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Measuring Guide: Adult Freshmeat Kit

The following guides are recommended for the average adult.  Whenever possible, skaters should contact us for a free private fitting to ensure the best possible fit.

To measure yourself, you will need

  • One soft tape measuring (like a tailor would use)
  • Two pieces of paper
  • (Optional) A friend to assist or a mirror

S-ONE Lifer Helmet

  • Take a soft tape measure and wrap it around your head
  • Think about keeping your head level, point the top of you head to the ceiling and your jaw line parallel with the floor
  • You may want a friend or a mirror to ensure that you are measuring just above your ears and level to the ground
  • First determine which hard shell will fit you best
    • If your head measures 18.5 – 20.5″ check out the S1 Mini Lifer Helmet.
    • If your head measures 20.5″ – 23.5″ check out the S1 Lifer Helmet
    • If your head measures 23.” – 25.5″ check out the S1 Mega Lifer Helmet.
  • Second, use the following chart to determine which fit kit will best fit your head


Sisu Mouth guard

If you are 12 years old or older, the recommended size is an adult SISU mouth guard.

Smith Scabs 3-Pack (wrist, elbow, knee pads)

As an entry level set of pads, these kits try their best to be as close to “one size for all” as possible.  While technically the adult sizing is offered in S/M/L/XL, the sizing is most relevant to wrist guards.


R3 Derby Skates

We recommend you measure both feet, as they may very.

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Laces are more than just eye candy

Pay attention to your lacing… your feet will thank you!

Lace Patterns
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I have laces on the brain these days thanks to Mad Moiselle and my aching toes.

Mad Moiselle recently sent me this info-graphic showing various lacing configurations to solve specific foot aches and pains. My issue was sore toes; Months ago I even lost a toenail from one of my big toes (yuck!) although that may have been from a kick to the foot. :/ So, according to this lovely chart, I’ve laced my skates based on the lace configuration which pulls the skate toe box up from the toe.


I have to admit, after unlacing my boots, I realized that my old lacing pattern was probably the worst possible configuration for sore toes. I had extra lace straddling my toes to secure my toe caps (which I got, in part, in hopes of reducing pain from the aforementioned kicks to the toes!). It’s been several weeks since making the change, and I’m happy to report that my pain is completely gone.

Are your laces in need of a refresh?  Check out all the great laces available at Busted Skate!

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Follow us on Instagram!

We’ve had some skaters request that we create an Instagram account.  What a great idea!  What took us so long?

You can find as at

We want to see customer action shots!  And even better, we want to see your most beat up, destroyed, and busted skates!

For the love of derby!

Love always,


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Riedell is in the house!

Diamond Natural 94A

My first pair of skates were Riedell 165s.  My second (and current) pair of skates were  Riedell Blue Streaks.  It’s no coincidence that I stayed in the Riedell family when upgrading from my freshmeat set or that so many skaters in the Thunder Bay Roller Derby League are currently skating on Riedells.

We know and love the brand!  And now we are so pleased to be an official Riedell dealer.

The ability for our local derby leagues to try on Riedell roller derby skates for size and fit is huge and is exactly our incentive for launching Busted Skate.  We couldn’t be more pleased!

Currently in stock we have skates, toe stops, toe caps, tools, skate bags, wheel bags, and wheels (so many wheels!).

A full catalogue of Reidell products can be viewed here:

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We’ve got your Bonts right here!

Everyone knows how much Boxcar loves her Bonts 🙂

Now you can have them too!  We carry all Bont products including boots, plates, wheels, bearings, hats, bags, and accessories.

We’re still adding Bont products to our storefront.  If you don’t see something you are interested in, please contact us.

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Let us know what derby schwag you’re looking for!

Our motivation for opening Busted Skate has always been to support derby in our community.  We’ve started by stocking items we think most derby players would like to try on but currently are not available in local stores.

Are we missing items you are looking for? Let us know!  Email us at and tell us what derby goodies you would like to see us keep in stock.



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Why the hell are we doing this, anyway?

I Heart Vodka

This is a surprisingly difficult question to answer.  Yes, we are probably nuts (most derby people are). Why would two over worked and over committed derby lovers, like Boxcar and myself, take on the expense, risk, and hassle of opening a derby store?

Here goes…

  • For the love of derby – There is a sad lack of derby equipment available locally.  This really hurts our local league’s ability to on board skaters quickly. It can also makes for high drama while a seasoned skater waits on an equipment delivery precious days before the bout. We know having basic supplies locally will make a difference to our league! 
  • There is so much opportunity – We love buying derby gear and accessories… but as it stands the buying experience can be painful!  With a wide world of options and new products on the market all the time, there is no great way to comparison shop without a hours of research and a few dozen spreadsheets.  We know there has to be a better way!
  • We’ve got mad skills – further to the above point, we have some pretty nifty plans for a unique app which ties into our store and offers some neat-oh tools for derby players.   With over 25 years tech and creative experience between us, we’ve got plenty of brain power to bring our app to market.  We know if we build it, they will come!
  • Just because we want to – When it comes down to it, Boxy and I just both have that look in our eyes… this is happening, whatever hell there is to pay!  We’ve already had to adjust along the way, but it’s really no big deal, we just keep rolling towards the end goal… and dream of filling our first order!  We know if we put in the work, we can build something remarkable!


Will we survive this?  Will our friendship survive this? I think so 🙂  We’re in this together and together I’m convinced we can accomplish greatness.

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3 – 2 – 1 Launch!

Colourful Quad Skate

Today we’re pleased to launch our shiny new website!  We think you’ll really like what we have in store. 😉

Busted Skate is as much about community as it is about roller derby.  With that in mind, we’ll be feeding you the inside scoop on the company and how we’re growing the business side of things.  As we grow and share our derby love with you, we hope, in return,  you will share your derby love with us.  After all, we’re building this company for the love of derby!