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TSG Basic Starter Pack
Classic starter skate. These are the narrower skate of all options. The slim boot is completely vegan and has a soft open toebox. The ankle strap keeps you in place while the inner padding makes the R3 a comfortable skate to start with.
Our newest addition to the starter packs is an agile setup (due to its 20° plate) and immediately one of our favourite options. The Ruby has a medium to wider width shoe with a curved toe, protected by a harder toe box. This gives you an ergonomic fit, a little bit of wiggling room at the toes and extra protection in that area. The Ruby has a round standard toe stop (best of the skate options in the starter packs) and allround indoor medium soft/hard wheels.
The Vxi skates are an agile setup due to the Apollo plate at 20°. The shoes have a rounded collar for comfort and a velcro strap to secure you in place. As the toe box is soft and open, it can be laced wider or smaller as you please. This boot has the most padding on the inside, compared to the other options. This results in a comfortable fit, but we advise you to get them snug as padding becomes thinner over time (in all skates).
This classic helmet from TSG is also very popular. Together with the other helmet options, this has been a standard reliable option to protect your head.
Triple 8 - Brainsaver Dual Certified with EPS Liner
The Brainsaver is your standard roller skate helmet, available in different colors. It is safe, fits well and has a sweat wicking liner.
S-One Lifer Helmet
This Lifer helmet is the safest helmet option. It is certified for single and multi impact, exactly what you need for roller derby. The Lifer fits deep on the head and is not fully round, but a bit slimmer on the sides. It comes in a very wide range of sizes and color options.
Knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards
This set holds knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards of a basic protection. These will save you from scrapes and grazes, but can't stand a lot of impact (in roller derby) as the padding is rather minimal. It is, however, perfect for beginner skaters who don't aspire heavy contact right now.
Basic protective mouthguard. Nothing fancy, just protection.
SISU Aero Mouthguard
This mouthguard is the most practical option and the most used amongst roller derby skaters. Instead of being bulcky, which would just make you gag and drool, this SISU mouthguard uses efficient technology to keep you safe. Why is it so loved? Because it is of a practical size, you can form fit it for YOU and your teeth and you can talk, breathe and drink with it. Whilst this might not be your concern right now, you'll be happy about this choice in the long run. Don't just take our word for it, ask your team mates.
SISU Max Mouthguard
Whilst the SISU Aero is the standard mouthguard, this one gives you more protection. The SISU Max uses the same technology as the Aero, but has thicker material.
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- Protecting your skates with a set of toe caps or toe guards. When falling and skating, the toe area of your skates will get damaged. Put a second layer of protection around them to keep them new.
- Changing your wheels or bearings requires a tool. You might need it when you put your outdoor wheels on, for example.
- Organizing your skate bag? Before you know it, it becomes a mess. Putting your extra wheels and other small items in a wheel bag will make your life easier when digging into your skate bag to find something.
- Just throwing your skates over your shoulder. You can do it without wearing your laces out, by just hooking them into this skate leash. Easiest way to carry your skates.
This is a real solid kit for starting out with.
- The skates themselves (Riedell R3) were in stock in my (unusually large) size so that was a happy surprise. The boots are comfortable and despite my fear of the low cut till just under the ankle, they have proven to be very well fitting and stable on the track.
- The trucks needed a little tightening before they were ready for action but i hear that truck stiffness is just a personal thing from skater to skater.
- The supplied wheels(Radar Cayman) are a good jumping off point, they are very wide and offer a lot of stability and quite some grip on the floor we practice on (hardness 95A).
- I immediately changed the toestop to a Bionic Bigfoot because they offer a wider area of contact = more stopping power while also offering improved stability. The included toe stops however should perform just fine and are totally adequate if you're not big on toe stop work.
If you like your gear to stay in pristine condition, definitely get a set of toe protectors/toe caps or the front of your skate will suffer heavily when doing them knee slides.
- Protection is very well fitting and comfortable.