Thanks to everyone that came out to our tradeshow this week and helped make it a great event. Hopefully you enjoyed the trip and also left with some new ideas or products to help make your business more successful. A special thanks to the RSA Chapter for helping to put on the seminars on Monday night back at the hotel.
Roller Derby showed new previews of a new version of their Comet skate and also new versions of their Primo higher end quad speed skate. Both of these should be coming soon. There was a lot of interest in their Vintage quad rental skate, which is a great way to upgrade your rental rack at a very reasonable price.
Sure-Grip’s Boardwalk skates continue to be a colorful and popular quad outdoor skate. They’re hightops with a fun look. They also showed a red version of their Original Phenolic wheels and they talked about a purple version of the Velvet wheel which should be available very soon.
Vanilla generated a lot of excitement as we had just received a new shipment of their Junior skates and our inventory on these is better than it has been in a very long time. Almost all sizes of the Zona Rosa, Mint, Stealth, Tuxedo, and Silver are now in stock. We are still pretty limited on the Code Blue (sizes 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 in stock) and the Code Red (sizes 3, 4, 6 in stock). They also had a prototype of a new higher end boot on display, as soon as we have more details on this one we’ll let you know.
Roces showed off their inline skates which are available in more sizes than other brands. Their Orlando is an adjustable skate that comes in a small (fits 9Jr-12Jr), medium (fits 13J-3) and large (fits 4-7). The FCO covers larger sizes (size 13, 14, and 15) and then the ZYX is for especially large feet (sizes 16, 17, and 18). Many rinks will use these for rentals in the sizes traditional inline rentals just don’t offer.
Uniq is a new brand getting ready to launch that will focus on the speed market. They will have a smaller adjustable inline race skate for younger skaters. They’ll have several boots designed for the higher end quad speed skating market. Look for more details on these as they get closer to launch, hopefully this winter. As soon as we have more firm details we’ll be sure to let you know.