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02-13-2008, 10:19 PM
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Artificial/Synthetic Ice

Anyone skate on any artificial/synthetic ice that glides and feels pretty close to ice? I skated on one recently and it was very rough with not much of a glide (the surface had been used quite a bit, I was told it had been in place for 8 months).

I'm trying to find a surface that is first of all as close to ice skating as it can get and something that is durable.

I've found the following sites but I'm not sure which one to go with,

http://www.vikingice.com/
http://www.superglideskating.com/
http://www.kwikrink.com/default.asp
http://www.coldproducts.com/ezglide.php
http://www.homeicerink.com/

Is there anyone who has skated on these things with an opinion on them?

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I used to go to this training facility that purposely used synthetic ice that was like skating in quicksand because it helps increase strength.

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I used to go to this training facility that purposely used synthetic ice that was like skating in quicksand because it helps increase strength.
exactly, it is much harder to skate on that than real ice

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I know that Patrick Elias took part in a game on some of this stuff while back home in Czech during the summer.
I don't know what they used but he said it was pretty darn close to real ice.

I've looked into all of this stuff and believe it or not, buying an artificial ice kit from Custom Rinks is about the same price.

Sure, you can't skate on it year round and it costs money to run the refrigerator units, but it's real ice.

I actually plan on owning one of these rinks before I die. I'm going to find a nice peice of property, build a steel barn and put in a 90x50 rink complete with boards.
I'll subsidize the electric bill costs by renting it out.
I'm also planning on starting a program for kids/parents that can't afford minor league hockey.

Of course, I'll probably be in my 60's when I can finally afford it, but it's a dream of mine.


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that superglide looks sweet! bet it aint cheap...

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thanks for the links man

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Another Link. I've been invited to check it out but have yet to see it. Will update if I do.

http://www.icepro.ca/

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I know that Patrick Elias took part in a game on some of this stuff while back home in Czech during the summer.
I don't know what they used but he said it was pretty darn close to real ice.

I've looked into all of this stuff and believe it or not, buying an artificial ice kit from Custom Rinks is about the same price.

Sure, you can't skate on it year round and it costs money to run the refrigerator units, but it's real ice.

I actually plan on owning one of these rinks before I die. I'm going to find a nice peice of property, build a steel barn and put in a 90x50 rink complete with boards.
I'll subsidize the electric bill costs by renting it out.
I'm also planning on starting a program for kids/parents that can't afford minor league hockey.

Of course, I'll probably be in my 60's when I can finally afford it, but it's a dream of mine.
You've inspired me to do the same.

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Another Link. I've been invited to check it out but have yet to see it. Will update if I do.

http://www.icepro.ca/
That looks pretty cool. One day I'll have something like that in my house

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You've inspired me to do the same.
Good luck! I hope to do it before I'm 50 but unless my wife starts making a lot more money it won't be in the cards until the mortgage is paid off.

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