Moxi Pads – Protective Gear With A Colourful Twist

Moxi have long been bringing rainbows to the skate world with their bright palette of roller skates, and now they have added to their wave of colourful offerings with protective pads, designed to keep you safe while you roll.

The Moxi pads come in three colour choices – pink, lavender, and jade – and are a collaboration with Triple 8 / 187 pads. But what does that mean? Sure, these pads look great, but what everyone is wondering is who are these pads for? Will they stand up to all styles of skating? And, most importantly, are they comfortable?

Here’s our take on what we know about the Moxi pads so far.

What’s included?

These all in one packs come with kneepads, elbow pads, and wrist guards. This is great for those who want to wear ALL the padding while they skate, and want an affordable package.

What about quality and comfort?

Triple 8 and 187 are some of the top names in the protective gear world, so they definitely know what they are doing when it comes to making pads. These aren’t low-grade department store pads that are going to fall apart after a few uses. They are the real deal.

The contoured form fitting design of the kneepads is designed to cradle the knee, and the profile is based off the 187 fly pad with a foam system to absorb hard impacts. While the fly’s are popular among park skateboarders and roller skaters, they aren’t as heavily padded as the 187 derby pads, or the 187 pros.

If you are prone to falling heavily on your knees, or have a previous injury, you might like something with some extra support. However, for most users, especially those coming from using no pads at all, these will give you all the protection you need. The plus side is that the streamline shape and close contact caps reduce bulk and won’t impact your mobility.

On all the pads in the set, the seamless interiors mean that they are super comfortable, with ballistic nylon industrial stitching to stand the test of time.

Who should use these?

While we are yet to test these for all styles of skating, we think they will be suitable for most skate styles. We’d definitely recommend these pads to beginner skaters who should be padding up with all the gear while they get comfortable on their wheels.

These will also give outdoor street skaters more confidence, as they will give you protection in the case of unexpected tumbles (we all know those pesky rocks and twigs are sometimes unavoidable).

Park skaters will need to decide for themselves if these are the right kit for them, but those who have used and liked the Fly kneepads will find them suitable. Those coming from a heftier pad might like something with alot more extra padding. Or you might use these on the days when you are cruisin’ or want extra mobility, and something a bit bigger when you feel you need it. 

How does the sizing work?

At the moment these packs come in 3 standard sizes: XS, S/M, and L/XL. A size chart can be found here: Plus a Junior Range which is great. https://www.moxiskates.com/collections/pads/products/moxi-pads-lavender. Currently, these sizes probably won’t cover all skaters and body types. Moxi recognise that there are no ‘one size fits all products’ and if these pads don’t currently come in your size, they want to hear from you! You can contact them at cs@moxirollerskates.com. Or, contact us at RollerFit and we can help you find something that is a good fit.

In summary, we are super stoked that Moxi have brought out a high quality set of pads suitable to most skaters, that are affordable, and look great in a range of colours. These are now available to order, and we recommend getting in quick before the drop in the Aus dollar pushes the price up (or they sell out).

Where to buy in Australia – Shop.rollerfit.com.au 

Now you just need to decide which colour matches your skates!

Why buy second hand skates instead of cheap skates?

You might be surprised to hear us, a roller skate retailer, telling our customers to buy second hand skates. But, despite the fact that this cuts into our profit margins, it’s something that we are quite happy to tell people who are shopping on a budget.

Sure, you can buy a new pair of skates for around $100 these days, but we often wonder what the hidden costs of these skates are. Who is making them? How are they so cheap? What are they made from? How long will they last?

When you are starting out, or are a little short on cash, we know it can be tempting to buy the cheapest new option available – especially if you don’t yet know all the intricacies of roller skate components, and why prices vary so much. So, when we are talking to people about buying skates, here are some reasons why we recommend at least looking at second hand or pre-loved options.

You can buy a better setup that will last you longer.

