(rock music) – Hey guys, it’s Jeremy,
from HowToHockey.com, with The Hockey Movement. And in this video, I’m doing a review of HockeyShot’s newest synthetic ice. Yes, synthetic ice. That means it’s plastic that
you can actually skate on. Pretty crazy. I’ve had it in my garage
for a few months now. I’ve skated on it, tested it a lot. Really excited to do this review for you. So, is it worth it? Well, that’s what we’re gonna
talk about in this video. First I’m gonna give you a close up look. I’ll show you my setup, talk a little bit about the stuff, give you some details, and then I’m gonna skate on it and let you know how it feels. So let’s get right to it. Here’s the setup I have. So it’s 16 feet wide
and it’s 22 feet long. That’s not a huge area, but it’s enough to do some
pretty sweet stick handling, some good shooting, and then
a little bit of skating. So you can’t go full
stride, obviously, in here, but you can still have the skates on when you’re shooting, stick handling, and work on some footwork. So, good area to work on a
lot of fundamental stuff, and then once you get on the ice, you go full speed with it. So I’ll give you a close
up look at the panels. Show you how they’re installed. You can see right here,
it’s got that dove tail. Basically, all you gotta do,
have a nice, flat surface, you lay these down, get a rubber mallet, pound them in, and that’s it. Really easy to install these. Total cost of a setup like
this is around $3,500. The price various depending on the thickness of the synthetic ice. So if it’s thinner, it’ll cost you less, if it’s thicker, it’ll cost you more. The more you use it, the thicker you want because as you skate, little pieces of the plastic actually peel off, especially when you’re doing hockey stops, tight turns, and stuff like that. So you want thicker stuff if
you’re gonna use it a lot. Now, $3,500 sounds a little expensive, but if you think about it, if you have a sweet area like this set up, and you can use it for 10 years, it costs you about $350 per year. The amount of use you’re
actually gonna get out of it, if you use it a lot,
is pretty substantial. It’s gonna cost less than
registration for hockey, so if you think long term, it actually can be a
pretty cool investment and a lot of fun as well. Especially if you have a few kids running around in here playing hockey. So I built these dashboards myself. I used a local company. It cost about a thousand
dollars to do the dashboards, and I went almost all the way around. I’m gonna toss these
skates on pretty soon, and tell you how this stuff feels, but first, I figured I should talk a little bit about
maintenance of synthetic ice, and also the different between the stuff from HockeyShot
and other brands. So you may have noticed right here, there’s a little bit of buildup going on. So this is from pucks and hockey tape. Obviously, a Zamboni cannot come in here and clear this area off. It’s not like ice, right? It’s plastic. So you do get a little bit of buildup, and also because I’m in a garage and I’m in here with
boots and shoes and stuff, get a little bit of buildup of sand. So what I do to maintain
it is I use a push broom, and I sweep it the best I can, but there is a little bit of buildup. So what happens is that’s gonna dull your skates a little bit faster. It’s also gonna slow
you down a little bit, but you still can skate on it, just pretty much makes you work harder. With HockeyShot, according to their stats, their synthetic ice is much
denser than normal brands. Also, it’s self-lubricating. So what that means is, with other brands, you have to sweep it off a lot because you get a lot of plastic shavings, and you also have to put something on it to make it a little more slick. With their stuff though,
because it’s a lot denser, it doesn’t peel as much plastic off, it lasts longer, and
it’s self-lubricating. So that’s one advantage
to getting the stuff from HocketShot versus the other stuff. I haven’t been able to test
this versus other stuff, but I have been able to skate on it, so that’s what I’m gonna do right now. Toss on the skates, show you a demo, and then talk about how it feels. (dramatic music) Alright, so the ultimate question. What does synthetic ice feel like, and does it feel like normal ice? Well the answer is no it doesn’t feel exactly the same as real ice because nothing will
