For the OP: those Bauers you mentioned...
If they were all black then they were Turbo's (still quite common but people will pay for pairs in good condition)
If they were blue with a grey back part then they were Bravo's (quite rare and worth money now)
If they were black with a grey back they were Panthers (Super rare now and worth even more)
the above assumes good condition of course & may not cover all models from the 80's, just the ones I'm aware of
Pro-form and Select were all black, too, but looked a fair bit different from Turbos. Select would have had a plastic-y / rubbery tongue cover / guard too. I think I vaguely remember Panthers - but there were probably several Bauer models that used, in effect, the same boot as Turbos.
I actually think they were a pair of Pro-form, but it's well over 20 years, so there's not a cat-in-hell's-chance I'm going to truly remember for sure, I just remember I never owned any Turbos, and BITD, the most notable plastic, hinged hockey skates from Bauer that I remember, apart from Turbos, were Select and Pro-form - although both were notably better and more expensive than Turbos - the boots looked different - they were a different design, and laced differently - some sort of plastic hooks or something. Pro-form being the poorer cousin to Select, and I think it's those that I had as quad hockeys.
From what I can remember, there were variants with Turbos (all looked essentially the same boot, perhaps with, say, a different colour cuff) - possibly some variance in frame / blade / runner too - but essentially, all the Turbos and variants I ever saw (much like the early Roces inline skates) were essentially the same boot, perhaps with some colour variance. Pro-form and Select boots were quite different from Turbos (although still were plastic hinged boots), were an obviously different boot and design, and wouldn't have even been casually confused.
No collection yet and no plans to really start one, but I bought these Fila Master Waves today. Alu chassis, 264mm wheelbase, 80mm wheels (chassis will support 84mm), Abec 7 bearings ... whatever all that means. Paid 80 EUR (£68-ish) for them.
They look decent enough rec skates - look good for the money. Fila make fairly decent skates - perhaps not quite a popular as some of the bigger, well known brands, but I suspect more popular in Europe. The have a freeskate / slalom range, too which are reasonably well thought of. If you compare them to their rec / fitness line up, they seem similar, but the boot is probably firmer / tougher and more supportive, plus the frame whilst still having reasonably big wheels, and being alu, tends towards a shorter wheelbase and be more compact, than a rec / fitness frame, which tends to make them more manoeuvrable - plus a bit more robust.
I have a pair of Fila skates, too - rec skates too these are they:-
The frames on those are noticeably longer / bigger wheelbase, than the frames on my freeskates - even my Powerslide Cell IIs which have a bigger / longer frame than some Salomon FSK frames (notably the ones I have - FSK 237s - where 237 refers to the wheelbase) - to allow for bigger wheels and rockering, whilst still being slightly more compact than your average rec / fitness frames.
If you look closely, lower down at my picture of my Powerslide Cell IIs, you can see where I robbed the front and rear Fila wheels from, to create rocker, so I didn't have to rocker the stock 84mm wheels on my Powerslides - because I've got a lot less 84mm wheels as spares.
Basically it was a bit of an impulse buy, although I had 90 minutes to think it over.
I went to work by bus because they predicted rain in the afternoon. However when I left work we still had lots of sunshine and I would have to wait an hour for the bus home. No way I was going to do that.
I figured I might as well burn some calories to lose some of the 40lbs of excess fat I'm carrying, so I walked 5 miles to the nearest Decathlon, bought the skates and skated 9 miles to get home. That was an afternoon well spent.
Slight detail : the last time I skated was 20 years ago, and I had completely forgotten everything.
It took me all of a quarter mile to get the basics worked out again and to feel confident with regards to balance while rolling, but I'm still struggling with all the rest.
I feel your pain - when I first stepped foot on / in inlines, it had been a good 10 years (more so in terms of regular skating) since I'd last skated, and that was on ice. And I'd picked a pair of inlines, running aggressive wheels (small and really hard).
It doesn't take long to get back some of it - but what type of skates / skating did you do previously? Was that inline, or was it ice? It can be quite a transition - on ice you have grip on the edges (so basically when the skate is leaning), on inlines it's practically the reverse - more grip when the skate is upright, very much less when the skate is leaning - and that's how you get inlines to slide, you have to lean / angle them, have a consistent surface, and have bottle.
