Quantcast

)

Published on March 11th, 2014 | by Greg

Cardiff Skate S1: Strap On, Roll Away

Finally! The weather is changing, flowers are at least considering blooming, and we’re definitely ready to get back to the great outdoors in the sun, which now stays out after 5PM thanks to the change in Daylight Savings Time. It’s time for Spring, and we’re excited to have a new way to explore sidewalks, parks, and city streets, the newest way to add some speed to your footwear and the easiest way to make your commute awesome.

The Cardiff Skate Company S1s are a tri-wheel skate that attaches to your shoes. Impressively inexpensive, the S1s allow you to take your own footwear and turn them into instantly comfortable roller skates. They aren’t the fastest or lightest, but work surprisingly well as long as you use the right type of shoes. Boots can be a bit too wide, but high-top sneakers allow both some ankle support and allow the S1s to slip around. The expandable, one-size-fits-all design is nifty and the all-important braking system works pretty well too, and we rarely ended up falling backwards onto our tushes. The extra width compared to in-line rollerblades means definite sacrifices in terms of speed, but extra stability and less stress on your feet.

That said, there are some issues. Despite tightening the sole strap snug, we still had some wiggle room- it might make sense to add a second strap for additional support. We noticed that our heels, especially for those with larger feet,  keep coming up out of the base. We liked that we could pop in and out of these with ease, but it’s not good to have your foot come out while trying to skate.

The Cardiff S1s feel well-built, with anodized aluminum rails and brakes, durable wheels just the right size, and ABEC 5 chrome bearings. And we liked that Cardiff has created a special backpack for easy carrying of your skates- they are certainly way easier to take around (and use) than the ‘rocket skates’ we tested out last year. They even look cool. They might not be the best choice for serious skaters who are used to speed and certain movements and motions that the S1s cannot replicate, but are ideal for the casual user who wants to have some fun without hauling big skates. And, for the price, they’re a great deal. Available now, online and from Brookstone, for around $160.


About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



Back to Top ↑