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.)
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
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.
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.
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?