Hock­ey play­ers can be both pro­fes­sion­als or ama­teurs, as well as sim­ple begin­ners, some­times going out on the ice in the yard. Depend­ing on this lev­el, the require­ments for skates also vary.

For exam­ple, if we are talk­ing about pro­fes­sion­al play­ers, then they behave very tough on the ice, con­stant­ly mov­ing at high speed, while per­form­ing var­i­ous maneu­vers. Accord­ing­ly, they need prod­ucts with tough boots and top-class steel blades. The game of ama­teur hock­ey play­ers is not too hard and dynam­ic, and there­fore less hard skates are need­ed for it. Well, in those that are intend­ed for sim­ple walks, you should not play at all — this way you can spoil them pre­ma­ture­ly. And there­fore, before mak­ing a final choice, it is impor­tant to decide on the pur­pose of the skates.

A rather impor­tant point is the size, there is one caveat: the boot should be half a size larg­er than the leg. How­ev­er, it is more impor­tant to look at how com­fort­able the leg is in it, because the addi­tion of the legs is indi­vid­ual for every­one. Some play­ers con­scious­ly opt for small­er hock­ey skates for greater com­fort, because the larg­er the blade, the less room for maneu­ver. Chil­dren who are just start­ing to learn to skate do not need to pur­chase skates “for growth”, here the size should cor­re­spond to the real one.

To choose the right skates, you need to clear­ly know what you want from them. Because there is a wide vari­ety of mod­els: low and high instep, soft and rigid, low and high heels, lac­ing or bind­ings, etc. For exam­ple, stiffer prod­ucts reduce the risk of injury, while soft­er prod­ucts pro­vide more free­dom of action. But in soft ones, it is eas­i­er to twist the leg, which often hap­pens with begin­ners, so it is bet­ter for them to give pref­er­ence to mod­els that are hard­er.

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A very impor­tant issue is the steel from which skate blades are made. It can be of two types — soft and hard. In the process of skat­ing, the dif­fer­ence is not felt, the dif­fer­ences are only in the con­fig­u­ra­tion of the blades them­selves. This deter­mines the loca­tion of the legs of the rolling per­son, how hor­i­zon­tal it is. Blades made of car­bon steel almost do not rust, after skat­ing you need to wipe them with a dry cloth. If the skates are not used for a long time, but are sim­ply stored, you need to lubri­cate the blades with some kind of grease such as lithol. Blades are sharp­ened only in spe­cial­ized work­shops, after which it is imper­a­tive to use cov­ers to avoid cuts.