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    Best roller skating surface for 2023

    Best roller skating surface for 2023

    Was it because of TikTok and Instagram?

    The need to find new hobbies?

    Or an R&B legend rollerskating on stage at Vegas

    We’re not sure, but roller skating has been one of the biggest trends since the 2020 pandemic.

    In its over 300-year history, we’ve seen these spikes, and it’s back again, showing that it is a timeless sport and pastime. 

    More people are buying skates and enjoying time on neighborhood rinks.

    Some are even building roller rinks in their homes or turning rinks into lucrative businesses. 

    Build Your Own Roller-Arena With The PolyGlide Pro-Skate Roller Panel 


    Although we primarily deal with ice skating, we’ve also received questions on the best roller skating surface for 2022.

    Roller skates have wheels, which are usable on almost any flat surface. 

    But, of course, all surfaces aren’t the same. 

    Here are the best roller skating surfaces and how you can create a rink of your own. 

    roller skating surface

    Does the surface material matter?

    Beginner skaters want an enjoyable, safe skating experience.

    The right skates can help, but the right surface is even more important.

    For instance, skating with hard wheels on a slippery surface can mean less grip and more falls.

    You need at least 2-3 months of consistent sessions to get good at skating, and practicing on the wrong surface can be challenging. 

    Advanced skaters want to push their limits.

    They want to pull off spins, fishtails, skating backward, and even jumps.

    They need a surface that can keep up with them.

    So yes, the surface matters.

    If you’re in a skating rink, you’ll realize they have different materials that change how the skates feel in motion. 

    Some people love to skate outdoors at a neighborhood park or recreational court.

    Others prefer the community and vibe of a skating rink or park. 

    Whatever your preference, here are some of the surfaces you’ll encounter on your skating journey:

    Concrete flooring

    So what surfaces can you roller skate? 

    Concrete floors are one of the first and most common skating surfaces you will encounter.

    These surfaces are smooth and built for tricks and speed.

    Best of all, they work indoors and outdoors.

    Rinks with concrete floors are the most durable, as they are often the floor of the rest of the building or space.

    Rink owners sometimes seal the floor with a compound to make skating more enjoyable. 

    Concrete flooring works best for advanced skaters as they are less likely to fall.

    However, falling on concrete does a number on your joints, and you’ll pick up some bruises too.

    Indoor concrete rinks are costly and challenging to install. However, it is the cheapest to maintain.

    They also need resurfacing with a wax or varnish compound, but from an aesthetic standpoint, it would not stand out.

    asphalt surface

    Asphalt, brick, and pavers

    Are you ready to hit the black carpet?

    If you are not thinking about building or visiting a rink, you can skate right outside.

    Driveways, cul-de-sacs, car parks, bike lanes, and skate parks have asphalt surfaces.

    Other common outdoor surfaces include bricks and pavers.

    Of course, if you own the area, this surface is free.

    For an outdoor skating rink, you’re just marking off the area. 

    Like concrete, asphalt is smooth but can leave you with bumps and bruises, and take off a bit of skin as well.

    Asphalt also swells in the hot summer months, creating an uneven surface.

    Bricks and pavers have bumps that rough the surface, which can lead to injury for an inexperienced skater. 

    Wood flooring and laminate flooring

    Now it’s time to go indoors.

    Wood flooring is a popular indoor roller rink surface.

    These rinks are installed with oak, maple, or walnut panels.

    Laminate flooring uses synthetic material to create panels with a wood-like feel.

    These are cheaper than hardwood but not as durable. 

    Although one is better, wood and laminate floors are aesthetically pleasing, smooth, and long-lasting.

    While they do not have the same grip and speed as concrete, they are safe to use, and falling on them does not hurt as much. 

    On the flip side, these floors are hard to maintain.

    Flooring materials are generally made for wear and tear.

    However, overuse and excessive force from toe stops can cause cracks and splinters.

    It’s also susceptible to swelling and water damage.

    These are the costliest to replace if they are damaged.

    If you have the time or resources to care for these floors, they will take care of your skaters. 

    polyproprolene floor

    Sport Court Floors

    Plastics have been a part of roller skating surfaces for decades, and polypropylene is a common type.

    These thin tiles interlock to create a flat skating surface.

    Polypropylene tiles are used for both indoor and outdoor soccer, roller hockey, volleyball, roller derby, and much more. 

    These tiles are customizable in different sizes and colors and are softer, which can ease the stress on the joints.

    Some tiles also contain small holes that act as ventilation, so they should stand up to most changes in weather. 

    There are many polypropylene tile providers, so it’s easy to buy an inferior brand, which wears away after a short time.

    Some aren’t made with eco-friendly materials, so this could be a deterrent. 

    (Non-infused) Synthetic Ice

    What does ice have to do with roller skating?

    Synthetic ice has been around for decades as an excellent alternative for ice skaters.

    These are panels made of special textured polyethylene that provides a "smooth roll" and quite durable.

    Synthetic ice can last up to 10 years with proper maintenance. 

    You connect the tiles on a flat surface, and you can play hockey, figure skate, or even take up curling. 

    And yes, you can lace up your roller skates instead of your metal ice skates! 

    High-quality synthetic ice is usually infused with a slip surface agent or conditioner to help ice skaters glide across the surface.

    It is also available as "non-infused" by some manufacturers which alows the skate wheel to grip the surface better.

    They are also usable all throughout the year.

    Add the slip conditioner and easily convert it into an ice rink! 

    what is the best surface

    What surface is best to roller skate on? 

    When it comes to advanced skaters, concrete and asphalt are your friends.

    You can go outdoors, find a safe, level spot, and start skating.

    For rinks, hardwood surfaces and synthetic ice are your best bet.

    These provide the right mix of safety, durability, and performance. 

    For a long-term investment, non-infused synthetic ice panels give you a bigger bang for your buck.

    Can you make a roller skating surface at home?

    The pandemic has caused people to look for at-home solutions, and we’ve been asked, “Can I make a rink at home?” 

    Of course, you can!

    These rinks are big enough for family or friends and neighbors. 

    Making a rink requires a few simple steps.

    Most of these steps are the same we give our customers who set up at-home ice skating rinks:

    • Find your space: Is it indoors or outdoors? Indoor examples include garages, basements, and spare rooms. Outdoor spaces are backyards and decks. This space should be flat and level.
    • Measure your space: How many square feet is your rink? Use a measuring tape and other tools to get accurate dimensions.
    • Clear the floor: Your rink must start on level ground. That may mean removing material or adding plywood to keep the ground even.
    • Choose and install your rink: Synthetic ice is excellent for indoor and outdoor use. Hardwood works indoors but can be more expensive long-term. Installing synthetic ice is as simple as connecting the panels for the space. For other surfaces, you may need a contractor to help.
    • Consider rink walls: For outdoor spaces, rink walls help keep your kids safe and add to the appeal of the rink. Consider adding them!
    • Time to skate: When everything is good to go, slap on your skates and have a blast!


