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Old January 2nd, 2012, 07:33 AM   #21
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Some recreational skates would be fine to start off with. There are several decent brands out there CCM, K2, even Rollerblade makes a ice skate:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rollerblade-...item2c61e84dea

One consideration would drying those type of skates after a session.

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Old January 13th, 2012, 11:15 AM   #22
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Some recreational skates would be fine to start off with. There are several decent brands out there CCM, K2, even Rollerblade makes a ice skate

One consideration would drying those type of skates after a session.
Thanks Dale! That's was the sort of thing I was looking for. However I started reading, and finding out how sloppy and flimsy these skates are. And the blades aren't very good metal. And as you mention the drying problem. Not to mention the minimum US$100 shipping (Which I bet you know ALL about too, given your current locale), and decided I was going to pay a heap of money for something not that great. Does nobody make anything like a Seba inline for ice?. So, given this as a reasonable excuse, I cobbled something together instead .

I bought a pair of these (Nike Flexlite 4.0 made circa 2006?):


and dug these out of my skate parts bin (K2 Soul 7, made circa 2008?):


(US$40, and a sunk cost, respectively)

and proceeded to make an unholy marriage of the two.

Presenting (mainly for the amusement of my fellow "makers" here) - The Nike K2 Flexlite 4.0 Soul 7 Ice Skate:



Or should it be the NiK1 Flex2.0 Soul3.5? Whatever, some skate designer somewhere is rolling in their grave.

Essentially I'm using the cut down hockey skate as a hard shell, with the inline cuff and the rear half of the liner and tongue stuffed inside. Pretty much like my slalom inlines/seba FR1s/RB Twisters etc. Cuff bolts through the hockey skate's shell. Had to add a little polypropylene reinforcing in that area, but that was no biggie.

They work a *treat*. Just got back from a 2.5 hours session, and no blisters, hotspots, pressure points, lace bite or discomfort of any sort, whilst still being ultra supportive for my less than stellar ankle. Only 1050g too. The big rocker was a bit disconcerting at first, even though I do rocker my inlines, but again, just a matter of having faith and getting familiarity, and I got the hang of it. Lack of a heel was no issue whatsoever - probably due to a trial-by-fire with my short+forward quads.

And you were right, it's really nice having newly sharpened edges too. Especially on clean ice.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 12:01 PM   #23
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Very cool Blacklace, very creative too which something I especially like! As far as rec skates being flimsy, they aren't that bad...... I had some I used and liked pretty good but I had like 5 pairs of ice skates and a friend of mine needed a pair so I gave them to him. Post up some pics of your creation please!

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