but again a softshell boot that's gonna fit really easily really comfortably this was the first skate that I skated during our kind of day-long test recently and I I was psyched I had so much fun on these it was comfortable it was really easy to put on I did notice a step-up in performance when I started getting to the hardshell boots and and the different wheel setups and stuff like that but macroblade ad is great and this is likely one that we'll do a full review of as well so that's it that's the twister edge I'm not going to talk anymore I think we we went over quite a bit of stuff let us know if you have any questions maybe rollerblading is brand new to you maybe you haven't done it and like 20 years and you're unfamiliar with the new equipment and you just just have questions for us whatever it is let us know happy to help happy to help you choose your rollerblades I definitely encourage you to get up get out there and do it it's just a so much fun we have a perfect paved rec path here in Stowe that's a blast to get out and skate on so that's the the twister edge from rollerblade let us know if you have any questions and we will see you on paved rec paths and parking lots and and anywhere else we can we can get on our rollerblades

Rollerblade Twister Edge Skate Review

3 thoughts on “Rollerblade Twister Edge Skate Review

  • June 1, 2019 at 3:15 am
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    yeah, look cool. I want to try them although I'm more stick to Powerslide and 3skates right now.
    good detailed review btw

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:15 am
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    Nice video, only thing I will add is, the Rollerblade twister Edge X( white boots) comes with better bearings; ILQ9 and "Hydrogen" wheels, which are the best wheels made by Rollerblade.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:15 am
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    So awesome…. I was considering getting a new pair maybe a 3 wheeler (haven't really skated since in forever) … let's make inline skating cool again !

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