ever match the feeling as sharpened steel cutting through ice. Now it is a pretty good substitute though. The biggest thing you’re gonna notice is that it’s a little bit slower. So you have to work a bit harder when you’re skating on synthetic ice. The second thing is that your
skates get dull a lot faster. My biggest recommendation is as long as you have sharp skates, you can do anything
that you can do on ice. So I’m doing all kinds
of crazy moves here, stop, starts, quick feet stuff. You can all do those when you’re skating. Now I stumble a little bit here. What I’ve noticed is that
the biggest difference, when you’re gonna feel that difference, where it’s a little bit slower, is right when you start your stride and right when your
stride’s about to finish. That’s when you’re really gonna notice that increased friction and where you’re most likely to stumble. Also, if your skates are
dull, you’re gonna stumble, and I’ll show you that later in the clip. Next up is stick handling. Besides real ice, nothing beats synthetic ice for stick handling. The puck stays nice and flat, and you can move it all around, you can do quick hands,
all kinds of crazy moves, and you have a nice, big area to practice all kinds of different things. As long as you have your skates on, you can add that motion
to your stick handling that you don’t usually get when you’re stick handling at home. Now a lot of times if
you’re in running shoes, you don’t get the same motion, so you have to learn something, and then you have to learn it again once you get on the ice with movement. So that’s a big advantage. Here’s passing. This is a little drill
I call juggling pucks. So I have the extreme
passer from HockeyShot. I like to challenge myself, so I found this is a
really good passing drill to work on hand-eye and getting two pucks
going at the same time. Here I’m just doing the glide test again, after a little bit of skating. In the next clip, I’ll
show you what it feels like to try to skate on synthetic ice after you already been skating for an hour and your skates are dull. Alright guys, that wraps up my review of the synthetic ice form HockeyShot. My overall opinion of the synthetic ice, and this is coming from
really high expectations because this is basically
a childhood dream, to have a spot where I can
skate anytime I wanted. So my overall opinion for
the HockeyShot synthetic ice, stick handling, awesome,
shooting, awesome, skating, it’s great as long
as your skates are sharp. The only thing that isn’t the greatest is that it does dull your
skates pretty quickly, and then you have to sharpen them. If your skates are sharp, it’s amazing, if they’re dull, your slipping around, so you can’t get that same bite and do the same moves
that you would on the ice. One more thing to know about synthetic ice is that it is expensive, however, if we think about it from
a long term perspective, like I was talking about earlier, it really can be worth it. If you’re using this area for 10 years, the amount of time you’re
gonna spend in here, the amount of fun you’re gonna have, the amount of memories you’re gonna have, and the amount of skill
you’ll get from improving. That much time working
on really specific stuff with an awesome training
area, definitely worth it. So if you have the space,
if you have the money, I would say go for it. Pick it up. You’re gonna love it, as long as you use it on a regular basis. And what hockey player wouldn’t? If you guys wanna pick
up some synthetic ice, I got a link in the video description. Check out HockeyShot,
and they’ll set you up. You have to do a quote first because they have to determine
the size that you need and the thickness of the synthetic ice, and then they’ll send you the price. Thanks a lot for watching the videos guys. If you want more videos
to improve your skills, don’t forget to subscribe to the channel. We do new hockey videos every single week. Thanks for watching the video, I’ll see you in the next one. (rock music)

