10 Best Roller Hockey Skates (2021)

This is our review of the best roller hockey skates in 2021.

As a hockey player, you are no doubt searching for lightweight skates that can also take a beating. You want to be able to reach your top speed, move effortlessly with agility and then stop on a dime.

I’m an avid roller skater who has played hockey off and on for decades. I have researched the products below to help you find that perfect skate.

And I found that the best roller hockey skates are the Mission Inhaler FZ-0.

Every hockey player and skater is different. So, I’ve included reviews of the best brands for every category of hockey skates below.

In a Hurry? Here are my top picks:

  1. Mission Inhaler FZ-0 – Best Overall
  2. Mission Inhaler FZ-1 – Runner-Up
  3. Bauer RS – Best Budget Friendly
  4. Bauer RSX – Best for Beginners
  5. Bauer Vapor 2XR Pro – Best Performance
  6. Bauer Vapor 2XR
  7. Bauer Vapor X2.9R
  8. Mission Inhaler FZ-3
  9. Mission Inhaler FZ-5
  10. Tour Code 7.One

The Best Roller Hockey Skates Reviewed

We have given you our top picks above at a glance, now let’s get into the details.

1. Mission Inhaler FZ-0 Inline Hockey Skates – Best Overall

Let’s start off the list with the best inline skates for hockey, and that is the Mission Inhaler FZ 0. The FZ-0 is an elite-level roller hockey skate. It provides top of the line materials and maximum comfort.

The outside of the boot is constructed with a full carbon Curv composite material. This makes the boot super tough and long-lasting. Plus, the boot is heat moldable. This is a process that allows you to break in your skates faster. It also allows you to shape the boot around your feet providing ultimate comfort.

The tongue on the boots is vented which provides airflow while you play. Plus, each tongue has a large piece of felt making it extra comfortable. The Grip Fit Pro tech used on these boots also helps to keep your feet securely locked in place.

When it comes to wheels, this skate is outfitted with the Labeda Addiction Grip. This is one of the top hockey skate wheels on the market today. These are designed especially for power skaters. They provide good grip and also give you the flexibility needed to pivot, cut, and turn quickly.

The FZ-0 uses a Hi-Lo Kryptonium 76-80mm frame that is lightweight. This chassis lightweight design provides the hockey player with ultimate flexibility and responsiveness. The skate also comes with two 76mm wheels in the front and two 80mm wheels in the back. Perfect for putting you in an attacking position.

Finally, the FZ-0 uses a Hi-Lo Swiss bearing that is long-lasting and provides a superior roll. Swiss bearings are some of the best skate bearings on the market for their durability and long roll.

RSD ClassificationBest Overall
Boot Features:
Sizes6-12 in half size increments
WidthsD (Regular) & EE (Wide)
Heat MoldableYes
Tongue MaterialTre Vented Tongue 52 Oz Felt
Boot ConstructionCurv Composite
LinerGrip Fit Pro with CT Technology
Outsole ConstructionFull Carbon Composite
FootbedForm-Fit Pro
Wheel TypeLabeda Addiction Grip
Bearing TypeHI-LO Swiss
Chassis / FrameHI-LO Kryptonium 76/80mm
Cost$$$$

2. Mission Inhaler FZ-1 Inline Skates – Runner-Up

Next up, we have the runner-up on our list, the FZ-1. Like its bigger brother (the FZ-0), the FZ-1 has a lot of the same attributes as the FZ-0 but at a much cheaper price.

First, the FZ-1 has a heat-moldable, quarter package boot for help breaking in your new skates. These skates come with a grip liner with foam pads to help lock your foot in place. They are also super comfy.

The Off-White Curv quarter package has abrasion guards and ventilation offering extra support. This helps you get a great push off your skates. The Curv also helps to keep your foot comfortable, cool, and protected.

Like the FZ-0, this skate also comes with the Labeda Addiction wheels and Hi-Lo Swiss bearings. It also comes with the Hi-Lo Aluminum frame. This chassis allows you to have smaller wheels in the front and larger wheels in the back. This helps to put you in an attacking position.

