The Best Roller Hockey Skates of 2020

Once summer rolls around, we at Going Bar Down took a look at the best Senior Roller Hockey Skates to help you dominate the game when ice isn’t available.  We have spent many hours poring over specs, reviews, and prices to find you the best inline skates.  For 2020 We have decided that the Tour Code 1 Roller Hockey Skates take the crown.  This amazing combination of technology, quality, and all at a great price is why Tour has taken the top spot for the year.  Read on to find out why we ranked them #1!

If you also want to check out the best on-ice skates available today, click here to check out our Top Senior Hockey Skates page!

Best Performance For The Price

Best Inline Hockey Skate

All the features of a $1000 dollar skate for much, much, less has Tour’s Code 1.One Inline Hockey Skates on top of our rankings for this year!

Tour makes Ice and roller hockey products, but has really differentiated themselves in inline hockey lately.  The third generation Tour Code 1.One is their flagship inline skate.  Featuring technology such as lightweight Varroc plastic construction, and a fully moldable boot,  Tour will keep you feeling fresh and ready with a lightweight amazing fitting boot.  Tour has also put in Vibram patches in high wear areas to ensure your hard earned dollars are pent wisely and hold up for a long time to come.  With a fully moldable boot, and great reinforcement, the Tour Code 1.One is everything you need to dominate your inline league!

Runner Up

Best Bauer Roller Hockey Skate

Brand new for 2020 the Vapor 2XR pro takes Bauer’s flagship skate to the next level – This is the most advanced skate on the market!

Bauer’s flagship model gets a wicked update for 2020.  This is the most advanced and high end skate on our list, the only reasons we did not rank it first is due to the value the Tour Code 1 has compared to the Vapor 2XR Pro.  However, if you demand the ultimate skate with the best technologies – This is it.  Ultra light weight, strong, with a high end HI-LO Kryptonium wheel chassis, this is the ultimate performance skate of 2020.

Best Mission Skate

Most Advanced Roller Hockey Skate

Mission doesn’t hold anything back when developing this inline skate and it is the best choice for players that demands the ultimate in performance!

Mission came to the table with one thing in mind with the Inhaler FZ-0 – Create the best performing inline skate in the game.  The Mission Inhaler FZ-0 roller hockey skate offers innovations not seen elsewhere on skates including its Off-White curve quarter which offers the best ankle support in the game.  The Grip Fit Pro liner makes this skate as comfortable as it is high tech.  The boot features ventilation ducts and the tongue has Mission’s True Vent technology to keep your feet cool and dry throughout the game.  When you need the best inline skate offered today, the Mission Inhaler FZ-0 is your best bet.

Budget Friendly Choice

Best Budget Roller Hockey Skate

Borrowing technologies from Tour’s Code 1 skate, but coming in at 1/3 the price of Bauer and Mission’s offerings, the Code 2 doesn’t make you spend top dollar.

Sharing many features with the Code 1 such as Vorrac construction, a stiff and strong plastic blend, and reinforced wear areas, the Code 2 is your budget alternative to the other top of the line roller hockey skates.  The tongue on the Code 2 is removable and adjustable helping make these inline skates feel like they were built specifically for you.  If you are looking to get into roller hockey or take your game to the next level while giving your wallet a break, the Tour Code 2 skates may be a perfect fit for your game.

Our Recommendations

The Top Of The Line Inline Skate

Bauer takes its top of the line Vapor 2X Pro ice skate and morphs it into the highest performing and ultimate roller hockey skate

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Performance and Value All In One

All the features of a $1000 dollar skate for much, much, less has Tour’s Code 1.One Roller Hockey Skates are on top of our rankings for this year

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Performance On A Budget

Coming in at 1/3 the price of Bauer and Mission’s offerings, the Code 2 allows you to get to the top of your inline hockey game without spending top dollar

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Our Research and Findings

Roller Hockey Skates have come a long way from their humble beginnings, which shared more in common with casual roller blades than their true performance oriented ice hockey brethren. No longer, as companies such as Mission, Bauer, and Tour have bridged the gap and started putting out technologically advanced inline offerings such as those listed above to help you take your game to the next level.

With multiple leagues popping up all over the United States in particular, Roller / Inline Hockey is picking up steam and becoming more and more popular.  It is just simply much more feasible to have concrete rinks to play on in cities and states where the temperature can get above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

In our article we will go over the best inline hockey skate offerings from Bauer, Mission, Tour, and CCM to help you pick the best roller hockey skates to help you dominate on the concrete!

