Pandemic-inspired hobbies have run the gamut from baking to electric biking. Fueled by cooped-up folks itching to get outside, roller skating is another that’s been trending for quite some time this year. If you’re fresh on the scene and don’t know where to start, these are the best roller skates we’ve tested and other necessary gear. Veteran roller? Don’t worry, we have recommendations for you too.
Just keep in mind that roller skates are in short supply due to their popularity. You may have better luck purchasing them through your local roller rink if our picks are out of stock. As the weather turns colder, demand will die down, so it’ll be easier to snag them. Also, you don’t need a big, open space to practice skating. Your hallway or kitchen floor can work just as well as a garage, parking lot, or public park.