Find out about all ice skating equipment and their roles

Find out about all ice skating equipment and their roles

Helix Odhiambo
April 28, 2024 at 8:42 AM
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Ice skating is an exciting sport involving moving on the ice while wearing ice skates. Every skater should have all the gear and accessories needed to make the most of their time on the rink. Ice skating equipment varies depending on someone's experience and the level of competition.

Ice skating equipment
Shaoang Liu of China (L) celebrates on 17 March 2024. Noemi Maria Tali and Stefano Frasca (R) performing on 7 October 2022. Photo: Jurij Kodrun, Dean Mouhtaropoulos (modified by author)
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Ice skating is a more challenging sport that can cause injuries to athletes. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, using the correct and quality equipment is one of the best ways to ensure safety and comfort. Some are a must-have, while others are optional.

Ice skating equipment names and uses

According to Ice Skating Passion, the different types of ice skating sports use nearly the same equipment to move on ice. They include figure skating, ice hockey, speed skating, and other extreme skating sports. Ice hockey and figure skating are the most popular disciplines.

Ice skating equipment list
Athletes compete during the ISU Speed Skating World Cup in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland, on 23 November 2019. Photo: Foto Olimpik
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Numerous sources, such as NBC Olympics, Chique Sport, and Skating Boutique, have listed figure skating and ice hockey equipment and its uses. We gathered information from the sources to summarise the ten best beginner's and professional ice skating equipment.

Ice skating equipment

Ice skates


Skate guards



Chamois cloth



First-aid kit

Skate bag

10. Ice skates

Skates are boots with blades attached to the sole used to move on the rink. A suitable and fitting pair will help you enjoy your time. Skate boots have wide tongues and rubber or sponge padding for flexibility.

9. Blades

Ice skating shoes
A close-up of Bauer hockey skates during the game between the New York Islanders and the Dallas Stars at the UBS Arena on 10 January 2023, in Elmont, New York. Photo: Bruce Bennett
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Blades are among the most essential figure ice skating equipment, facilitating movement on the rink. They are often attached under ice skating shoes. They vary in design depending on the discipline. Figure skates have longer, flatter blades with toe picks, while hockey ones have shorter, curved blades ideal for quick movements.

8. Skate guards

Figure skating equipment and gears
An ice crew member (R) with bumpers onto her skates on 5 March 2015. On the left is a skate guard (orange) attached to a white shoe. Photo: Mark Makela, @magicskate (modified by author)
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They are protective covers worn over ice skate blades to protect them when walking off-ice. The guards help preserve the sharpness and quality of the blades, which can easily be damaged by walking on hard surfaces. Always clean the guards to prevent dirt from building up and causing rust on the blades.

7. Gloves

Most skaters wear gloves to keep their hands warm during training or competition. Gloves also protect the hand from injury when someone falls on the rink.

6. Costume

What equipment is needed for ice skating?
Women and girls take part in a figure skating master class at an outdoor ice skating rink in Red Square in downtown Moscow on 10 December 2021. Photo: Natalia Kolesnikova
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Costumes refer to ice skating clothes that people wear while enjoying their time on the rink. Proper clothing provides comfort, safety, and performance. According to Live About, notable costumes include pants or leggings, a jacket, a sweater, a hat or scarf, socks, and a long-sleeved shirt or turtleneck.

5. Chamois cloth

A chamois cloth is made from drying leather. It helps clean rust and remove moisture from blades. It is an essential tool that every skater should have to preserve their blades.

4. Pads

Ice skating equipment for adults
Leah Leinweber of Shillington puts an elbow pad on her son Carter before an ice skating lesson. Photo: Ryan McFadden/MediaNews Group
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Pads are essential ice skating equipment for beginners who are prone to falling. Some professionals or experts also use pads when practising new manoeuvres or moves. Skaters wear pads on their knees, elbows, or hips.

3. Helmet

Ice skating equipment names
Alanna Kraus (in front) of Canada competes in the women's 1000m speed skating final during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games on 23 February 2002 at the Salt Lake Ice Center in Utah. Photo: Adam
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Beginners or young skaters wear helmets to protect their heads from injury when they fall or collide. Helmets are also commonly used in extreme skate sports, which have high risks of injuries. A good helmet should fit your head without being too tight, and the chin strap should be fastened securely.

2. First-aid kit

First-aid kits are crucial in any sport for handling emergencies as quickly as possible. The kits contain items such as bandages and antibiotic ointment, which help reduce the severity of the injury and limit the risks of infection.

1. Skate bag

A skate bag is a must-have piece of figure skating equipment and gear used to carry everything you need when going to practice or competition and coming back. The bags are made of different materials and can hold up to a certain weight, enough for most or all your gear.


Professional ice skating equipment
Team Poland (L) competes on 4 February 2024. Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France (R) compete on 19 November 2021 in France. Photo: Joosep Martinson, Elsa (modified by author)
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Our list of ice skating equipment for adults and young kids excludes other essential gear, such as laces and a lace tightener, boot covers, and a water bottle. Here are some facts about skate equipment.

What equipment is needed for ice skating?

Skaters need various gear to enjoy their experience on the rink. The equipment includes ice skates, guards, clothing, socks, pads, helmets, a first-aid kit, and a bag for carrying the equipment.

What equipment do you need for figure skating?

Figure skating is a popular discipline where individuals perform on a rink by dancing or moving in patterns. The sport uses nearly the same equipment as other skating disciplines, with slight design differences.

What is adaptive ice skating equipment?

Adaptive skating offers recreational and competitive avenues for people with physical and intellectual disabilities to enjoy the sport. Some commonly used gear in adaptive skating include a skate walker, gait or transfer belt, wheelchair, portable folding ramps, ice grippers, and grip sticks.

Final word

Understanding ice skating equipment and its uses is essential for anyone planning to enjoy the sport. The gear provides people with comfort, safety, and efficiency. Ice skating materials and equipment vary depending on their uses and the discipline.

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Helix Odhiambo is an award-winning Kenyan journalist and content creator with over 6 years of experience. In 2016, he won the Goal Blaze Correspondent Award for young writers.