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Artistic Inline Skate Frames: PIC vs. Traix
by Jo Ann Schneider Farris

Jo Ann Schneider shares her opinions how about how the PIC artistic inline skate frame compares to the Triax frame.

I bought my first pair of Rollerblades in the early 80s. I loved my skates, but because I was an ice skater who loved figure skating, I had a tremendous urge to do all the moves I did on the ice on my in-line skates.

I was delighted when the PIC skate was developed in 1995. I was one of the first to buy the product, and, from the beginning, enjoyed how much the PIC skate feels and performs like an ice skate.

Ice skaters really have nothing to compare between the PIC skate and the Triax. Although, I have not had a chance to skate in the Triax, I have seen the skate in action, and know it won't work for my needs.

The PIC skate is rockered (which feels like the rocker in a figure skating blade), and the PIC is exactly where the toe pick would be on a blade. The Triax uses a totally different concept. Instead, the wheels lie flat no rocker) and the toe stop is exactly the same as a quad roller skate's toe stop. What I see is a traditional quad roller skate with wheels in a row.

I have noticed that those who are great skaters on quad roller skates are also great skaters on Triax skates, but in-line skaters and ice skaters who do not have quad skating experience, have a terrible time with Triax skates. One lady who absolutely loved in-line skating where I live was talked into buying Triax skates by a roller skating coach, and had such a difficult time, that she quit skating altogether.

I have heard that the judges at roller skating competitions favor skaters that skate in the Triax skate and that the Triax skate was invented by the roller skating association's directors. I don't know if this information is true, and do hope that the design of a certain skate will not be a factor in deciding who should win competitions. In-line skating ust operates on a different principle than traditional quad roller skating, and skaters should not be penalized for their choice of equiqment.

Anyway, I love the PIC skate and am so glad it made it possible for me to re-create ALL MOVES that are possible on the ice! Thank you, Nick Perna and John Petell for inventing the PIC skate - I consider them MAGIC SKATES since they've made me SO HAPPY!

About the Author:
Jo Ann Schneider Farris is an ice and inline skating coach, ice skating silver medalist, and author of the book, How to Jump and Spin on Inline Skates. For more information about Jo Ann and her family legacy of skating, see the 1999 article "Jumping and Spinning with Jo Ann".

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