Whilst rec / fitness skates don't tend to be as long, or as bigger wheelbase as say speed frames, depending on what you've previously skated on, this can hint at why I tend towards recommending freeskates / slalom skates for general skating, because they're built very robustly, and the frames whilst still allowing rec / fitness wheel sizes, tend to be more compact, helping manoeuvrability which may be a factor, depending on what people have previously been used to / skated on. The only downside, tends to be they normally run a little dearer than rec / fitness skates, and things like heel brakes tend to be an afterthought, if they are available.
Especially uneven surfaces have me stomped. No matter how slow I try, I'm basically struggling to stay upright whenever I need to cross a street. the few mm height difference between sidewalk, gutter and road is a huge hurdle to overcome right now.
Well it will improve - and the wheels on your skates are probably most suited for this - they're probably a reasonable size, and not too hard, so small bumps will be tolerated to a certain degree.
Depending on what you skated on previously, the transition may be a bit more involved - I came from years skating on ice in hockey skates (ignoring a few months of street hockey on quads) to skating on inlines. And I still struggle a lot without any rocker in the wheels - it's just how my skating evolved from many years on ice hockey skates. So I personally don't enjoy skating without any rocker (ie front (and optionally - or not so in my case) rear wheels either smaller or slightly higher, to emulate the curve of an ice hockey blade). It also takes some time to transition to where the grip is - on ice, when you're skates are leaning, on inlines, pretty much when they're upright (although it tends not to be all or nothing - but a wet surface can have a HUGE bearing on that).
I'm also not comfortable at speeds above 6-7 MPH, but that might be down to the state of the cycle path I had to use. It's the same stretch of road that made my old Bulls so jumpy at the back that I ended up switching to a full suspension MTB for road use, so it was probably way beyond my (unexistant) skill level anyway.
Mind you, I did manage to stay upright every single time I got in trouble, but I had a few really close calls.
Now I need a few days to recover, because it appears that skating does require you to use certain back muscles which don't get used much while walking or cycling.
Then it's off to a car park to learn all the techniques all over again. Proper cornering, stopping, etc.
I think the most important advice to a skater - even those who've had past experience, is to bend your knees. Then bend them some more. Many skaters don't bend their knees enough - I know I have to focus on it - I suspect it's partly due to having skated so many years when I was younger, and feeling I'm quite happy on skates tootling around, that I can be relaxed and have the balance thing sorted.
All the same, I know I need to, and I make more effort to, now - in really focusing on trying to get a good amount of knee bend when I'm skating.
As to my own skates, I've got a new addition - although I've got a few pairs of Salomon skates, I've never actually had a pair of Salomon FSKs - just the frames that I've mated to aggressive boots. I now have a pair of Salomon Deemax 3s - which have the same FSK 237 frames (albeit anodised in a rather less bling, black) as on my awesome ST90s, and my potentially awesome ST10s.
So, here they are - Salomon FSK Deemax 3, and as I was saying before, clearly the early Powerslide Cell IIs (in the 2nd pic) were at least heavily influenced by these, if not more close facsimile:-
Powerslide's frame is different - it's still extruded aluminium and it's still UFS, but designed differently and can take bigger wheels, has no enforced (pseudo) hi-lo thing going on, and has rocker washers on each axle (so each wheel can be rockered in one of four directions). Stock wheels are 84mm, whereas the Salomon FSK frames can take a maximum of 80mm wheels in the rear two axles, and 76mm in the front two axles (not quite the same when mated with my aggressive ST90s and ST10s - the wheel size is further reduced, there, without doing some work / surgery to the bottom of the boot / soul plate, to create some hollowed out recesses that the FSK skates / boots have, therefore allowing slightly bigger wheels - ie the limitations when mated with an aggressive boot are the proximity of the axles to the bottom of the boot / soul plate, when the frames are on a true FSK boot, the limit of the wheel size is the frame capacity - effectively a function of the construction of the frames and space between axles).