In the coldest time of the year, when there is a lot of snow outside and the water freezes in seconds, people have a great opportunity to go ice skating. But what choice to make, because there are different skates - some hockey, others curly? I would like the skates not to break on the very first bend and create only comfort when skating, and for this you need to conduct a thorough comparative analysis of the two types. Actually, this is exactly what we will do.
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Figure skates are designed for skating on ice and performing various maneuvers, jumps and rotations. They have small teeth at the end of the blade that allow you to stand on tiptoes and perform complex shapes. On the other hand, the blade protrudes slightly, also for performing complex elements. The high sides of the boot suggest competent lacing, which is slightly loosened at the base of the foot and tightened at the top. This protects the athlete from injury and allows the boot to wrap tightly around the person's leg, without creating unpleasant sensations. The boot itself is made from natural or artificial leather and must fit carefully to the athlete's foot. The blades are most often made of chrome-plated steel.
Hockey skates are created for team play, and the main requirement for them is leg protection. Puck hits, stick hits, collisions - all of this must be safe for the player. Therefore, the material from which the boots are made is more durable and shock-resistant than leather. It can be nubuck, thermoplastic, nylon. The boot is usually chosen half a size larger so that the foot feels free during sharp accelerations, which are quite a lot in hockey. Ice hockey skate blades are made of steel-nickel alloy or chrome-plated. But there are also blades made of stainless steel, which must have a high degree of hardening. Moreover, in any case, they should not be longer than the boot.
Hockey skates protect the wearer from injuries and painful blows. They perfectly protect the ankle and securely fix the foot at high speeds.
Figure skates are suitable for those who like to skate slowly and beautifully, and are designed for a variety of exercises. These skates are perfect for jumping, toe twisting and other ice dancing elements.
- Hockey skates reliably fix the foot and hold it firmly on the ice, and figure skates give the ankle flexibility, allow you to stand on your toes and perform elements of various complexity.
- Hockey skates can quickly develop at high speeds and can dramatically change the pace and direction of skating. In figure skates, it is advisable to skate on a small area of ice, performing various steps. You can only accelerate in one direction, moving in a straight line or along a circle with a large radius.
- The size of hockey skates should be slightly larger than the actual size so as not to constrain the leg during acceleration or deceleration. Figure skates should be close to the leg.