    Roller skating is a timeless pastime that will fluctuate in popularity.

    Right now, it’s going through a purple patch, so if you have been thinking about starting a healthy, new hobby, now is the time.

    The surface that you skate on can make or break your experience.

    For a smooth surface that gives the right mix of speed, safety, grip, and durability, look no further than synthetic ice.

    Get non-infused panels that can last years and help you have a great roller rink that everyone will enjoy.



    Synthetic Ice Tiles: Expectations vs. Reality

    Synthetic Ice Tiles: Expectations vs. Reality

     Synthetic ice tiles are a great way to bring the "ice" to your garage, deck, driveway, or backyard.

    Nothing feels better than putting on a pair of skates and hitting the ice whenever you feel like it.

    Ask any figure skater, budding hockey player, or professional athlete if they want to have their own home rink for skating or hockey drills.

    You know what the answer would be.

    Create Your Own Home Rink With PolyGlide Synthetic Ice Tiles!

     It's a challenging skill to learn but trust me when I say, If you can learn to walk, you can learn to ice skate!

     Skating enthusiasts look forward to heading to the local ice arena or outdoor rinks each season.

    If you've been thinking about getting synthetic ice tiles, you've probably done some research.

    Here at PolyGlide Ice, we offer 4-Basic Starter Kits that provide the smoothest skating:

    Based on the blogs and YouTube videos around, it's easy to build up some ideas around skating on a different surface.

    We're here to address some of those expectations and give you the reality of this revolutionary skating experience that provides an ice-like surface.

    But before we do...

    synthetic ice

    What are synthetic ice tiles?

    Known simply as “synthetic ice”, these symmetrical tiles are made of a high-quality innovative material that can be set up to create your own synthetic ice surface and ice time whenever you want it.

    They are infused with a self-lubricating agent that provides maximum glide and lowers the surface coefficient levels of friction.

    Some skaters use the tiles to cover a strip or just a few square feet.

    As we said during our pitch on ABC's Shark Tank:

     "You don't need a lot of space to train at home, maybe 100 square feet..." - Jim Loughran, PolyGlide Ice

    Others create a rink for some serious skating action or as the ultimate hockey training aid.

    These portable tiles have a flexible design made of durable materials that easily lock together to cover a small or large surface area.

    It's both an innovative hockey tile and a skating tile for figure skaters to advance their skills.

    This gives your mites a place to practice, or, if you feel like taking up a new hobby, now's your chance.

    Here are some common expectations that come with these artificial tiles.

    1. Expectation: Synthetic Ice Tiles are Expensive

    We get it, synthetic ice tiles can bring a bit of sticker shock.

    Setting up a large space or your own rink can add up.

    Like any type of flooring worth its mustard, synthetic ice tiles are manufactured using a high-quality polymer material.

    They can even be customized to fit any size dimension depending on your needs.

    Luckily, PolyGlide Ice has starter kits that are easy to set up and can be skated on in minutes after assembly.

    However, that could still leave you with some reservations.

    return on investment

    Reality: An amazing Return On Investment (ROI) in more ways than one.

    Without a doubt, purchasing the tiles and additional setup equipment is a solid investment and the returns over time are substantial.

    First, think about the time-saving benefits.

    You won't have to get ready, jump in the car, and drive for an hour to the nearest rink just to practice and hone your skills.

    You can jump on your home rink and start skating immediately.

    Say goodbye to rink fees by playing and practicing at home.

    And in a potentially rocky economy, you can also save on coaching classes and lessons or go virtual with your instructor.

    Practicing on natural ice is great, however, you, your family or even hockey teams can still get the extra practice year all season long with synthteic ice tiles.

    During these uncertain times, a synthetic ice surface allows you or your family to skate without the risk of your rink being closed....for whatever reason.

    You can still get the best experience while staying safely inside or in your driveway.

    2. Expectation: It's Hard to Install

    When someone hears the comparison between artificial ice panels and laminate flooring - at least in terms of installation - some concerns come to mind.

    Most of us would leave it to the professionals to assemble the entire surface.

    Since the synthetic tiles need to be “installed” it's easy to expect that you'll special tools and skills to get everything ready.

    The costs may even rack up more by calling in a pro to help to build a customizable ice-like surface.

    Reality: Synthetic ice tiles are a smooth setup

    These panels are about as easy to put together like a kid's puzzle.

    All you need are two capable pairs of hands and a bit of imagination.

    The imagination part comes in when you decide where to set up your artificial ice surface.

    It could be a driveway, deck, spare room, basement, garage, or backyard.

    Some people even decide on a full-scale rink in their quest for the perfect surface.

    After your imagination has run wild, installing is as easy as measuring your space and linking the tiles together to create your surface in minutes.

    If the base that you're using has uneven terrain, a subflooring made of plywood will help create the ideal flat surface.

    It does not have to be a perfectly level surface....the key here is "flatness".

    You can set up a smaller surface in a matter of minutes and is quite and easy DIT project.

    A larger synthetic ice skating surface could take up to a couple of hours depending on the size of the overall space.

    Of course, there's no one stopping you from getting some help for a big project.

    But where's the fun in that?

    Adult skater

    3. Expectation: It's just for kids

    For most, synthetic ice panels sound like a backyard activity for kids.

    Kids will get the most use and fun out of hockey training or practicing ice-skating routines.

    The expectation is that there will be little use for adults or even professionals in ice disciplines.

    They will need the real thing!

    Reality: The tiles are for any level

    While most persons who buy panels get them for kids, anyone can benefit from synthetic ice.

    Yes, a synthetic ice rink surface helps kids with hockey training and ice skating skills.

    But adults at all levels can also enjoy at-home skating.

    n fact, many professional athletes practice on this skateable ice-like surface in their homes during the off-season.

    Synthetic tiles are not only a way for kids to have fun.

    They are a powerful training tool in the absence of real ice.

    4. Expectation: It's just skating on plastic

    If you've never skated on an artificial surface before, it's easy to think that it will be a low-quality experience.

    You may be managing your expectations, believing you'll be underwhelmed and it just won't be the same.

    If you or your family have skated on a synthetic surface before, you may compare that experience to all surfaces.

    Happy Skater

    Reality: You get an amazing skating experience

    Not all synthetic ice tiles are created the same and shouldn't be evaluated by cost per square foot.

    Some artificial surfaces are created with skaters of all disciplines in mind.

    For instance, PolyGlide Ice is made of a self-lubricating surface that's perfect for different intensity levels and long-term use.

    Both materials have a smooth feel when skating, with a 10% attenuation compared to ice.

