The Chicago Skates 2 in 1 Inline Training Combo Set may not be the most durable inline skates out there, but parents love how they convert from a training-wheel, "tricycle" mode into three-wheeled inline skates and also how they adjust to fit growing children's feet. They also come with a helmet, hand/wrist and knee pads, and a basic knapsack to carry the protective gear.
Built to grow. The Chicago Skates 2 in 1 Inline Training Combo Set have two major selling points: push-button adjustments (size 10J to 13J for the hard-to-find small size, or 1 to 4 for the medium) and the ability to convert from "training" skates, with dual wheels in the back for extra stability, to regular three-wheeled inline skates.
Their actual skating performance is pretty basic, with some users saying the wheels are too tight out of the box (they loosen up with use) and the closures on the boots are sometimes too loose. But when it comes to their primary job -- getting young kids used to balancing, then skating on their own -- most parents say the Chicago Skates inline training combo does a great job.
Big on protection. The Chicago Skates 2 in 1 Inline Training Combo Set comes in boys' and girls' versions (predictably, blue and pink). Each set also includes wrist and knee pads and a helmet, with a fairly flimsy backpack to hold it all together.
A few parents express concerns about the durability of the boots and wheels, saying they'll last longer if used in indoor rinks: "The wheels are not durable enough to handle outdoor use -- they are already showing a lot of wear and tear after only a month of not-too-frequent use," writes one mother at Amazon.com. Others wish the set came with elbow pads, too, to make it a complete set of protection gear.
About 60 Amazon.com users give the girls' version of Chicago Skates' training combo a score of 4.3 stars out of 5. In general, the reviewers' kids love these skates, but parents are concerned about clips that don't really stay closed.
Review: Chicago Girls Training Skate Combo, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
The boys' version of this training skate combo receives a rating of 4.1 stars out of 5 possible, after more than 44 user reviews. There are some concerns about quality control, including wheels that are initially too tight and fasteners that are typically too loose, but most kids love their skates.
Review: Chicago Boys Training Skate Combo, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
About 18 Walmart.com reviewers give the girls' version of Chicago's training skates a 4.6-star rating out of 5 possible. The general consensus is that they're a great training tool for beginners, although there are a few durability concerns.
Review: Chicago Skates Girls' Training Inline Skate Combo, Sizes 1-4, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of April 2014
A handful of reviewers give the boys' version of Chicago adjustable training skates a rating of 3.8 stars out of 5. Most of them are happy with the skates' performance, but the build quality gets mixed reviews.
Review: Chicago Boys' Adjustable Training Inline Skates Combo, Contributors to DicksSportingGoods.com, As of April 2014