Skate Product News
Inline Planet news and articles about skate products, listed in reverse chronological order.


Aug. 16, 2011

Product Review

Bont's Bearing Cleaner

A high speed motor makes this a power tool for cleaner bearings.



May 26, 2011

Industry News

Skaters on Your Wall

Help us create a 2012 inline skating calendar. Submit your photos. Pick your favorites. You just might win some cash!


April 22, 2011

Skate Tip of the Week

What's New in 2011

Two industry insiders reveal the hottest new skate products of the year.


April 14, 2009
Product News
Rollerblade Offers Innovation in 2009
The skate company invigorates its 2009 product line with new technologies.

Planet story


Aug. 2, 2007
Are Heelys For Adults?
"Heelys have neither the sports applications of rollerblades nor the countercultural vibe of skateboards," but Slate editor likes them for shopping at Whole Foods.

Slate story
Inline Edge

Aug. 1, 2007
Prototype Wins Praise
Get Rolling author Liz Miller says the 4Wheeler disk braking system works better than a heel brake without crimping her style.

Orbit story
More Product News

June 22, 2007
Lightening the Load
Tru-Rev's new 3-wheel frames are designed to get young skaters rolling on big wheels.
Planet story

June 7, 2007
The New Rec Skate?
Does Bont's first-ever rec skate for adults represent the shape of skates to come?
Planet story

Industry News
Company Offers 3x125mm Frame
Maxxon Sports' new skate line includes one "promising" model that sports three 125mm wheels.

Company announcement

Feb. 22, 2007
A New Road Champ?
Fresh from victory in Colombia, innovator MPC hopes to take the skate world by storm (rain or shine) with its new VT ("Variable Traction") road wheels.

Go to Planet story.

Feb. 1, 2007
Bont Refines the 3-Point
2007 Bont Vaypor
The Australian skate maker has given its innovative 3-point skates a makeover. The new models are sleeker and lighter — and there's even a budget version.
Go to Planet story.

Jan 31, 2007
Quads on Steroids
New Zealand skate maker Skorpion is hoping to make a big splash with its new 100mm Quadline, which it describes as the perfect commuter skate.
Go to Planet story.

Dec. 27, 2006
Shoulder Your Gizmos!
Is a growing stash of digital toys stretching the limits of your skate jersey? ... Maybe it's time for the sportHolster by UrbanTool.
Go to Planet story.

Dec. 12, 2006
You Look Marvelous!
Not sure what to get that skater on your list? ... Buy them an Asso jersey and you may have a hard time letting go!
Go to Planet story.

Nov. 8, 2006
2005 Northshore DVD
Race & Roll's event DVD may be a little (well ... more than a little) late, but it features some excellent video of World Cup racing.

Go to Planet story.

Nov. 3, 2006
Tru-Rev's Wheel Challenge

trurevwheelTru-Rev is trying something new to coax skaters to try its wheels. For the bargain price of $35, the Florida company will send you four of its new Korean-made wheels (up to 110mm). You put the wheels on one skate and your favorites on the other, then do a push-by-push comparison.

Go to more info.

Oct. 16, 2006
Anti-Reversal Skates Create a Buzz
Skates that don't roll backwards? ... Bruce Honaker's patent-pending invention doesn't sound like fun, but he claims it
takes the fear out of learning and makes it easy to climb hills.
Go to Honaker's web site.

Oct. 3, 2006
Online Shop Opens for 'Space-Age' Wheels
The new pc-vane racing wheels are like nothing you've ever skated on — at least that's what the company says. One thing for sure: They're pricey. One 80mm wheel will set you back $8.50 (US). You can pay as much as $14.75 for a 110mm.

Go to announcement.

Sept. 28, 2006
New Gizmo: Half Skate, Half Skatateboard
What's the next big thing? Probably not the Zlider. This new device consists of two small skateboards (one for each foot) mounted on two-wheel inline frames. Getting the Zlider to move appears to be a little difficult. But all the wiggling required might make for a good workout.
Go to Zlider video.

Sept. 15, 2006
New Calendar for Inline World
You've seen her photos on the Inline Planet. Now you can have them on your wall! It's Darlene Prois' 2007 Inline Skating Calendar.
Go to Planet preview

Sept. 14, 2006
Liberty's New 110mm Hybrid
Liberty Sports' new Ion Avenger frame takes 100mm wheels in front and 110mm monsters in back. Here's a sneak peek at the new frames.
Go to Planet preview.

Aug. 31. 2006
Rollerblade Tweaks the Heel Brake
New brake lets skaters easily adjust the position of their brake pads, up or down, providing a "consistent braking experience."
Go to Planet story.

Aug. 17, 2006
Anorexic S-frame Goes on a Diet
Bont's new 3-point racing frame was already the lightest on the market. Now it's half the weight of the competition.
Go to Planet story.

Aug. 8, 2006
Matter's New Big Wheel
Matter plans to release a 110mm wheel that it says will be "significantly lighter" than the competition's.
Go to Planet story.


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