Beginner’s Guide To Ice Skating Equipment
If you’re not sure what kit to buy for ice skating, this guide is definitely for you.
Choosing the right ice skates
Before you even consider buying a pair of ice skates, it’s important that you decide which ice-based activity you specifically want to do. Each ice skating discipline has its own skate requirements that you really need to look out for before buying that first pair you impulsively find.
Figure skating requires players to perform fast jumps, spins, and spins in highly choreographed combinations. As a result, the skates had to be very flexible and, preferably, made of leather. The skating knife must also be very sharp to match the player’s need for accuracy. Each blade runs along the base of the boot, and is equipped with a toe-pick at the front, allowing for easier jumping and turning.
Ice hockey shoes
While skates are made for speed and elegance, ice hockey skates are shaped to withstand the physical stress of an intense high-contact sport. Ice hockey boots are not designed to fit a competitor’s ankle like roller skates. Instead, they are flatter and slimmer, with no picks on the front. Ice hockey skates are lighter than roller skates, but offer more support to the foot with a rounded blade at the back.
Fast roller skates
Fast skating requires very fast footwork, allowing for rapid progress in a race across the ice. With this in mind, speed skates have very long, thin blades that extend beyond each end of the skate. Similarly, many speed skating blades are designed so that they do not stick to the heels of the boots. This prevents the blades from digging into the ice and slows down competitors with friction. Speed skates are not recommended for absolute beginners, so try and avoid buying a pair unless you specifically go into that field (or rather, rink) ice skating!
Buy the most suitable ice skating skates
So now that you know the difference between the three main types of ice skates, you may be wondering what else to look out for when buying your first shoe.
If you’re a beginner who just wants to learn the basics of ice skating, and have fun and be active in the process, you might want to choose some roller skates. While ice hockey and speed skates are designed with specific sports in mind, rollerblading offers everything you need to learn some of the more basic moves and turns.
When trying on roller skates, make sure they fit snugly and are not too tight or loose. It is very important that your ankles are properly supported during skating sessions and if your shoes are too stiff (or even too flexible), you could be in real danger of twisting your ankle and causing serious damage to your stressed foot.
So before you take out that credit card, make sure you are fully aware of the type of ice skates you are going to buy and assess how well they fit your feet. In the world of ice skating, money really is everything to get a decent pair of skates, so don’t skimp on quality just to save money. Buy from specialist stores and get expert advice wherever possible!
Of course, you don’t need to invest in a pair of skates if you’re not particularly interested, as all commercial ice rinks have skates you can rent that are perfect for beginners. As your skating skills develop, it’s definitely worth buying a decent pair of skates so you can reach your full potential.
Choosing the right clothes for ice skating
As the name suggests, ice skating can be very cold — especially if you occasionally fall and fall onto the cold, hard surface of the rink.
Beginner ice skating is all about staying warm and comfortable. You might look stylish in your best designer sportswear, but you definitely won’t look stylish when you fall in front of a group of giggling schoolgirls. It’s very important to wrap properly, but don’t overdo it, it’s not a high-risk sport.
Unless you’re taking a serious contest, your clothes should fit perfectly and not be too tight or baggy. Your best bet for ice skating equipment is clothing that’s lightweight and durable enough, limiting the pain caused by falls that you’re sure to suffer in the early days.
Gloves are always handy if you are a beginner and find yourself on the floor more than your feet, after all it is ice. Water resistant ones are recommended as wet gloves are probably one of the worst sensations of ice skating.
Preparation for ice skating
Getting started really doesn’t cost much and once you’ve invested in a sturdy pair of skates and some warm gear, you’ll be ready to take part in beginner’s lessons before you know it. By wearing the right clothes and footwear for ice skating, you will be doing yourself a great favor, protecting yourself from unpleasant falls and literally cold reception. So put on your roller skates and enjoy some quality ice skating action today!