Synthetic Ice has come a long way in the last half decade! We are proud to be part of the pioneers who led the “self-lubricating panel” movement. And we haven't stopped our continuous R&D as we head the pack.
Although there is a higher coefficient of friction compared to real ice (let’s face it, plastic is not meant to melt...like ice!), the period of accustomization for most is short-lived (~5mins) and skating is always noticeably more comfortable once the steel on your skates heats up. The latter coupled with a freshly sharpened pair of skates and proper skating technique will mean that a skater is soon performing all the same movements - clean strides to effortless transitions - as they would on real ice. And the best part? These same biomechanics are directly translatable when you hop back on the frozen stuff!