It might seem like a trivial purchase when it comes to hockey equipment and ice hockey accessories, but hockey skate laces can really make a big difference in the comfortability that you have while you are ice skating and playing hockey. Many people who do not play hockey regularly do not know the feeling of something called “lace bite”. Unfortunately for many elite hockey players that have to lace up their skates every single day of the season, these players end up with an irritated and painful area on their foot due to tightening their laces over and over again each day.
Fortunately, there are certain things that you can do to prevent lace bite. One thing I have seen a lot, is that many hockey players who use waxed hockey skate laces end up getting lace bite because these laces do not have the same amount of give as normal nylon hockey skate laces. Another way to avoid feet problems due to tightening your skate laces too tight is to place sponges inside of your ice hockey skates. Sponges offer a little bit of extra cushion to hopefully add to your comfort level while playing hockey day in and day out.
Other ways to avoid the pain that comes with tightening your skates with hockey skate laces are to not lace your skates as high and/or as tight. Also, many of the new ice hockey skates manufactured by RBK and CCM have a lace lock which allows you to get the support you need from tight laces lower on your skates, and then you can loosely tighten your skate laces around your ankles in the area that gets affected by lace lock the most. You could also wear thicker socks inside of your skates if you are really struggling to beat the bite of the lace, but this can be annoying if you already like to wear a snug skate. Some hockey players prefer a thin sock and switching to thick socks is just not an option for them.
When you buy your next pair of skate laces, I would definitely recommend that you avoid getting hockey skate laces that are made of wax and/or are too skinny. Wider skate laces can help to prevent sore ankles when wearing your skates. Make sure that if you are playing hockey on a daily basis, that you are aware of lace bite and the ways to avoid this annoying problem that so many hockey players have to deal with.