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Gloves for speed skating are like cycling gloves. Short-finger in design, close fitting and featuring a padded palm. Unlike cyclists, speed skaters don't need to hold a handlebar or operate levers on a bike. Speed skating gloves can incorporate more protective padding for new skaters. Gloves can also feature protective shields that can be added or removed.
Speed skating skinsuits or 'uniforms' are typically short-sleeve and short-leg in design. Skinsuits are made of lycra and similar aerodynamic, form-fitting fabrics. The suit design allows complete freedom of movement while skating. Correct fit should keep the suit in place on the body and minimise air resistance at skating speeds. Recent designs have relocated the zip to the back of the body to further streamline the suit when in the speed skating position.
A helmet is also required for speed skating training and racing. The design and shape of cycling helmets accommodates the angle of the neck and head in the skating position. In Australia, ANSI-standards approved bicycle helmets are required in competition.
Speed skating socks are typically thin to allow a close fit of the skate for best feel. Single or double-layer sock construction aligned with the collar of the skating boot prevents rubbing between the boot and ankle. While many skaters choose low-cut socks that barely show above the boot, high socks are also popular with skaters and cyclists to express style and personality.