Just like anything you buy, you get what you pay for. Unfortunately, in all of our classes we see new students break parts on their cheaply bought skates all the time. Toe stops snap off, trucks are misaligned, bearings jam and simply sometimes the wheels dont roll. And that’s just a few examples. One way of keeping costs low is using lower quality parts. These students often find themselves needing to upgrade more quickly if they want to progress in their skating. If you end up having to upgrade parts you might find that it was actually cheaper to buy better skates to begin with. Buying second hand will allow you to get a better quality set of skates without a huge increase in price.

You reduce the environmental and social impact of your skating

Just like fast-fashion, some cheaply made roller skates are constructed in factories that have subpar and unethical conditions for workers. Sure, cheap skates might make skating more accessible in privileged societies, but at what cost to those in less privileged places? Not to mention, if your skates break quickly and need to be thrown out, you are contributing to a whole lot of unnecessary waste. Buying a better quality product second hand means you aren’t directly contributing to either of these practices.

You are more likely to keep skating

If your skates are difficult to learn on, or break easily, there is a good chance you won’t enjoy skating as much, and won’t want to keep skating. That’s the exact opposite of what we want to see! That’s why we are happy to tell people to buy second hand if it means they will be using a product that will help them improve and see progress. For example, there is a huge variance even in just the bearings or toe stops that come standard in skates, and that on its own will have an impact on your skating experience.

So, where can you buy second hand skates?

Of course, you won’t always find your dream set of roller skates second hand but you can start by looking in the pre-loved section of our shop, on Ebay, Gumtree, or Facebook groups like ‘Derby Buy/Sell/Swap.’

If your retailer is pushing you towards a set of skates that you aren’t sure really meet your needs, then perhaps they are considering their pockets more than your progress.

All of our RollerFit venues have skate hire options available so you don’t need to rush out and buy skates to get started. Take your time to find the skates that feel right for you!

How and WHY to clean your wheels and bearings

How and WHY to clean your wheels and bearings

While we all love our roller skates, sometimes we don’t treat them with the TLC they deserve. Sometimes, we don’t even treat them as well as we treat our old running shoes. If a shoelace breaks, we probably replace it pretty promptly, but sometimes we’ll keep skating and skating on clogged up bearings for weeks, asking our friends what that terrible noise is, and complaining when everything seems a little slower than usual.

Even though you can’t see what they’re doing most of the time, bearings are one of the most important parts of a skate set up. They keep our wheels spinning and generate all that adrenaline inducing speed that keeps us putting our skates on again and again. That’s why it is important that we regularly clean our bearings, and those wonderful hubs or urethane that contain them, our wheels!

Dirty, old and rusty bearings can be a recipe for disaster, no matter what you’re skating style. They can seize up, more easily blow out, and just generally harsh your roll, which leads to more frequent falls and mishaps that might result in serious injury.

Our advice? Don’t risk it! Take a little time out to maintain your skates and you will be so stoked on your smooth glide that you will forget all about those few pesky minutes it took.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsK4Ltf1j5s

Step 1:

Remove your wheels from your skates using a skate tool and take your bearings out of your wheels using a bearing tool. Don’t remove your bearings with another sharp metal object as it can damage their casings.

Step 2:

Clean your wheels with warm, soapy water and a cloth. Pay special attention to any build up in the cavity where your bearings usually sit.

Step 3: 

Next, use a small pin to take the plastic covers off your bearings.

Step 4:


Place your bearings in a small, lidded container with some bearing wash. Use just enough to cover the bearings. Shake vigorously to remove any dirt and clogged up materials.

Step 5:

Remove the bearings from the liquid and dry along with your wheels on a lint free cloth or towel. You can also let them air dry on a paper towel. Make sure they are completely dry before moving to the next step.

Step 6:

Apply a tiny drop of bearing lube to each bearing. Give each bearing a spin between your fingers to ensure they are rolling smoothly, then replace their covers.

Step 7:

Put the bearings back in your wheels, put your wheels back on your skates, and GO SKATING!

There you have it.

A total wheel and bearing maintenance that is quick and pain free. Don’t make the mistake of rushing out to buy new bearings every time yours feel sticky or slow. The only time you need to replace your bearings is if they are rusted or blown, and will no longer spin even after a good clean.

