If you're shopping for a good, basic inline skate that won't break the bank, consider the Bladerunner Formula 82. It comes with a soft boot in an aluminum frame, 82 mm wheels and ABEC 7 bearings -- a nice find in this price range. Overall their performance is smooth, even over rough ground, and they're decently fast, considering the wheel size.
For the ladies and gents. Available in both men's and women's sizes, the Bladerunner Formula 82 sports a soft boot in an aluminum frame -- a nice find in this price range. Overall, their performance is strictly mid-range -- good enough for beginners and casual skaters, but not so fast that they'll get away from you. "A smooth ride and ... not too fast. They are comfortable and feel sturdy even on rough pavement," writes one user at Amazon.com. Another poster at Amazon.com says they hold up better than generic department store skates -- but the fact that they only come in whole sizes may be an obstacle for some.
Wheels for speed and maneuverability. The Bladerunner Formula 82's 82 mm wheels offer a nice blend of speed and maneuverability, while the ABEC 7 bearings are a nice find in this price range. Closures are traditional laces, paired with a hook-and-loop instep strap and a ratchet ankle strap. However, a couple of reviewers warn that the closure quality is just so-so and one, posting to Amazon.com, says that if you fall forward the ankle strap may break off.
Just a couple of Amazon.com users give the Bladerunner Formula 82 a perfect score of 5 stars out of 5. As you might expect, they have only positive things to say.
Review: Bladerunner Formula 82 Inline Skates, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
In a second listing, a few more Amazon.com reviewers give the Bladerunner Formula 82 a perfect score of 5 stars out of 5. One points out that they're smooth, but not too fast, and feel comfortable even on rough pavement.
Review: Bladerunner Formula 82 W Womens Inline Skates 2014, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
About 15 Amazon.com users give the Bladerunner Mens Formula 80, last year's version of the Formula 82, an average score of 4.5 stars out of 5 possible. Most say the skates are a quality product, comfortable and good performers.
Review: Bladerunner Mens Formula 80 Skate, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014