The ultimate starter ice skater gear buying guide
A big part of nailing it as a skater is making sure that your skating bag is loaded with everything you need to make the most of your time out on the ice.
At the same time, it’s really (REALLY) tough to put together the perfect skater bag without having at least a couple of years of experience in your back pocket so that you know what to bring, what to leave out, and what you shouldn’t ever leave home without!
To help speed things up quite a bit for you – and to help make sure that your first skater gear bag is loaded with everything you need on just getting started – we’ve put together this quick guide. By the time you’re done with this quick guide, you’ll have a much better handle on how to put together the ultimate skating bag for your specific needs, toting around with you everything you have to have and nothing that you don’t!
Here we go.
It all starts with a great skating bag
For obvious reasons, you’re going to want to start off with a top quality skate bag to keep all of your skater outfits and gear in.
There have been significant leaps forward in the world of ice-skating bags today than there ever used to be in the past. A lot of skaters up until the late 1980s or simply tossing all of their skating outfits and equipment directly into old-school duffel bags and hoping for the best!
Today you’ll find top-quality skating bags designed more like a piece of luxury luggage than anything else. You’ll be able to keep your skates separate from all of your other stuff, you’ll be able to keep your ice skating outfits looking fresh and new, and you’ll be able to load up pretty much everything you need and carry it effortlessly to the ice without any trouble whatsoever.
There’s only one real fool behind buying a quality skate bag, and that’s that you’re always going to get what you pay for. Spend (or, more accurately, invest) in a quality bag that will last years and years, and you won’t have anything to worry about.
Blade cloth and guards belong in your bag
You’ll want to be able to keep your ice skates looking brand-new and fresh for as long as possible, which means you’ll need to keep blade cloth and blade guards in your bag at all times.
You’ll want to be able to wipe down your ice skates to keep them free of moisture (and to prevent them from rusting), but you’ll also want to snap hard plastic guards around your blades to protect them from damage.
These are some of those “must-have” items you don’t ever want to find yourself without!
Gloves, gloves, gloves!
One of the most important parts of your skater outfits, you’ll want to keep a couple of different pairs of gloves in your bag at all times so that you can keep yourself warm on the ice but also protect yourself from falls.
Gloves are going to get pretty dirty, pretty wet, and pretty sticky quickly when you are using them while practicing, which is why you’ll want to have at least two or three pairs in your bag to rotate as necessary.
You don’t have to drop a million dollars on skating gloves, either. Pretty much any gloves will get the job done so long as they fit right and keep you toasty!
Your skater outfits belong in your bag
As a skater, you’re likely going to have at least three different skater outfits that you bring with you 99.99% of the time you head down to the rink. You’ll have your:
- Street clothes skater outfits that you’ll wear to and then from the rank
- Practice skater outfits that you’ll wear most of the time, you’re out on the ice when not competing and
- Competition skater outfits designed to while the judges while getting the most out of your athletic abilities and training
Each and every one of these skater outfits should comfortably fit in your bag before you unload them and put them in your locker or change into them for your time on the ice.
Look for a dedicated bag that will give you a compartment to stuff all of your outfits into safely, securely, and without damaging them along the way. This will make a world of difference when it comes to the fit, finish, and final look of your outfits – especially if you’re going to be spending time in front of the judges during a competition.
Pay attention to all of the details we’ve outlined for you above, and you won’t have any trouble whatsoever putting together the perfect ice skating bag when you’re just getting started.
There are obviously other things you’ll want to keep in your bag, but if you continue everything we outlined above in your bag you’ll be off to a great start!