    That "positive friction" can even be a good thing and perfect for resistance training that can make you a stronger, faster skater.

    Our PolyGlide Ice Home tiles are actually self-lubricating which reduces the surface coefficient of friction.

    Of course, you need to take into consideration the type of skating.

    A Figure skater will require a heavier, thicker panel to perform spins and jumps.

    We will be the first to agree that nothing beats the feeling of skating on ice.

    But with continued advancements in synthetic ice technology, that gap is getting smaller.

    5. Expectation: It won't last long.

    Looking at the pictures online, it's natural to assume these “plastic” panels will end up in the trash before long.

    You may even believe that sharp skate blades will cut and damage the panels.

    Light surface shavings are expected but a reputable tile will allow minimal damage and infused technology provides an ice-like surface with a natural ice feel.

    Polymer plastic


    Reality: The tiles are built to last

    Synthetic Ice tiles are made to stand up to intense skating for years to come and are weather resistant to withstand the outdoor cold and blistering heat.

    In fact, some panels have a 10-year warranty and can last well beyond that timeframe.

    Technology has not only improved the skating experience but the durability as well.

    There are large synthetic ice rinks that handle hundreds of users each month, and they perform in year five just as well as they did in year one.

    It's important to choose high-quality tiles that can stand up to skating with minimal shavings.

    Tiles do need maintenance like their natural ice counterparts but with a lot less effort.

    A soft brush with some soap or a simple washcloth can go a long way to keeping your rink clean.

    6. Expectation: It's fun to skate on

    You decided to invest in artificial tiles to have a great time after all!

    Whether you'll be learning to skate, practicing your moves, or watching your squirts build your skills, it's for everyone to enjoy.

    The long-term expectation is that you'll be happy to just get some skating in, whenever you want.

    happy hockey player

    Reality: You have no idea!

    Ice skating, in its different forms, brings out a rush unlike any other.

    So there will be nothing better than putting on your skates and heading outside to your own space.

    It never gets old.

    You and your friends or family will enjoy competing on this ice training surface, making up games, and setting up drills.

    An artificial space can bring neighbors closer together.

    Anyone with synthetic ice tiles will agree, it’s an amazing experience.

    Just remember to take a break!

    7. Expectation: You Can't Stop the Same as Natural Ice

    This is most definitely the biggest misnomer of all those out there who are unfamiliar with synthetic ice.

    The belief is that you can't stop the same as natural ice and most people say:

    "Won't you just dig into the plastic or fall over?"

    People also wonder "How do you do a Hockey Stop?"

    Reality: Easier than You Think!

    The fact is that synthetic ice plastic is made of a high scratch-resistant polymer plastic combined with an infused slip agent that gives it the glide.

    The plastic also has a very low coefficient of friction that helps the surface mimic the feel of natural ice.

    When a skater builds up momentum they simply "skim" across the surface when skating into a stop much the same way a snow boarder slides along a glide rail.

    happy figure skater


    Choosing your synthetic ice panels opens up a host of questions.

    These questions can also create some expectations before and after the buying process.

    The reality is, an artificial space or rink to skate has wonderful benefits:

    • You get a product that simulates the skating experience.
    • Skating that gets better with time.
    • A long-lasting durable polymer, that's easy to maintain.
    • Synthetic ice saves skaters both time and money.

    It's the reason why high-performance athletes rely on synthetic ice tiles to provide the ultimate home ice advantage.

    So if you're looking for a new home project, choosing skating as a new hobby, or just need a way to keep up your kids' training regimen during the off-season, synthetic ice tiles are an excellent choice.

    So grab your ice skates and some synthetic ice tiles to get the edge on your competition with this must-have product.

    You'll love skating on your new synthetic ice-like surface for many years to come and spend less time driving to practice facilities.

    Don't hesitate to speak with us so we can help you have a great at-home skating experience.


    How Much Does a Synthetic Ice Rink Cost? Best Guide for Buyers

    How Much Does a Synthetic Ice Rink Cost? Best Guide for Buyers

    Deciding to invest in a synthetic ice rink can be an exciting endeavor, as it allows for year-round ice skating and hockey practice regardless of weather conditions.

    However, potential buyers may wonder about the cost of a synthetic ice rink and how it might fit into their budget.

    Synthetic ice rink prices can vary depending on the size and thickness of the panels used to build the rink.

    Save Money And Pick The Perfect Rink Package At PolyGlide Ice

    Additionally, factors such as installation, surrounding infrastructure, and any necessary maintenance efforts can also contribute to the overall cost.

    In this article, we will explore the factors that influence the cost of a synthetic ice rink and provide insights to help you make an informed decision.

    Components of a Synthetic Ice Rink

    synthetic ice surface

    Surface Material

    The primary component of a synthetic ice rink is the surface material, which is typically made from high-quality, durable polyethylene.

    This material is designed to mimic the properties of real ice, providing a smooth and low-friction surface for skaters to glide on.

    The quality of the polyethylene can vary, but higher-quality synthetic ice surfaces will require less maintenance and provide a better skating experience.

    Panels and Tiles

    The surface of a synthetic ice rink is made up of panels or tiles that are interconnected to create a seamless surface.

    Panels are generally larger and more suitable for commercial or permanent installations, while tiles are smaller and more portable, making them ideal for home use or temporary setups.

    The size and thickness of the panels or tiles can impact both the cost and quality of the synthetic ice surface.

    For example, a box of 4 - 24" x 48" tiles (32SF) are available at prices like $289.95 each, while larger, thicker 46" x 92" commercial grade sheets can go for $389.95 each plus shipping.

    Dasher Boards, Edging and Netting

    In addition to the synthetic ice surface, dasher boards and netting are also important components if the rink is intented to be used for hockey.

    Dasher boards or Edging serve as the perimeter of the rink and provide a barrier for puck containment.

    Netting can be used to enclose the area behind the goals and surrounding areas from stray pucks.

    The cost of dasher boards, Edging and netting can vary based on the size of the rink and the materials used in their construction.

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    Cost Factors for Synthetic Ice Rinks

    Size and Dimensions

    When determining the cost of a synthetic ice rink, one of the primary factors to consider is the size and dimensions of the rink.

    The price can vary significantly depending on the total area being covered.

    12 X 16 PolyGlide Ice Rink

    Rinks can range from smaller sizes, such as 12' x 16', to larger sizes, like 20' x 40' or even bigger.

    Since synthetic ice rinks are often customized to fit individual spaces, the cost will ultimately depend on the specific measurements and requirements of the project.


    Thickness and Quality

    Another significant factor to take into account is the thickness and quality of the synthetic ice tiles being used.

    Thickness can typically range between 1/4 of an inch and 3/4 of an inch, with thicker tiles usually providing better durability at a higher cost.

    The quality of synthetic ice tiles is essential for ensuring a smooth, consistent skating experience.