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100 thoughts on “Synthetic Ice Review – HockeyShot Extreme Glide

  • December 22, 2014 at 5:03 pm
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    First comment

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  • December 22, 2014 at 5:16 pm
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    a very good idea, but it is expensive in Russia (((

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  • December 22, 2014 at 5:19 pm
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    i have this in my basement i love it

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  • December 22, 2014 at 5:29 pm
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    Its very expensiv in Suiss

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  • December 22, 2014 at 5:36 pm
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    What is the most cost effective way to sharpen your skates considering you said you have to sharpen your skates after each time. Sorry, noob here.

    Oh and great job on the video, was looking for a video like this. It's the kind of information you don't get from promo videos.

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  • December 22, 2014 at 5:57 pm
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    Have you broke your leg in hockey? I broke mine on December 20th 2014 and I'm 12. And how long did it take for yours to heal? Mine is 6-8 weeks.

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  • December 22, 2014 at 6:09 pm
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    Under 30 view club

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  • December 22, 2014 at 7:52 pm
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    Can you do a review on the Super Shooter 2 please?

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  • December 22, 2014 at 8:54 pm
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    you're awesome man

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  • December 22, 2014 at 11:17 pm
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    thanks dude

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  • December 23, 2014 at 2:39 am
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    My friend got the synthetic ice from hockeyshot at Christmas last year he said it is much too slow to skate on yet great for stock handling and skating. Also he said it dulls his skates way too quickly.

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  • December 23, 2014 at 2:40 am
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    To add on to what I said it wasn't hockey shot brand I believe

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  • December 23, 2014 at 5:49 am
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    Can u please come couch my taem pzzz!

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  • December 23, 2014 at 9:22 pm
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    Bought a pair of steel wheel skates to avoid the excess sharpening of the regular skates. Use the basement synthetic ice almost daily now. Glides almost like a real skate on ice, and less plastic shavings.

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  • December 24, 2014 at 6:59 am
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    Why don't u use inline skates, it costs wayyyyy less

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  • December 24, 2014 at 11:47 pm
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    I have 2 sets of blades so would I be able to go on longer because all I have to do is pop the trigger and the blades come out then I put the new ones in.

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  • December 25, 2014 at 9:08 pm
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    Sorry to be a downer. I'd be concerned about inhaling the tiny bits of plastic that's shaved off and kicked up during a work out.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 4:25 am
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    1:00 don't mind the bloody knuckles…. you should see the other guys face…  =)  Brent 

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  • January 3, 2015 at 6:04 am
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    Synthetic ice is so damn expensive.

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  • January 7, 2015 at 12:58 pm
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    I have a couple of commercial buildings with lots of open concrete.  I have thought about getting something in a 40×60 but it would not be permanent.  Is it practical to lay out just for the weekends and pick up on Sunday night?  

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  • January 9, 2015 at 1:50 pm
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    5:11 I hate that drill! It is so hard!

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  • January 9, 2015 at 1:51 pm
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    Does synthetic ice disintegrate quicker in warm weather?

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  • January 12, 2015 at 2:21 am
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    can these be left outside year round (through winter or do you need to move it inside)

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  • January 13, 2015 at 4:45 am
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    My stick is better I got easton s17 and ccm rbz 80

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  • January 15, 2015 at 1:25 am
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    Planning on installing this outside in Southern California.  Even if I keep it covered and sweep before every use, I'm concerned that the dust and dirt it picks up will dull my skates very fast.  Any experience or thoughts?

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  • February 3, 2015 at 4:37 pm
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    If you use a hard surface floor clearner (I use a hoover floormate.. about 100 bucks) with warm water, it really cleans most of the grit, grime,  and sand off the surface and will prolong skating time until your baldes go completely dull. 

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  • February 6, 2015 at 5:32 am
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    Hey Jeremy, just packing the bags getting ready for Nashville, gonna be a tough one. Listen, saw this video and thought that your synthetic ice is a bit insane? I mean, me and Marty in one hour would tear that floor up to the concrete. My question is what would happen during your practice if you try and stop because the floor is rough, you could dig down through the ice and ultimately end up in your sharp corner and crack your skull against the boards in the corner. That's about it, getting ready for my flight. Take care! P.S Come to Brampton and check out my setup, real ice in my fathers garage. Don't worry about a stick, we got plenty of them here. Can you play goalie? We have the equipment. Good luck, mate! Nasher

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  • February 28, 2015 at 6:03 pm
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    slick hands

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  • March 8, 2015 at 11:22 pm
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    The moment when you realize the goal costs more than the synthetic ice lol

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  • April 12, 2015 at 11:39 pm
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    Is a 12×16 a good size for me to practice being a goalie? Also do I need boards? And lastly, does the synthetic ice ruin goalie pads? Thanks.

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  • April 23, 2015 at 2:15 am
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    What are the issues with putting synthetic ice outside in backyard area under a maple tree ?

