When I first started skating in the rinks, I used to find people from different age groups and varying weights rolling side by side. And I always wondered if the same rollerblades can fit people of the same age group but varying in body weight.
When you buy your first pair of rollerblades, it is obvious to consider certain factors like model, design, wheels, frame structure, buckles, and so on. But does the concept of weight limit also fit the list of considerable criteria? I mean, we check the rollerblades for durability and comfortable fit but never consider the concept of the maximum affordable weight limit.
Do rollerblades even have a weight limit? Well, the answer is yes. You cannot use the same pair of rollerblades for everyone or for a person who has outgrown the weight limit. This considerably makes sense so I decided to dig a little deeper into the concept to figure out the weight limit for rollerblades.
Rollerblades Weight Limit
The weight limit for rollerblades is precisely 220lbs/100KG for most popular brands. You may find the weight limit of 60 KG in some kid’s skates. If you are looking for something more stable for your kids who are just getting started with rollerblading, you can opt for Cardiff skates, which are bootless, strap-in skates that you can wear with any favorite pair of regular shoes [source]. The unique braking system and a patented wheel configuration make these adjustable skates ideal for starters.
The Cardiff skates also come with a weight limit. They have a minimum weight requirement of 45lbs. The recommended maximum weight limit may vary for different models as follows:
- Cardiff Cruiser Large and S1 Large models have a weight limit of 250lbs
- Cardiff Cruiser Small and S2 small models have a weight limit of 190lbs
- Cardiff Cruiser Lime for Youth, Cardiff Cruiser Strawberry for Youth, and S3 for Youth have a weight limit of 120 lbs
Remember to check the manual for the weight limit before you finalize the purchase of your perfect pair of rollerblades.
Why Does the Weight Limit Matter So Much?
Certainly, the weight of the skater can have an impact on the overall acceleration as well as the roll time of the rollerblade wheels [source]. In other words, your body weight may influence the performance and reaction time of your rollerblade wheels. Generally, people weighing over 200 lbs get a better grip over the wheels in comparison to an average skater. Therefore, it is advisable to go up on the durometer to compensate for the extra weight. Also, look for a more rigid core if you weigh over 200lbs as your skate wheels tend to flex more under your body weight. An aluminum core works best for overweight people as it is rigid and provides better support.
If your body weight is under 100 lbs, then you should buy a 92A wheel as your weight may not put enough pressure on the wheels. Any core material will work for you including nylon, hybrid, and aluminum. If you weigh between 100-200 lbs, use the recommended wheel hardness and select from any of the core types.