Regarding protective gear, it doesn’t matter what kind of elbow pads or wrist guards you get, just make sure they fit well and are comfortable. I’m a fan of the eight ball wristguards because they’re well ventilated. As far as elbow pads go, the pro-tec elbow pads are open in the elbow, and that helps if you sweat a lot. At this time I’m using triple eight ep-22 pads and I like them.
As far as knee pads go, I would recommend not spending less than $60 on knee pads and getting something along the lines of 187 pro, TSG Force III or Rector Fat boys. You’re going to be falling repeatedly and you want the most cushioning you can get.
As far as skates go, I would start off with one of the hundred dollar set ups, like the R3s or the Boxers, then upgrading once I felt more comfortable on my skates. I did that, and when I did upgrade, I had a pair of skates I could keep my outside wheels on for street skating. My second pair of skates were the 125 Riedell boot, which is a great, durable boot, and Sunlite Zytel plates, which are very durable and the plates are guaranteed against breakage for life. I finally upgraded when I felt like the turning action of the boots were holding me back. I now have a Roll-Line Variant Plate on a pair of Riedell 195 boots, the Variant is an art plate and its cushions are very customizable and they turn really well.
For skate advice, the skatelog forum is a great place to go with many different opinions. I would suggest trying out leaguemates’ skates to see what you like, there are so many different options
As far as a helmet goes, if you get a Triple 8, get the sweatsaver liner, it helps prevent it from stinking and absorbs your sweat much better than the conventional liner.
I’m coming up on my first derby-versary (in October) and I’m already on my 3rd pair of skates. Yes, 3 pairs. No, its not normal. I learned the hard way how important properly fitting and quality equipment really is. I started on sure-grip carreras. Don’t go near them, walk away. Moved onto Riedell She-Devils, which are actually a pretty good entry-mid level skate, the plate on them were just insanely heavy and did nothing for me.
I am currently on custom Riedell 965s (second hand on eBay) with a custom plate mount. It was worth every penny! One huge issue I had with my previous two pairs was a hot spot on the outside of my right foot, that starting developing into a tailor’s bunion, which is not a good thing. My current skates have stopped the progression of that, and have actually made me feel more comfortable on the track because they fit so much better!
There is so much to learn about new gear, but there are also plenty of online resources. Try going onto the skatelog forum, and looking at different retailers’ explanations of boots, plates, wheels, etc. Rollergirl.ca is also a good source for newbies. Lastly, you could shoot me a more direct e-mail if you have any other questions! firstname.lastname@example.org
WFTDA I'm looking for some guidance!
I was hoping you more experienced ladies could give me advice on good beginning equipment. What are the best skates? Best protective wear? What do you all love to skate in?
oh & pictures never hurt either :)
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With all the WFTDA tourney action streaming live on Derby News Network, we thought Derby Helper’s handy piece on how to watch regionals at work might be of use to you. Not that you’d watch derby at work. Not you, no way!
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For a skater who played her home team championship game in front of a record setting 7,000 fans at the Key Arena; Anya is incredibly humble. That humility is part of her charm as this fierce skater is also known for knocking girls into the stands. When you hear that she’s on your heels you better hope it’s not Anya Heels as her speed an agility can take the unprepared by surprise. Learn more about this lady who was one of the MVP nominees in DNN’s Best of 2009 Reader Poll.
See Atlanta’s all star team the Dirty South Derby Girls play against Carolina All Stars! If you’re going to be in Atlanta next weekend, buy your tickets now before they sell out! This with be DSDGs last game before the 2010 South Central Regionals in Lincoln, NE.
As a sports fan you may have heard of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and know Lincoln, NE as a city swathed in Red. The No Coast Derby Girls also call this city home and have been working hard to turn Lincoln into a derby community; complete with their own derby-themed ice cream flavor. Read more about what these ladies are doing to prepare to host the South Central Regional Playoffs…