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SkateScience Figure Skating Blades Review

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SkateScience Olympus Triple/Quad Figure Skating Blades

SkateScience Olympus Triple/Quad Figure Skating Blades

Photo Courtesy Warren Maxwell - SkateScience

The Bottom Line:

SkateScience blades are designed with the needs of the skater in mind. In fact, some figure skaters say that the blades may be "magic blades." They say that their jumps, spins, footwork, toe steps, and edges work better on SkateScience blades than on other blades. Many ice skating coaches claim that Skate Science blades give their skaters more stability, speed, flow, and balance on the ice.

Pros:

  • Designed by an Olympic figure skater and elite ice skating coach who believes he completely understands how figure skating works.
  • Much speed and power can be obtained on SkateScience Blades.
  • The Triple/Quad SkateScience blade is designed specifically for the triple and quad jumps that are done by today's figure skaters.
  • The Dance SkateScience blade makes it easier for ice dancers to find the "sweet spot" so twizzles are more consistent.
  • The toe picks of the Skate Science blades make it possible for skaters to do higher and more explosive jumps.
  • SkateScience blades do not need to be sharpened as often as other blades.
  • The bottom part of SkateScience blades does not show how much sharpening life is left on the blade, but some pro shop owners say that is a good thing since SkateScience blades may be able to take more sharpenings than other blades and can be sharpened over and over again.

Cons:

  • The price of Skate Science Blades may be too high for some skaters' budgets.
  • Not all skating coaches and officials are convinced that SkateScience blades will truly make a difference in a skater's performance and skating.

Description:

  • SkateScience blades are made with a high grade stainless steel made exclusively for the SkateScience company at a Swedish mill.
  • Designed by US Ice Dance Champion, World Ice Dancing Silver Medalist, Olympic ice dancer, and elite figure skating coach Warren Maxwell.
  • The needs of modern figure skaters have been addressed in SkateScience blades.
  • Four different models of SkateScience blades are available: Triple/Quad, Double Plus, Dance, and Synchro.
  • The Triple/Quad blade is the first blade ever designed especially for triple and quadruple jumps.
  • Dartfish technology and consultation with world level figure skating coaches and athletes went into SkateScience's blade research. Two mechanical engineers were also consulted.

About.com Guide Review - SkateScience Figure Skating Blades:

Figure skating has changed, but blades have stayed the same. Warren Maxwell, a figure skating ice dance champion, Olympic figure skater, and elite ice skating coach, was bothered by this. He decided to design blades that are specifically designed for the needs of today's figure skaters. For example, there has never been a blade made for triple and quad jumps. The blades of the past were meant for skaters to land double jumps. Twizzles were never done as much as they are today by ice dancers. A blade that help make twizzles better and consistent was also designed by Maxwell.

Skating coaches usually recommend blades to their students that were the blades they skated on. Blades of the past may not be the best choice for the figure skaters of today. Maxwell believed something needed to be done to change blades to match up to today's figure skating requirements, and took a risk by creating blades that might not be immediately accepted by everyone in the ice skating community.

The radius design of SkateScience blades controls jump preparation. In addition, the TripleQuad gives skaters more stability and flow. Landings are controlled since a skater can achieve stability faster and speed is increased between jumps.

SkateScience blades make it easier for skaters to achieve clean turns and to skate on deep edges and with speed. The "sweet spot" at the top of the blade gives skaters more control on spins.

For some figure skaters, SkateScience blades may "magically" improve their skating. Pair skaters may find that the landing on throw jumps is more consistent for women and that lifts are more stable for the men. Synchronized figure skaters and ice dancers may find that their stroking skills naturally improve on the blades since SkateScience blades flow better on the ice. Single skaters of all levels say that their jumps, spins, steps, and skating improve. SkateScience blades may truly be the blade of the future.

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