Chariot Skates

Chop a gladiator’s chariot in half and attach one side to each foot. On a much smaller scale that’s what Chariot Skates’ version of an inline skate looks like.

The carbon fiber “wheel skates” are scheduled to be available in June for an undetermined amount of cash. The company says each skate has about 5.5 pounds of carbon fiber. A road bike frame, for comparison, has about half or less that amount of carbon and can cost thousands of dollars.

Chariot Skates

The company claims the skates, which are still in the testing phase, roll smoother and provide more maneuverability than traditional inline skates. You can take them over uneven terrain like grass or dirt more easily than their counterparts. Bonus: They’re said to make you “feel like you’re skiing.”

Each Chariot skate has a knee-high main wheel in which your foot is strapped in and suspended just below its axel. For added stability, there’s a smaller wheel near your heel. From there, the skate boots are more or less like what’s found on inline skates.

Chariot Skates

They don’t have brakes. The company has been developing a cabled brake that you hold while cruising. But for now riders are on their own. To stop you need to squeeze the wheels — so wear gloves! — or drag one foot behind you.

The Chariot Skates should be available from the Hong Kong company in June for an undetermined price.

—Ryan Dionne

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.