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01-11-2014, 03:30 PM
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Synthetic Ice?

Sorry if this has been asked, I can't use the search function.

Anyone have any experience with this stuff? Seems like few companies are making it now. Might be a good idea for outdoor games in warmer weather areas...



How close is this stuff to real ice? Specifically puck friction and stopping on it.

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Sorry if this has been asked, I can't use the search function.

Anyone have any experience with this stuff? Seems like few companies are making it now. Might be a good idea for outdoor games in warmer weather areas...



How close is this stuff to real ice? Specifically puck friction and stopping on it.
In my opinion, I hate it. It's a pain to pass the puck on, and it really makes your skating slow down.

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Definitely more friction than regular ice, so you don't glide as well, plus you feel like you have to put a little more effort in. It also dulls your skate blades faster.

The other annoying thing is it creates plastic shavings, which get all over you if you fall.

It's an OK substitute where no ice is available, but personally I prefer inline on sport court in that situation.

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Ok so you would rather choose playing inline on an "ice court" than using this instead? I have never been on synthetic ice, but was considering investing since we have so little rinks over here.

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I do personally, but someone of greater ability than myself may want to chip in with their comments.

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Awesome for goalies, not that good for anyone else.

The reason why I was so quick and explosive was from taking lessons on synthetic ice. Post to posts are extremely fun on that stuff.

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I once had a teammate who had more money than God who had one of these in his back yard for his kids. it's been about 5 years so maybe they've improved synthetic ice but none of the things we did were as easy as the guy in the video made them look. hardest by far was going backwards. it did encourage proper form as you had to get a really good knee bend to really move.
I felt it was good for training if you had the cash and time needed for upkeep but I think it would be horrible for an actual game.

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I have a 12 x 20 installation in my basement for goalie training and I think it's great.

IMO the surface is about 75% of a fresh sheet of ice for adults (kids can fly on it just like a fresh sheet). The more you skate on it at once and the warmer your blades get the faster it gets.

It definitely dulls your blades (which is why I have a 2nd pair of blades that I swap out after a long training session).

I don't have any passing/shooting issues that Yeti mentioned.

The plastic shavings definitely suck. The worst part is if you track them onto wood floors it makes them extremely slippery.

Backwards skating is definitely harder, but if you train on it your on ice skating will definitely improve.

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Interesting, thanks everyone. THe Upkeep that you mention, what kind of upkeep is there, besides cleaning it of plastic shavings?

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Interesting, thanks everyone. THe Upkeep that you mention, what kind of upkeep is there, besides cleaning it of plastic shavings?
Depending on what brand you get, you may need to apply a lubricant every so often. Some of the new generation stuff has the lubricant infused in the ice so you don't have to apply anything.

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Other than being used for goalie training, it is terrible.

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Other than being used for goalie training, it is terrible.
Why is it so good for goalie training though?

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Why is it so good for goalie training though?
Because it is cheap and easy to set up a 10 ft x 10 ft square of synthetic ice in your garage to practice on.

nothing is better than real ice. I am just saying synthetic ice's only logical use in hockey is for goalie training, the movements are confined to a small space so the negative effects of skating on synthetic ice is greatly reduced compared to a skater

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Because it is cheap and easy to set up a 10 ft x 10 ft square of synthetic ice in your garage to practice on.

nothing is better than real ice. I am just saying synthetic ice's only logical use in hockey is for goalie training, the movements are confined to a small space so the negative effects of skating on synthetic ice is greatly reduced compared to a skater
Of course, that makes sense, thanks.

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Because it is cheap and easy to set up a 10 ft x 10 ft square of synthetic ice in your garage to practice on.

nothing is better than real ice. I am just saying synthetic ice's only logical use in hockey is for goalie training, the movements are confined to a small space so the negative effects of skating on synthetic ice is greatly reduced compared to a skater
Cheap? Not for the better synthetic options.

I think we've had the discussion about the "negative effects on skating on synthetic ice" so there's no need to rehash it.


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