Need Recreational Ice Skates? Figure Skates?
When it comes to ice skating dress,
we recommend you chose your clothing with comfort in mind versus
style. The temperature inside most indoor ice skating rinks is
usually somewhere between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, we
recommend you dress warm and in layers, so you can remove a layer of
clothing as necessary. Outside ice skating rinks can be any
temperature. So if it is really cold, we recommend you wear layers
that include tights or thermal underwear to help you stay warm.
It is important that your ice
skating dress be conducive to skating. Your clothes should allow
your body to move freely and unobstructed. Clothing should be
close-fitting and lose, but not bulky or saggy. If the clothes you wear when
you dress for ice skating is too big or loose it can get tangled up
in the ice skates and cause accidents.
Ice skating dress should provide the
skater some protection in the event of a fall. The clothing should
be sturdy, but light enough to provide the skater with the maximum
freedom of movement. Any pants that are worn as a part of your ice
skating dress should be close-fitting, but not excessively tight.
Properly fitted sweatpants generally work very well. We do not
recommend you include jeans as a part of your ice skating dress.
Jeans stay wet for too long and are likely to feel heavy and
No part of your ice skating dress
should hinder your vision. Wear a hat to keep your ears warm, but
make sure it stays away from your eyes. We are not big fans of
including parkas as a part of your ice skating dress because the
hoods can block your line of sight. If you have long hair, pull it
back and away from your face, again to ensure that it does not
hinder your vision. Scarves should never be a part of your ice
skating dress. A scarf could possibly get caught in an ice skate, or
potentially block your vision. As a side note, many ice skating
rinks will not allow ice skaters to wear scarves.
We recommend you wear gloves as part
of your ice skating dress for two reasons. First, and most obvious,
gloves will help to keep your hands warm. Second, gloves provide
some level of protection for your hands in the event of a fall.
Gloves protect the hands as they hit the ice, and can lessen the
injury that could be caused if your hand gets run over by another
Appropriate ice skating dress should
include a comfortable pair of socks. Since the comfort of your feet
are extremely important when ice skating, you should put some effort
into the socks you wear. When dressing for ice skating, as a general
rule, your socks should be thin and seamless. A thin, sock will give
you the best feel of the ice. A seamless sock will help prevent the
potential irritation that often comes from the socks’ seams. If you
are a new ice skater and are renting your skates from the ice
skating rink, a thicker pair of socks may make more sense. Why?
Because some of the ice skates you rent may be excessively worn, or
may not be of the highest quality. The extra thickness may make your
feet a little more comfortable.
Jewelry should never be a part of
your ice skating dress. We recommend that you don’t bring any of
your jewelry to the ice skating rink. Your jewelry could get lost or
damaged in the event of a fall, or could become a safety hazard
depending on the circumstances.
Ice skating dress for children: We
recommend waterproof snowsuits with gloves or mittens, especially if
they are learning how to ice skate. We strongly recommend that
skate protective gear. A helmet should be worn even if you
choose for them not to wear wrist, elbow and knee pads.
Lastly, we have met dozens of people
over the years that shy away from ice skating (particularly figure
skating) because of the style of many of the ice skating dresses.
Ice skating dresses are not necessary to ice skate – not even to
figure skate! Here is our take - being comfortable is always a
positive benefit when participating in ice skating or any physical
activity. Never let ice skating dress concerns stop you from
enjoying the freedom and thrill of ice skating, whether it is figure
skating or simply recreational ice skating just for fun.