Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Accessory Review: Figure Skating Tights



This post is for the newbie ice mom who sends her daughter to skate in the same tights that she wears to Sunday services. Hey. We were all that mom.

Buy warm. Purchase Danskin, Mondor, or GK tights, not L’eggs or Hanes. Some of these tights are like sweaters for skaters’ legs and they’re durable, too.

Buy footless. You can choose from footed, footless, and over-the-boot tights. Here’s why I buy the footless tights:

  1. Your skater will blow out the toes on the footed tights. That’s $15 down the drain.
  2. The sweater tights bunch up in the boots and cause blisters.
  3. The over-the-boot tights will look good only as long as they’re in the package. The minute you put those puppies on, they have holes. Everywhere. That’s $25 down the drain. Of course, if your skater’s coach insists on over-the-boot tights, buy one pair and keep it for competitions.

Buy nylon trouser socks. Have your skater wear these on her feet. Replace ‘em as needed.

You can find these at stores like Target and Wal-mart. I buy the tan ones that come three to a package for $5 – 7. Ice Girl likes the thickest ones I can find. Make sure they’re like thick tights, not real socks. The object of the game is to have the skater’s foot move smoothly against the boot and have the boot absorb sweat, not the sock. You want the sock smooth so your skater doesn’t get blisters.

Buy one pair for competitions. Buy a nice pair of tights just for competitions and keep it in your skater’s garment bag. These shouldn’t be the heavy sweater variety, but a smoother tight that looks nice for competitions and only competitions.

Buy a spare pair. I hide Ice Girl’s spare pair of tights in the bottom of her competition hair bag – the one with the sock donut and lacquer hair spray. The spare pair is still sealed in its package, but it’s there for emergencies.

Update: Here's a such a great tip for holes in over-the-boot tights that I'm just in awe. Thanks for your comment, Anony.:  If your skater puts a hold in them at a competition. PUT A FLESH COLORED BANDAID ON HER BOOT WHERE THE HOLE SITS. Instant Fix and no will ever know.

Update: This smart tip makes it less painful to spend money on those stupid over-the-boot tights that Ice Girl loves. Thank you for your thrifty tip, Ju-Li. You are a genius. I bow to your superior knowledge and cheapness: Here's a tip for those who have "over the boot" tights with holes in them... This is what I do : I cut off the "over the boot" part, and simply put an elastic at the bottom, this makes a new pair of footless tights. My way of making them last long.

12 comments:

angel said...

Grace has been wearing the sweater tights for 6 years and loves them. She has never had trouble with them bunching up.
I think Mondor stopped making them but she still has some she wears.
We used to do OBT but now just regular ones for comps or tests.
Did your daughter test yet ?

RedShamrock said...

Once again your post timing is perfect. Our rinks are cold, so G likes to wear a pair of footed and a pair of boot tights @ the same time. Recently she tried a pair of the fancy skating pants and wore the little UnderArmour socks. Seems like we are inviting trouble or blisters as her skills improve.

Thanks!

Ice Mom said...

Hi, RedShamrock! Ice Girl tests next weekend: pre-preliminary freestyle and preliminary moves. Thanks for asking! :)

NIUiceprincess said...

For the socks to skate in, I personally like Mondor's thigh highs...they feel just like the regular skating tights but they don't bunch up. I wear them under my Under Armour pants or footless tights. They are only about $4 a pop and they are durable and machine washable/dryer okay.

K8ieSk8s said...

I wish your blog was here 6+ years ago when I started down this road! As for the OTB tights - my daughter insists on them! My thought is that I'd rather have the bulk of the damage done to the tights rather than the boots (they also cover up scuffed toes when we are able to get used boots that fit right).
I just sew the holes closed as they happen. We usually have 3 pairs in the rotation and I mend them every couple of weeks (just takes a few minutes). Of course, I have the hidden stash just for testing and competitions.

Anonymous said...

Here's a tip for over the boot tights!

If your skater puts a hold in them at a competition. PUT A FLESH COLORED BANDAID ON HER BOOT WHERE THE HOLE SITS. Instant Fix and no will ever know.

Ice Mom said...

OMG, Anony, you're a genius! Flesh-colored cloth bandaid. It's such a beautiful solution, it's like poetry.

Anonymous said...

I wanted to add - for skate pants, my daughter doesn't like to go without something on her feet but regular socks are too thick. I take her old tights (just regular cheap thin tights-all different colors) and cut the feet off just above her ankle. Viola! You now have nice thin socks. She even wears them for dance class (with leggings).

Ju-Li said...

Here's a tip for those who have "over the boot" tights with holes in them... This is what I do : I cut off the "over the boot" part, and simply put an elastic at the bottom, this makes a new pair of footless tights. My way of making them last long.

Ju-Li said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Anonymous said...

Just a tip regarding over the boot tights, I find tan coloured lycra boot covers great, they hide a multitude of scuffs on the boots and help prevent holes in the tights, and if the worst happens your covered! :0)

Ice Mom said...

Hi, Anony. The boot cover thing is smart. Thanks!

Ice Mom