    Premium quality tiles may have a higher initial cost compared to their lower-quality counterparts, but this investment can be worthwhile for those looking for a long-lasting solution.

    Location and Installation

    The location of the synthetic ice rink can also have an impact on its overall cost.

    Factors such as site preparation, shipping, and any additional materials needed for leveling or protecting the rink surface can influence the project's budget.

    Installation costs can vary based on the complexity of the rink design, with more customized rinks or those requiring specialized equipment potentially having higher installation expenses.

    Additionally, certain locations may demand specific permits, which can further add to the overall cost.

    Overall, the cost of a synthetic ice rink is heavily influenced by factors such as size and dimensions, thickness and quality, and location and installation considerations.

    Careful planning and understanding these factors will help ensure that the investment in a synthetic ice rink is both affordable and sustainable in the long term.

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    Benefits of Synthetic Ice Rinks

    Year-Round Skating

    One major advantage of synthetic ice rinks is the ability for skaters to enjoy year-round skating.

    Unlike natural ice rinks, which are often limited to colder months, synthetic ice rinks provide a consistent skating surface regardless of the season.

    This allows skaters and hockey players to practice and enjoy their sport throughout the entire year, without worrying about melting ice or rink closures due to weather conditions.

    Energy and Water Savings

    Another significant benefit of synthetic ice rinks is their energy and water savings.

    As they don't require freezing water to create the ice surface, electricity and water usage are substantially reduced.

    This not only contributes to conservation efforts, but also helps skating rink operators and homeowners save on utility costs.

    Furthermore, the lack of refrigeration systems required for synthetic ice reduces overall power consumption.

    Training and Skill Development

    Synthetic ice rinks offer an invaluable platform for training and skill development in both figure skating and hockey.

    Skaters of all levels have the opportunity to practice on a surface that closely mimics the feel of real ice.

    By removing the need to compete for ice time at traditional rinks, individuals can focus on refining their hockey skills or improving their figure skating techniques.

    Additionally, synthetic ice rinks can be installed in a variety of settings, such as garages or basements, providing convenient access to training facilities for athletes and enthusiasts alike.

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    Synthetic Ice Rink Drawbacks

    Friction and Performance Differences

    One of the primary concerns regarding synthetic ice rinks is the degree of friction they present.

    Compared to natural ice, artificial ice surfaces tend to have higher friction, which can affect glide and grip during skating.

    This difference might require skaters to exert more effort to maintain their speed, and adjustments may be needed to accommodate the altered skating experience on synthetic ice.

    Durability and Maintenance

    Although synthetic ice rinks can be highly durable, lasting up to 10 years or more with proper care, they still require regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance.

    Unlike traditional ice rinks that use a Zamboni to resurface the ice, synthetic rinks may need periodic cleaning and surface treatment to maintain the desired glide characteristics.

    Maintenance can differ depending on the quality and type of synthetic ice material used, leading to variations in the long-term costs associated with owning and operating a synthetic ice rink.

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    Usage and Applications

    Residential Backyard Rinks

    Synthetic ice skating rinks are becoming increasingly popular for residential use, particularly in backyard settings.

    The convenience and versatility of these rinks make them an excellent addition to any home.

    Homeowners can utilize these rinks for various purposes such as practicing stickhandling, passing, and shooting.

    A backyard rink provides endless opportunities for family fun, as well as a dedicated space for hockey enthusiasts to improve their skills.

    Due to their relatively straightforward installation process and lower maintenance requirements compared to traditional outdoor rinks, synthetic ice rinks are an attractive option for residential use.

    Community and Event Rinks

    In addition to residential applications, synthetic ice rinks are commonly used in community spaces and various events.

    The attractive aspects of synthetic ice, such as low operating costs and reduced energy consumption, make them a popular choice for city parks or recreational centers.

    Community ice rinks facilitate an inclusive environment suitable for both casual skaters and figure skaters alike.

    Event organizers can utilize synthetic ice rinks for temporary installations, enabling them to create unique and memorable experiences.

    This flexibility is valuable for all kinds of events, such as holiday festivities or community gatherings.

    Professional Training Facilities

    Professional athletes and teams are also taking advantage of the benefits offered by synthetic ice rinks.

    Training facilities can accommodate these rinks to provide their clients with a realistic skating experience without the high operational costs associated with traditional ice rinks.

    These professional-grade rinks offer athletes the chance to refine their skating, shooting, and stickhandling skills in a controlled environment.

    Additionally, synthetic ice rinks are available year-round, making them a reliable training option for athletes regardless of seasonal weather conditions.

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    Product and Price Comparisons

    Off-the-Shelf vs. Custom Solutions

    Synthetic ice rinks come in various sizes and quality levels, with both off-the-shelf and custom options available in the market.

    Generally, off-the-shelf solutions are more affordable and cater to smaller spaces like home ice rinks.

    Alternatively, custom solutions can be designed to fit specific dimensions and requirements suited for commercial or professional training purposes.

    These custom rinks generally have higher prices due to the added complexity and tailored design.

    Shipping and Additional Costs

    Shipping must also be factored into the overall cost, as it can vary based on factors such as distance and weight.

    Larger, custom solutions may have higher shipping fees due to their size and complexity.

    Additionally, there may be a need for professional installation, maintenance, and storage equipment, which can further drive up the cost of a synthetic ice rink.

    Some manufacturers will cover these ancillary costs within the quoted pricing, but it's essential to verify this before making a purchase.

    Temporary Rentals

    Synthetic ice rinks can also be utilize for temporary rental options, which can be a cost-effective solution for events or short-term engagements at a lower cost.

    Rental pricing is typically based on factors such as size, duration, location, and any additional equipment or services that may be required.

    Most rental companies will provide other services such as installation, dismantling, and storage, ensuring that customers have a hassle-free experience without delving into purchasing a rink outright.

    Being mindful of seasonal demand and availability can help potential customers secure the best possible rental fees and overall value.

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    Installation and Maintenance Tips

    Preparing the Site

    Before installing a synthetic ice rink, it is crucial to choose an appropriate location and prepare the site.

    Ensure that the surface is flat, smooth, and free of debris.

    Be sure to thoroughly broom clean (or vacume) the base for your rink ro make sure you don't compromise the "flatness" of your new rink panels.

    Assembling the Rink

    When assembling a synthetic ice rink, it is important to connect the panels using a tongue-and-groove system.

    This system allows for a tight, seamless connection between the boards, ensuring a smooth skating surface.

    To achieve an NHL-standard rink size, consider the dimensions of your intended rink and calculate the number of boards needed accordingly.

    To create a good-quality synthetic ice rink, take the following steps:

    • Lay panels down in the desired arrangement, ensuring that they are aligned correctly
    • Connect adjacent panels by fitting the tongue-and-groove edges together
    • Continue connecting panels until the entire rink is assembled

    Cleaning the Surface

    Regular cleaning is crucial for maintaining the quality and endurance of a synthetic ice rink.