Not only will working this process into your regular routine make you love skating even more when you’re whizzing about, but it will also keep you safe, and will actually save you money!

What are you waiting for? Your skates are calling.

Don’t Make Skating a New Years Resolution

Let’s face it. For many of us, New Years resolutions are already out the window. That fad diet never even got started and was never going to work, and while our good intentions are still in place, our big goals might be losing their sparkle. That’s the problem with new years resolutions. They demand radical change rather than shifts to your lifestyle that you are actually happy about making.

Skating is supposed to be fun, that’s why we don’t think it should be lumped in with other resolutions. It can be taken up absolutely any day of the year, and if you need a break from it for a little while because you get busy or life happens, you don’t need to feel guilty. Just come back to it when you are ready.

If you are thinking about incorporating more skating into your life in 2019, what kind of skating will fit into and improve your lifestyle?

  1. Fitness, fun and friends

Skating for fitness is proven to burn more calories than running, but it’s nowhere near as tedious. If you have a RollerFit class near you, head along and incorporate fun exercises, games and skate skills into your routine. You will probably even make some new skate mates!

  1. Smooth moves

Roller Dance also know as Rhythm Skating is here to channel your inner groove and style. Roller Dance uses elements of disco, modern dance, ballroom, jazz dancing,  and even roller figure skating. Essential moves include spins, splits, advanced footwork, and even line dancing are also thrown into the mix. Roller Dance is a great way to express yourself in your Roller Skating. Plus the added bonus of learning new moves for your next Roller Disco. We run classes in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle and coming soon to Brisbane. Keep an eye out on our social pages.

  1. An adrenaline rush

If you are looking for a rush of adrenaline and to push your skills, you might try ramp skating. Remember to skate within your ability level, and if you know someone who can show you the basics, ask for help. Be comfortable skating on the flat before you take to the transition, and start with pumping. If you are already shredding the ramps, maybe this is the year to learn that trick that has been eluding you. Learning is the fun part and when you land it, it will be worth the wait.

  1. Stay at home skate club

Maybe you want to practice some smooth moves from the comfort of your own home. There are many great online tutorials you can use to get started. We particularly love the fun and informative clips from Planet Roller Skate.

Whatever kind of skating you decide to take up this year, remember to do it with a smile, and even when you don’t achieve what you want to right away, always keep rolling!

Skating and Trauma Recovery: Healing on Wheels

Following a huge response to our interview with Enzo, this episode explores trauma recovery and skating. Amelia shares definitions of trauma, emerging research on trauma and exercise and the mind-body connection, and some responses from our listeners. Stacey and Amelia share a little about their own experiences of trauma, as well as some ideas and tips about how to incorporate skating as a tool for health and wellbeing. Trigger warning this episode involves some discussion of psychological abuse and domestic violence.

 

In Australia: Contact LifeLine (13 11 14) or Kids Help Line (1800 55 1800) if you need someone to talk to. Both are free to call and operate 24/7 with trained counsellors.

Trauma resources: Bessel van der Kolk, Judith Herman and Bruce Perry are three key authors in the area of trauma, stress and mind/body connection. Each has written several books and articles, and there are several great videos on YouTube. Amelia recommends ‘The Body Keeps the Score’ by Bessel van der Kolk and ‘Trauma and Recovery’ by Judith Herman as two excellent books. ‘The Trauma Project’ on Facebook is also an excellent place to find resources on trauma and recovery.

The Top 3 Reasons to Stop Putting off Going to RollerFit

The Top 3 Reasons to Stop Putting off Going to RollerFit by Sam aka @marmaladeslam

If you have been thinking about going to RollerFit for a while now but just haven’t been able to get around to pulling out the skates and making it happen, don’t worry, I get it! I did the same thing for a long time. When I was playing derby I used the excuse that I was already training too much, and then after derby, I found other excuses (I was too busy/broke/tired). But, once I actually dragged myself along to a class, I was so glad I did!

That’s why I have put together this list of the top 3 reasons why you should stop putting off going to RollerFit, get your skates on, and get there today!

