Mouse Skates Overview

Replacing the mouse skates on your gaming mouse is super easy and results in a smoother and more consistent glide. Replacement skates are typically made of PTFE Teflon and have rounded edges to prevent any dragging on uneven surfaces.

If you need help replacing your mouse skates, check out our quick guide found here

 

Mouse Skate Brand Comparison 

Tiger Gaming

Tiger Gaming are a China based manufacturer of mouse skates and mousepads. They work together with iTakTech to design and distribute these skates. 

 

Tiger Arc v1

These skates are the original offering from Tiger Gaming with rounded edges. They come with two packs per set, and are a great choice for budget replacement skates. They are not the quickest skates out there, but they're very smooth and consistent. If you prefer a very smooth and control oriented glide, these are for you!

Most older mice are supported, but if your device is more recent, you may want to check out the Arc v2s.

 

Tiger Arc v2

An update to the original Tiger Arcs, these skates come with 1 pair per pack and are much quicker to the glide than the original release. This updated version is comparable in both speed and glide to Hyperglides.

Most popular newly released devices are supported, but if your device is a little bit older you might not be covered and have to resort to the Arc v1s.

 

Tiger Arc ICE

Tiger ICE skates are yet another variant of skates released by Tiger Gaming in 2021. They are differentiated from the others by a rainbow holographic label on the back of the skates, opposed to the paper and silver labels.

They are designed specifically for a faster glide than most other replacement skates. They still keep the extremely smooth glide as the other pairs, so if you are looking for the quickest glide out there right now, you'll be happy with these.

 

Hyperglides

Hyperglides are one of the original replacement mouse skate producers. They offer an extremely smooth and quick glide on every pair that they offer. While Hyperglide tends to release new models of mouse skates slower than other manufacturers, the product is well worth the wait. You can't go wrong with a pair of these. 

 

Corepads

Corepad are a German manufacturer of mouse skates and mouse grips. They've been around for a long time and are constantly aiming to improve their products, as shown when they updated their lineup of mouse feet from the original flat edges to rounded edges.

Corepads, or "Corepad Skatez", are extremely consistent and long-lasting mouse skates. While not the flashiest, they cover a very wide range of mice that other companies may not cover, and do a great job at it.

Corepad is very quick to release replacement skates for popular new mice, while other manufacturer's skates may sometimes take a little longer to hit the markets.

 

Hotline Games

Hotline Games is one of the original aftermarket mouse skate manufacturers. They offer a wide range of mouse skates in different heights and variants, and they offer them at a great price. If you have an older gaming mouse, you'll probably find a pair of hotline skates made for them.

None of these skates have rounded edges, so the glide may not be as consistent depending on the mouse and surface that you apply them to. If you have a smooth playing surface to work with, you should consider giving these a try, the glide is noticeably unique and one of our personal favorites.

 

Hotline Competitions

These are one of our personal favorite choices of replacement mouse skates. They are silver treated PTFE skates and are absolutely buttery smooth. If you're not a fan of the speed or glide of the rounded edges on the most popular skates, we definitely recommend giving these a try.

 

Hotline Performance

These skates are a super interesting release from Hotline Games. They are designed to mimic the ordinary "stock" mouse feet that come with mice out of the box. We'd recommend going with the Competition Level skates over these unless you're specifically looking for a stock feeling on your mouse.

 

Hotline Masters

These are likely the most unique mouse skates ever released to date. They are beige in color, and come in a really nice envelope packaging. The glide is considered quite slow/control and have a break-in period after installation.

The community response was very mixed on these, most people preferred other replacement options out there. These are no longer in production.

 

Height Option Differences

Hotline skates come in either 0.23mm or in 0.8mm height - and its important to pick the right one.

The 0.23mm skates are meant to be placed on top of existing mouse feet. This is useful if you want to reduce the LOD of your mouse, or don't want to replace the original skates. These can be tricky to apply properly but are a great option if you need super thin skates as no other manufacturer offers this.

The 0.8mm skates are standard height and meant to replace the entire existing mouse skates, similar to most other aftermarket skates.

 

Various Ceramic Skates

Recently, there have been a very unique type of mouse skates gaining popularity made out of ceramic instead of PTFE. They are extremely quick and not for everybody. They will not grind down over time and should never need to be replaced if you enjoy using them, and they are worth a try if you enjoy a very fast glide.

 

NOTE: Plastic Film on New Skates

Manufacturers sometimes include a small film over the skates to prevent scratching or damage during transport. This film is meant to be taken off by the user, and will come off if you gently rub the edges of the skates. If you are having issues with your new mouse skates, make sure that your skates don't have any plastic film hidden on them.

 

"Breaking in" Mouse Skates

Some mouse skates have a brief "break in" period after installing a fresh pair onto your mouse. This means they might be slightly rougher or louder when first installed. Skates will break in naturally after some time, but if you'd like to speed up the process you can do so by applying some pressure down on the mouse, and doing large sweeping circle and figure 8 motions on the mousepad. After a short period of time, the skates will have smoothened out and feel much better.

 

Replacement Skates LOD Issues

Very rarely, when replacing your default mouse skates, you can run into LOD (lift off distance) issues. While replacement mouse skates are designed specifically for your device and most mice will not see a difference, every mouse is different and may react unexpectedly to the change. If you are having sensor or tracking issues after installing replacement mouse feet, try adjusting your mouse lift off distance. We are not responsible for any possible sensor issues that arise when using replacement mouse skates (but really, you should be fine).