RSD ClassificationRunner-Up
Boot Features:
Sizes6-12 in half size increments
WidthsD (Regular) & EE (Wide)
Heat MoldableYes
Tongue MaterialForm-fit 3-piece 52oz felt
Boot ConstructionCurv Composite
LinerGrip liner w/Indy foam pads
Outsole ConstructionClear TPU injected with PET film
FootbedForm Fit
Wheel TypeLabeda Addiction Grip
Bearing TypeHI-LO Swiss
Chassis / FrameCNC HI-LO Aluminum 76/80mm
Cost$$$

3. Bauer RS Inline Skates – Best Budget Friendly

Our top inline skate for those on a budget is the Bauer RS. This skate comes in at under $200, which is very cheap for an inline hockey skate. They are also made by Bauer, one of the top skate manufacturers on the planet.

The skate comes with an 82A Hi-Lo Street wheel and ABEC 5 bearings which are great for both indoor and outdoor use. The boots are comfortable, sturdy, and heat-moldable.

Now, you do get what you pay for so it’s important to remember that before purchasing these skates. Some players do complain about the frame saying it easily bends with too much force and/or weight. For heavier skaters and more advanced players, we’d steer clear and go with one of our other choices.

Yet, if you are starting out, these can be a great skate at a very, very affordable price point.

RSD ClassificationBest Budget Friendly
Boot Features:
Sizes6-12 in full size increments
WidthsR (Regular)
Heat MoldableYes
Tongue MaterialAnatomical, 2-piece felt
Boot ConstructionInjected comp weave quarter
LinerMicrofiber Liner
FootbedStandard comfort
Wheel TypeHI-LO Street (82A)
Bearing TypeHI-LO ABEC 5
Chassis / FrameHI-LO Ventilator Steel
Cost$

4. Bauer RSX Hockey Skate – Best for Beginners

Our best inline skate for beginners is the Bauer RSX. This skate comes in priced at over $200. It provides good materials for the price for those of you starting out.

The skate comes with a Court 76A wheel. This is a softer wheel than the Bauer RS wheel. Softer wheels give you more stability, making it better for beginners. The ABEC 5 bearings are also good for a starter skate. The boots are comfortable, sturdy, and heat-moldable.

Some players do complain about the frame. A few have stated that it easily bends with too much force and/or weight – much like the Bauer RS. So, for heavier skaters and more advanced players, we’d go with one of our other choices.

But, if you are starting out, these can be a great skate at a good price.

RSD ClassificationBest Beginner Inline Hockey Skates
Boot Features:
Sizes6-12 in full size increments
WidthsR (Regular)
Heat MoldableYes
Tongue MaterialAnatomical, 2-piece felt
Boot ConstructionInjected comp weave quarter
LinerMicrofiber Liner
FootbedMolded comfort EVA
Wheel TypeHI-LO Court (76A)
Bearing TypeHI-LO ABEC 5
Chassis / FrameHI-LO Ventilator Steel
Cost$

5. Bauer Vapor 2XR Pro Inline Skates – Best Performance

The Bauer Vapor is one of the top skates on the market today. Much like our top pick, the FZ-0, this skate comes with the same wheels, bearings, and frame. The Labeda Addiction,

Where this skate really shines is in the boot. Bauer spent a lot of time and effort on the boot. This package uses the Dynaflex system. This new system provides a top cap engineered to reduce the volume of the skate. It is ideal for players looking for a low-profile fit.

The Dynaflex system also helps improve your push power. It provides an Integrated Injected Facing that wraps the foot for better support and increased control.

The Recoil Pro tongue offers great flexibility. It allows you to easily get low in your skate without friction. Also, the Lock-Fit liner helps reduce moisture all while keeping your foot secure.

The Bauer Vapor comes with a heat-moldable boot which is great for the perfect fit.

It’s one of the best roller hockey skates on the market today.

RSD ClassificationBest Performance
Boot Features:
Sizes6-12 in half size increments
WidthsD (Regular) & EE (Wide)
Heat MoldableYes
Tongue MaterialRecoil Pro
Boot ConstructionCurv Carbon
LinerLock-Fit Pro
Outsole ConstructionComposite
FootbedShaped EVA
Wheel TypeLabeda Addiction
Bearing TypeHI-LO Swiss
Chassis / FrameHI-LO Kryptonium Chassis
Cost$$$$

6. Bauer Vapor 2XR Inline Skates

Much like the Bauer Vapor 2XR Pro, the 2XR comes with Labeda Addiction wheels and Hi-Lo Swiss bearings. The major differences between the 2XR and the 2XR Pro are in its boot, frame, and price.

