4080: Bandy EX1
Contour template with 4 radii and radius 0.75m (in the front and rear).
Radius combination: 3, 4, 5 and 6m.
Improves speed and ability to skate backwards.
Making tight turns is somewhat more difficult.
Fits the SSM PROFIL and skate holder SM-6.
The most common use today is having a single radius shape over the whole middle section
– The middle section corresponds to approximately 60-65% of the total length of an ice hockey skate blade.
– A bandy blade instead uses 75-100% (according to the regulations, the tips must have a radius of 5-10 mm).
A bandy profile can have a radius curve along the entire skate blade with rounded tips (radius 5-10 mm).
However, it is more common that it is not the full length. You add smaller radii at the ends (to make the skate more manageable and easier to turn).
In bandy, you want to be able to get a high top speed that you can maintain over long distances and for a long time. It differs from hockey, where you want to start and stop quickly but does not need a high speed over long distances.
To achieve high top speed, you need a long contact surface between the blade and ice. If the radius curve is too long, the skate becomes heavy at start/stop. There is also a risk that the groin will be damaged in the long run. In addition to choosing the size of the radius curve, you must also decide how long it should be. The stronger you are in the legs, the longer that part can be.
Simplified, one can say that the radius controls the possibility of acceleration and turns, and the surface on which the radius is applied to, controls the possibility of high top speed. It is then important to find a good combination of these that suits each individual’s skating technique, playing style, strength, weight and position on the field.