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06-08-2010, 10:39 PM
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synthetic ice

I have skated on this stuff at the hockey expo.

It is pretty sweet, it fits together just like a puzzle, so you can keep on expanding if you want.

As far as skating goes it feels like there is a layer of molasses on regular ice. I could skate forwards and backwards and stop just like I would on ice, but it is "sticky" feeling, so your legs have to work harder to go anywhere (more friction) it is the same with any type of fake ice.

I asked the guy who was working about maintenance and he said they last about 20 years, and all you have to do is sweep it off. A size big enough to mess around on would cost you about $5000 and if you want to actually get up to full speed you'd be looking at over $10 000

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