shoeshine boy wrote:the big thing it does is make you a better skater because you HAVE to use proper form in order to keep skating. I do agree with Sabres Fan that it ruins your skates. whenever we skated on it A) we had plastic shavings EVERYWHERE and B) it dulled the hell out of our edges. not a big deal since I have my own skate sharpener but still.
for the average joe it's great for a shooting pad but that's about it. my friend eventually ditched his because the maintenance just got to be too much for him. his rink was elevated and he used some of those plastic walls like they sometimes use in highway construction as boards. all told the setup cost him around $25K. pocket change to him but not so to most folks.
Pops16 wrote:They have a skating facility near Harmar that uses synthetic ice. I can skate backwards ok, and it was near impossible to skate backwards on the synthetic. I fell A LOT. However, it does teach you to maintain a low center of balance and it will improve your skating. I'd just use an old pair of skates to skate on it as it will tear up runners.
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