A skike or skikes are a type of Nordic inline skate that allows users to take advantage of the outdoors in a way that was, until now, unheard of. Skikes are a mix between ski rollers and inline skates and have the terrain advantages that mountain bikes offer. They have effective brakes and pneumatic tires. The result is a safe and stable off-road adventure.
The pneumatic tires offer an excellent road adherence as well as tracking stability and effective braking components. Because of the pneumatic tires, skikes are excellent for even off-road courses such as wooded areas and rocky or rough terrains. Wet surfaces are also acceptable due to the safety features of skikes. The long wheel base of these inline type skates allows for cross-skating with ease as it decreases the risk of injuries significantly.
The brakes are easy to use and highly effective in slowing or stopping. They are activated by pushing the calf backward very softly. The certified brake action is 6.5 m/s², which is the same as that of an extremely high quality bicycle. Skikes offer a very significant amount of safety even during high speeds. Normal ski rollers and inline skates do not come near to the safety at high speeds as that of skikes. Skikes do not have built-in shoes as do many outdoor sports equipment. You can wear whatever shoes you feel are most comfortable, although many use hiking boots when skiking. If you plan to be out for long periods, hiking boots will come in handy in areas of less than perfect terrain. At the moment, there are four different models available: The skike v07 plus, the skike v7 Fix, skike v8 Lift Cross and the skike v8 Lift Speed. Each skate has its own advantages and are suited for different requirements.