Frequently asked questions new ice skaters need answers to
If you are just getting into the swing of things like a brand-new ice skater, the odds are pretty good that you have at least a handful of questions you’d love to have answered – but might not feel all that confident asking other ice skaters at the rink for one reason or another.
Hopefully, we are going to be able to shine a little bit of light on these questions below, giving you answers that are useful, helpful, and answers that help you become the very best ice skater you can be.
Shall we jump right in?
Let’s get right to it!
What’s the most important thing to look for when buying brand-new ice skates?
If you are going to be taking the plunge and purchase a brand-new set of skates and you want to be 100% confident in the purchase you make.
The best way to buy the best skates available on the market today is to look for brand-new skates that have boots that fit correctly – usually, ½ is smaller than the shoes you wear on a daily basis. You want these boots to fit snugly, you want these boots to fit comfortably, and you want there to be just a little bit of extra room after they are broken in.
The fit of your ice skating boots will make all the difference!
Should I buy figure skates or hockey skates right out of the gate?
If you haven’t spent a lot of time on ice skates in the past, the odds are pretty good that you’ll want to try your hand with figure skates – even if you’re going to be playing hockey!
Figure skates are a lot easier to learn how to control, figure skates come with built-in “breaks” you’ll be able to hit on demand, and figure skates are usually a lot cheaper – and lighter weight – which is perfect for those just getting started.
On top of that, and as every one of the professional ice skaters out there prove every time they step on the ice, these skates are built for high performance, top speed, and incredible agility. You’re going to love them and can always graduate to hockey ice skates later down the line if that’s a sport you’re interested in getting better at.
Should I buy ice skates from a big box store?
One of the greatest mistakes you can ever make is to purchase skates from a big-box store, even a big-box sporting-goods store.
Most of these stores carry entry-level products from some of the biggest and most well-known brands in the business but charge sky high prices for what usually ends up as a pretty low-level skate.
On top of that, there are all kinds of “house brand” skates available for sale, many of them poorly constructed with terribly cheap and dull blades that are going to prove to be a liability out on the ice.
Ask any of the best ice skaters out there, and they’ll tell you that you absolutely must purchase your skates from a specialty store or the web. Anything else and you run the risk of wasting your money on low-quality products.
What do great ice skaters look for in ice skates?
Great ice skaters are going to look for the following key criteria in a great pair of skates that they’ll feel confident wearing in competition:
- Ice skates that are lightweight and tightly fitting so that they can be effortlessly controlled
- Ice skates that provide protection from the injury and support your feet while you are skating
- Ice skates that have razor-sharp blades that can be effortlessly sharpened up before a big game or competition
- Ice skates that are perfectly balanced, so that ice skaters only have to worry about controlling their body and not worrying about their skates betraying them when they least expect it
How do I get better at skating like the best ice skaters at by rink are?
Like anything else in this world, you’re only going to become a better ice skater after you practice, practice, practice!
Spend just as much time as humanly possible at your local rink (buying ice time in “bulk” if at all possible to keep costs low). It’s not a bad idea to slip out to a local pond or lake that has completely frozen over to get in a little bit of ice time, either, especially if you have one nearby. Nothing beats completely free ice time even if the surface isn’t going to be perfectly smooth like it will add your home rink!
At the end of the day, ice skaters are going to want to ask their fellow skaters, their coaches, and anyone else involved in the sport for tips and tricks when they are looking to get better.
People in the game are always willing to provide a device and instruction, and you’ll find it say much more tight-knit community when you are a part of it then you might have expected from an outsider’s perspective.