First, the Bauer Vapor 2XR comes with a heat-moldable boot. It uses its Lock-Fit+ and Recoil technology to help keep moisture away and keep your foot secure.

The 2XR uses a Hi-Lo Aluminum frame instead of the more lightweight Kryptonium chassis on the Pro. At 40% below the price of the 2XR Pro, these skates come in at a great value.

Boot Features:
Sizes6-12 in half size increments
WidthsD (Regular)
Heat MoldableYes
Tongue MaterialRecoil
Boot ConstructionCurv Carbon
LinerLock-Fit+
FootbedLock-Fit
Wheel TypeLabeda Addiction
Bearing TypeHI-LO Swiss
Chassis / FrameCNC HI-Lo Aluminum
Cost$$$

7. Bauer Vapor X2.9R Inline Skates

The Bauer Vapor X2.9R is next up on our list. This roller hockey skate comes with a heat-moldable boot. It also has a 48oz piece of felt on the tongue to make it extra comfy. It uses Bauer’s Form-Fit+ tech to keep your foot secure and in place while skating in this quarter package.

This version of the Bauer Vapor comes with Labeda Union wheels and ABEC 9 bearings. It is also outfitted with an aluminum frame that makes the skate lightweight.

This is the cheapest of the Bauer Vapor product line, and it packs a pretty good punch for the money.

Boot Features:
Sizes6-12 in half size increments
WidthsR (Regular)
Heat MoldableYes
Tongue Material48oz Felt
Boot ConstructionTech Mesh w/ X-Rib
LinerHydrophobic Microfiber Liner
FootbedForm-Fit+
Wheel TypeLabeda Union
Bearing TypeHI-LO Abec 9
Chassis / FrameHI-LO Aluminum
Cost$$

8. Mission Inhaler FZ-3 Inline Skates

Next up our the Inhaler FZ-3 from Mission. This skate has Mission’s grip liner which you usually only find on higher-end skates. This liner helps to keep your foot locked in place while you skate. This is important for getting the most energy from each of your pushes. This quarter package comes with new ventilation and an abrasion guard.

This quarter package skate comes with Labeda Union wheels and an ABEC 9 set of skate bearings to round it out. It’s a great mid-priced skate.

Boot Features:
Sizes6-12 in half size increments
WidthsE (Wide)
Heat MoldableYes
Tongue MaterialForm-fit 2-piece felt tongue
Boot ConstructionReinforced true-form tech PU
LinerGrip liner
Outsole ConstructionClear TPU injected
FootbedComfort Form
Wheel TypeLabeda Union
Bearing TypeHI-LO Abec 9
Chassis / FrameHI-LO Aluminum 80/76mm
Cost$$

9. Mission Inhaler FZ-5 Inline Skates

Last in the Inhaler line, we have the FZ-5. Like its brothers, this version of the Inhaler also comes with a comfy, heat-moldable boot. This quarter package also comes with Union wheels and ABEC 7 bearings.

It has a Hi-Lo Aluminum chassis that supports 2 different size wheels. 80mm in the back and 76mm in the front to put you in an attacking position.

The cheapest of the Inhaler lineup, the FZ-5 is a good value.

Boot Features:
Sizes6-12 in half size increments
WidthsE (Wide)
Heat MoldableYes
Tongue MaterialAnatomical, 2-piece felt
Boot ConstructionReinforced true-form tech PU
LinerFelt
Outsole ConstructionFiber Composite
FootbedStandard
Wheel TypeLabeda Union
Bearing TypeHI-LO Abec 7
Chassis / FrameHI-LO Aluminum 80/76mm
Cost$$

10. Tour Code 7.One Inline Hockey Skates

Last up, we have the Tour Code 7.One skate. Coming in at under $150, the Tour Code 7 are the cheapest skates on our list.

The Tour Code 7.One offers a memory foam tongue material and a quilted liner. Unlike the Bauer and Mission skates, this boot does not lock your foot in place. The Tour Code 7 skates come with Force 80mm wheels and BEVO race-rated skate bearings.

