When you think of ice skates, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
Is it the pair of blades that glide across the frozen pond in town or the skates that trudge through competitors during an NHL hockey game?
There are numerous reasons why people buy and wear ice skates, from the Olympic ice dancer to the recreational user. While various kinds of skates exist, an assortment of factors separates the skates from one another, in terms of shape, maintenance, and purpose.
Ice skates are really just a pair of boots with blades placed on the bottom. After properly securing this sort of footwear, the ability to glide across a surface made from ice is possible. What we use today are a far cry from the first attempts to move across the ice. It is believed that early man tied leather bands on their feet and then took to the ice. The first official ice skates made in history are thought to have come from animal bones like ox and reindeer.
Different Types of Ice Skates
There are four main kinds of ice skates that individuals use today to achieve a variety of accomplishments, such as professional sports to holiday recreation.
Figure skates that are used to compete in the sport by the same name are often fashioned from stable and very strong metal. Toe picks are placed on the front of the blade to allow the skater to perform jumps. The boot that makes up this type of skate consists of stiff leather that provides protection for the ankle during jumps and other figure skating tricks.
Ice hockey skates are typically made from a molded plastic, leather (usually synthetic), and ballistic nylon. To increase mobility on the ice, hockey ice skates often avoid using molded plastic for the upper portion of the boot. All of the skates used during a hockey game are constructed with safety blades so that injury does not come to the opponent. The exception to this regulation is the goalie’s skates, which is designed in a different manner.
The skates used for racing are often referred to as speed skates, which have longer blades than other selections. In this category, a racer may use a clapper skate, which presents a shoe attached to a blade made with a hinge. For those entering long distance skating, longer blades are placed on the boot with the help of bindings. This type of ice skates is called touring skates (as well as Nordic skates).
The blades of touring skates are about 50 centimeters long and have a rocker that measures close to 25 meters and 1 millimeter wide. It is the length of these that allows more stability for walking on untouched ice that naturally presents uneven distribution. The blades are also easily removable, which proves a convenience.
For the recreational skater, there is a wide range of inexpensive to higher-end options with a variety of bright colors and fancy decoration to choose from. Often, these types of ice skates are much similar to the molded plastic boot associated with inline skates. Depending on where you purchase your pair, they may resemble figure skates or hockey skates.
Additional Differences in Ice Skates The bottom of the blade on modern ice skates offers a crescent-shaped hollow that creates two sharp edges that are parallel on each skate. Varying depths (referred to as the Radius Of Hollow) come into play, where optimal dimensions are influenced through the weight of the skater, as well as the width of the blade. It is the edges of the ice skates that allow skaters to perform a variety of combination moves. When the blades are sharpened, the hollow can be restored. When it comes to speed skates, there is no hollow because this kind of ice skate thrives on a totally flat bottom. The bottom appears squared off with two edges. This is used to increase gliding time without the threat of cutting the ice.