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  • April 23, 2015 at 10:07 pm
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    How do I make one in Florida

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  • June 3, 2015 at 12:52 am
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    Where can I get it

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  • June 5, 2015 at 10:21 pm
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    I might get this, but only for stick handling

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  • July 14, 2015 at 4:03 am
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    My buddy just got his son some synthetic ice. Paid $2700 for 12 X 20 feet. Awesome quality. My kid was having tons of fun skating on it.

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  • September 11, 2015 at 4:01 pm
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    I want to try this out before a purchase. Any suggestions?

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  • November 2, 2015 at 7:05 am
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    I have the money for this and i'd use it every day, but I dont have the space…

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  • November 10, 2015 at 3:23 am
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    Can you estimate how many hours of skating between sharpening? 1, 2, 4, ?

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  • November 22, 2015 at 1:48 am
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    If you got this would you also want to have a at home skate sharper? Think of the money ur save with these two things in 10-15 years!

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  • November 28, 2015 at 5:31 pm
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    I've got a question, when I'm practicing in my driveway on a shooting pad, I go bar down every time easily, but when I go on the ice, it's a lot harder to

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  • December 6, 2015 at 10:54 pm
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    Not to mention it's great for goalies too, just get a net and enough tiles to make a crease and you're good

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  • December 7, 2015 at 7:30 am
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    think someone would be better off just using a pair of crappy skates solely for the synthetic rink?

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  • December 15, 2015 at 11:00 pm
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    RIP Zamboni

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  • January 21, 2016 at 6:44 am
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    The cringe i got from watching him step on material other than ice. Just think if he was were doing that on concrete, uhh the cringe.

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  • February 11, 2016 at 11:07 am
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    are you playing in a club?

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  • February 27, 2016 at 5:54 am
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    I guess you can't use this outside?

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  • April 12, 2016 at 3:43 am
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    Dose it feel like ice

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  • April 18, 2016 at 1:11 am
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    can you inline skate on the synthetic ice

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  • April 19, 2016 at 12:20 am
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    What do you mean self-lubricating? You mentioned it, then said you would explain it and finished your explanation by just saying its self lubricating again =/

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  • April 26, 2016 at 8:52 pm
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    if i had the synthetic ice id get my own skate sharpening mechine.

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  • July 12, 2016 at 2:04 am
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    Is all you use is the colt sticks I always see you using it 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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  • July 21, 2016 at 6:43 pm
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    I hate that ice it's horrible

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  • September 3, 2016 at 10:15 am
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    How much dose it kaust

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  • September 21, 2016 at 9:11 am
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    here I am in my garage with my Lamborghini and my synthetic ice…

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  • October 9, 2016 at 8:28 pm
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    still a lot of money for plastic..

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  • October 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm
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    What skates are those and do u have a review on them

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  • October 21, 2016 at 5:33 pm
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    how mulch is it

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  • November 2, 2016 at 10:19 pm
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    Hey Jeremy, would you recommend this to goalies for practicing while a player is taking shots on you?

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  • November 3, 2016 at 9:36 pm
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    How does it self lubricant?

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  • November 3, 2016 at 11:56 pm
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    hey Jeremy if you did the worst video in the I would still like it and also subscribed

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  • November 16, 2016 at 4:11 am
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    hey, you said the plastic was self lubricating, can you elaborate a bit more on that? You also mentioned with other synthetic ice brands you need to sweep the shavings more often? i was watching your skates and you seemed to be kicking up quite a bit of shavings when you are making your stops.

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  • December 20, 2016 at 6:12 pm
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    It sucks dont it?

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  • January 6, 2017 at 9:41 pm
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    have you ever heard of the agility blades, the blades for synthetic ice

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  • January 8, 2017 at 2:28 am
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    hockey

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  • January 18, 2017 at 4:33 am
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    Ok so synthetic ice for a couple of thousand bucks and having to sharpen your skates after every use which basically means another 800 bucks on a skate sharpener. Or marsblades for 300 bucks.

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  • January 30, 2017 at 1:44 am
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    because you have to sharpen your skates every time your skate blade will get to thin and you will have to replace it.

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  • February 16, 2017 at 9:36 pm
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    So the skates get dull in 1 hour ???