    Unlike conventional ice rinks, synthetic rinks do not require a Zamboni machine for resurfacing.

    However, it is still necessary to remove any dirt, debris or residue from the surface for optimal performance.

    Basic cleaning tips for synthetic ice rinks include:

    • Sweeping the surface using a soft-bristled broom or special floor scrubber
    • Occasionally using a specialized cleaning solution to remove residues
    • Driving a squeegee over the surface to remove excess water or cleaning solution

    By following these installation and maintenance tips, it is possible to create a high-quality synthetic ice rink that provides an enjoyable skating experience for all levels, from beginners to professional skaters.

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    Alternatives to Synthetic Ice Rinks

    When considering the options for ice rinks, there are other alternatives to synthetic ice rinks that can be taken into account.

    This section will focus on natural ice rinks and traditional indoor rinks.

    Natural Ice Rinks

    Natural ice rinks are created by freezing outdoor bodies of water or simply allowing rainwater or snow to freeze naturally.

    These rinks are often seasonal and typically only feasible in areas with consistently cold weather conditions throughout winter months.

    They provide an authentic ice-skating experience similar to what one would find on a frozen lake or pond.

    Some benefits of natural ice rinks include the experience of skating on real ice and the ability to enjoy the outdoors during winter.

    Additionally, natural ice rinks typically have lower initial costs compared to synthetic or refrigerated ice rinks. However, they can be difficult to maintain and rely heavily on weather conditions.

    When constructing a natural ice rink, it is essential to take into account factors such as the thickness and quality of the ice, the size and depth of the rink, and local regulations on safety and environmental impact.

    Traditional Indoor Rinks

    Traditional indoor rinks are refrigerated ice rinks that often serve as venues for figure skating, ice hockey, and other ice sports.

    They are equipped with a refrigeration system that maintains optimal temperatures for ice formation, allowing for a smooth, consistent surface to skate on.

    Unlike natural ice rinks, indoor rinks are not reliant on weather conditions and can operate year-round.

    However, they demand significantly higher initial investments and require regular maintenance to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience for users.

    The operating costs for a traditional indoor rink include electricity for refrigeration systems and ice resurfacing, as well as staff to manage the facility.

    While synthetic ice rinks offer a more budget-friendly and low-maintenance alternative, natural ice rinks, and traditional indoor rinks each have their own advantages and drawbacks that should be considered when determining the most suitable option for a particular situation.

    Depending on the industry needs, climate, and funds available, either a natural ice rink or a traditional indoor rink may provide a better solution for those looking to enjoy ice-based activities.

    synthetic ice buyers guide

    Selecting the Right Synthetic Ice Rink

    Assessing Needs and Goals

    When choosing a synthetic ice rink, it's important to first assess your specific needs and goals.

    This includes considering the size, location, and intended purpose of the rink, as well as the level of training or activities you plan to engage in.

    For example, a home ice rink for recreational use will have different requirements than a professional hockey training facility.

    If you're planning to host events or temporary outdoor rinks, think about how frequently you'll need to set up and break down the rink.

    This can help you determine the type of synthetic ice panels and installation methods that will be most suitable for your needs.

    Comparing Quality and Price

    The cost of a synthetic ice rink can vary widely depending on the size, material, and type of panels used.

    While some options may be more cost-efficient, it's essential to balance affordability with quality.

    Keep in mind that better-quality synthetic ice panels typically offer a longer glide and reduced friction, resulting in a more authentic ice-skating experience.

    To ensure you make the best decision, gather custom quotes from various providers and compare their offerings in terms of quality, durability, and features.

    This will help you make a well-informed decision that best suits your needs and budget.

    Evaluating Installation and Maintenance Requirements

    Another critical factor to consider when selecting a synthetic ice rink is the installation and maintenance process.

    Some rinks are easier to install and require less frequent maintenance, which could save you time and money in the long run.

    As you evaluate different options, consider the following aspects:

    • Installation method: Some synthetic ice panels interlock easily, while others may require more complex installation processes. Take into account any additional tools or resources needed to set up your rink.
    • Maintenance: Regular cleaning and care are necessary for a synthetic ice rink, but the exact maintenance requirements can vary. Look for panels with self-lubricating properties or low-resistance surfaces that minimize the need for additional upkeep.
    • Durability: High-quality synthetic ice panels are built for long-lasting performance, but all panels will experience wear and tear over time. Assess the durability of different panel types and consider how often you'll need to replace or refurbish panels in the future.

    By considering your specific needs and goals, comparing quality and price, and evaluating installation and maintenance requirements, you can select the right synthetic ice rink for both your needs and budget.

    Each rink will offer unique advantages and limitations, so taking the time to thoroughly assess your options will ensure you make the best choice for your skating or hockey activities.

    frequently asked questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What factors determine the cost of a synthetic ice rink?

    type of panels

    The cost of a synthetic ice rink depends on various factors.

    These include surface dimensions, the type of panels being used, services being offered, and other elements, such as installation, shipping, and maintenance.

    The first step in determining a rink's cost is to decide on the size as it will impact the overall number of tiles required for your rink.

    How does the cost of synthetic ice compare to a real ice rink?

    natural or synthetic ice

    Synthetic ice rinks tend to be more cost-effective than real ice rinks.

    Real ice rinks require expensive systems to maintain the ice's quality and temperature, along with higher water and energy consumption.

    There are several key operational cost areas where synthetic ice can save money, such as installation, maintenance, and temperature control.

    What is the price range for backyard synthetic ice rinks?

    backyard synthetic rink

    The price range for backyard synthetic ice rinks depends on the size and quality of the rink.

    As a general starting point, it is important to consider the dimensions and additional accessories needed for the rink, such as dasher boards, skates, and other equipment.



    What are the Costs Associated with Renting a Portable Synthetic Ice Rink?

    synthetic ice rink rental

    The costs associated with portable synthetic ice rink rentals typically depend on the rental duration, rink size, and location.

    Rental companies may offer additional services like installation, removal, and maintenance, which can also impact the total cost.

    Consult with individual rental providers for specific pricing details.

    Are there any additional expenses to consider when installing a synthetic ice rink?

    hockey dasher boards

    Additional expenses associated with installing a synthetic ice rink may include shipping costs, installation labor, and special equipment, such as dasher boards or barriers, depending on the rink's intended purpose and usage.

    Maintenance, though minimal for synthetic ice, may also incur some costs.



    As you can see, the cost of a synthetic ice rink can vary greatly, starting at just a few hundred dollars to well into the thousands for a large residential or commercial rink.

    This depends on factors like size, material quality, and additional features or custom fabrications.

