The game of Curling is a game full of skill, suspense, and excitement! For example; have you ever wondered how the curler sweeps with the same speed as the curl stone moves? How is this possible? Is it the shoe or the floor? What is it? The speed that we see the curler synchronizes with the Curling Stone is only possible because of the specially designed Curling Shoes.
Every pair of athletic shoes has the same sole, but in the case of Curling Shoes, it is different. A pair of Curling Shoes usually consists of two different soles - a Slider Sole and a Gripper Sole.
The Slider Sole is flat and can be made from various materials, but the most common material used is Teflon or Stainless Steel. Teflon / Stainless Steel is preferred over other materials due to their non-stick nature and low coefficient of friction. (Coefficient of Friction is the ratio of the force required to make two surfaces slide over each other).
Lesser the Coefficient; better the sliding.
The layout of a Slider Sole in Curling Shoes:
Gripper sole consists of grips which help in reducing friction. This is made from a soft rubber that gives adhesion on the ice and offers an increased accuracy in turning and throwing the stone. It is comfortable and features a low-key look from all angles.
There are different textures of rubber gripper soles. The two most common ones are:
Now you may be wondering what are double Grippers and who uses them? Other than the players, the Curling House consists of coaches, ice technicians, stick-curlers, etc. This soft tire-like rubber gripper on the Curling Shoe provides the best adhesion to walk on the ice with confidence.
The Curling performance is directly proportional to the thickness of a Slider.
Therefore, it is recommended that if you are new to Curling, you should prefer the thin Slider, and if you are an experienced curler, then it is good to go for a thick Slider.
The Curling Shoe plays a very vital role in Curling. So, to determine which shoe to go for, you need to keep these points in mind:
One more thing that many people are confused about is which sole to fit in which foot?
So, the answer to this question is simple.
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