The Best Roller Hockey Skates

Specifications and Features:

  • Vorrac Quarter Package – High quality carbon composite helping harness power for explosive strides
  • Kinetic Tendon Guard – A tendon guard designed to harness your stride energy and snap back into place after your stride is finished
  • Vibram Patches– Reinforcing the high wear areas, Tour ensures these skates will last for the long run
  • Labeda Humer Eviction Pro2 Frame – A magnesium aluminium alloy frame with a lower center of gravity and is feather light!

Advantages:

Tour’s flagship model is loaded with all of their top of the line technologies and features, making this our pick for best inline skate.  High quality plastics throughout help make this a tough and sturdy skate, and the Tour adjustable tongue helps make this skate feel completely custom.  Tour has also included a honeycomb ventilation port on the side to help keep your foot dry and cool throughout the game.  Tour’s top of the line inline hockey skate also utilizes Labeda technology and products throughout.  Labeda is a premier frame and wheel manufacturer, and these Labeda frames feature the fastest and most friction-less swiss bearings in their arsenal!

BOTTOM LINE:

An amazing overall inline skate, Tour has carved out a niche in the roller hockey universe.  Players everywhere love their skates, and they also come in at a great price as opposed to some of Bauer and Mission’s top of the line offerings.  It’s a top of the line skate that can go head to head with any others, and also offers unbeatable value.

Specifications and Features:

  • DYNAFLEX System – Bauer’s advanced boot system designed to maximize stride power transfer  
  • Aero Foam Memory Foam – An advanced memory foam wraps around your ankle inside the boots quarter package for amazing comfot 
  • Recoil PRO Tongue – A flexible tongue that helps create explosive strides by recoiling the force you put down to the ground!
  • Labeda Addiction Wheels– The same premium wheels found in the Mission Inhaler FZ-0 – You will be hard pressed to find better wheels!

Advantages:

Bauer has upped the ante and improved upon the already amazing Vapor 1XR and stormed onto the inline hockey scene with the 2XR Pro.  The boot features space age like carbon fiber technologies borrowed from its top selling Vapor 2X Hockey Skate.  The Labeda Addiction wheels are designed specifically to grip indoor playing surfaces with a 76A grip rating and an 83-86A hardness meaning you get all the grip without sacrificing durability!

BOTTOM LINE:

The Bauer Vapor 2XR Pro is the ultimate roller skate.  It features all of Bauer’s top technologies and has a wicked wheel and frame chassis down low to help you dominate your roller league.  The price is high, but you are receiving the ultimate skate that will last you for years!

3. Mission Inhaler FZ-0 Skate - Most Technologically Advanced Roller Hockey Skate

Specifications and Features:

  • Off White Curb Quarter – An advanced boot designed for optimal support, key for power transfer  
  • Grip Fit Pro Liner– With a hard, lightweight plastic on the outside, the interior of the boot needs advanced materials to help your foot feel comfortable and supported 
  • True Vented Tongue– Increases air-flow to your foot to keep it dry and feeling cool throughout the game 
  • Labeda Addiction Wheels– Top of the line wheels helping you achieve the ultimate in control and turning so you have superior agility compared to your opponents 

Advantages:

The Mission Inhaler FZ-0 is an elite level roller skate with ultimate performance in mind.  Mission has packed so many technologies into this boot and frame it is hard to cover them all.  Off-White Curv Quarter package, HI-LO Kryptonium chassis, and liner technologies inside are a few of the highlights.  If you need one of the best inline hockey skates in the game, look no further

BOTTOM LINE:

The FZ-0 has everything you could want from an roller hockey skate.  Boot and frame technologies, cooling air ducts, soft and supple materials inside the boot, and top of the line Labeda wheels mean these skates will give you the best odds to dominate in the arena

Specifications and Features:

  • 3D Curv Composite Boot – A technology taken right from the top of the line Vapor 1X Ice Skates, this boot hasfull carbon composite construction offering the ultimate protection
  • LOCK-FIT PRO Liner– This liner technology keeps your foot locked down all game, and keeps it dry and cool by dissipating heat
  • FLEX-LOCK Pro Tongue – This new tongue helps lock your foot down in conjunction with the Lock Fit liner for unbeatable fit
  • Bauer Speed Plate –  Also borrowed from top of the line skates, the Speed Plate is head moldable so upon purchasing these skates will feel like you have worn them for years

Advantages:

The 1XR is built to go head to head with the Mission FZ-0 at the top of the heap for inline skates.  If you are an ice hockey player that wants to rely on technologies proven on the ice rink, this skate is for you.  You are basically getting a top of the line Vapor 1X boot and strapping it on wheels.  The Vapor line is focused on agility and balance so you will cut up the rink like no other in these skates