The Tour Code 7.One is a great budget friendly skate.

Boot Features:
Sizes7-13 in full size increments
WidthsR (Regular)
Heat MoldableNo
Tongue MaterialMemory Foam
Boot ConstructionLightweight TUFF-skin
LinerComfort Quilted Tricot
Wheel TypeForce Indoor/Outdoor 80mm
Bearing TypeBEVO Silver-3 Raced Rated
Chassis / FrameTri-Coil XT Eviction Aluminum
Cost$

Factors to Consider When Buying Roller Hockey Skates

There are 3 main factors to consider when buying a pair of hockey skates. Those factors are the parts that make up your skate, your skill level, and your budget.

Roller Hockey Skate Parts

First, let’s go over each part of your roller skates so you know what to consider when purchasing.

Boots

Boots are by far the most important part of inline hockey skates. Your feet will thank you or curse you depending on this one piece of equipment. Here are some items to consider about your skate boot.

Boot Comfort & Finding the Right Fit

Comfort is the number one thing to think about when buying a new pair of skates. That means getting your skate size correct. Most roller skates come with a skate size that will match your shoe size, but this is not always true.

It’s important to always check the skate size chart before you buy. Most roller hockey skates not only take your shoe size but also take the width of your foot into account, too. Be sure to find the appropriate skate size chart and follow the instructions to ensure a good fit.

Liners

Liners are what you rest your foot on inside your skates. Microfiber liners are the best. They’re great at moisture-wicking and preventing odor buildup.

Heat Moldable

Heat molding allows you to more closely shape your boot to your foot. This process also allows you to more easily break in your boot when they are new.

The heat molding process uses a conventional oven to soften your boots. Then, you put the warm skates on your feet, and push on the boots from the outside to mold them around your foot.

Frame

Almost all hockey roller skates come with an aluminum or titanium frame. It keeps them lightweight so you can go faster while maintaining control. You will find titanium on the best skates.

Wheels

The two main types of wheels are soft and hard. Wheel hardness is measured on a scale called durometer. Soft wheels offer better maneuverability, traction, and control. They are also better outdoors for rough surfaces like asphalt.

Hard wheels are better suited for indoor skating and offer more speed and a longer roll. Unlike soft wheels, the hard variety will provide less traction and stability.

Next to the comfort of your boots, wheels are the second most important thing on a skate. Learn more about what to look for when buying roller skate wheels.

Bearings

Two roller skate bearings go into each skate wheel and allow it to roll freely on your plate’s axle. As I’ve discussed in a multitude of articles, the most important thing about a skate bearing is that it is clean. The next thing you want is a skate-rated bearing. These are bearings that are made especially for roller skates.

Skill Level

You should also take your skill level into account before you buy.

Beginner

If you are a beginner, you don’t want to buy the top of the line skates unless you have money to burn. Some beginners get started in a sport like roller hockey and then fizzle out. If you go with some of the top skates in this article as a beginner, that can set you back over $1,000.

Most beginners want to start with a cheaper skate while they are learning the ropes. You can get a good quality pair of skates in the $150-$400 range. Skates in this price range are not as nice as the skates that cost a grand, but they will get you started.

Intermediate

For those of you that have been playing hockey for longer, you’ll want to step up to a better pair of skates. Intermediate players are after a more comfortable boot, better wheels, and bearings.

Plus, now that you are playing more often, you’re going to be after a lighter skate. Most of the intermediate skates in this article fall in the $400-$800 range at the time of this writing.

Advanced

The advanced player, of course, is going to want the very best skates on the market. Our top pick, the Mission Inhaler FZ-0, is our favorite for the advanced player. It has comfortable boots, superior handling, an excellent frame, and bearings. Another very suitable choice for the top of the line skater is the Bauer Vapor 2XR Pro. You can’t go wrong with either of these skates.

Budget

For those of you on a tight budget, you can get started with a good pair of inline hockey skates for under $150.

Price ranges vary based on your skill and quality of the skate parts. Most beginner skates are going to run in the $150-$400 range. Intermediate skaters are going to spend in the $400-$700 range. The top of the line skates are going to be in the $700+ range.

Best Inline Hockey Skates Fitting Guide

Buying a great pair of inline skates is an awesome feeling. But, that quickly evaporates if your top of the line skates doesn’t fit right. In this section, I’ll go over what you can do to ensure a great fit.

