- December 25, 2008
There are different kinds of ice hockey skate laces. Some ice hockey skate laces are made simply with polyester, while others are made with polyester covered with wax. Waxed ice hockey skate laces hold the tension of the ice hockey skate much better when the ice hockey skates are laced up. You will find that when waxed ice hockey skate laces get wet, they will stay tight better. There is also less chance that they will stretch. If you are a frequent ice hockey player you will most likely find that your hands and fingers have begun to callous from tying your ice hockey skates. If you feel an extreme amount of discomfort you should try a different kind of ice hockey lace.
As your ice hockey skates heat up as you skate in them, you will notice that they expand a little on the inside along with your feet possibly swelling slightly. You may have to retie your ice hockey skates after you have begun skating in them. Be careful. If you tie them too tightly you may experience a loss of blood flow as you have cut off circulation. This can cause your foot to feel numb and uncomfortable. If you feel your ice hockey skates are frequently too tight and do not loosen enough while you play, you probably want to use ice hockey skate laces that are not waxed. If you find that your ice hockey skates always become looser as you skate and you are constantly feeling the need to retie them, you should try waxed ice hockey skate laces.
Also, if you have trouble tying up your ice hockey skates, because you cannot pull hard enough or keep the laces tight as you work your way up the boot, you may want to try waxed ice hockey skate laces.Ice hockey skate laces also come in a variety of colors. The most common ice hockey skate lace colors are obviously black and white. Surprisingly enough, yellow is also catching on in popularity. Young NHL stars such as CCM-sponsored Alexander Ovechkin are making these ice hockey “fashion trends” catch on.
Ice hockey skate laces also come in many different lengths. Not sure which length is right for your ice hockey skates? Here is a general outline of what ice hockey lace length you should purchase for what size ice hockey skate you wear.
- Yth 8 - Jr. 3: 72″ ice hockey laces
- Jr. 3.5 - Jr. 5.5: 84″ ice hockey laces
- Sr. 6 - Sr. 8: 96″ ice hockey laces
- Sr. 8 - Sr. 10: 108″ ice hockey laces
- Sr. 10 - Sr. 13: 120″ ice hockey laces
You can expect to pay about $3-$4 for a pair of ice hockey laces.