Instead of spending 90min idling in the park, I decided to sign up for the roller skating class. I had not thought much about it until another friend said she was learning with her son.
Hence, I ended up getting my rollerblades and guards from the same shop too. Previously, when I purchased online, I ‘chanced’ upon a discount code as I was switching the browser. I cleared cache and the same discount code popped up too. It was a $5 code.
Discount code: BNAG10
While $5 did not seem much, the blades were already discounted, so it was an additional $5.
Since it was purely recreational and I only needed a basic pair of skates, the instructor recommended a few women’s skates and some kids’ skates. Based on the existing inventory, Z selected this for me.
Rollerblade Spitfire SL G, $201.10 (SRP $229)
I knew it looked too cute and sweet but well…
Anyway, Z said he picked this for me because the rest were K2 (the brand) and other people might think I was trying to be a K2 (preschooler).
Here was to more skating for Z & I, especially after hearing that 1 hour of skating equated to almost burning 600 calories and it was a low impact cardio sport.
K2 Skate Kid’s SK8 Hero X Pro Inline Skates
We purchased this off a local website at S$189.65 after a $5 discount code which popped up as I was navigating ‘away’ from the shopping cart. I always thought that it would be cheaper to get such roller skates off Amazon but boy, was I wrong. The student price was also $194.
I compared a few models which they carried and it surprised me that this same model was selling at US$335 over here!
To be honest, I had wanted to opt for the cheaper models on this local website (Inlinex) which started at $150 onwards. My friend said she got hers from Amazon for more than $100 1 year ago. In that comparison, it was not too bad a deal but unfortunately, those models were all out of stocks.
I also decided against buying the cheaper K2 raider model at US$80 off Amazon after seeing a review which a mom posted about some pain at the heel area. This model was not found on Inlinex’s online shop (perhaps for good reason!).
I figured out if Z was learning skating at Inlinex and if the skates were from their shop, they would probably be responsible for him in a way. It also helped that their prices for the higher end models were much cheaper.
At 5.5 years’ old, Z wore a US1-5 size which was adjustable upwards by another 4 sizes.
It had always been my intention to send Z for rollerblading classes after he mastered cycling on 2 wheels. I wanted him to learn before he started primary school because I had no idea on how much time we would have on hand, and with X turning 3, it would be his turn of going for weekend sports lessons.
I was already discussing with some friends on searching for classes when Cher sent her kids for trial classes too. A week later, we sent Z to a trial class too. This school held classes over a few locations so we picked the one at Gardens By the Bay East. I had seen them conducting lessons previously but did not remember the school name.
It cost $90 for 5x90min lessons which sounded pretty reasonable in my opinion. By the end of the trial class, Z could stride and stop with his heels. There was a progress card (like our car learners’ driving program) where they would indicate his progress.
What struck me was how Z was still very enthusiastic despite falling down many times. I liked his resilient spirit which was finally showing some roots after our incessant pep talks.
I could see the look of concentration at class and the pride when he could stride to a stop smoothly. Life’s lessons like this could not be found in the books.
The next thing for us was to look for a pair of rollerblades for him. Unfortunately, X had too tiny feet to try rollerblading. He probably had to wait out till he turned 6 or to wait for Z to teach him.