BOTTOM LINE:

If we were ranking skates simply on the best and not taking price into account, you would be seeing the 1XR at the top of the list.  The technologies on this skate are taken right from the most commonly used skate in the NHL, so if you demand the best for your inline game, these will definitely compete with the FZ-0 for your hard earned money

Specifications and Features:

  • Vorrac Quarter Package – High quality carbon composite helping harness power for explosive strides
  • Kinetic Tendon Guard – A tendon guard designed to harness your stride energy and snap back into place after your stride is finished
  • VIbram Patches– Reinforcing the high wear areas, Tour ensures these skates will last for the long run

Advantages:

The Tour Code 2 is one of our top inline skates as it checks all the boxes.  It is relatively affordable, and features many technologies from the Tour Code 1, such as the Vorrac Quarter Package, Kinetic Tendon Guard, and Vibram Patches for better wear.  These roller hockey skates are not quite as light weight, and feature a clarino liner instead of the Tour 1’s Accu Aire liner, so you will remain comfortable, just not quite as dry or locked in.

BOTTOM LINE:

The Tour Code 2 is one of the best inline skates for the price and that is why we chose it as our best budget pick.  It’s usually around 1/3 the price of the Vapor 1XR and Inhaler FZ-0, and half the price of the Code 1, but you are still getting an impressive suite of features and a pair of roller hockey skates designed to be used often and at a high pace.


6. Bauer Vapor XR800

Specifications and Features:

  • 3D Curv Composite Boot – A technology taken right from the top of the line Vapor 1X Ice Hockey Skates, this boot hasfull carbon composite construction offering the ultimate protection
  • LOCK-FIT PRO Liner– This liner technology keeps your foot locked down all game, and keeps it dry and cool by dissipating heat
  • FLEX-LOCK Pro Tongue – This new tongue helps lock your foot down in conjunction with the Lock Fit liner for unbeatable fit

Advantages:

The Vapor XR800 is an excellent roller hockey skate that borrows many features and technologies from the Vapor 1XR.  The 3D Curv Composite boot keeps your feet protected from slashes or blocking shots, and the combination of the Lock Fit liner and the Flex Lock pro tongue mean your foot is going to be locked in for a comfortable but responsive skate.

BOTTOM LINE:

For those looking to get technologies tried and tested on the ice rink, but not quite ready to dish out for the top inline hockey skate currently produced, the XR800 is a great choice.  Features to protect your foot and lock it in place means you will be performing great all while enjoying great protection at the same time

Specifications and Features:

  • Tru-Form PU Quarter Package– An advanced boot designed for optimal support, key for power transfer  
  • Grip Fit Liner– With a hard, lightweight plastic on the outside, the interior of the boot needs advanced materials to help your foot feel comfortable and supported 
  • Form Fitting 3 Piece Tongue– This tongue is designed to conform right to your foot to give you that out of the box custom feel
  • Labeda Union Wheels– Smaller 76mm wheels up front paired with 80mm wheels in the back help you with maneuverability in tight situations

Advantages:

Slotting in two models below the top of the line FZ-0 skates, the Mission FZ-3 uses a lot of the same technologies, but lacks some of the light weight or breathability of its bigger brother the FZ-0.

BOTTOM LINE:

If you want a great fitting roller hockey skates that borrows some technologies from premier skates, but are willing to sacrifice a bit in the ventilation and weight departments, the FZ-3 is a great budget option for anyone looking to excel at roller hockey.

Specifications and Features:

  • Injected Comp Weave Quarter Package – Offers moderate stiffness but enough flexibility for a comfortable fit.  A great mix of performance and comfort
  • Molded EVA footbed and Microfiber Liner – Both technologies make this a comfortable skate that won’t leave you with blisters after a long game
  • HI-LO Ventilator Steel Chassis and HI-LO wheels – Providing a unique skating angle and wheels that help with balance and stride efficiency

Advantages:

Bauer built this skate with the casual inline hockey player in mind and it works great for that purpose. A solid boot for flexibility and stride efficiency, an EVA molded footbed andmicrofiber liner provide suppoert and comfort, and HI-LO chassis and wheels for a great feeling skate.  For the price the Bauer RSX is a great roller hockey skate for the casual or new player

BOTTOM LINE:

For a casual roller hockey player looking for a comfortable well balanced skate, the Bauer RSX is a fantastic choice  The price point allows players to save some money as well.

