What you need to start your derby career!
Congratulations on joining Sacred City Derby Girls! The first step of your journey to becoming a derby girl is buying your roller derby gear! As you can see in the picture, roller derby requires roller derby style quad skates, knee/elbow pads, wrist guards, a helmet, and a mouth guard. There are many different options for buying gear so we have put together a short list of recommendations and options for you to browse.
Things to consider when purchasing your gear:
- Properly fitting skates are super important! If you are purchasing skates online make sure to have your foot sized or try on different sizes before ordering.
- Spend a little extra for quality knee pads, your knees will thank you!
- Many stores offer “rookie packages” that include almost everything you need. If you buy a complete gear package remember that the protective gear in these packages often comes in the same size. You might need different sized gear, i.e. your knee pads might need to be a large and your elbow pads a small, so make sure you can customize the sizes in the package.
- Upgrade your toe stops from the basic black hard plastic type, it will make your stops better and save our skating surface!
- When in doubt ask a veteran skater, we will be more than willing to offer advice and let you try our gear!
Local options for purchasing gear:
- Roller King in Roseville and Foothill Skate Inn in Sacramento, they sell a limited selection of skates but both are good places to get your foot measured and try on some skates.
- Sports stores, Target, Walmart, and other big box stores may carry some of the gear you need.
- Fast Girl Skates, derby owned and operated with great information about gear.
- Wicked Skatewear, derby owned and operated.
- Derby Warehouse, large selection, helpful buying information, and based in CA (quick shipping!)
- 2 N 1 Skate Shoppe, helpful phone advice, great wheel library program (try new wheels!), and lots of free shipping.
- Square Cat Skates, derby owned and operated.
- Amazon may carry some of the gear you need.
Places to look for used skates:
- Roller Derby Recyclables
- Craiglist, look at multiple cities as sellers are often willing to ship.
Cost: If you buy all of your gear new, expect to pay between $200 and $400 depending on your choices. Buying used skates is a good option for saving money and getting higher quality skates at a lower price.