Ultra lightweight extruded aluminum for precision roller skating.
The PowerDyne Reactor roller skate plate is PowerDyne's top-of-the line plate, designed for high performance artistic, jam, and track skating. The lower wheel clearance brings the skater's center of gravity lower, improving stability. The 10-degree kingpin angles are almost straight up and down, designed for the long track of the speed skater or the stability needs of skate dancing.
Reactor plates feature click-adjust locknuts on the kingpin for precision truck adjustment, bushing retainers designed to hold a step-top shaped cushion for greater reaction, and locking toe stop retainers to minimize lost toe stops.
The recent improvements to the Reactor design also feature improved shaping on the metal ball pivots for premium response and longer life, and durable nylon pivot cups that outlast the original brass style.
Reactor vs Revenge for Roller Derby:
The Reactor has long been the preferred plate of roller derby skaters, but is quickly being overshadowed by the Revenge
. A lot of this depends on personal preference, though. Roller derby initially borrowed a lot in boot and plate design from speed skating, and the Reactor was supreme. But the needs of modern roller derby involve more juking, side-to-side laterals, quick stops-and-starts that speed skating did not, and so the equipment is changing to meet those needs. Some skaters prefer the newer Revenge, others still swear by the Reactor.
The extra hardware required for the locking kingpin on the Reactor is sometimes bemoaned on the track when a quick adjustment is needed, but some skaters still prefer the precision that it offers and don't mind the extra steps (generally not needed during a bout, if you prepare). The Revenge adjusts with any standard skate tool, but also may need to be adjusted more often. The Revenge also offers a wider footbed for response, a higher wheel clearance, and 15-degree kingpins for more action. But some skaters still prefer the lower-set design of the Reactor for stability and lower center of gravity. The Revenge has a slightly shorter wheelbase on the corresponding sizes, which are designed for agility rather than straight speed.
Ultimately, we recommend you ask your favorite skaters for their feedback, and try different styles to see which one you like best. Call us up if you have questions, and we can help you pick a plate that will suit you best!
|Truck adjustment||Click adjust. Wrench and allen wrench included.|
|Trucks||Double-action, polished aluminum.|
Top retainer designed for conical cushion.
|Toe stop hold||Standard adjustable, or threaded jam plugs|
|Toe stop position||Straight|
|Locking Toe Stop?||Yes|
|Total Weight (size 6) ||14.24 oz. (fully assembled with trucks)|
Click the link above for sizing and specs. The plate-to-boot-size is based on standard mounts for Riedell skate boots. If you don't have a mount preference, use the size recommended in the chart.
If you prefer long or short mounts, then you will need to adjust your size accordingly. Standard mounts are most common, while some skaters prefer short mounts (using a plate that is "too short" for the boot). Short mounts are less stable, but offer greater agility and tighter turning. Conversely, long mounts are good for distance and straightaways.
If you are mounting these plates on non-Riedell boots, we recommend you use the sizing (in mm) and wheelbase measurements to determine your plate size, rather than the boot size, as boot sizes vary between manufacturers.
Call us if you have any questions on plate selection!