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What you need to know about roller skis

What you need to know about roller skis

We sell roller skis for skating and classic style. When you have several options, it’s good to know what the technical terms mean and which features are right for you.

Weight and torsional stiffness

The most important considerations when choosing roller skis, regardless of which technique you prefer, are weight and torsional stiffness.

The weight plays a big part in how much you "snow-feel " you get on the rollerskis. The lighter the weight on the rollerskis the more "snow-feel" you get.

Torsional stiffness is the rigidity of the ski frame. This means that when you turn on the roller ski, a low torsional stiffness will cause the frame to try to twist, resulting in instability. A ski with high torsional stiffness therefore provides more stability. All our rollerskis has a high torsional stiffness.

Wheels and rolling resistance

Rolling resistance is the degree of friction between the wheel and the ground (usually asphalt), applicable mainly to classic roller skis.

There are several factors that affect the roll resistance of the wheels: The temperature, hardness of the rubber, thickness of the rubber part of the wheel (rubber track) and age of the wheel. Rubber hardens over time and its properties will change. Two-year-old wheels will behave differently than brand-new wheels.

For classic skis, we have three degrees of roll resistance. The most commonly used and recommended for the vast majority are Medium or C2 resistance.

  • C2 is a good combination of roll resistance, wear behavior and grip on wet surfaces. This roll resistance is standard on all our roller skis.
  • C1 wheels are recommended if you want a faster wheel. They roll significantly more easily, but wear faster and are harder to manoeuvre due to the increased speed. They can also feel slippery on wet surfaces.
  • C3 wheels are the heaviest and slowest wheel in our collection. We recommend C3 wheels for experienced skiers who have a specific purpose for this type of wheel.

C2 is standard on roller skis for skating.