Specifications and Features:

  • Injected Comp Weave Quarter Package – Offers moderate stiffness but enough flexibility for a comfortable fit.  A great mix of performance and comfort
  • Standard footbed and Microfiber Liner – Both technologies make this a comfortable skate that won’t leave you with blisters after a long game
  • HI-LO Ventilator Steel Chassis and HI-LO street wheels – Providing a unique skating angle and wheels that help with balance and stride efficiency

Advantages:

Designed for new inline hockey players or those who want to take their skates on roads or paths.  This skate has many of the same features as the Bauer RSX, with the big difference being the standard vs moldable footbed, and the HI-LO street wheels that are not quite as responsive as the RSX’s, but can handle road and path skating better

BOTTOM LINE:

Another solid entry into the beginner roller hockey player segment, the Bauer RS is a fantastic, budget friendly choice for aspiring inline hockey players

Specifications and Features:

  • Alkali Pro Roller Last – Allows the foot to fit properly with more room in the front of the boot
  • Hyperlock L-pads – Helps to secure ankles to minimize heel lift, which will maximize energy transfer for every stride
  • Tac-Lite Liner and Felt Tongue – Two of Alkali’s interior boot technologies for a comfortable fit
  • Alkali Lite 82A Outdoor Wheels – Allows the skater to wear these skates inside or out to practice skating

Advantages:

The Alkali RPD Lite R is a beginner skate designed for new players or people looking to learn how to roller blade.  An abundance of features make this a comfortable and great fitting skate, meaning your first foray into inline skating will be a comfortable one

BOTTOM LINE:

The Alkali RPD Lite R is a great skate for beginners, and Alkali has a long history in inline skating so you can rest easy that the company knows what they are doing.  We wouldn’t recommend going any cheaper than the RPD Lite R’s, but if you have around $100 to spend and want to get into inline hockey or learn to skate, this skate could be a great option

Roller Hockey Skate Fitment Guide

Below you will find some basic information on the parts of a hockey skate and how to fit them properly. We will be writing a more in depth article on how to fit skates at a later date so keep a look out for it!  Until then the guide below can point you in the right direction to get a great fit!

Parts of the Inline Hockey Skate

The hockey skate can be broken down into three main components:

Boot – This part of the skate that you put your foot into and is comprised of an Achilles guard, heel cup, quarter panel (the sides), and a toe cap.  Some companies manufacture these pieces separately and then assemble them into the final product.  Other newer and more advanced skates have several or all of these pieces manufactured as one striving for a more ‘one piece’ construction which creates a stronger skate with better energy transfer.  
Runner – This is the part of the skate that is screwed into the boot at the top and holds the wheels at the bottom.  Although this part of the skate doesn’t get the same attention as new lightweight boots or fancy wheels, it is an integral part of the skate. 
Wheels – This part is pretty obvious, however, there are many types of wheels.  From soft wheels designed for ultimate traction and maneuverability indoors, to outdoor wheels which are harder and will not wear as easy.  Higher end skates generally come with softer and higher end wheels standard

SKATE LENGTH

The first question everyone asks is ‘How does my shoe size correlate to skate size?’.  A hockey skate is usually 1.5 (US) sizes smaller than your shoe size for an adult, and closer to 1 full size down for a child.  An adult wearing a 10 US size shoe would start off trying on a size 8.5 skate.

SKATE WIDTH

Hockey skate widths are measured in letters and can belong to one of two width nomenclature systems.  The sizing is ranked from narrowest to widest.  The classic ranking system is C, D, E, EE, and an alternative system is N, R, and W meaning narrow, regular, and wide.  The majority of players will fit into D or R width skates. 

Heat Molding Skates

Heat molding skates became standard in the early 2000’s.  Before heat molding, hockey players had to find a skate that fit them as best it could out of the box, and then literally through blood, sweat, and tears, break the skates in over a period of 10-20 skates.  Massive blisters, foot cramps, and bleeding were not uncommon.  Thankfully the manufacturers upped the tech in the skates and it became standard to put advanced materials in a hockey boot which allowed it to be put in a small oven for a few minutes to allow the boot to soften up.  Once the boot comes out of the oven, you put your foot in it for 5-10 minutes and allow it to form to your foot.  This doesn’t guarantee there will be no break in period, but take it from me, it will drastically reduce the time it takes for the skates to feel perfect on your feet and if done properly can usually make it a blister free affair.

Conclusion

We have gone over many of the best inline skates in the game, as well as some budget options  At the end of the day if you are looking for a high performance skate, that amazingly does not come in at the most expensive in our list, we think you should go for the Tour Code 1.  If anyone has an opinion or question on any of the roller hockey skates I have talked about, we’d love to hear from you.