Longer days, warmer weather, short shorts…. Summer is finally here! What better way to get out and enjoy this weather than by hopping in a pair of Rollerblade’s MAXXUM EDGE 90 inline skates? That’s what I did anyways. If you’ve been looking for a new pair (or even a first pair) of inline skates and you’ve made your way to this review, welcome! You don’t need to take my word for it, but at least keep reading to see if these skates are right for you. I’ll break down what these skates are all about and why I feel these are the best pair in which to invest your time and money.
- Molded Shell
- Premium Liner
- Extruded Aluminum Frame
- Supreme Wheels (90mm/85A)
- ILQ-7 Plus Bearings
- Easy mircro adjustable cuff & 45° buckle
- Integrated Brake
- X-Training (Ideal for urban, fitness, commute, and recreation)
At first glance, it seems like the MAXXUM EDGE 90 is just a ski boot with some wheels slapped on the bottom. Although it resembles a ski boot (for good reason), its design serves many purposes. Starting with the noticeable hard shell and micro-buckles, these features give this skate its support, durability, and control. Each skate is equipped with four 90mm/85A wheels that are a great size for higher speeds and tucked in close proximity for more control and maneuverability. Within each wheel are Twincam ILQ-7 Plus bearings that make it easier to get moving and coast between each push. The lightweight extruded aluminum 280mm/11″ frame embrace the wheels and the integrated brake that comes pre-installed on the right skate. The brake is also removable with one simple key.
Coming in at an “Intermediate” level, the MAXXUM EDGE 90 is the perfect “everything” skate for urban, fitness, commute, and recreation. You don’t need to be a Pro to handle these skates, but they also have some wiggle room to grow with your skill level and will be sure to keep up with you as you become more comfortable shredding the pavement. As far as maneuverability goes, these skates have extra high lateral support, which provides you the ability to maintain higher speeds and make sharper turns while remaining in control. The 90mm/85A wheels and Twincam bearings also provide another level of agility and power transfer, allowing you to get up to speed quicker and coast when you need to.
The high lateral support is great for securing your ankle and provides you more confidence on sharper turns and higher speeds. The premium mesh lining includes anatomical padding that allows for heel shock absorption. This is most noticeable if you’ve tried other brands with lesser quality /thinner liners. After taking these down a “not-so-smooth” street with rough pavement and potholes, I felt a great deal of shock absorption that allowed me to keep pace with minimal discomfort.
While the inside is equipped with mesh lining, it isn’t as breathable as some other skates with a mesh exterior. However, I would rather have more support and sweaty feet than sore ankles and dry socks. Overall, the comfort level on these skates are great when considering the hard exterior and added support you get.
- Great ankle support
- Fast and easy to control
- Durable and mobile
- Breathability could be better