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11-10-2010, 09:37 PM
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Synthetic Ice

Sorry if this is in the wrong section, but has anyone ever played on synthetic ice and how is it? I am thinking of getting it for my backyard.

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ive skated and trained on it many times and I like it

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It's awesome. It's pretty much just like real ice wit hthe obvious difference.

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Never tried it... Always wanted too. I've heard its like skating on a cutting board, and I've also heard it's like real.

And FYI, "The Rink" is the forum I think you would get the best response from.

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the worst part about it is how all the plastic flakes get all over you and linger in your gear bag for months

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Never tried it... Always wanted too. I've heard its like skating on a cutting board, and I've also heard it's like real.
I've skated on plenty of cutting boards... And let me tell you, it's no synthetic ice!


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IMO the harder the ice the better/faster the ice. So when you say cutting board do you mean fast or slow because little glide??

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IMO the harder the ice the better/faster the ice. So when you say cutting board do you mean fast or slow because little glide??
I don't know. Like I said, a friend told me "It's like skating on a cutting board".

I don't know if thats good or bad, im asuming he ment it bad.

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I don't know. Like I said, a friend told me "It's like skating on a cutting board".

I don't know if thats good or bad, im asuming he ment it bad.
It's hilarious because who the hell is supposed to know what skating on a cutting board is like? That's like telling somebody what you just ate "Tasted like diamonds"

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It's hilarious because who the hell is supposed to know what skating on a cutting board is like? That's like telling somebody what you just ate "Tasted like diamonds"
When someone says "It taist like ****" I hope they don't realy know what **** taist like.

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I've skated on plenty of cutting boards... And let me tell you, it's no synthetic ice!
Are you an expert?

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My 7 year old son's team practices at a rink with a side, mini-rink of synthetic ice that they do some specialized training on. It looks like there is less glide in his stride when he's on the fake stuff (i.e. a bit more resistance), but again, we're talking about a little kid who isn't very powerful.

I'm interested in how it wears. I'd think that like ice, your skates would dig grooves into it, and the areas that get skated on over and over, would get worn down and bumpy. Any truth to that idea? (It's certainly not happening at the my son's practice rink.)

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11-10-2010, 10:33 PM
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the worst part about it is how all the plastic flakes get all over you and linger in your gear bag for months
gotta vacuum it off

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When you go to do a hockey stop, does it scrape up the synthetic ice and ruin it eventually? and how expensive is it?

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I did like 10 years ago when is till played hockey. It's a lot harder to push off there isn't much glide compared to ice. It's pretty much just an intense workout and yous weat your balls off, it more of a fitness training than anything

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I saw it in a magazine and I was thinking what the hell is this stuff? Do you have to resurface it often, you think the skates would shred it like pvc shavings

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I've actually been thinking about picking up a few tiles of it. I have a backyard shooting pad which even has a little wooden riser to simulate the height of my skates. But I'm still so much better at shooting in my shoes on it, than I am on my skates, because I'm still relatively new and just don't have the best balance while doing the weight transfer on the shot. Was thinking just a small area next to the shooting pad would let me get better at that portion of my game.

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newer synth ice is good but if you go to a training facility that has had the pad down and used for a year or two by teams for practice it gets rutted and flakey and I think it sucks to skate on but it will make you a better skater because of the extra effort you have to put into skating and not catching an edge in a rut.

I'm going to a synth pad today to work with my son (a goalie) and he hates the stuff.

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My 5 year old son is just starting to skate this year. He has no problem standing and now gets up on his own, but he is very reluctant to pick up his feet. Do those who have experience with the synthetic ice think that getting a few tiles for the basement would be a good idea?

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