Worst case scenario:
Step One: Strut. (after all, you have overtaken all the locker room greats in the rubber floor division).
Step Two: Let confidence guide you to the rink.
Step Three: Attempt double axle as seen on OksanaBaiul.net
Step Four: Trip on blade that was mistakenly nailed under your foot.
Step Five: (If all goes according to plan) Split professional Danskins
Step Six: Waddle off ice shielding exposed buttocks.
Make this an unlikely situation--wear a good pair of skates
|Material: High quality boots are made from good leather, but be wary of manufacturers that flaunt "genuine" manufacturing materials. More often than not, they are genuinely synthetic. Cheaper skates can be made with very poor (albeit real) quality leather or they can be made with faux leather that is as credible as the NHS. One way to know if it is high quality is to see if there are metal eyelets on the lace holes. The presence of these eyelets can (but not always!!) signify a cheaper quality. Good leather is strong enough to hold the laces without them.|
Size and Fit: Some skates are manufactured using a shoe sizing chart, but others may run a size smaller or larger than your typical shoe. To get a good fit, measure the length and width of your feet in centimetres and look for a skate that properly fits the larger foot. The best thing to do is to try on several pairs while wearing thin cotton socks; a skate should never be bought before trying it on. Advanced skaters may want to buy their boots and blades separately or get custom made skates. But for the beginner, a pre-manufactured set is best. Things to consider when buying are the stiffness and padding of the boot (it should be sturdy but flexible enough to adjust), and the padding of the tongue. Remember that skates take some time to break in, so they may not be immediately comfortable.
Blades: Never skate on a dull blade. This causes less stability on the ice and makes you prone to accidents. Before getting your blade sharpened, make sure these are the right ones for you--most companies do not accept returns after blades are sharpened.'
Maintenance: Dry the sole and heel of the skate after usage with a rag or towel. When not wearing skates, protect them and avoid condensation with terry cloth blade guards
Major Figure Skates Manufacturers: Riedell
|Quality: The type of skate quality a person needs depends largely on their skill level, their weekly skate time, and their weight--weight being the most crucial factor.|
Size and Fit: When buying your hockey skates
Blades: Blade sharpening varies according to individual preference but also differs between goalie and player skates. The deeper the hollow in the centre of the blade, the sharper it will be. Sharper blades tend to wear quicker and therefore need to be replaced more frequently. The process of cross grinding shortens blade life even further. Skates that have been cross ground can be expected to last sixty to eighty sharpenings; abstaining from this method can double the life of the blade.
Maintenance: Refer to figure skates maintenance. In addition to those steps remove skate beds after using them. This prevents excess moisture build-up in the boot.
(for waterproofing boots)
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