1. It’s Good For You

Sometimes we don’t feel like going to gym, or going for a run, or eating a salad for lunch, but we know we should because it’s good for us. Well, RollerFit is more fun than all of those things, and it is even better for your health and well being. Skating burns as many (if not more) calories than an intense cardio session, but it doesn’t feel as tedious as pounding an hour on the treadmill or swimming laps. Not only is it a solid way to get in shape, but it also has long term health benefits for your mind and body. After a session, I get that awesome post exercise rush, and feel more balanced.

2. You Learn Things

Whether you’ve never skated before or have years of skating experience, RollerFit is still guaranteed to teach you new things. It combines so many different types of skating and skating skills, and introduces you to new techniques. For me, it has improved my overall skating exponentially. I never did any dance or artistic skating, so I have definitely picked up some new moves at RollerFit. It is a great feeling to come away from a class being able to do something that you couldn’t do when you arrived, and to have something to work on yourself. It’s a motivator to skate more, and to be active without it feeling like work.

3. It’s Fun

Sometimes it’s ok to just do things because you enjoy them! Even if I forget about the benefits to my health, and the fact that I am improving my skills, RollerFit is still great because it makes me laugh and I get to hang out with other awesome roller skaters. Mixed in between the fitness and drills there are games and dance routines. The Sunday class is my perfect way to unwind and let off some steam before the busy week ahead.

Like setting any new routine, the hardest part is starting, but once you get in the groove and see the benefits, you will look back and wonder why you waited so long.

There is a reason why everyone at RollerFit always looks so happy! Skating is a passion and a way of life that is embodied by this amazing movement. See for yourself.

Roller Skating Protective Gear

Pads for roller skating: 101

When it comes to roller skating, a little protection goes a long way, especially when you are starting out! Falls are a natural part of your roller skating journey, and are usually a sign that you are progressing, or pushing your limits. However, falling can also cause serious injury, and padding is one way to reduce risk each time you put on your skates.

If you are thinking about buying pads to wear while you are skating, don’t just rush out to a discount retailer and buy the first pair you see! There are a few things you need to consider first to ensure that your pads are right for you and the activities you are undertaking

What type of skating are you doing?

The type of skating you are doing can be directly related to the potentialrisk ofinjury. Of course, allskating has risks, but skating on a boardwalk is very different to trying to do a flip in your local skate park, or play a game of roller derby. Consider your activity and decide just what padding you will need.

What is important in your padding?

There are a few trade offs when it comes to padding. Bigger and bulkier pads offer the most protection, but can restrict your range of motion. Artistic skaters will often not wear any pads at all, whereas roller derby skaters will often wear the biggest pads on the market because falling is a big part of the sport.
When you are starting out, especially in roller derby, we recommend the most protection regardless of bulk, as falling on the knees is often a part of the training program, and you should consider the long term health of your joints.

In the padding market, good pads aren’t cheap. If your pads are really cheap, chances are they won’t offer much protection, and they won’t last very long. Good quality pads are a little more expensive because they use quality materials and manufacturing techniques. Much like many things in life, when it comes to pads, you get what you pay for.

It is also important when you purchase your pads that they fit correctly. You can visit a pad retailer, or consult a sizing chart for the brand you are buying. Pads that are too big will move and fall down, reducing protection capacity. Pads that are too small will restrict circulation, and the shells will not be positioned properly to protect the joints they are designed to cover.

What do we recommend?

Wrist Guards:

1.       ENNUI CITY BRACE III WRIST GUARD
Ennui worked with orthopaedic specialists to develop this wrist guard, and have added high quality Kevlar to create an extremely durable and comfortable product. The lacing system provides a great fit, and these are probably the best wrist protection on the market.

2.       SMITH SCABS STABILIZER PRO WRIST
These are another great wrist guard option, which have a permanent splint, preventing slippage and providing extra protection. They are also slim fitting and durable, suited to a wide range of skating activities.
3.       TRIPLE 8 WRIST SAVER
If you are looking for a more entry-level pad, then the Triple 8 Wrist Saver is probably the way to go. They offer suitable protection for most activities, however use a more traditional plastic splint system, so are not as stable or durable as the higher end options.

