Review of Nordic Ice Skates

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Review of Nordic Ice Skates

Postby greif » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:09 am

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What to do when we have cold weather but no snow?

I finally ordered a pair of nordic skates this year. What are nordic skates you
ask? They are skates which;
-are only a wooden platform with blade attached
-let you clip your XC ski boots onto them
-have much longer blades (17.5")(which lets them glide effortlessly over all sorts
of bumps and holes!)

The big claim to fame is the long blade which lets you ski on natural "wild" ice
and think it is as flat as can be. Another nice feature is to put your boots on in
a nice warm place, walk to the ice, then clip on your skates- no putting boots on
in the cold!

I tried these with my classic XC boots and found myself wishing for lots more ankle
support. I could skate (barely), but I felt very wobbly. I will see about a cheap
pair of skate boots. Overall, I liked them and the glide very much.

I bought them from a guy that has written hundreds of articles about XC skiing;
http://outyourbackdoor.com/index.php

the catalog page is;
http://outyourbackdoor.com/article.php?id=1803
$42 including shipping
I also notice he has an Ebay store set up that you can buy through.


One note- these are real steel- so dry and oil or grease the blades when you are done using them!

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Re: Review of Nordic Ice Skates

Postby 2bski » Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:17 pm

HI, This nordic skating sure is a blast. It's much easier and faster than skating with hockey skates on lakes and canals. My skates are from http://www.nordicskater.com/ They have all metal blades and platform. Which is better, a wooden or a metal platform?

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Re: Review of Nordic Ice Skates

Postby david-dermott » Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:06 pm

2bski wrote:HI, This nordic skating sure is a blast. It's much easier and faster than skating with hockey skates on lakes and canals. My skates are from http://www.nordicskater.com/ They have all metal blades and platform. Which is better, a wooden or a metal platform?



I bought a pair of those wood platform skates in 1998. I later (2003)
bought a pair of the Lundhags aluminum platform skates. The wood
platforms show signs of wear (rubbing on ice etc). The wood base is much
thicker and drags more if there is snow on the ice. As an experiment, on
smooth ice with no snow, I tried a wood skate on one foot, and an
aluminum skate on the other and couldn't feel much difference.

The wood skates in question were manufactured by the Dutch skate
company Zandstra for a few years around 1990- Zandstra now makes skates
with aluminum bases. They were developed by Bert Steinmetz 1987-1989,
pre-dating the use of klap skates by racers. I have a brief history at:
http://www.dermott.ca/ski/zandblade.html

and transcription (not proof-read- I don't do Dutch!) of the
original Dutch article at:
http://www.dermott.ca/steinmetz/stein.html

Wood platform skates were commonly used in both Sweden (Gillbergare)
and Netherlands (Houten Noren) until about 1965. They apparently held up
well.
http://www.iceskatesmuseum.com/e-bn-se-1.htm
http://www.iceskatesmuseum.com/e-bn-frs-2.htm

I currently use low-end NNN-BC boots and don't have any problems
with ankle support (I never could use hockey skates)


PS This was not a great skating winter in NS (lots of snow)
but there were a few good days ( I was skating locally on Mar 22)
David Dermott, Wolfville Ridge, Nova Scotia

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History of the Steinmetz skate

Postby david-dermott » Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:53 pm

> The wood skates in question were manufactured by the Dutch skate
>company Zandstra for a few years around 1990- Zandstra now makes skates
> with aluminum bases. They were developed by Bert Steinmetz 1987-1989,

There is now an English translation of the original Dutch article about the history of the
Steinmetz skates at https://www.nordicskaters.com/pages/blog/1/6/how-nordic-skates-were-invented/
David Dermott, Wolfville Ridge, Nova Scotia

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Re: Review of Nordic Ice Skates

Postby JeffOYB » Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:02 am

I'm the OYB seller in question!

The wood skates are most noteworthy only in terms of their low price. (I ran out of $42 items. My new inventory cost more so they're now $50.)

I've noticed other skates are more like $100 and have synthetic bases, similar blades.

The woodies are NOS, older. Modern skates come in a wide range of lengths.

They're all fun on the ice!

These skates are best with skate boots, for sure. They can handle rough ice and some amount of snow. Much better than regular ice-skates in that regard. Also they are far less likely to cause you to trip or stumble -- the 'clap skate' pivoting toe is key to that -- esp compared to speed skates.
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