Skates – Wax Laces vs. Non-Wax
Whether you are playing pickup hockey in the Greater Toronto Area or even at the pro level, it’s vital that you have good laces on your skates. So, are wax laces or non-wax laces better? That’s going to come down to personal opinion, but we have listed some of the biggest advantages to both styles below.
Advantages of Using Wax Laces
The main reason why so many hockey players prefer wax laces is because they stay tight even after a full practice or game. Many hockey players complain that non-wax laces come loose and throw off their skating strides, but that should very rarely be an issue with wax laces.
Another great thing about wax laces is that they were designed to last longer. They might cost a bit more than non-wax laces, but there is a very good chance that you will actually save money in the long run even if you use them regularly.
Players also like that they can very easily control the tightness and looseness of their wax laces. For example, you can very easily keep the middle of the laces loose while tightening them around the top of the shoe.
Advantages of Using Non-Wax Laces
The most obvious advantage of using non-wax laces for hockey is that they are still the least expensive option on the market. In some cases non-wax laces are about a quarter of the price of waxed laces, which is reason enough for some people to get them.
Non-wax laces are also softer on the skin. This might not seem like a big deal, but you will definitely notice the difference when it’s cold outside and you have to tie them.
Something else that makes non-wax laces a favorite for some hockey players is that there are plenty of options to choose from. You can find them in just about any color, which some players will be happy about because they like their laces to match their skates and/or uniforms.