Off-ice puckhandling surfaces?

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  1. brother52

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    I'm looking into getting a surface to practice stickhandling at home with a puck. I do practice with a stickhandling ball and it helps, but a puck still feels way too different, IMO. Currently I found three options:

    1. PhatPuck or FlyPuck (http://www.mrassist.com/viewproduct.asp?ID=56675894&categoryID=24). A special kind of puck that glides over any hard surface.

    2. Hockey Heat folding surface (http://www.mrassist.com/viewproduct.asp?ID=56675726&categoryID=24)

    3. SkillPad hard surface (http://www.nudo.com/nu-ice/skillpad/)

    I would be interested to hear your opinions, or best of all, first-hand experiences with any of these. DYI ideas are also welcome.
     
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    apparantly whiteboards are pretty good

    another surface you might want to look into is goaler one (http://www.goalerone.com/G1_slide.aspx) slideboards, but they're a little steep. i got the goalie-sized one from a deal off of another bb, and its pretty awesome as far as practicing goalie movements, as well as dicking around with a puck
     
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    I just purchased a Skill Pad earlier this week to help train my wife, who is starting out playing. I have been extremely surprised at how realistic it feels with a regular puck on it. It's very smooth, a large surface, and seems pretty durable. I haven't set it up anywhere yet where I can shoot off of it, but for stickhandling in the living room it's awesome. Can't comment on the other 2.
     
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    skillpad seems very expensive, and I'm not sure how much my stickhandling can improve with only a 3x6 surface to work with
     
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    check Ebay
     
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    Thanks a lot for the replies, guys. Regarding Skillpad being expensive, I can't really agree with it. I just called a firm selling Viking Ice panels, and was surprised to find out that they are some $300+ a piece, size being on the same order as SkillPad's. The surface offered at supergliding.com looks awesome, but $600 is way more than I can afford.

    One interesting thing that gets mentioned at supergliding.com is that traditional syntetic ice surfaces are plastic and use silicone lubricants so they feel "oily". I know that silicone grease is widely available and cheap. One compound used in RC modeling is even branded "Dry Ice". So I wonder if getting such a grease and putting it on a plastic surface be would yield a decent puckhandling traning aid. Please tell me if you have a reason to think it won't work, because this is what I'm going to try.
     

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