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Shooting mats vs dryland tiles for indoor practice

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03-04-2013, 11:40 AM
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Shooting mats vs dryland tiles for indoor practice

Been playing for 3 months now after a 20+ year hiatus (I'm 34) and I'm totally hooked. Just stumbled across products like

http://www.hockeyshot.com/Hockey-Sho...-Mats-s/70.htm

and was wondering what people's opinions were on the cheaper option (the $90 mat) vs dryland expandable tiles. With the latter, I could easily see myself dropping ~$500 to make a little rectangle to play on in my basement. They're about $4.50/sq ft.

Also read about crazy indoor plastics that you can skate on(!!!) but they're like $15/sq ft.

Any advice/suggestions much appreciated. I'm just looking to get daily stickhandling/passing/shooting practice in, and this would be a lot cheaper than ice time!

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A lot of people have just substituted white boards (you can buy them in 4' x 8' sheets for like $15 at Home Depot).

Spray a bit of silicone on the surface and you have a very similar product for much less money.

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A lot of people have just substituted white boards (you can buy them in 4' x 8' sheets for like $15 at Home Depot).

Spray a bit of silicone on the surface and you have a very similar product for much less money.
Makes sense, I see that 4'x8' would be bigger than the $100 anyway, so that would mean no issue with gaps if more than one were put side by side...I'm not as concerned by price, I want to make sure it's as close to real ice as possible, short of the $15/sq ft stuff you can skate on

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A lot of people have just substituted white boards (you can buy them in 4' x 8' sheets for like $15 at Home Depot).

Spray a bit of silicone on the surface and you have a very similar product for much less money.
This!!!

It works very well.

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For shooting, the plastic boards are just fine. I found the silicone spray smells horrific though. I ought to hit my board though, it's getting rough.

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1-how often do you spray the board?
2-if i'm using it in the basement, i would be apprehensive about a spray that smells bad=chemicals I don't want to ingest. A gigantic board might not fit out to my backyard for spraying...hm...

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Pledge spray is a cheap alternative. I don't think it's as slick but that silicone stuff is horrific. Seriously, I bought some to use OUTSIDE and it stunk up my backpack so bad I had to toss it. Pledge is $3 and it's not as slick but it works.

Maybe spray it every 2-3 uses?

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The key with the silicone spray is to not use a lot. A little goes a long way. I take a dry cloth and spray just a little bit on the board, and then spread it with the cloth. I end up doing this every session, but this way a can of spray lasts a long time and doesn't make things stink.

And for most purposes (shooting and basic stickhandling) you probably won't need more than a 4x8 foot surface.

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I'm interested in this too for my summer garage shooting. I couldn't find anything at on Home Depot's website, but would something like this work:

http://www.lowes.com/pd_16605-46498-...ductId=3015239

Also, how durable are these? Can I take slapshots on it?

Ninja edit: Sort of answered my own question with my Google-fu:
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...d.php?t=778403


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I'm interested in this too for my summer garage shooting. I couldn't find anything at on Home Depot's website, but would something like this work:

http://www.lowes.com/pd_16605-46498-...ductId=3015239

Also, how durable are these? Can I take slapshots on it?

Ninja edit: Sort of answered my own question with my Google-fu:
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...d.php?t=778403
slappers are fine if you have a hard surface under the board, a concrete driveway, or a wooden deck like mine.

If you're just going to toss it out on the grass and go at it, you'll ruin the board in a half dozen shots.

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Any shooting board on grass will suck like you've never imagined!

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It sounds like the consensus is the ~$13 board is not enough worse than the $100 'real' one to prevent it from being a good option....Probably do that while I save up for the dryland tiles I posted to begin with.

anyone use those?

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I have the dry land tiles. They are pretty good when you pledge them regularly

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In regards to Jaricks experience with the Silicone spray stinking.

I am pretty sensitive / aware of chemicals and smells lingering. I don’t get any residual smell with the silicone spray I use and my board is in the basement.

It applies easily and lasts 3 or 4 15 minute sessions. I may not write off silicone spray just yet until you can experiment. I think the brand I use is SNAP. It's in a orange and blue spray can.

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