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Superstar Shane 12-03-2005 08:24 PM

Ice skating
 
Ok, so I'm starting to learn this ice skating thing. Who knows, maybe I'll join a beer league some time? But anyway, at this skating rink, they have the figure skating skates and the hockey skates. I was wondering if there's a big difference between the two. I figure the hockey skates might be a little harder since the blade isn't as big. But would you suggest going with the figure skating ones (even though they do like kind of homosexual) until I'm good with them, or should I just use the hockey skates?

TBLfan 12-04-2005 12:17 AM

they are completly different. Hockey skates have a rocker(the blade is curved)... Go with the hockey skates, better to learn and get used to them then to have to adjust to them after figure skates. It's really not hard, if you can rollerblade you can ice skate.

Transported Upstater 12-04-2005 12:22 AM

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Originally Posted by asab
Ok, so I'm starting to learn this ice skating thing. Who knows, maybe I'll join a beer league some time? But anyway, at this skating rink, they have the figure skating skates and the hockey skates. I was wondering if there's a big difference between the two. I figure the hockey skates might be a little harder since the blade isn't as big. But would you suggest going with the figure skating ones (even though they do like kind of homosexual) until I'm good with them, or should I just use the hockey skates?



Yes, every figure skater is homosexual.

:shakehead

DaveyCrockett 12-04-2005 03:03 AM

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Originally Posted by TransportedUpstater
Yes, every figure skater is homosexual.

:shakehead

Right or wrong, its an assumption that will be made. Get hockey skates, they are easier and will prepare you for playing hockey.

Steelhead16 12-04-2005 10:21 AM

I taught power skating for years and as bad as you may thing the figure skates will make you look they are much better to learn on than hockey skates. Figure skates will force you to skate on the balls of you feet instead of pushing with your toes. The balls of your feet are much stronger than your toes and you will skate with longer strides and more power. I would also suggest that anyone who wants to skate with power and has access to speed skates at your local rink to try them out. They really make your stride long. They also force you to stride and push doing crossovers instead of just stepping over to help you turn. Crossovers should be use to accelerate and not just turn.
Most people who start on hockey skates run on them instead of skate. If you do that with figure skate on you will fall on your face and pretty soon you'll stop running. If anyone has seen the movie "The Cutting Edge" with D.B. Sweeney (yes it was a bad movie) he runs into the same problems and makes the same discoveries. There will be an adjustment to the hockeyskates afterward but it will be an easy transition if you already have the technique down. If you're brave enough to take lessons from a figure skater that will speed up the process.

Good Luck!!

Superstar Shane 12-04-2005 12:09 PM

I think I may as well stick with the figure skating skates for the time being. I'll probably buy a pair of hockey skates in the near future anyway, maybe when I go home for Christmas. Any recommendations for a fairly cheap pair of skates for a beginner?

And by the way, I can assure you that my homosexual comment was made with my tongue very firmly implanted in my cheek. ;)

tml_4ever 12-04-2005 05:58 PM

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Originally Posted by TBLfan
they are completly different. Hockey skates have a rocker(the blade is curved)... Go with the hockey skates, better to learn and get used to them then to have to adjust to them after figure skates. It's really not hard, if you can rollerblade you can ice skate.

apparently, it doesn't work the other way around :confused:

anteeksi 12-09-2005 06:30 PM

figure skates are the devils tool..friggin things i never learned to skate properly until i got hockey skates..oops was i ranting. :sarcasm: .stupid picks

Transported Upstater 12-09-2005 10:04 PM

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Originally Posted by DaveyCrockett
Right or wrong, its an assumption that will be made. Get hockey skates, they are easier and will prepare you for playing hockey.




OK, my response was only to his original comment and was in no way belittiling hockey skates.

I've never used figure skates and couldn't comment on what it's like to skate with them.

NJDevs430 12-12-2005 01:42 PM

The most important thing I learned on figure skates was balance. One time, the rental booth did not have figure skates in my size...so I rented hockey skates and fell down right away.
So I stuck with the figure skates until I figured I was pretty good in them. Then I tried the hockey skates again. Tying them was the most difficult thing at first. They felt like tissue boxes with laces compared to figure skates, which I laced up and down all the grommets very tightly. When I got on the ice, I realized right away that it was going to be a new learning experience. Almost like I had no control compared to figure skates. But I stuck with the rentals, and when I was ready, I got a new pair fitted for me at the pro shop, and it was like a revelation. The rental place did not rent anything but standard sizes. I have a wide foot, so I rented one size up from what I should have been wearing. Basically, it was like trying to pound a loaf of white bread into a mold that was too narrow.
Still, I was glad I started on the figure skates...if I'd started in hockey skates I probably would've given up right away.
Good luck!
}:-)>

buckyhockey8 12-12-2005 04:52 PM

CCM and Bauer both make good skates for a decent price. I use the CCM Tacks 125's the lower end tacks you can buy from $55-$150 bucks depending on the model. You'll want to go to a place that specialises in hockey to make sure that you are fitted with the skate that is right for you.


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