As you can see, many types of gloves will work for speed skating. The major concern is to protect the hands and especially the fingers, not only from the cold, but from the remote possibility of having another skater skate across them during the inedible fall (everyone falls!). Next is the fit...they must be non-bulky and fit snugly, so they will not be easily thrown off the hands by a good, strong armswing. If they are too loose, the skater will be distracted trying to keep them on, and will not be able to skate well as a result.
Aside from these concerns, it's what ever you want to wear. There are only a few gloves actually made for speed skating. The only real speed skating glove readily available to the general skater is the Viking. A very nice glove, but fairly expensive at around $30.00 per pair. Baseball batting gloves are popular, especially for Short Track, but these too a little expensive, at around $20.00.
|Loren bought her gloves at a bike/skateboard shop. She paid around $20.00 for them.|
|Scott's gloves are soccer goalie gloves. He bought them for just under $10.00.|
Gloves #1, 5, & 6: Simple work gloves bought at a hardware store. At under 10.00 per pair, they are cheap, offer great protection, but alas, are not found in kids sizes. Often they can be found in Womens' sizes, which helps a little.
Gloves #3 are baseball batting gloves. They usually cost around $18.00 per pair, depending on the model. Use caution, though, as they are sometimes extremely light, with little leather used. Leather offers excellent cut protection.
Gloves #2 are bicycling gloves, purchased from a bike mail order catalog.
Gloves #4 are Viking speed skating gloves. As I stated at the beginning, this is an excellent glove for both long and short track. However, at $25-30+ per pair, they are a little on the expensive.
If you are in the market for a pair of gloves for speed skating, shop around! Bike shops, skate shops, inline shops and catalogs, hardware stores, etc. Sufficient cheap gloves for kids can even be found in grocery stores during the winter months!
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