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What clothes to go out on ice?

Good afternoon, today I want to touch on the topic of choosing clothes in which you and / or your child will be engaged in figure skating. So, what does a beginner skater need?

The first is professional figure skates, which usually come in a set – boots and blades. A reasonable question immediately arises: Do I need to immediately buy professional figure skates or can I get along with a cheap kit? Here, I hold the following point of view. If you ride several times during the winter, such as mass skating, there is no point in acquiring professional skates. Especially on most ice rinks, skate rental is available. In all other cases, only professional skates. Suppose you decide to save, and bought unprofessional figure skates (their cost varies from 1.5 to 3 thousand rubles). When you go out onto the ice, you will certainly be unpleasantly surprised by the softness and inconvenience of the shoe pads, the inability to stand upright because of the too flimsy upper part of the boot, constantly moving blades and more. Without any doubt, the pleasure of riding will not increase. Having suffered a season and / or, in the case of a child, if a leg grows up, it is almost impossible to sell such skates. By purchasing professional skates for figure skating (price for 2015), you will train with comfort and pleasure. At the same time, if you take care of them (use soft covers for drying, grind in professional stores, use rubber covers for blades, etc.), professional models will have a high residual price. Accordingly, such used skates will be much more profitable to sell.

The second is a figure skating costume. There are several factors here:

1. Skating rink – open / closed
2. Level of training – beginner / amateur
3. The task is training for the result / pleasure

At the very beginning of acquaintance with figure skating, you can use the following principle – we ride in the clothes that we dress for the child or dress ourselves when we go to ride the hill in winter. Why? Firstly, at the initial stages you will not move much. Basically it is crawling on ice (in the literal sense), falls and non-intense movements. Secondly, it’s just softer to fall. Thirdly, in order not to freeze. In a good way, I recommend immediately purchasing professional thermal underwear for figure skating (it can also be used in ordinary life at sub-zero temperatures) so that there is no hypothermia. In order not to consider all this as advertising, I will not name the manufacturers, he will tell you everything in detail in specialized stores. Everything else – warm elastic socks, gloves, a hat and a jumpsuit – all this can be used from everyday life. By the way, regarding socks, the unspoken rule is to try on new skates in those socks in which you will ride in the future. To completely close this topic, I am deeply convinced that the socks should be sufficiently dense, slightly elastic and be slightly higher than the level of the skate shoe so that the edges of the boots and tongue do not rub the skin of the legs. As an example of socks that meet all these requirements, you can use the products of sports hypermarkets (there socks are sold at least three in one package) or special socks for figure skating in the respective stores.

I would also like to touch on the topic of thermal suits and thermal dresses for figure skating. Their essence is the latest materials that allow you to keep warm when used in cold conditions, while removing sweat caused by the load. In human terms, this suggests that a rather thin and aesthetically beautiful thermal suit or thermal dress can be worn on underwear (even without thermal underwear), and you will not freeze in it even on an open skating rink. According to the opinion of people using thermal suits, it is really warm in them, but personally, I put on my five-year-old son also thermal underwear. He is satisfied, not complaining. In addition, I myself use thermal underwear in the winter and / or on cold rinks. Really warmer. The only point is a possible allergy to synthetics, as all types of thermal fabrics consist of this material.
Finally, we turn to the protection of the head. It is a little strange, but the Russian school of figure skating does not provide for the protection of the head from falling in the initial stages of training. With rare exceptions, helmets are not welcome and / or even prohibited. Given that most people do not know how to ride and fall correctly, a warm hat is required at least. But it is precisely the head injury that is the most common during the first attempts to reach the ice. After such falls, 90% of people decide to end up with our beautiful sport, considering it super traumatic. And this is very sad. In my opinion, 10-12 lessons are enough to ride in a protective helmet, having learned how to skate properly and fall without consequences for the body, to continue to ride with pleasure and hone your skills to the envy of others !!!

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