Balance Blades are recommended for the absolute beginner skater. Results may vary child to child depending on previous skating experience. Previous skating experiences may hinder or delay the adjustment to the blades.
It may take a little time to adjust and learn the benefits of Balance Blades. Balance Blades are not going to make your non-skating child automatically skate, they have to learn that on their own. Skating takes time to learn and your child will develop balance and skating skills over many repeated skating sessions.
It is recommended that the child use a training aid/chair/pilon to hold onto initially.
Balance Blades recommends the child use protective equipment including a helmet while using our skates.
The push button needs to be depressed to open and close the buckle. Forcefully opening and closing the buckle, with out pushing the button, may result in a stripped plastic fastener or bent metal clasp. Improper fastening may affect buckle performance causing it to open when skating. Adjusting the metal clasp back into it's original position may assist with such an issue.
The skates are delivered unsharpened and professional sharpening is required. The 3 step transitional sharpening instructions should be followed. The skates should be sharpened frequently to obtain the best results.
Balance Blades are a transitional beginner skate, designed to keep your child standing up and balanced during the early stages of the learn to skate process. This stops the parent from holding them up and the child can have actual control to get moving and participate.
As the child’s skating skills progress and the child no longer requires the safety and skill benefits of the skate, the indentations are reduced with regular sharpening. The skate changes from a Balance Blades back into a regular blade. This allows for more advanced skating skills to be learned.
The indentations (located in the rear - to prevent rear falls and front -to assist standing, pushing off) are situated in the front and rear quadrant of the skate blade. These two quadrants are not required or used during the initial learn to skate process, yet can be used voluntarily and involuntarily to prevent rear falls and assist with standing, keeping balanced and getting moving.
Once the child is ready for the next skating skill level do the front and rear quadrant start to be used for turns, going backwards and stopping. This is why the transition process needs to take place. The transition phase is very important, changing the Balance Blade back to a regular blade.
Balance Blades will help in the early stages of the learn to skate process, keeping them up and balanced. The instructions on how the skate transitions as the child’s skill progress is supplied in the box and on our website.