    It's an investment, but it offers year-round skating and savings due to the lower maintenance and operational costs compared to traditional ice rinks.

    Always remember, you're not just buying panels of synthetic ice, but a lifelong passion for ice sports and skating.

    Budget wisely, consider your needs, and you'll find the synthetic ice rink that best fits your personal or business goals. Happy skating!


    Hockey Skates vs. Figure Skates: The Best Way to Compare

    Hockey Skates vs. Figure Skates: The Best Way to Compare

    Ice skating is a beloved winter sport enjoyed worldwide.

    Whether you're a pro or a casual skater, choosing the right skate is crucial.

    Hockey skates and figure skates are two popular types, each with unique characteristics.

    Hockey skates prioritize speed and agility, featuring shorter, wider blades for swift turns.

    Figure skates, in contrast, showcase elegance with longer, narrower blades perfect for gliding and spinning.

     Practice Hockey And Figure Skating At Home With PolyGlide Ice

    Hockey skate boots offer greater ankle support and rigidity for quick direction changes, while figure skate boots facilitate intricate footwork and jumps.

    Understanding these distinctions is vital for selecting the ideal skate based on your skating style and preferences.

    Hockey Skate vs Figure Skate

    When it comes to ice skating, there are two main types of skates: hockey skates and figure skates.

    While both skates are used on the ice, they have significant differences.

    In this section, we will compare hockey skates and figure skates in four categories of:

    • Blades
    • Boots
    • Performance
    • Cost Comparison

    skate blades


    When it comes to ice skating, the blade is the most important piece of equipment.

    Both hockey skates and figure skates have blades that are designed to optimize performance for their respective sports.

    In this section, we will take a closer look at the different types of blades and their features.

    Hockey Skate Blades

    The heart of a hockey skate lies in its uniquely designed blades.

    Their shorter, curved architecture endows players with the ability to execute swift, sharp turns, enhancing agility and speed.

    The curvature facilitates an unparalleled level of mobility, crucial for the fast-paced nature of the game.

    The blade mount's thickness is another crucial characteristic that enhances stability.

    This added sturdiness becomes evident when players jostle for the puck or engage in player-to-player contact, offering improved balance and resilience.

    Figure Skate Blades

    In contrast to hockey skates, figure skate blades boast a longer, flatter design.

    The extended blade length is a catalyst for graceful long jumps and impressive aerial stunts, providing the crucial platform for these intricate skills.

    The flat profile, meanwhile, ensures superior control and equilibrium during detailed footwork and precise spins, allowing for refined and controlled movements on ice

    Toe Picks

    Perhaps one of the most striking distinctions between hockey and figure skate blades is the presence of toe picks on figure skates.

    These tooth-like protrusions, located at the front end of the blade, provide an essential grip on the ice.

    This 'bite' into the ice surface empowers figure skaters to launch themselves into complex jumps and elaborate spins.

    Conversely, hockey skate blades do not feature toe picks, as they are unnecessary in the more aggressive, fluid realm of hockey.


    Both figure and hockey skate blades are designed with a feature called a 'rocker' – a subtle curve spanning the bottom length of the blade.

    This curvature creates a smaller contact area with the ice, facilitating smoother turns and more precise edges.

    However, the rocker is not a 'one size fits all' feature.

    Its length and depth can vary significantly, tailored to the skater's personal preference and the specific demands of their skating style or position in the game.

    It's this delicate interplay of elements that showcases the fundamental role of the blade in dictating performance, whether you're gracefully pirouetting or rapidly darting across a hockey rink.

    ice skates boots


    In the realm of ice skating, boots stand as one of the pivotal pieces of gear, whether for hockey or figure skating.

    They not only serve as a crucial connection between the skater and the ice but also significantly influence comfort, performance, and safety.

    In this segment, we delve into the nuanced differences between hockey skate boots and figure skate boots.s.

    Hockey Skate Boots

    Hockey skate boots are meticulously designed, keeping in mind the demanding and aggressive nature of the sport.

    Crafted primarily from sturdy composite materials, these boots are engineered to endure the rigors of hockey while offering ample support and protection for the player's feet and ankles.

    The characteristic stiffness and durability of hockey boots facilitate efficient power transfer from the legs to the ice, ensuring optimal performance during the game.

    Each element of their design focuses on delivering the resilience and protection needed in the high-intensity, contact-heavy sport of hockey.

    Figure Skate Boots

    Figure skate boots, contrarily, lean towards flexibility and lightness.

    Typically crafted from leather or other pliant materials, they prioritize a broader range of motion to accommodate the artful jumps, spins, and maneuvers integral to figure skating.

    The comparative flexibility in figure skating boots is a cornerstone design element, allowing skaters to perform intricate movements with grace and precision.

    Ankle Support

    Ankle support stands as a universal feature for both hockey and figure skate boots, but the degree of support varies with the demands of each sport.

    Hockey, with its high-impact nature, necessitates boots with robust ankle support, minimizing the risk of injuries and ensuring stability during swift, aggressive maneuvers.


    Padding in the boots plays an essential role in ensuring comfort and shock absorption during ice skating.

    However, the padding's placement and extent differ in hockey and figure skate boots to cater to the unique needs of each sport.

    Hockey boots, dealing with frequent physical contact, typically have increased padding around the toe and heel regions for enhanced impact absorption.

    In contrast, figure skate boots have extra padding around the ankle area, offering comfort and support during high jumps and spins, where the ankle plays a critical role in the skater's balance and control.

    In summary, the boots of hockey skates and figure skates differ significantly in terms of material composition, stiffness, flexibility, ankle support, and padding distribution.

    Therefore, choosing the right boot becomes a critical decision, hinging largely on the specific type of skating one intends to pursue.

    performance comparison

    Performance Comparison

    While hockey skates and figure skates may appear similar to the untrained eye, they are engineered with different purposes in mind, leading to distinct performance capabilities.

    Let's delve into a comparative analysis of these performance differences across various dimensions.


    Hockey skates are tailor-made for the energetic pace of hockey games, excelling in quick stops and explosive starts.

    Their curved blade design enhances sharper turns and offers greater precision during abrupt stops, lending players a distinct edge during the game's unpredictable and high-speed moments.

    Conversely, figure skates, with their signature toe pick at the blade's forefront, are more attuned to performing jumps and spins, potentially making rapid stopping more challenging in comparison.


    When it comes to spins, figure skates truly shine.

    Their design is centered around providing exceptional balance and precision, essential for executing breathtaking spins and jumps.

    The toe pick helps skaters lift off the ice for jumps, while the longer blade delivers superior stability during spins.

    On the other hand, hockey skates are not traditionally designed for spins.

    The curved blade, although excellent for swift maneuvers, might make maintaining balance during spins more challenging.


