In 2020 a new roller skate came into the Australian market to much excitement from the local skate community.
Due to a worldwide skate shortage there was a serious lack of skates during Covid lockdown, and it was exciting to see a local skater owned brand create an offering to fill the increasing demand for quality skates.
Over the busy Christmas period we received lots of questions about Chuffed:
– Are these good skates for beginners?
– Can they be used by more advanced skaters too?
– What style of skating are they best suited to?
– Are they quality skates?
Basically, people are wondering who and what Chuffed Skates are for? We will be doing a full review on the skates soon, but for now we thought we would compile our knowledge of the brand to give skaters a better understanding of this new option in the market.
Chuffed has two models currently available, the Wanderer (in green and burgundy) and the Crew Collection (in black). These skates are the same price and have the same specs, but the Crew Collection is inspired by Chuffed’s team of skaters, and a portion of each sale goes to the skater, and the skater’s not for profit of choice.
Chuffed Skates cost $419 AUD, and are in the same price range as the Suregrip Boardwalk and the Moxi Panther (both of these are also good mid range price options but are currently sold out in most sizes Aus wide).
Chuffed Skates come with:
- A suede boot with a padded lining
- An aluminium alloy plate
- A high quality urethane toe stop (one of the best we have seen come standard on any complete skate set up)
- Hybrid 58mm 82a wheels (which means they can be used both indoor and outdoor).
Unlike the Boardwalk that has a nylon plate, Chuffed Skates come with an aluminium alloy plate (very similar to the one on the Panther). The padded lining makes the skates very comfortable compared to both the Boardwalk and the Panther.
Chuffed are a great skate for beginners who want to get into any style of skating. Unlike very cheap beginner skates on the market that are uncomfortable and are known to break quickly, these are designed to stay with the skater as they learn and progress. They can be used for recreation and learning to skate, beginner/intermediate dance, and beginner/intermediate ramp skating.
The Chuffed setup doesn’t need anything changed out of the box and is good value for money. The cushions are a bit firm, but this can be ok for beginners who don’t want too much movement under their feet when they are starting out. As skaters progress in their chosen style, they might find they will need to customise certain parts of the skates to get their desired performance.
Dance skaters who want to be more easily able to activate their edges might try a softer set of cushions (something around 82-85a), and some jam plugs instead of toe stops.
Park skaters might change to a harder wheel (something like the Bones Bowl Bombers), and add discoblox.
While these skates are good for all styles of skating, they are not designed to perform to the same level as heavy duty park skates or high-performance dance/artistic skates (like the Moxi Jack Boot custom setups, Edea skates etc). These high-end skates cost $1000 or more for a reason. No other skate around the Chuffed price point ($400-$500) will perform to the level of $1000 skates either. Skates with nylon plates are generally not recommended for park skating, making Chuffed and the Moxi Panther a better option in that regard.
If skaters will be doing lots of heavy duty jumping onto/off rails, downstairs, inverted tricks, airs etc, they will likely need to upgrade. With plates for park skating, there is a trade off between weight and durability, and heavier skaters (or those who skate more heavy duty) should consider an upgrade to a stronger plate (like the Suregrip Avanti Magnesium). Those plates alone cost $329, so skaters shouldn’t expect a stock setup that costs $419 to perform to the same level as these higher end niche products. The same goes for skaters who are going to be trying difficult dance or artistic manoeuvres that require ultimate precision and plate responsiveness. For this style of skating, a plate like the Powerdyne Reactor Pro ($579) or a Roll-Line Mariner ($340) will be more suitable.
For the price point, Chuffed Skates are an excellent addition to the options available and can’t be rivalled in terms of the features you get right out of the box. If you have any specific questions about Chuffed Skates send us an email at @firstname.lastname@example.org