- Gloves of any kind
- Neck guard
- Shin guards
Helmet can be bike or hockey or “official” speedskating designed helmet which is required for some competitions and sells for around $90. You can buy a used bike or hockey helmet at a very reasonable price.
Gloves can be of any material. They vary greatly in price and safety features. Consult your coach about their benefits.
Neck guards are a little more difficult to find but are available at several sporting goods stores or stores that sell hockey equipment. Most club coaches can help you get a neck guard if you have trouble finding one. They run about $25.
Soccer style shin guards with a hard shell on the outside seem to be the preferred style of shin guard. Shin guards can be purchased at most department or sporting goods stores and run from $5-$25.
Skates – Most clubs have speedskates that you can either borrow or rent for the year. Some people also eventually purchase their own pair of skates. Before purchasing a pair of skates, consult with your clubs coach on what will best fit your needs.
NON REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
Things you might want to add to your skate bag for use on the ice and off:
1. Towel to dry skate blades so they don’t get rusty
2. Knee pads – worn by some skaters who do not have them built into their skin suit
3. Blade guards for walking on hard surfaces to the ice rink
4. Skate soakers – soft cloth covers for your blades when not in use
5. Water bottle
6. Extra skate laces
7. Small wrench to tighten bolts on skates from time to time
8. Glasses – Some skaters use glasses to help protect their eyes
9. Mouth Guard – Some skaters choose to wear a mouth guard for additional safety
10. Skin Suit – A body form fitting Lycra suit. Is often substituted for polyester or lycra type form fitting long underwear for newer skaters
11. Cut Suit – A cut suit is made of a highly cut resistant material and is worn under your skin suit. A cut suit helps protect a skater from blade cuts in falls. Cut suits do become mandatory equipment for a skater when they are fast enough to participate in US Speedskating Americas Cup (Am Cup) events
SKATE BLADE CARE
You will need to have your blades sharpened after about 5 sessions (less for small children). They must be hand sharpened by a club member as you can’t bring them to a pro shop. If you are competing, then you need to have them sharpened before your meet. As you advance in the sport, you may feel the need to sharpen your skates with your own equipment. You can buy a sharpening jig and sharpening stones starting at about $150 total.