General Skate Sizing Tips

Most roller skates for men are the same as their shoe size. However, most inline roller hockey skates do no follow this trend. The skates in this article are 1.5 sizes smaller (on average) for U.S. skaters.

That means if you wear a US size 12, you are actually going to need to buy size 10.5. So, please be sure to check out the manufacturer’s skate size charts before you buy.

Skate Length and Width

Roller hockey inline skates also come in varying skate widths. These widths include narrow, regular, or wide. Be sure to take this into account when determining your size.

Skate Sizing Charts are Your Friend

To get the right skate fit, be sure to look at the Bauer and Mission skate sizing charts before you buy. I have included it below for your easy reference.

Mission & Bauer Senior Hockey Skate Sizing Chart

Mission & Bauer Skate SizeUSEuroUK
6.07.540.56.5
6.58417
7.08.5427.5
7.5942.58
8.09.5438.5
8.510449
9.010.544.59.5
9.5114510
10.011.545.510.5
10.5124611
11.012.54711.5
11.51347.512
12.013.54812.5
12.51448.513
13144913.5
14155014.5
15165115.5

Break Your Skates in Faster with a Heat Moldable Boot

Move over chocolate chip cookies, we’re baking some skates! That’s right. Some inline skates have a heat-moldable boot. This allows you to put the skates into your conventional oven and heat them up. Then, you take the skate out of the oven, put it on your foot, lace up the skate and let the boot form to your foot.

This helps break your boots in more quickly. It also gives you a one-of-a-kind custom fit.

10 Questions about Roller Hockey Skates Answered

Below I answer some of the most common questions I get about hockey skates.

What are roller hockey skates?

Inline hockey skates are a special type of roller skate made just for roller hockey.

What is the difference between roller hockey skates and rollerblades / inline skates?

Inline hockey skates do not have a brake on the back of the skate (like rollerblades do). Also, inline hockey skates have thinner wheels than rollerblades.

Some hockey skates can have different size wheels on the frame. This helps the skater stay forward on their skates and move and turn faster as they play.

A roller hockey skates’ parts are almost always of better quality than a traditional rollerblade. I have a thorough breakdown of each type of skate in my Rollerblades vs Roller Skates vs Inline Skates article.

Is inline skating harder than ice skating?

No. In fact, many professional ice skaters practice on inline skates during the summer months in some parts of the world and vice versa. The biggest difference is the surface and the traction (or lack thereof).

What are the best roller hockey skates?

Based on our thorough research, the best inline hockey skates on the market today are the Mission Inhaler FZ 0. We also really like the Mission Inhaler FZ 1 which is several hundred dollars cheaper. Both our excellent quality inline skates.

What roller hockey skates are best for beginners?

A: Our pick for the best beginner hockey skate is the Bauer RSX inline skates. It is a good all-around skate and is at a great price for the hockey player that is just starting out.

What are the most comfortable roller hockey skates?

This is a matter of personal preference. The Mission Inhaler line is our favorite for most comfortable.

How do you stop on roller hockey skates?

Most inline skates (be it hockey or speed) do not have a toe stop. So, how do you stop? There are several different kinds of stops you can do on inline skates. The most popular are the hockey stop and the T-stop. It’s either that or crash into the nearest bush. 🙂

Can roller hockey skates be used outside?

Yes. All skates (including hockey skates) can be used outside. It really has more to do with the wheels that you are using. You don’t want to skate through water, but otherwise, you can use most skates outdoors. Many advanced skaters have one set of wheels and bearings for indoors and another set for outdoors. This allows them to have wheels that are catered for each type of surface they skate on.

Can you bake roller hockey skates?

Yes. This is called heat molding and allows you to better break in inline skates while also getting a better fit.

Where are the best places to buy roller hockey skates?

Our favorite place to purchase hockey inline skates is at PureHockey.com. Note we are affiliate partners with PureHockey.com.

Final Thoughts

Every player wants that perfect skate. A skate that will last longer, feels great and will keep them playing at their top level for longer.

After thorough research, the Mission Inhaler FZ-0 was my top pick for the best inline hockey skates on the market today.

Now, get on out there and skate!

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