Knee Pads:

S1 PRO KNEE PADS
The S1 Pro pads are made of military grade ballistic nylon, and are incredibly tough. The Gen 3 model has more sizing options than previous models to allow for an even better fit. These are especially good for derby and outdoor skating, but suitable for any skating activity, for those who want to take extra care of their knees.
187 PRO DERBY KNEE Pads
The 187 pro derby pads are specifically designed for the rigorous game of roller derby, and have less bulk, but still maintain high-level protection. They also have removable foam for easy washing, and getting rid of that derby stench. However, these aren’t just good for derby, they provide a good level of protection for any type of skating, however may still be a little bulky for dance and recreational skating.
187 FLY KNEE PADS
These 187 Fly pads are a less bulky option, but do not offer adequate protection for roller derby. They are better suited to those who don’t fall on their knees regularly.

Elbow Pads:

187 ELBOW PAD
These pads are heavy duty and comfortable for all types of skating. The seamless interior provides ultimate comfort, and the industrial stitching means they will last a long time.

187 Slim Elbow Pad
With all the benefits of the 187 standard elbow pads, the slim version are streamlined in shape for increased mobility.
3. Triple 8 Elbow Pads
These entry-level pads offer adequate protection for most disciplines, and will soften the blows of falling on your elbows. Especially suitable for beginners not wanting to invest in higher level pads.

COMBO PACKS

Wrist, Knees and Elbows

New to Skating and on a tight budget entry-level combo pads offer adequate protection for non contact disciplines, and will soften the blows of falling. Especially suitable for beginners not wanting to invest in higher level pads.

While there are lower coverage pads on the market, they don’t offer adequate protection, which can often result in injury, so we don’t recommend using them. We recommend sticking with known and reputable brands that are specifically designed for skating and other action sports.

At the end of the day, taking the right precautions for your safety will mean a longer and happier life on roller skates!

Ep 10 Mind over matter with Enzo Tight aka Lorenzo Chatman

Join Stacey and Amelia for Episode 10 of RollerCast!

In this episode, we discuss our recent Sydney roller disco and upcoming skate dance workshops with Tony Limtiaco in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. We interview Lorenzo Chatman, a.k.a. Enzotight, an incredible ramp, park and dance skater, director of Enzo’s Choice Coaching and Moxi Skate Team Member. Enzo shares about his coaching philosophy, applying your unique gifts and learning style to your skating, and his tips on how to get out of your head and into the skate park.

Follow Enzo Tight at

@enzotight
@enzo_choice_coaching
www.enzoschoicecoaching.com

@moxirollerskates
#moxiskateteam

www.rollerfit.com.au
@rollerfit

@staceyskates
@two_wheelers

Ep 9 Rollerfit: life on wheels Part 1

Episode 9 is all about RollerFit!

Join us as we share our tips for the latest RollerFit challenge, including how to work your jumps up to 180s and 360s. Amelia interviews Stacey about the RollerFit program, her vision for an exercise class on skates, and how she transitioned her side hustles into a full-time life on wheels. Stacey offers her top tips for anyone looking at starting a side hustle.
“when you know who you’re and become yourself is when you will find your passion”

@staceyskates
@rollerfit
@rollergirlpromotionsaustralia

Spotify playlist – RollerCast Skate JAMS by RollerFit

Ep 8 Interview with skater & artist Bambi Bloodlust

Stacey and Amelia are back for Episode 8 of RollerCast. In this episode we interview the one and only Bambi Bloodlust a.k.a.
Katie Baird! Bambi is a Chicago-based artist and skater rolling for Chicks In Bowls and the Moxi Skate Team, and a founding member of the Chicago Roller Talent crew. You’ve probably seen her amazing Instagram feed, as well as her art work, which features in the lining of the new Moxi Beach Bunny Skates!
Bambi shares about her history with park and ramp skating, her recent cross-country trail skates, her tips for beginner and intermediate ramp skaters and her favourite places to skate in the Windy City.

Instagram @bambibloodllust and @chicagorollertalent

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check out our Spotify playlist – RollerCast Skate JAMS by RollerFit