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What to wear if you  have a speed skating skinsuit:

Gear:

  1. Helmet: Helmet must be properly secured to skater’s head, and chin strap must

    only allow a maximum of 2 fingers between the strap and chin at the bottom of the skater’s head. *Helmets have a lifespan of maximum 5 years. They must be replaced after a major fall or after 5 years*

  2. Goggles/sport sunglasses or eye protection: *Optional for practice, required for competition. Must have a strap at the back that connects snug behind the skater’s head. *If wearing prescription glasses, the glass must be shatter-proof.

  3. Neck Guard: Must have a properly fitted neck guard tucked inside of your skinsuit. Must be firm/tall enough that it properly covers the majority of the skaters’ neck and lays over their chest.

  4. Skinsuit: *Required for skaters in groups 1&2, HIGHLY recommended for skaters in groups 3&4. 2 options: Skinsuit WITH or WITHOUT dyneema (white cut-proof material) lining. Skaters who wear skin suits WITHOUT dyneema lining MUST wear a separate dyneema suit underneath their skinsuit.

  5. Cut-proof or resistant gloves: Must be worn at all times. Your skinsuit thumb hole must be worn underneath the glove so that the wrist is not exposed.

  6. Hard shin-guards: Must be inserted inside the skin suit (there is a pocket inside the suit below the knee pads) and must be large enough to cover the space below the knee pad and above the ankle guard.

  7. Cut-proof ankle covers: Must be worn on both ankles on top of the skinsuit, covering the top strap of the skate boot and sitting extended fully on the skater’s shin. Required regardless of cut-proof skinsuit or not.

  8. Skates: Skaters must be properly fitted with skates that fit their foot size. Skaters who do not have custom boots may need thicker or thinner socks depending on the fit of the boot. For ankle pain, skaters can wear EZ-fit ankle socks (thin foam half sock worn on heel/ankle area to create more thickness and cushion in ankle).Take care to tighten skates very snugly on the feet, and make sure that laces are either tucked or short enough that they do not create a safety hazard.

  9. Blades and blade coverings: Skaters must be fitted with blades that are the correct size for their skill-level and height. Skaters must not step/walk on the ground with their bare blades, and must always use hard plastic blade covers when walking with their skates on. When storing blades, make sure to dry the blade fully with a towel and to wrap blades in a soft fabric cover. Handle blades with care. No banging on hard surfaces, dropping blades, or putting heavy pressure on top of blades.