What is the difference between hard shell and soft shell boot on the inline skates? Last Updated: 08/26/2011
The hard shell construction consists of molded plastic so they look similar to a ski boot. The lower half covers and protects the foot, while the upper half wraps around and supports the ankle. The two halves are connected with a hinge system that allows the ankle and boot to flex forward naturally. The uppers on recreational skates are usually made from synthetic materials, while hockey skates are usually made of leather composites.
As for soft boots, they are made with an external (and sometimes internal) plastic cuff to provide support, like a hiking boot. They provide a good fit and performance, plus they are very breathable and lightweight, and they are generally secured by laces. Review our Inline selection.