About two years ago, I wrote about Marsblade. I’m happy to report that I still love them as much, if not more than when I first got them set up.
Being a men’s league hockey player, I am on the ice as little as once a week to maybe three times a week. With one game a week or every two weeks, I would always feel a little rusty or that it took about a period until I got my stride back. What I’ve noticed with Marsblade is that I don’t feel that “rust” or adjustment period anymore. I just hop out there and do what I’ve been doing the last 27 years.
Haven’t heard of Marsblade yet? Well here’s a quick little background story:
I discovered Marsblade about three years ago in USA Hockey Magazine and decided to do a little more research on them. Visited the website, sent an email and got a message a day later from the inventor, COO and former NHL draft pick himself, Per Mars.
Per’s career was cut short due to nagging injuries and frustrated with his off-ice training regimen and how rollerblading was drastically different from ice skating; he decided to do something about it for future players. What he did was design an amazing roller-blade chassis that features “flow-motion” technology aka simulates the same motions and feel as if you were ice skating. Not to mention the most important part, it trains the exact same muscles. This will not only improve player performance and training, but reduce injuries as well.
Marsblade is based out of Sweden and they already have famous NHL players such as Niklas Backstrom and Henrik Zetterberg endorsing the product. He is also touring the world to spread the word about this revolutionary product.
I personally think it’s only a matter of time before every ice and roller hockey player are using these. After getting mine set up, I regularly log about 10-20 miles per week on them. I’ve spent about 27 years on other rollerblades and I can confidently say that Marsblade blows every other inline skate out of the water. The “flow-motion” technology is incredible and moves with your stride. Unlike traditional rollerblades that force your foot, knee, joints, etc. to move with the boot and chassis of the rollerblade. Lastly, Marsblade puts you more on your toes, which is also very similar to being on the ice.
Marsblade started out as just the chassis, wheel, bearing, and tool system. They come with higher-end Labeda wheels and abec-7 bearings as well. However, they just started offering a full inline skate. So you can either buy the full boot and chassis system or buy the wheel/chassis only and attach to your favorite brand of ice boot, which is what I did with my old Bauer Vapor X60’s (pictured above). Honestly, it turned out to be the most amazing set up.
So if you’re an ice or roller-hockey player, you need to get these immediately. You won’t regret it and even if you don’t play either sport, but are looking for another form of cardiovascular exercise, I highly recommend these for cross-training. It’s an awesome way to build the legs, glutes, and heart muscles.
So get rollin, because these are worth every penny and are a game-changer.