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That's because hockey skates are mainly for speed, and toe picks slow you down, and figure skates have toe picks which gives you more control.

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Q: Why do figure skates have a toe pick and not hockey skates?
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What is the difference between hockey skates and figure skates?

Figure skate blades are thicker, and the balance point is at the back, with more blade extending past the heel compared to hockey skates. They also have toe picks, to help with jumps and other maneuvers for figure skating. Figure skates are also "rockered" differently, meaning the blade curves differently, so turning is different in figure skates compared to hockey skates, as the balance is different. Figure skate blades are thicker, too, so they can be faster, as you have more blade contact to push off of. Hockey skates have no toe picks, as with toe picks, if you accidentally drag your foot or put it too far forward on the ice, you can fall. Also, hockey skates are balanced more neutrally, in the middle of the skate, which helps with recovering balance during the fast maneuvering and contact in the game. Hockey skates have thinner blades, so compared to figure skates, you're going to apply less power to the ice, but they glide a little bit easier than figure skates. Also, compared to figure skates, hockey skates have much tougher construction, as they have to be able to take pucks/sticks, etc.

Why are ice skates different than the other kinds of skates?

Ice skates are different because they have blades on them and they are designed differently than per Se roller skates. Roller skates have more padding and have wheels on them, while figure skates have blades on them. If one wanted to compare a figure skate to a hockey skate, for example, a hockey skate does not have toe-picks while a figure skate does. Hope this helps :)

Is it easier to learn to skate on figure skates or hockey skates?

Neither, really. It mostly depends on what you decide to start with. People who skate in hockey skates generally fall over on the toe picks when they try figure skates, and even accomplished figure skaters say they feel like they're gonna fall over when they put on hockey skates. So it's pretty subjective. One thing I can say from personal experience, figure skates encourage much better posture and skating technique than hockey skates, as figure skates require you to straighten your back out much more to skate in/not fall over on the toepicks in them compared to hockey skates, I started in hockey skates and switched to figure like a week ago, so yeah. The only bad part of figure skates is, if you get a higher end pair to just start out in, the toe picks will be close to the ice, so if you lean forward much at all, you'll fall on your face. The other issue is, up to about the 80s, figure skates were made of a single layer of leather, that you could move your ankle around in, like a combat boot. I find these really really hard to skate in, due to the lack of ankle support, compared to hockey boots. I'm sure if you start in them, you can eventually get used to them, but after starting in hockey skates, I could not at all. However, newer figure skates are as stiff/stiffer than most hockey skates, so that's no longer an issue, but I'm just saying this if you find some cheap $20 brand new Chinese "figure skates" or find some older skates at a garage sale or something.

What is the Different between a ice hockey and figure skate?

On a figure skate, there is a small pick at the end called a toe-pick which figure skaters use to dig into the ice in order to throw themselves into the air. As well as this, they also have a rounded part of the blade next to the toe-pick called the rocker this helps them turn backwards, and spin easier. However, the hockey skate does not have a toe-pick and only has a small rocker because in a hockey game, toe-picks would be extremely dangerous if someone got kicked in the face with the toe-pick, and they don't spin, so they don't need the bigger rocker.

What is the differents between ice skating ans figure skating?

Ice skating anyone can really do, but figure skating you have to have the right skates and you n eed to know how to use the toe pick.

Is figure skating and ice skating different?

Speed skating is based on skating for speed, not style. Figure skating is the opposite, as it skates for style and not always speed. Speed skating requires: -Lower cut boot, almost like a shoe -Longer blades than artistic skaters -the objective is to go fast, not to impress the judges Figure skating: -based on competing in a number of levels and elements -consists of jumps, spins and footwork -artistry and difficulty are considered when judging -higher cut boot -regular length blade, but with a toe pick and edges

How long is a roller hockey stick?

Your stick needs to be at your chin when the toe of the blade is placed on the ground. Keep in mind you take this measurement while your skates are ON.

Why do you need a special pair of skates to figure skate?

Figure skates serve three different purposes. (1) They have a large toe pick at the front, used for launching the toe jumps: toe loop, flip, and lutz. (2) A skate blade is not flat but concave, with an inside and outside edge. These are used for jumps that take off from an edge (salchow, loop, axel.) The edges of the blade are what allows for stroking, which is needed for maneuvering across the ice and for gathering speed for jumps, spins and lifts. (3) The part of the blade underneath and slightly behind the ball of the foot is what is used to perform spins.

In figure skating what is an edge jump?

In figure skating there are many jumps. These are (in order of easiest to hardest): Three jump Salchow Toe Loop Loop Flip Axel This is in ladies figure skating, I'm not sure about mens or pairs

Can Moira Kelly figure skate?

YES. She trained specifically for that movie she was in. "Toe pick!" And was very good...

What is the thing at the tiptoe of the roller skates called?

Its called a toe stop

Where can you buy kids skates?

If you're a competitive figure skater, you can buy your skates at Rainbo Sports (Northbrook), Triple Toe Skatewear (Woodridge), Gepetto's Skate shop (Downers Grove). There are probably other places, but those I'm familiar with. If you're a recreational skater, you can also get recreational skates there, or you can go to Dicks Sporting Goods or Sports Authority in the winter. There used to be also Play it again sports... not sure if they're still around. B&R sports cater to hockey players, but they have recreational figure skates too.