Required Equipment

Required Equipment Summary Table (click link)

Rest of Body Protection

Comfortable, athletic-style long sleeve top and pants. A skin suit is not required at the introductory level. As a skater progresses in the sport and begins to compete at national-level competitions, they will require a skin suit with cut-proof material meeting or exceeding ISU standards.

Head Protection

A helmet. Ski/snowboard, hockey or roller sport helmets are all acceptable. Bike helmets cannot be used because the large vents allow skate blades to pass through. Many clubs will have spare helmets for use.

Eye Protection

Shatter-resistant clear glasses or a complete visor are required for all skaters. All glasses must be held in place by a strap.

Neck Protection

A neck guard- bib style. Many clubs will have spare neck guards for use.

Hand Protection

Cut-proof gloves or mittens. Ski mitts or leather gloves are best. Hockey gloves are also acceptable.

Knee Protection

Knee pads. Soft, volleyball style pads are preferred, although plastic roller sport pads are also acceptable. If possible, plastic pads should be worn underneath the skater’s pants. Hockey knee/shin pads are acceptable, but may limit the skater’s movement. Knee pads that are built-in to a skin suit are also acceptable.

Shin Protection

Shin guards. Hard soccer shin guards are best, but hockey knee/shin pads are also acceptable.

Ankle Protection

Well-fitting, tall socks. Socks that are too short can cause skin irritation and blisters due to friction against the inside of the skates. A cut and puncture resistant anklet must be worn on both legs, covering the legs from the tops of the boots to 10 cm above the tops of the boots.

Skate Blades

The rear and front tips of all skate blades must be rounded to a minimum radius of 1cm.

An example of an introductory skater wearing appropriate equipment can be found below:

Buying Equipment

Most of the required speed skating equipment can be found at your local sports store, for example, helmets, neck guards, knee pads and shin guards. There are also online retailers of speed skating specific equipment: