Protecting Your Blades
Ice Skate Survival Kit
- NEVER walk on concrete, metal, or other hard surfaces!
- Always wipe all the moisture off the blade when getting of the ice.
- Never store your blades with the blade guards still on.
Breaking in New Skates
- Blade Guards: To protect your blades when walking on hard surfaces such as concrete, tile, or rock.
- Soakers: To absorb moisture off the blade after skating.
- Towel: To wipe down the blade after skating.
- Skating Bag: To carry skates and other items.
- All of these items are available in the Pro-Shop at the Arkansas Skatium.
- All skates take time to break in but eventually feel better.
- Wear them often.
- All skates should fit snugly.
- Skates should fit tight around the ankle to protect it.
- Toes should be a thumb's width from the end of the boot.
- When skating, the ankles should be straight. If they are not, there could be a fitting problem.
- James can help you find the right pair of skates and make sure they fit correctly.
- For information on sizing hockey skates, click on our hockey fitting guide here.
- Skates will need to be sharpened every few months.
- When the skater notices that his or her feet are slipping on the ice, it is probably time to get the skates sharpened.
- The skate blade will be sharp. Never grab the skate by the blade, because it may cut you.