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04-15-2008, 01:08 PM
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OT: Panther Fans! We Can Now ICE Skate In Our Own Backyards!!!

So our summer project this year is going to be building a rink in our backyard. As Laus can tell you, my backyard has no grass (thanks to the massive leave-falling trees). So we decided we would take two of our trees down and build a rink where our boys could rollerblade and work on their "skills". We were going to contract a construction company to pour cement. My husband talked with the contractor about it yesterday and he told us about this synthetic ice they make now. This stuff is really COOL!

I have no idea what it costs, or if it's even within our budget, but check it out:

http://www.superglideskating.com/Default.aspx

Now our Floridian kids can skate outside just like our northern friends.

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So I will be able to skate with ice skates on that surface? Is it for a limited amount of time or...??

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I'm curious to know what happens if you make a hockey stop (if it's possible), does it mess up the surface?

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I've heard about this stuff, although a cool idea, I hear its not THAT great, people say it wears the blades on their skates quite quickly and is harder to skate on than easily glading, FROM WHAT I HEAR. but the idea is real cool

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Yeah...I don't know much about it at all. I'm waiting to hear back from the company. If it's reasonably priced we'll drive up to Clearwater and check it out. If it's crazy expensive, we'll stick with concrete and rollerblades.

I just thought it was a really neat product.

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Yeah...I don't know much about it at all. I'm waiting to hear back from the company. If it's reasonably priced we'll drive up to Clearwater and check it out. If it's crazy expensive, we'll stick with concrete and rollerblades.

I just thought it was a really neat product.
Very cool, could you let us know what they tell you? Price-wise especially...

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I've heard about this stuff, although a cool idea, I hear its not THAT great, people say it wears the blades on their skates quite quickly and is harder to skate on than easily glading, FROM WHAT I HEAR. but the idea is real cool
Yeah, there has to be some trade-offs. It sounds too good to be true.

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I've skated on similar stuff before ..

Yes, you can hockey stop on it. It does however feel "different" .. That's about the only way I can describe it. It feels like ice but it doesn't ...

Nate has it pretty close. It isn't QUITE the smoothness of ice and it will wear your blades quicker (it's more noticable if you run a narrower hollow)

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So our summer project this year is going to be building a rink in our backyard. As Laus can tell you, my backyard has no grass (thanks to the massive leave-falling trees). So we decided we would take two of our trees down and build a rink where our boys could rollerblade and work on their "skills". We were going to contract a construction company to pour cement. My husband talked with the contractor about it yesterday and he told us about this synthetic ice they make now. This stuff is really COOL!

I have no idea what it costs, or if it's even within our budget, but check it out:

http://www.superglideskating.com/Default.aspx

Now our Floridian kids can skate outside just like our northern friends.
It wouldn't be the same. No touques, no light snow while you play, no ice freezing in your hair/beard. Most importantly you miss out on the long standing Canadian tradition of digging throw the snow to find the misfired pucks.... actually, that last part is annoying.

I wonder if its wet like ice?

Its a start though.

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It wouldn't be the same. No touques, no light snow while you play, no ice freezing in your hair/beard. Most importantly you miss out on the long standing Canadian tradition of digging throw the snow to find the misfired pucks.... actually, that last part is annoying.

I wonder if its wet like ice?

Its a start though.
Actually, I thought the Canadian tradition was "You don't clear (snow), you don't skate"

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I wonder how the Florida sun will react with that surface

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Actually, I thought the Canadian tradition was "You don't clear (snow), you don't skate"
Zamboni's do that at all our rinks. Atleast the ones i've played at.

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It wouldn't be the same. No touques, no light snow while you play, no ice freezing in your hair/beard. Most importantly you miss out on the long standing Canadian tradition of digging throw the snow to find the misfired pucks.... actually, that last part is annoying.

I wonder if its wet like ice?

Its a start though.
All true. However, when you live in Florida you don't get natural ice outside. Sometimes you have to improvise. Maybe I'll throw snow-cone ice at the kids while they skate...and put a fan out there. LOL

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I wonder how the Florida sun will react with that surface
Not sure. One of the manufacturers is in Clearwater, Fl...I imagine they've tested it thoroughly. Either way, we probably won't end up getting it. It's too expensive.

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Lola, can I move in and be your kid? I'm seriously jealous of what your kids get... Wasn't it you who got the kids the big inflatable knee hockey thing?

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All true. However, when you live in Florida you don't get natural ice outside. Sometimes you have to improvise. Maybe I'll throw snow-cone ice at the kids while they skate...and put a fan out there. LOL



Not sure. One of the manufacturers is in Clearwater, Fl...I imagine they've tested it thoroughly. Either way, we probably won't end up getting it. It's too expensive.
How much was it per panel?... (just curious)

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Lola, can I move in and be your kid? I'm seriously jealous of what your kids get... Wasn't it you who got the kids the big inflatable knee hockey thing?
Yes she did, I went over there Saturday for her son's birthday and fired a couple into the net. It's big.

I've seen the ice skating thing before in Delray, was pretty cool.

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How much was it per panel?... (just curious)
That particular company hasn't gotten back to me. But a quick Google search came up with a 4' x 8' half inch panel for $20.00 per sq. ft. Too expensive for us.

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Lola, can I move in and be your kid? I'm seriously jealous of what your kids get... Wasn't it you who got the kids the big inflatable knee hockey thing?
Yeah, we got Cam that for his birthday. To be fair though, I don't usually buy them things like that. My husband saw it and wanted it, so we got it. Even though it was for Cam, both of the boys play with it.

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How much was it per panel?... (just curious)
$575 per 8'x4.5' (36 sq.ft.) panel.
Let's say you want something big enough, say half of an end zone (hockey rink). I think you need that at a minimum to skate around a little.
That would be about 60'x40', and the total cost of panels would be about $40k.
Then you need to pour concrete, add side panels, and a wet bar with a fridge of course. The fridge is for snowballs.
The rep claims the surface to be guaranteed 8 years, outdoors, no cover.
I think you can cut a deal though.
Or move in with Lola.

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Or move in with Lola.
You'll be skating on concrete then.

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I've skated on one of these before. Granted I was much younger then, so I don't remember specifics of what it's like.

But, from what I do remember, anything you can do on real ice can be done on here too.

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Finally got a quote:

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8’ x 4.5’ x ¾” (243.84 cm x 137.16 cm x 1.9cm), which is 36 sq. ft. (3.344 m2)

Current price is $575.00 (15.97sq. ft) per panel plus shipping and handling.

The price includes Super-Glide™ Boarder (8’ x 1.75” x ¾”), ¼” thick, Spline Connectors, and
Super-Glide™ Skate Enhancer, creating a complete skating surface.
Too expensive. Neat concept though.

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