Activities Sports & Athletics RollerGards Are a Fun Way to Protect Ice Skate Blades Share PINTEREST Email Print (Rollergards.com) Sports & Athletics Billiards Equipment Shots & Strokes Baseball Basketball Bicycling Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Jo Ann Schneider Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris was a silver medalist in junior ice dancing at the 1975 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships and is the author of two books on skating our editorial process Jo Ann Schneider Farris Updated March 07, 2017 The concept of a roller skating type blade guard first began as just what some called a crazy or wacky idea. That unique idea was developed and the Rollergard company was formed. The company wanted to create something that was and is better than an average skate guard and has truly succeeded in making a product that is revolutionary. With Rollergards, ice skaters get more out of their skates. The product makes it possible to skate anywhere on a surface that is flat, smooth, or hard. The durable product is also fun to use, is lightweight, and also is made of high-quality materials. Although it has been advertised that RollerGards are for all types and ages of skaters and that RollerGards help skaters break in new boots, it seems that younger skaters and those new to skating may have an easier time getting used to RollerGards since it is sometimes difficult for experienced ice skaters to get used to skating on traditional four-wheeled quad roller skates. The product can be used outdoors or inside, and parents of young skaters say they enjoy having their child ready to skate right into the rink as soon as they exit a family's vehicle. The company's patented design keeps blades from ever touching the bottom of the RollerGards, so blades stay sharper longer and are protected inside the RollerGard's high-quality plastic cases which include air holes that drain out extra moisture from wet blades. A locking mechanism keeps blades secure when in use. RollerGards only work with ice hockey skates, but the company is working on a design that will work with figure skates, which means that ice arenas everywhere may soon be filled with ice hockey players and figure skaters that are rolling on wheels towards the ice. Pros Durable and lightweightMade from high-quality plasticIncludes non-marking indoor/outdoor wheels and brakeWith RollerGards, skaters can roller skate while wearing ice skates on any smooth or hard surface. Cons At this time, RollerGards fit only ice hockey skates, but a model for figure skates is promised for the near future.It may be difficult for some ice skaters to get used to Rollergards since the wheels transform blades into traditional four-wheel skates, not inline skates. Description Fits securely to bladesCan be used indoors and outsidePlastic wheels will not mark up floorsInclude high-quality ABEC 5 bearingsComes in one size that can be adjusted to fit to any blade lengthSkaters can practice stroking skills off the iceCosts around $60Easy to take on and offPatented design protects blades from ever touching the bottom of the RollerGardsWhen RollerGards are attached to an ice skating blade, the skate turns into a traditional four-wheeled quad roller skateThe RollerGard company is working on developing a version of its product that will work for figure skating bladesCan be purchased online or directly from retailers in the USA and in CanadaIncludes a rear brakeComes in black, blue, or redDrainage holes on side of guards allow moisture to leave bladesLocking mechanism keeps blades securely attached to guards The Bottom Line RollerGards are not an essential ice skating accessory but are fun. In additional, RollerGards are made of high-quality materials that keep skating blades in good shape, can be sized to fit, and are durable. Skating on wheels can be dangerous, so consider taking safety precautions before using this product.