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Hockey Equipment In The Sport Of Inline Hockey

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

Hockey equipment in inline hockey is not all that different from the famous sport of ice hockey. To the naked eye, they will seem very similar. Even though the differences aren't all that many, they are important. You have to keep in mind that with ice hockey you skate on blades. The blades cut into the ice and because the surface is so smooth and slick, you end up gliding across. In inline hockey, this could be furthest from the truth. You don't cut into anything, but rather roll on the surface. This is where the hockey gear differs in the two sports. You still have most of the same companies manufacture the equipment though. These companies are namely Bauer, CCM, Reebok, Easton, and Mission.

In inline hockey, hockey wheels and their bearings play a significant role in how fast you can actually skate. The wheels themselves are probably the most important piece of hockey equipment for roller hockey players. You see, playing hockey in an inline league depends on many things. The player has to take into account the skating surface in order to determine what type of skates and wheels to buy. If the surface is going to be concrete, then they will have to buy the hardest wheels possible. There are upsides and downsides to the wheel texture. Harder wheels can allow players to skate much more fast, but there is also a chance of a person slipping. This is why many hockey leagues have indoor courts. The indoor courts require wheels that are very soft and sticky. The hockey wheels will stick to the surface and maintain grip. While this may sound great and it is, it also greatly reduces the speed of the hockey player.

Bauer, CCM, Reebok and Mission all make their own hockey skates. As I said earlier, they make them for both ice hockey and inline hockey. On their inline hockey skates, most of the time, you will see them with their own brand of wheels. You do not need to keep these wheels on your skates. You can remove them and just keep the bearings. The skate bearings will most likely be either abec or swiss. There are many hockey wheel brands to choose from. Kryptonix is a very popular brand.

The rest of inline equipment is very similar to its ice hockey counterpart. The only difference is the pants. Hockey pants are not the same for roller hockey as they are for ice hockey. Roller hockey pants tend to be thicker material, but with no padding. This is most likely to increase the speed of the player. It is up to you what version of hockey it is that you want to play. One thing is for certain the hockey equipment in inline hockey is very similar to ice hockey.



Sep 28, 2010 7:42pm
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