This is one of the questions we get asked most, especially in winter!
It is a common misconception for Skaters to keep their feet warm by wearing very thick Merino/Winter socks – the result is often the opposite. Thick socks in correctly fitted boots will create unnecessary pressure on your feet and reduce blood circulation. In order to keep your feet warm and dry, you need socks that are breathable, moisture-wicking and thin or medium-thick. Thin microfiber socks will also greatly improve boot & blade feedback thus allowing the Skater to be more responsive.
Cold feet on the Ice (other than the nature of the sport), is caused by the design of Ice Boots.
The picture below illustrates how the heat “escapes” from your feet:
We can mitigate this issue by “blocking” these channels.
Edea Thermal Boot Covers
The Edea Thermal Boot Covers were designed to address this problem specifically, it is made of very strong and thick Neoprene material, it is the most functional and tough boot covers in the market, it helps insulate from the cold air and keeps the heat in which also helps prevents foot cramp. The zipping function also means you can keep it on the boots so that you can get on the Ice ASAP
NZ$39 / USD$25, Learn more: https://skatersedge.co.nz/edea-thermal-boot-covers.html
Mondor Polartec thermal pants
These are the warmest skating pants in the world (and best style). It is made of Polar fleece, breathable, great insulation, super light and most importantly – it fits beautifully. It runs from size 6 to XL, very stretchy and very strong. It doesn’t form pearls and it will return to its original fit every time after wash. I personally have 2 pairs which I wear everyday throughout the winter, I’m on my third year of use now and they are still in perfect condition (except for a hole in one of them when my blade stabbed into it..).
NZ$99 / US$68, Learn more:https://skatersedge.co.nz/catalogsearch/result/?q=polartec
These leg warmers combines aesthetics and function, they are not only popular among Skaters but also very popular for public styling! The leg warmers will cover the top part of the boot which directly addresses the issue of heat escaping from ankle part of the boots.
NZ$15 / US$9.8. Shop now: https://skatersedge.co.nz/leg-warmers-various-designs.html
These are our experiences keeping warm on ice after trial and error. Feel free to forward these to Parents/Skaters who might need it. It’s not easy to keep warm while looking good!