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The top priority is ALWAYS SAFETY
A properly fitted ice skate needs to be TIGHT. We know this is not always comfortable, especially for little kiddos but it is critical to prevent injuries.
Here are a few helpful tidbits that every skater should know -
Skate size and shoe size ARE NOT THE SAME. Make sure you get fitted properly
-Each skating brand has a different measuring system as well
Kids grow, we know this BUT buying your child's skates too big almost guarantees a poor skating experience. Skates that are too big offer less support, provide a blade that is disproportionately long for the skater's foot and greatly increases their risk of injury. DON'T DO IT!
Skates will feel snug and firm. Remember that skates are not shoes, safety needs to be prioritized over comfort.
Skates need to be an appropriate match for a skaters’ level. The more advanced they are, the stiffer and stronger the boot needs to be. The blades will also become increasingly curved or "rockier" and the toe picks will get larger for more advanced skaters.
To ease the discomfort of skates, thin smooth socks should be worn to prevent rubbing or blisters. Thick wooly socks are unnecessary and often don’t fit easily in ice skates.
Skate blades need to be kept dry, if they get wet and stay wet, they will rust.
Skate blades should be stored in fabric covers called “soakers”
NEVER STORE YOUR BLADES IN THE HARD GUARDS! This will cause them to rust at an accelerated rate because the rubber and plastic hold in moisture.
-Hard guards are for walking in your skates
-Soakers are for storage and protection
Skate blades should be sharpened about every 25-35 hours of ice time *note this will vary given the skater’s level, size and type of blade