Summer is a time of dryland training, which means long hours on the rollerskis, trying to simulate snow-skiing as much as possible. For this, your gear can make a big difference.
Depending on your needs and preferences, there are several options when it comes to choosing the right skate skis.
“For most skiers you want your skis to offer the glide resistance similar to on-snow. If you are skiing with a team you want all your skiers to have similar wheel speed across the team, day after day and year after year. For young juniors (U-14 ish) you want lower skis and easier glide. For rough surfaces you want larger wheels that roll over roughness and shafts that absorb the harsh road surface. Swenor offers the largest multitude of wheels speed options along with long lasting rubber.” – Andy G. at SkiPost.com
A SHORT GUIDE FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT ROLLERSKIS
When shopping for skate roller skis, it is important to consider the following criteria:
- diameter and width of wheels
- rubber density
- platform material
- length of platform
- quality of components
Swenor, specifically manufactures two types of rollerskis, there are the “SKATE” model made of aluminum and the “SKATE ELITE” model that incorporates a fiberglass platform. The difference? Aluminum weighs 490g less than the Skate elite, partly because the Skate model is 3.5 cm shorter and harder than the fiberglass model.
What makes the “Skate elite” model more expensive? The longer fiberglass platform will dampen vibrations, meaning less rattling on rough pavement, making for a more comfortable, smooth ride on the skis than the stricktly aluminum version.
Swenor wheels are 100 mm in diameter, 24 mm in width and come with three different rubber materials, marked appropriately, “1” to “3”.
UNDERSTANDING SWENOR WHEELS
- The number 1 wheels are the fastest.
- The number 2 wheels are average speed, compared to Marwe wheels, they are faster than the Marwe #6, but slower than the Marwe #0.
- The number 3 wheels are the slowest in the Swenor line, which can be ideal for specific strength training, and those who are uncomfortable with gaining speed on the downhills.
As a discretionary note, it is always a good idea to switch feet that each ski is on each workout, to avoid wearing out the rubber on the same spots repeatedly.