Lioness joined the Rose City Wreckers in January 2014, after rediscovering her love of skating through her daughters, members of the Rose City Rollers Rose Petals. She was just shy of MSR clearance when she broke her knee the following December. To stay involved in the program while healing, she took up coaching the Green Level Wreckers team that spring. After two knee surgeries, Lioness finally got her wheels solidly back under her in April of this year and is very close to passing all of those MSRs! And to honor how hard she has been working, she was voted Most Improved by the Wheels of Justice at Derby Daze boot camp this past summer.
Curious what gear Lioness uses? Let’s find out!
Boots – Riedell 265
Plates – Powerdyne Rival
Wheels – Radar Diamond 94a on Moto Premium Swiss Bearings
What do you love about your gear?
I’m a derby toddler, so some of my gear is still part of my starter set-up. But the two things I really love are my Diamond wheels and my custom wrist guards from Pro-Designed.
I wrestled with finding the right wheels for a while. It seemed a lot of people were very happy with their Prestos, and I got a good deal on a used set, but I could never get comfortable on them! An OG skater who knows my body and my style suggested the Diamonds, and it was a revelation. They are taller and narrower than most derby wheels – when I want to find my edges, they’re RIGHT THERE. Plow stopping is like a whisper. And the 94a hardness gives me just the right amount of slide. I splurged on fancy bearings, too.
I confess I didn’t put a lot of thought into wrist guards until I broke my wrist at practice last January. At that time I was wearing wrist guards that I’d picked because they were lightweight. Coming back from that injury, I knew I wouldn’t feel safe unless I had the sturdiest possible gear on my wrists. I had seen many recommendations for the Pro-Designed, and when I found out they did custom sizing, I was utterly sold. The company worked with me to make sure I was getting exactly what I wanted. The fabric is sturdy and the hard shells distribute the weight of my falls in such a way that I barely feel them. It’s been a great investment.