Skike: When Nordic Walking Isn’t Enough

Blading with poles is top-level aerobic workout on-road or off-road

For super-fit Nordic Walkers who want to get leaner, stronger and even fitter, Nordic Blading represents the next level. The use of inline skates and longer poles is known to be an extremely effective form of exercise. Wheels instead of shoes and poles for propulsion bring extra speed to blading. Skike (skate + bike = Skike) is the brand name of a European product with larger pneumatic tires for cross-country capability, brakes activated by pressuring with the back of the lower leg and a semi-cuff that works as a lever to transfer that pressure from the body to the brakes.
Skike, which was invented by an Austrian named Otto Eder (above), has now joined Nordic Walking and other fitness activities with a training and instruction model that can accommodate trainers, coaches and instructors. The American Nordic Walking Association is offering a four-hour blading workshop on Friday, June 4, from 2:00 to 6:99 p.m. in Pacific Palisades, California. It is unclear whether this is Nordic Blading in general or Skiking in particular. The workshop costs $149 (discount for ANWA members).

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a million. Click here for links to Skike videos. The one in the upper lefthand corner has music but no voice-over, so language is not an issue.

A Bit About Equipment

There are currently three Skike models on the market, in Europe anyway, all featuring two pneumatic tube tires, industrial-quality ball bearings, “a robust and stable lightweight frame” made of aluminum that is said to be produced exclusively for Skike. Three colors and two sizes are offered. In addition, there are spare parts and accessories, special poles by Pole4 and assorted safety equipment, sportswear, accessories and bags. 
The US. distributor is Pan Trading LLC (contact Franz Zarda), 26723 Lucas Canyon Lane, Kathy, Texas 77494; 713-458-0905 or franz@skike.com. It is carried at retail by Skates.com, which also handles rollerskates, inline skates, ice skates and “aggressive skates.” Click here for the Skike trail skates page on their website.

Other than that, the Skike website also does have a link to Skike USA with a phone number (888-460-8789) but no other contact information. That number reaches an “ATT virtual receptionist” who informs callers that no one is available at the number but requests that a voice message be left.By contrast, the list for Germany, where it is promoted as “Der neue On- und Offroad Skater”  includes 288 trainers, instructors and coaches, both individuals and sports training facilities or physiotherapy clinics.

Meanwhile, a training course has already taken place in Nanjing, China (above). I’m betting that it won’t be long, trademarks and pates notwithstanding, before Skike clones appear in the People’s Republic — if they haven’t already.

4 thoughts on “Skike: When Nordic Walking Isn’t Enough”

  1. Hi Clare.Thank you very much for your post about skikes. I am Franz the VP of Pan Trading. We are Skike USA a daughter of Skike International. Skike USA just started its operation a couple of month ago and therefore we have some teething problems e.g. the 888 number. Apologies for that. However if you want to get in touch with us just use the contact details for Pan Trading mentioned in your post.
    We want to distribute skikes with sports dealers as well as instructors offering courses (like in Europe). We do have a warehouse in Katy,TX with most items on stock.
    It's a long way to go but the first responses are very encouraging for us.
    Skikng is a great sport for all ages and allows to train about 85% of all body muscles.
    Franz, Skike US, Katy TX

    1. Hi Clare.Thank you very much for your post about skikes. I am Franz the VP of Pan Trading. We are Skike USA a dahutger of Skike International. Skike USA just started its operation a couple of month ago and therefore we have some teething problems e.g. the 888 number. Apologies for that. However if you want to get in touch with us just use the contact details for Pan Trading mentioned in your post.We want to distribute skikes with sports dealers as well as instructors offering courses (like in Europe). We do have a warehouse in Katy,TX with most items on stock.It’s a long way to go but the first responses are very encouraging for us.Skikng is a great sport for all ages and allows to train about 85% of all body muscles.Franz, Skike US, Katy TX

    1. Hello Mark,

      We are here in LA- and we will have a Skike workshop this upcoming weekend with Gottfried Kuermer from Austria.
      Please give us a call for further information and check out the following link:
      http://www.anwa.us/html/52.php?idx=190
      Thanks
      Jana on behalf of ANWA
      American Nordic Walking Association
      (323) 244-2519
      Nordic Fitness Workshop for NORDIC BLADING & SKIKE, Los Angeles
      15150 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, 90272
      Start: 10/29/10 02.00 pm
      End: 10/29/10 06.00 pm

      This class will be an introduction of the Nordic Fitness sports of SKIKING (skike) and NORDIC BLADING.

      Schedule:
      Friday, 10/29/2010
      2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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