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General Rules for Proper Knee Pad Fit
Determine one's weight and locate the corresponding size on the chart below. The knee pad should be tight enough to stay in place but not so tight that they restrict movement of the knee. With the knee pads on, test the range of motion by bending the leg at the knee, watching for restriction. Similarly, the elbow pad should be tight enough to stay in place but not so tight that they restrict movement of the elbow. With the elbow pads on, test the range of motion by bending the arm at the elbow, watching for restriction.

Pad Size Small Medium Large X-Large
Weight (lbs) less than 125 125-150 150-180 180+
Weight (kgs) less than 57 57-68 68-82 82+

General Rules for Proper Skate Helmet Fit
Measure the circumference of your head and find the corresponding size below. For proper fit the helmet should fit snug enough so that the skin on the forhead moves with the helmet when checking fit / movement, and sit about a 1/4 inch above the eyebrow.

Helmet Size Hat Size Head Circumference
Head Circumference
Small 6 1/2 - 7 1/8 20.5 - 22.5 52 - 57
Medium 6 7/8 - 7 1/2 21.5 - 23.5 55 - 60
Large 7 1/8 - 8 3/4 22.5 - 24.5 57 - 62
X-Large 8 3/4 + 23.5 - 25.5 62 - 67


Fitting Riedell Boots
Improper fit is the number one cause for skate failure and/or poor performance. To fulfill the basic needs of proper boot fitting, the following primary areas of concern must be addressed in order to make proper fit recommendations for Riedell skating boots. Proper fitting of Riedell boots cannot be accomplished unless the boots have been prepared for fit. Riedell-Fitting-Guidelines.pdf

Boot Length
Riedell Shoes, Inc. has developed the Riedell fitting device to provide an accurate measuring device for Riedell boots. Although the fitting devices are accurate if used properly, it is only an aid. Properly trained sales staff are needed for individual fit. The devices should never be used for the elimination of personalized fitting by trained sales personnel. The proper procedure for the use of the Riedell fitting device for determining proper boot length is to place the skater's foot firmly against the heel of the device in the standing position. Both feet should be measured. The furthest point of the longest toe should be used to indicate recommended boot length. It is recommended that whenever length is in question, always try on the smallest size first.

Boot Width
The proper boot width selection is critical. If a boot is too narrow, comfort will be affected and there is also a chance of potential foot injury. If the boot is too wide, poor performance, foot slippage and premature boot breakdown may occur. Selecting the proper width is essential to performance, skater comfort and boot longevity. Both feet should be measured. Using the tape, measure the circumference of the widest portion of the ball of the foot. Remember to pull the tape snugly. It should be noted that extra care be used when measuring the circumference of the ball of the foot. In that each boot width changes approximately at 1/4" increments, accurate measurement is needed. Before any particular width is finally selected, actual boot fit is needed for final determination. As with length, remember that if you have any questions on boot width, start your fitting with the narrowest boot first. Once again, such recommendations should be made by the professional fit specialist after all options have been tried. riedell-width-chart.pdf

How to Prepare Boots for Fit
Unlike many skate manufacturers, most mid range and upper level models of Riedell skating boots need to be prepared by the fitting individual prior to placing the boot on the foot. The use of form fitting counter, extensive comfort padding and the structure of Riedell boots will not provide the skater immediate comfort unless the boot is properly prepared prior to fitting. In addition, and even more important, Riedell's lasting construction will not allow for the skater to get their heel all the way back into the boot without proper boot preparation, resulting in potential boot oversizing. Boot preparation consists of opening up the heel counters of the boot and gently softening and warming of the quarter padding within the boot. In order to accomplish this task two methods can be used. The first method usually used on the more moderately structured boot models, is simply to spread the upper quarters of the boot apart and apply a vigorous fist and hand massage to the quarter padding and counter areas of the boots. In the more structured models, additional effort may have to be applied. In addition to separating the quarters and applying vigorous fist and hand massage to the padding and counter areas, a forward flexing of the back of the boot may be needed. It is absolutely essential that this action be conducted properly with the boot firmly held flat on a surface to insure that the soles and arch support structure of the boot is not flexed or bent. This will dramatically open up the counter and heel area of the boot as well as greatly increase initial boot comfort. Although this will take some effort to open up the counters, such boot preparations should be done modestly and only to the point where the skater can get their foot all the way back in the boot to insure proper fit. In order to totally understand this process, a demonstration and instruction of the procedure will be required by your sales agent.

Ball Placement
It is very important to identify the placement of the ball of the foot in the boot. If the ball of the foot is too far forward in the boot, pinching and/or toe room may be sacrificed resulting in discomfort, injury, or poor balance. If the ball of the foot is too far back toward the arch of the boot, usually the boot is too long resulting in discomfort, premature boot breakdown and excessive foot slippage. There are basically two ways to help determine proper placement of the ball of the foot in the boot. A very simple way is to remove the footbed from the boot and by carefully placing the skater's foot (using proper heel placement) on the footbed, you can visualize reasonable ball placement. This procedure will also give you a general observation as to the entire foot placement within the boot and it can aid you in verifying your boot length. In adult skaters, you may accomplish this task by feel and verbal description of the boot (after being prepared properly for fit) and the boot is laced firmly on the skater's foot. On most "normal" and "average" feet, if the ball of the foot is in the proper boot placement, toe room will be adequate and a snug fit in width will result. In some extreme cases, individuals with extra long toes and/or very short arches, custom built boots may be required.

What size should I get?
For low top speed skates, they are all in mens sizes. Men, you will just get your normal shoe size, unless otherwise noted on the item page. Ladies, we recommend that you down one size from their shoe size. So, a lady who wears a size 8 would get a mens size 7.


Pacer 429 Boots
These boots are sized for men and run wide. The uppers on the LT429 and R429 are cut open all the way to the toe, which gives more width flexibility than other styles.

Other Pacer Quad Speed Boots
These boots are all sized for men. The width is similar to "off the rack" shoes.

Riedell Quad Speed Boots (excluding Carrera)
These boots are all sized for men. The width is similar to shoes in finer shoe stores: B/C. In general, ladies need to order one size smaller than their shoe size for sizes 8 and up. I recommend going to a fine shoe store and being sized for a man's shoe.

New Style Carrera Speed Boots
Carrera Skates by Riedell run smaller than most skates due to the abundance of padding. The size of the skate is the same as the size as men's shoes but the padding makes them too snug for most people's comfort. Therefore, we offer the following suggestions: Men ordering Carrera need one size larger than their shoe size. If their feet are wide, they need two sizes larger as Riedell boots are B/C width. Ladies ordering Carrera need their shoe size for sizes 5 and down. (Ladies with narrow feet can usually wear one size smaller than their shoe size.) Sizes 6 and up need one size smaller.

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