    Figure skates are specifically crafted to facilitate jumps, with the toe pick serving as a pivotal feature to assist skaters in launching off the ice.

    In contrast, the absence of a toe pick and a shorter blade length in hockey skates makes executing and landing jumps more demanding.


    Both hockey and figure skates are adept at facilitating turns, albeit in distinct ways.

    The curved blade in hockey skates permits players to execute swift, sharp turns, a crucial asset in navigating the tight confines of a hockey game.

    Figure skaters, however, usually perform longer, flowing turns.

    The extended length of the figure skate blade provides enhanced stability, perfect for these graceful, looping turns.


    In terms of overall performance, hockey skates are champions of maneuverability, with their curved blade design allowing quick, precise turns and stops.

    Figure skates, conversely, are synonymous with stability.

    Their longer blade contributes to improved balance, crucial for executing elegant jumps and spins.

    In essence, both types of skates showcase their unique strengths and weaknesses, each beautifully designed for its specific purpose.

    Hockey skates cater to the need for speed and agility, while figure skates are synonymous with grace and precision.

    The choice between the two largely boils down to what one aspires to achieve on the icy canvas.


    cost comparison

    Cost Comparison

    The cost can often be a decisive factor when choosing between hockey skates and figure skates, as prices can vary significantly based on design, construction, and brand.

    Hockey Skate Cost

    Engineered with an emphasis on durability and robustness to withstand the rigorous nature of hockey games, hockey skates usually come with a price tag ranging from $70 to $1,000.

    This price variance is closely tied to the quality, brand, and the array of features offered.

    Top-tier hockey skates, constructed from superior materials, often boast enhanced features such as advanced ankle support, high-grade blade quality, and plush padding for optimal comfort.

    These premium skates, while pricier, offer notable advantages for serious or professional players.

    However, the cost of hockey skates is also influenced by the player's level of engagement.

    Beginner-level hockey skates, designed for less rigorous usage and offering fewer features, are typically less costly compared to intermediate or advanced models.

    Figure Skate Cost

    Figure skates, the dancing partners for artistic and ballet-like performances on ice, require greater flexibility and balance.

    They are generally priced higher than hockey skates, with a range extending from $100 to a substantial $1500.

    This price variation reflects the quality, brand, and the lightweight materials used to ensure flexibility and ease of movement.

    High-end figure skates, akin to their hockey counterparts, offer a suite of premium features.

    Superior blade quality, increased ankle support, and enhanced padding for comfort are some of the benefits, contributing to the price tag.

    Similar to hockey skates, the cost of figure skates can differ depending on the user's level of play.

    Entry-level figure skates, designed for beginners and offering fewer features, will be less expensive compared to the models designed for intermediate or advanced skaters.


    In conclusion, hockey skates and figure skates have notable distinctions.

    Hockey skates prioritize speed, agility, and control with their shorter, wider blades and stiffer boots.

    Figure skates excel in spins, jumps, and footwork, featuring longer, flatter blades and softer, flexible boots.

    The choice between the two depends on personal goals and preferences.

    Hockey skates are ideal for speed and agility, while figure skates are better suited for jumps and intricate maneuvers.

    It's vital to remember the potential risks and injuries associated with both types of skates and to prioritize proper protective gear and training before attempting advanced techniques.



    What to Wear When Ice Skating: 10 Best Rink Outfits for 2023

    What to Wear When Ice Skating: 10 Best Rink Outfits for 2023

    Are you getting ready to ice skate at your local rink?

    Well, if this is a concern, you want to look and feel good on the ice.

    While, of course, being functional.  

    Most people are unsure of what to wear when ice skating.

    If you’re underdressed, you’re cold and fussy, leading to a bad experience on the rink.

    Too much clothing and you’re limited in what you can do.  

    If you’re not sure what to wear when ice skating, remember it should be the right mix of warm and functional.

    If you’re indoors, you can wear fewer layers, but keep that in mind first before adding your own flair.  

    In this post, we’ve come up with the 10 best rink outfits so you can show off both your skating skills and your fashion sense.

    We’ll cover the essentials and give some outfit ideas that can inspire you to look amazing on the ice.  

    Our Top Picks



    Don’t worry; we aren’t talking about competition-level or Olympic costumes here.  

    While it may turn heads at the rink, the style may not be appropriate. 

    You may just be going to skate with some friends or check out a new rink with your family.  

    Perhaps you’re starting ice skating classes, and you’re anxious about dressing for the occasion. 

    For practice or pleasure, whatever you decide to wear, it all boils down to 3 main factors: comfort and mobility, warmth, and safety.   

     comfort and mobility

    A. Comfort and Mobility 

    Ice skating can be challenging, especially for newbies.

    You want nothing that’s limiting your movement, so wearing clothing that’s comfortable is key. 

    At the same time, the clothing should be stretchy and breathable, so you can glide along the ice without worrying about wardrobe malfunctions.  

    Some common comfortable materials include long-sleeved shirts, leggings, and thin, long, comfortable socks.   

     B. Warmth and Layering 

    As the name implies, ice rinks are... well... cold. Indoor ice rinks have more control over the temperature.  

    These are often warmer than outdoor ice rinks that are at the mercy of the elements. Sometimes outside can be 50 degrees but feel like 40.  

    Nothing can spoil a fun day on the ice like feeling uncomfortably cold, so confirm whether you’ll be inside or outside.

    If you’re outside, check the weather for the time you’ll be at the rink.

    If you’re indoors, you can get away with fewer layers, though you should still wear light gloves, long-sleeved shirts, and sweaters, along with jeans or leggings.  

    Outdoor ice skating requires thicker materials or sometimes layering for added protection.  

    You might require a base layer to keep your skin dry and a thicker sweater or sweatshirt.  

    Then to protect yourself from the wind, a scarf, hat, or even earmuffs are appropriate.

    Gloves can also come in handy but are optional if you think you can handle it.  

    Your layers should not be so thick that you can barely move.

    Besides, your internal temperature will rise as you burn calories ice skating.  

    factors: comfort and mobility, warmth, and safety.   

    C. Safety 

    Falling is a part of ice skating, especially if you’re inexperienced. 

    Most wipeouts won’t lead to serious injuries. 

    But you’re more likely to experience scratches, bumps, and bruises without some added protection. 

    For the experienced skater, this means long sleeves or leggings.

    Younger or inexperienced skaters can benefit from elbow pads, knee pads, or even a helmet.  

    We know it’s not too fashion-forward, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!  

    Now let’s jump into what to wear when ice skating.

    These outfits aim to cover these factors while tapping into your style.     

    classic and timeless look

    1. A Classic and Timeless Look 

    Let’s start with the classic and timeless ice skating look; a simple pair of leggings and a cozy sweater.  

    The leggings could be a solid, neutral color, allowing you to play around with the type and color of the sweater.

