Going off-track with Nordic skates?
Nordic skates are inline skates, that are specially made for off-road trips with skates. Nordic Skating is a combination of Nordic Walking, cross-country skiing and inline skating. When you skate on Nordic skates, you use poles for momentum and stability. The technique is very similar to the one you would use when cross-country skiing. Nordic skates, also called off-road rollerblades, are for skaters who would like to try new inline activities and skiers who want to train out of season. If you are even more ambitious with your training, it is also possible to get roller skis that are longer than the Nordic skates and are very similar to cross-country skis. There are many benefits to gain by using Nordic skates. Besides being able to skate in areas that are normally impossible to skate in, Nordic skating is also a very effective form of exercise.
The advantages of off-road rollerblades
You can use all kinds of inline skates for Nordic skating. But the skates in this category are especially suited for the purpose because they have a built-in braking device for optimal training.
Off-road skates usually have 2 inflatable wheels and the boot is placed in the middle. The big air tires make it easy to skate off the road.
Nordic skates come with a hard boot which provides extra protection. Off-road rollerblades have a special breaking device that makes the brake push against the wheel. The braking pad is replaceable.
When you choose poles for your cross skates, it's important that you choose the right length. An easy way to be on the safe side is to buy adjustable poles to start with. This way you could also share a pair of poles with a rider with a different height.