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What Are Recreational Ice skates?
Recreational ice skates are used by both adults and kids as a great way to have fun on the ice.
It can be a nice family activity, part of your weekly exercise, or playing some casual ice hockey with friends. When the ponds and lakes are frozen, and the local authorities say that it is safe to skate on the ice, you can take a cruise outdoors or go to an indoor local ice skating rink where they might even have disco skating and other great events.
Men’s ice skates and women's ice skates will often have comfortable, soft boot shells and good ankle support. Some models do come with toe picks at the front of the blades. This is helpful for a beginner to grip the ice when taking their initial steps to get moving. It is also used for ice skaters that want to do some dancing or spins on the ice.
Speed ice skates are another type of skates that are designed to go fast while gliding across the ice. They have long blades that are perfect for generating high speeds and remaining stable. The boots normally have a low cuff that is made from stiff materials such as leather or carbon fibre. The low cuff is to maximise the skaters' ankle movement to increase the speed. Speed ice skates are recommended for skaters that are already skilled in ice skating.
The Benefits of Having Your Own Pair of Ice skates
Regular wear of your pair of skates will improve the comfort of your feet. Each session you have on ice will help the boot liner shape in all the right places and so it becomes more customized to your feet. Regularly renting ice skates can quickly add up in costs, so if you plan to visit the ice rink frequently, then buying them can be much more cost-effective. As well as saving money, you can save on time. Avoiding rental queues or having the flexibility to visit your favourite skating spot whenever you like is a great benefit to have.
For more advice on choosing ice skates, check out Buying Guide for Ice skates for Kids And Adults.