Skate Previews: Rollerblade's New Recreational Skates

Top of the Wellness Line

2006 Rollerblade Wing 7
(Click photo to see the Astro 7)

Rollerblade Upgrades Its Top-of-the Line Recreational-Fitness Skate

By Robert "Just the Factoids" Burnson

You don't have to wait until January to get your hands on a pair of 2006 Rollerblades.

Just in time for the holiday shopping tsunami, the company has released two of next year's models: the Wing 7 for women and the Astro 7 for men.

The models are the top-of-the-line for the company's new Wellness series of fitness-recreational skates.

The new models replace Rollerblade's mid-priced Aero 8s and appear to provide more bang for the buck.

Like the Aero 8s, they feature high cuffs for maximum stability and mid-sized wheels. But that's where the resemblance ends.

Rollerblade redesigned the boot, shell and frame. It also fitted the skates with an easy closure system, which until now the company has only included on pricier models.

The new closure system, the TFS Micro, tightens and releases the laces with the turn of a dial and a push of a button.

Rollerblade says the system allows for a "customized fit in two seconds."

The new models are aimed at skaters who want the support of a high cuff and the security of mid-sized (rather than large) wheels.

"They are for the skater who is not ready for a more advanced fitness skate but doesn't want to be stuck with a skate that is no fun," said Rollerblade marketing manager Nick Skally.

The skates come with 80mm wheels (and ABEC 7 bearings) but can accommodate wheels as large as 84mm.

The new models have already appeared online and should be arriving in stores any day, if they haven't already.

The street price is $149.

Click here to see more of the 2006 skate models.

(posted on Nov. 25, 2005)


Copyright © 2005 by Robert Burnson

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