I’m not saying this is the stuff to get, just sharing what I started with. I went with the major budget option:
Riedell R3 – You can get them for around $120. I bet changing the wheels would equal a major upgrade but I haven’t bothered yet.
I’ve been skating on these on the road & at the rink. I just bought new skates for the rink & I will be upgrading these to outdoor only with the addition of outdoor wheels.
The helmet was $40 at Sports Authority in the skateboard section.
The pads came with a $50 pair of Rollerblades I bought on ebay last year. They aren’t the best but they do the job for now till I make the team.
Seriously, pads are awesome – I have learned to love them.