Ice Skater

One of the most technically challenging competitive sports that seldom gets the recognition it deserves is figure skating. This sport requires not only agility and flexibility but also a great amount of technical skill. There is a lot that can be said about the art and sport of figure skating.

Ice SkatingThis article focuses mainly on the subtle differences between skates used for each skill level in figure skating. All skates are made up of key components. They are outers, inner lining and of course the blade. These vary based on the cost, which invariably coincides with your level of skill. If you are just starting out, there is little point investing in an expensive variety.

As you progress, you may have to fork out more dollars to get the level of support and versatility in your skates that you require.

Below are tips on skill levels and the relevant skates you should get.

Novice Skater

As a beginner figure skater, you need skates that focus on safety. The outers should be made either from genuine leather or synthetic material .The sole is mostly made of PVC. That is, right PVC is not only found in your plumbing, but also in your skates. They make them sturdy. The blade should also be of simple variety and is almost always made of carbon steel. These skates are not the best for performing intricate stunts, but to help you gain your footing and learn the basics of ice skating. Once you have mastered the art of balance, you may move on to the next skill level, and next pair of skates.

Ice SkateIntermediate skater

At this stage, you may go for a skate whose outer is made up of all leather. Make sure that it is genuine leather as the alternative is not as sturdy. The price of your skates will probably increase with your skill level as there are certain things you need your skates to do. More expensive skates have the option to adjust your blades with time so that you may replace them when necessary.

Expert SkaterExpert skater

As an expert skater, two things are of great importance when it comes to your skates. The first one is support. You will be maneuvering more than before and therefore your ankles must be supported to prevent twisting, spraining and fracturing of the same. The second item of importance is the blade. It must be evenly hardened and tempered. Make sure that the blades are also adjustable.

Fallen Ice SkaterNo matter your skill level, you must take proper care of your skates so that they may last. They are bound to frequently get wet due to the ice on the rink. This decreases the ability of the skate to bear your weight while supporting your ankles.  Make sure they are completely dried after each use. Your blades will require sharpening from time to time to keep them in good working condition. Finally, make sure that the blade and heel are still firmly attached to the boot. Remember, you will be on a slippery surface and must be stable.