    For guys, dark-colored jeans are an excellent option. 

    Some sweater options include a chunky knit, merino wool blend, turtleneck, or half-zip sweater.  

    Add a furry hat and scarf or a beanie to stay warm, giving you the perfect mix of comfort and style. 

    Try these:

      For Men:

      2: Sporty and Functional 

      Ice skating is a sport, so why not dress for it?

      Sports brands have clothing for most disciplines, and skating is no exception.  

      Some common examples include long-sleeved hooded sweaters, fleece pants, leggings, or a full tracksuit from Nike, Puma, or Adidas.  

      Under the tracksuit, you can wear a thermal T-shirt, sports shirt, and gloves to keep your hands warm. 

      Add a sleeveless puffer jacket for warmth and style if you will be outside.  

      Here are some options:

      For Men:

      elegant and graceful

      3. Get Elegant and Graceful 

      Sometimes you want to exude elegance and grace, and ice skating is a great opportunity to do it. 

      You can take a page out of your favorite competitor, pairing a figure-skimming dress with matching leggings.  

      The dress should be light while still providing enough warmth and coverage. Some skaters like A-line dresses, while others go for wrap dresses.

      Adding elegance may mean glitter, sequins, or a timeless pattern on the front of the dress with matching opaque leggings.  

      Guys, don’t think you can’t be elegant too!

      Your preferred long-sleeved dress shirt, cardigan, or turtleneck paired with fleece pants or a comfy, stretch material are classy looks. 

      When it’s time for both of you to head outside, a larger scarf or fur shrug with warm gloves keeps you looking elegant.  

      Need some ideas?

      Try these:

      For men:

       4. Trendy and Edgy 

      Some younger skaters want to keep the latest trends in mind and are more concerned about edgy style than warmth. 

      That’s ok. 

      You can still mix your unique style with your skating look.

      High-waisted jeans, cargo pants, and furry ankle covers may be the order of the day. 

      Streetwear is all the rave. Include a statement piece from your favorite brand. 

      Trendy is all about individual style, so dress things up with earrings, scarves, or your favorite brand’s hat or beanie.  

      For Men: 

      cozy and cute

      5. Cozy and Cute 

      Some skaters want to focus on being warm and cozy, and that’s ok.

      However, it doesn’t mean you can’t look cute in the process.

      The solution?

      Jeans, a thick sweater, thick mittens, and a short jacket.  

      A hat or beanie keeps the chill away. 

      The objective with this style is layering, so make sure your middle layer keeps you warm and dry.

      This may be a turtleneck sweater.  

      You can accessorize with bold colors for a little contrast, like a bright-colored scarf, mittens, or hat.

      Cozy and cute is the go-to for families, especially those with young children.  

       For Men:

      6. Retro Vibes 

      What did ice skaters wear in the 70s and 80s?  

      Retro vibes do not mean Flower-Power dresses and bell bottoms. 

      For girls, pleated skirts and long-sleeved sweaters were in.

      The dresses you see in competitions were also the norm. 

      Guys wore jeans and cardigans with the occasional double-breasted sweater

      Some wore shirts and jeans with a long-sleeved sweater over the shirt, letting the collar show.  

      You can sprinkle in some retro in your rink outfits, including yellows and teals, colorful turtlenecks, and a retro-style leather ice skate.

      If the theme or vibe is 100% retro, mix in a headband, bandana, or some flared pants for that nostalgic touch. 

      For Men:

      the skating minimalist

      8. The Skating Minimalist 

      The opposite of glam, some people love to keep it simple with a minimalist look.

      You can still exude sophistication with an all-black sweatsuit.

      Dark-colored jeans and a turtleneck sweater can also portray a simple, minimalist look.

      If you have your own skates or want to buy one, add white boots for an interesting contrast. 

      For Men:

      9. Glamorous and Sparkly 

      Thinking about a little glam?

      You can integrate a sparkly outfit on the rink.

      A sequined top or dress will catch the light, or a sheer shirt will have everyone’s head turning.

      Add black leggings and your own leather skates to stand out. 

      If it’s still chilly, stay warm with a flashy jacket while still showing off your glitz and glam.

      For Men:

      practical yet versatile

      9. A Practical yet Versatile Option 

      Sometimes, knowing what to wear when ice skating has nothing to do with style.

      It’s all about being practical yet versatile.  

      The base should be all about warmth, like thermal leggings or pants. 

      Add fleece-lined sweaters, hoodies, or down jackets so you can stay warm and swap out layers based on the weather conditions

      For Men:

      10. A fun, colorful time on the ice 

      Want to stand out on the rink? You’ll turn heads and make sure that no one runs into you on the ice.  

      You can try a bright-colored sweatsuit or leggings in reds, greens, blues, or yellows.  

      A bright-colored dress with neutral leggings also falls within this category.  

      Guys can stand out with a bright, fun shirt, sweater, or puffer jacket.  

      This one is all about bucking the trend of neutrals like black, white, and grey.  

      For Men:

      factors: comfort and mobility, warmth, and safety.   

      What should you NOT wear when ice skating? 

      You’ll notice that most styles and forms of clothing are generally accepted.

      However, some pieces may be counterproductive to ice skating.  

      Ice skating generates heat and energy, so you don’t need long, thick jackets.

      These can slow you down and even increase the chances of falls.  

      Additionally, avoid really tight pants, such as skinny jeans, as these may limit your movement. 

      Furthermore, make sure you go with at least one layer.

      You can take it off if it gets too hot, and vice versa.  

      synthetic ice rinks

      What should you wear when skating on synthetic ice? 

      Have you ever skated on synthetic ice?

      It’s a unique polyethylene material designed to use your ice skates. 

      One of the biggest advantages of synthetic?

      It does not rely on cold weather and is sometimes used throughout the year. 

      Unless it’s outdoors during the winter, synthetic ice can function at room temperature in your garage or spare room.

      There are also commercial synthetic ice rinks in places like museums and malls.  

      If you know you’ll skate on a synthetic ice rink, you have much more flexibility in your outfit.  

      That means shorts, t-shirts, jeans, and lighter forms of clothing since synthetic ice also promises softer falls. 

      Once you confirm the rink won’t be too cold, have fun with it! 

      Skating with style 

      Did one of these looks catch your eye?

      Ice skating has several benefits.  

      It’s a great form of exercise; you can learn a new skill and connect with others.

      But it seems like we’ve uncovered another benefit; sharing your fashion sense! 

      Before you get dressed or hit the store, remember to focus on function, warmth, and safety.  

      You can also incorporate some of your favorite timeless pieces with one of the outfit styles we mentioned.  

      If you’re interested in ice skating, consider a synthetic ice rink starter kit to practice at home or improve your skills and test out your rink outfits! 

      When you look good, you feel good, which can translate into more confidence on the ice.