Having ice skated in both indoors and outdoor environments, it is important to know how to dress properly. In this post, I will go over what to wear when ice skating so that you can have a wonderful experience with your family, friends or loved ones.

What to Wear in Indoor Ice Skating

A sweater, gloves and athletic long pants will do for indoor ice skating.
A sweater, gloves and athletic long pants will do for indoors

Indoor ice skating rinks provide a controlled environment, shielded from external weather conditions. Typically, these rinks maintain a comfortable temperature to ensure an enjoyable experience for skaters. When choosing your attire for indoor ice skating, it’s best to opt for layers that can be adjusted according to your comfort level.

  1. Base Layer: Begin with a moisture-wicking base layer that helps regulate body temperature and keeps you dry. This can be a thin, long-sleeved thermal top and leggings. Avoid wearing cotton, as it retains moisture and can leave you feeling cold and uncomfortable.
  2. Insulating Layer: Add an insulating layer to trap body heat. A lightweight fleece or sweater is ideal for this purpose.
  3. Pants: Choose comfortable and flexible pants, such as athletic leggings or fitted sweatpants. Avoid jeans or other heavy materials that may restrict movement.
  4. Socks: Wear a pair of thick, moisture-wicking socks to keep your feet warm and dry. Wool or synthetic blends are excellent choices.
  5. Gloves: Protect your hands with gloves or mittens that offer insulation without sacrificing dexterity. Look for options specifically designed for winter sports to ensure they can withstand the cold.
  6. Headwear: Consider wearing a lightweight beanie or a headband to keep your head warm without obstructing your vision. It’s important to wear a helmet if you’re participating in more advanced skating activities.

For me personally, I wear t-shirts in indoor rinks due to me sweating excessively. Doing this in outdoor rinks guarantees that you will get sick if you are not used to extreme cold.

How Cold are the Indoor Rinks

Indoor ice skating rinks are maintained at temperatures that promote ice formation and prevent it from melting. The temperature inside indoor rinks typically ranges from 45 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit (7 to 15 degrees Celsius). However, it’s important to note that the perceived temperature can vary based on factors such as the size of the rink, the number of skaters, and the ventilation system.

While these temperatures may seem chilly, they are necessary to maintain the ice in optimal condition. Skating generates body heat, so dressing in layers is essential to ensure you can adjust your clothing according to your comfort level.

What to Wear in Outdoors

Typical Outdoor Attire for Ice Skating
Typical Outdoor Attire

Outdoor ice skating presents a different set of challenges due to the unpredictable weather conditions. To stay comfortable and safe while skating outdoors, you’ll need to dress appropriately and be prepared for colder temperatures.

  1. Base Layer: Similar to indoor skating, start with a moisture-wicking base layer to keep you dry. Opt for thermal tops and leggings made from synthetic materials.
  2. Insulating Layer: Layer up with a thicker sweater or fleece to provide insulation. This layer should be able to trap heat effectively while allowing freedom of movement.
  3. Outerwear: Choose a waterproof and wind-resistant jacket or coat to protect yourself. Look for one with insulation to provide additional warmth. Ensure the jacket isn’t too tight, as it may restrict movement.
  4. Bottoms: Wear insulated pants or thermal leggings to keep your legs warm. Again, prioritize flexibility and ease of movement to enjoy skating to the fullest.
  5. Footwear: Opt for comfortable, well-insulated boots that provide ankle support. Make sure they have a good grip on the ice to prevent slipping. Thick thermal socks are essential for keeping your feet warm.
  6. Accessories: Don’t forget to wear a hat or a beanie that covers your ears, as well as a scarf or neck gaiter to protect your neck from cold winds. It’s crucial to cover as much exposed skin as possible to prevent frostbite.

Additional Items to Bring

In addition to your attire, there are a few extra items you may want to bring along for your indoor ice skating session. These items can enhance your comfort and enjoyment on the ice:

  1. Extra Clothing: Pack an extra set of clothes in case you get wet or want to change after skating. It’s always a good idea to have dry clothes to change into, especially if you have other activities planned afterward.
  2. Water Bottle: Staying hydrated is crucial during physical activities, including ice skating. Bring a water bottle to keep yourself hydrated throughout your skating session. Opt for a bottle that is easy to carry and won’t leak in your bag.
  3. Snacks: Skating can be quite energy-consuming, so having a few snacks on hand can help replenish your energy levels. Choose lightweight, non-perishable snacks like granola bars, trail mix, or dried fruit.
  4. Towel: Bring a small towel to wipe off any excess moisture from your face or body. Skating can be a sweaty activity, and having a towel can help you stay comfortable during and after your session.
  5. Skate Guards: Consider investing in skate guards or blade covers. These protective covers can be used to cover your skate blades when you’re not on the ice. They help prevent damage to the blades and protect your bag or other belongings from getting scratched.
  6. Hair Ties and Hairpins: If you have long hair, tying it up or securing it with hairpins can help prevent it from obstructing your vision or getting caught in your helmet or clothing.

Remember, these additional items are optional, but they can enhance your overall ice skating experience and make your time on the ice more enjoyable.

Preventive Gear for Indoor Ice Skating

For a beginner ice skater, it is best to do so in a indoor rink. I will go over some additional gear that will help you, especially if you are serious about learning new techniques and the various skating forms.

While indoor ice skating is generally considered safe, accidents can happen. Here are some essential items to consider:

  1. Helmet: It’s highly recommended to wear a helmet, especially if you’re a beginner or participating in more advanced skating activities like jumps and spins. Choose a helmet specifically designed for ice sports and ensure it fits properly for maximum protection. This is also a must if you are trying speed skating.
  2. Knee and Elbow Pads: If you’re new to ice skating or prone to falls, wearing knee and elbow pads can provide an extra layer of protection. These pads cushion impact and minimize the risk of bruises or more severe injuries.
  3. Wrist Guards: Falls on the ice can put strain on your wrists. Wearing wrist guards can help stabilize your wrists and provide support in case of a fall.
  4. Mouthguard: While not as common in ice skating as in other sports, a mouthguard can still be useful, especially if you’re engaging in high-impact activities or playing ice hockey.

Remember to choose protective gear that fits properly and is specifically designed for ice skating or related sports. It’s also essential to follow rink rules, skate within your ability, and be mindful of other skaters to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

If you enjoyed this simple guide, you can check out our beginners guide for ice skating.

By kenny