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  • February 25, 2017 at 7:47 pm
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    what do you do for a living

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  • March 20, 2017 at 6:04 pm
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    I'm just starting any tips

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  • March 26, 2017 at 2:57 pm
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    3:30 the reason you came here maybe

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  • April 4, 2017 at 3:33 pm
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    It would be awesome to train with you

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  • April 17, 2017 at 2:20 am
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    You and pavel barber are like brothers. He is the stick handling god and you are the agility god

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  • April 20, 2017 at 4:14 am
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    You should do a review of agility blades

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  • April 29, 2017 at 6:27 am
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    So basically when you buy synthetic ice get an at home blade sharpener and maybe a second pair of skates just for it with changeable blades

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  • May 25, 2017 at 12:24 am
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    Hey Jeremy I was about to get synthetic ice because if you search it online it says it is 12 dollars per panel is that right of is it way more

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  • May 31, 2017 at 1:27 am
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    How much was your hockey stick and tape??????????

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  • September 9, 2017 at 11:23 am
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    You should use agility blades

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  • October 12, 2017 at 12:42 pm
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    Plastic ice would wreak my figure skates😂🤦🏻‍♀️

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  • October 14, 2017 at 11:07 am
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    I remember when i was 11 or 12 showing off at the rink we used to have down town Tulsa then we had another rink were the Oilers play any was at the public skating rink and met a guy that must have been 30 40 years old he was telling me how good i was i remember thinking how dull my skates were id had them sharpend before and were great but this guy was either trying to put me on my ass or or he sincerely wanted to help he told me to have the skate sharpener guy give me a "hollow edge " man i came halling ass goinb probably 30 miles per hour and went to stop and the blades were sharp it was like i was skating on 2 blades per skate was biting into the ice that made me fall over looking like and idiot i dnt think he did it on perpose this was like 1983 i literally took piece of wood and had to use something to dull them down

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  • October 22, 2017 at 12:54 pm
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    why not use a mekanikal flor cleaner

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  • November 2, 2017 at 12:06 am
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    Why not just get rollerblades

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  • November 6, 2017 at 2:50 pm
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    3500$ lol?? for that small area. this has to be a joke..

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  • November 14, 2017 at 2:11 am
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    Howv many tilrls are in one box

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  • December 6, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    3500$. Holy shit that's expensive.

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  • December 30, 2017 at 2:04 am
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    what type of camera are you using?

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  • January 9, 2018 at 12:57 am
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    If outside, can you put water on it for the winter?

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  • April 8, 2018 at 9:11 pm
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    I have another question, well, 2.
    First, can you add lubricant to make even more slick?
    Secondly, the kids asked me this, can you paint the lines on it?
    Thanks again.

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  • June 4, 2018 at 3:46 pm
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    have you used the dryland tiles as well that they offer? looking to set up a small space for our kids to use to practice shooting and stick handling not necesarily for skating. do those work well from stickhandling ect.

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  • August 1, 2018 at 8:38 am
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    I Wonder how the stopping is?

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  • November 17, 2018 at 11:05 pm
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    Isnt it easier to just skate at an ice rink..

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  • November 19, 2018 at 3:05 am
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    Gucci or ice……..decisions decisions

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  • November 19, 2018 at 3:47 pm
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    $1000 for those boards? I feel like thats max $250 in lumber..

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  • December 21, 2018 at 2:55 am
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    Big news for those that skate on synthetic ice. The Mel's Rink Foundation has developed the V GAP Blade. A new blade for skating on synthetic ice.
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    The V GAP Blade is Pat. Pend

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  • January 13, 2019 at 6:26 pm
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    Nothing beats the feeling of skating on real ice

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  • February 1, 2019 at 1:52 pm
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    As soon as you said 3500 I was out. I'll stick to the homemade ODR

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  • March 12, 2019 at 9:49 pm
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    It’d be nice if it was so exspensive!

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  • April 21, 2019 at 9:20 pm
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    I wonder if they ever tried using plastic type blades on the skate with this. Or would it be too slick???

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  • June 25, 2019 at 7:21 pm
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    I have one in my house

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