Ice skates for your skate discipline
We have different types of ice skates such as figure skates, ice skates for kids, recreational ice skates and ice hockey skates intended for serious hockey in a club. You will find them on the specific categories where you can read more about them.
Ice skates for indoor and outdoor use
A pair of quality ice skates is a good investment because they are suitable for many different sports and if you handle them properly, you can use them for years. You can use your ice skates outside on frozen lakes and canals during the winter, and when the weather gets warmer you can bring them to your local indoor skating rink.
Worth knowing about ice skates - blade and boot
Because ice skates don’t have braking devices, the blade must operate as both a braking and gliding device. If the blade is very sharp, you will be able to skate really fast and make hard brakes. Most blades are made of steel. To maintain the properties of the blade, it is important to properly and regularly sharpen them. If not done properly and often enough, the quality of the ice skates will be impaired over time.
Earlier the blades were simply fastened to a pair of normal boots to create a pair of skates, but today the ice skate boot has become an important part of what makes a good skate. The boots are available with more or less ankle support. Just like roller skates, more support means less flexibility and vice versa. The ice skates are available with an extra lining made of a water resistant material to keep your feet warm and dry.
The history of ice skates
Ice skating is an old invention. It is believed that ice skates were invented in Finland by people who needed to travel far across the ice. Back then, an ice skate was simply an animal bone sharpened and placed under the foot. Since then, ice skates have developed, but the idea behind it and the skating techniques still remain the same.
The activity of ice skating was spread across Europe by the upper class, but it has always been a popular activity among the wide population. When winter came and the lakes froze to ice, the young and old, rich and poor gathered on the lakes to skate. In 1572 ice skates with iron blades were invented – and with them, a new generation of skates emerged.
The ice skate is the predecessor to the roller skate, which is very obvious when you look at both the design of the two kinds of skates and the sports they are used for.
SkatePro offers to sharpen your skates for a reasonable price.
See our buying guide for ice skates for advice on how to choose the correct size and model.