Trion Skate Weight Review
A few months ago we gave you a detailed look at the Trion Skate Weights with our Trion Skate Weights overview. Since then we have had the chance to take the skate weights to the hockey arena and personally test them out. In this post we will give you a full Trion SK8W8 review.
The Trion skate weight is a weight that is designed to fit underneath most hockey skates. The weights use a simple wish-bone design that will fit snugly in the gap between the chassis and the boot. The skate weight comes with removable weight plates so you can adjust how much weight you would like to use. There are three types of skate weights, the junior, the original, and the pro. The junior is smaller and comes with two weight plates, while the original comes with three, and the pro comes with four. The model we used in this review was the original skate weight.
For more information on the skate weight and a video of how it fits under the skates be sure to visit our Trion Skate Weight overview
The Trion SK8W8’s sell for about $40 plus shipping, if you visit HockeyShot.com you can find them for $34.95
In the Dressing Room
I took some time to look over the product in the dressing room and fit the weight into my skates. According to HockeyShot.com the original skate weight will fit the following sizes:
- RBK/CCM 5.5+
- NIKE/BAUER 6+
- EASTON 7+
- GRAF 7 1/2 +
The more weights that the skate weight has, the longer it will be, so that is why the junior fits in smaller sizes, but the pro will only fit in larger sizes.
I was able to fit the original sized skate weight under my size 10 Easton Stealth 9 skates without any problems. I locked the weights into place and gave my skates a good shake to make sure that the weights would not come loose. Everything fit perfectly, and I decided to go with all three weights for an hour long skate.
On The Ice with the Trion Skate Weights
I got out on the ice early before shinny started so I had some time for some skating drills. I started with a few hard laps of the rink, then did stop and starts for a few minutes. I wanted to start with some hard skating drills to really test the weights out, I did the usualy lighting drill and zig-zag drill, at this point a few guys were coming on the ice and were probably wondering why I was skating hard. I was surprised that I didn’t really feel a big burn, I skate about 4 times a week though and I am a pretty good skater, so that might have something to do with it. The weights work great under my skates and sometimes I had to check to make sure they were still there.
Playing hockey with the weights on
The skate weights are meant for practices, and skating drills, and are not recommended for games. If you play competitive, or organized hockey then you shouldn’t wear the skate weights, but I was just playing pick-up hockey so I decided to leave them on. We only had 12 skaters, so I got a lot of ice time. I made sure to back check, skate hard for the puck and not just coast around.
To be honest I did not feel much after skating for an hour. I only really did the skating drills for the first 10 minutes, and then left the weights on for half the game. After half an hour I took the skate weight off my left skate, and left the other on to do a comparison. After the full hour of skating my right leg only felt a bit more fatigued then the left. I think because I am already a fairly strong skater the Skate Weight Pro would have been a better fit for me because it is heavier. I only had the original available for testing though.
Using the skate weights was a breeze, they fit nicely under my skates and stayed there almost the entire time. The only time the weights came out was when I blocked a hard pass and the puck hit the weight. I received a few passes in my skates throughout the game and the weights never came out, but there is a chance the weight will come out if the puck hits them.
I did not get a deep burn from skating with the weights in, my legs felt like they got a bit of a better workout, but it was not substantial. I am a fairly strong skater though and pretty quick, and also using the original skate weight which is a bit lighter than the pro model.
Here I will give my overall thoughts on the weights, who I think would benefit from them, and the pros and cons
There aren’t too many negative things to say about the weights. I would have liked a better workout, but it’s partly my own fault for not getting the pro model. The other thing I have to mention is that one weight did come out after being hit with a puck, but the weights are meant for training, not for playing hockey.
There were quite a few things I liked about the weights
- Three models available for different skating abilities
- The design allows for the skates to fit under most skates
- Adjustable weight inserts allows players to reduce the weight for speed, or use all the weights to help improve power
- They give you some added resistance when skating
I liked skating with the weights and definitely will use them again. I am going to get the pro models though so I get a bit more of a workout. It will be interesting to see if get faster after skating with them for a few months. I recommend the skate weights to younger players who have good form, and want to build their skating muscles. Remember that the best way to improve your speed and acceleration is with proper technique. If you are already a good skater then get the pro model
Trion Skate weight
The Trion SK8W8 Skate Weights is designed to create resistance when skating in order to improve your skating speed, endurance and strength. The patented design allows the SK8W8 weight to be easily fitted on any hockey skate. The Trion SK8W8 is made from a durable, high impact nylon that can withstand everything on the ice.