Equipment shall consist of chest guard, shoulder protection, elbow pads, pants with plastic padding, knee and shinbone protection, and gloves.
It is forbidden to ride the track without a helmet. A rider who loses his helmet at any time on the track must stop, put the helmet back on, and fasten the chinstrap properly before he continues skating down the track.
The complete protection equipment is mandatory whenever stepping onto the ice track, including:
• Helmet : On the track, every athlete shall wear a helmet at all times. MotoX or MTB Downhill CPSC Bicycle Safety Standard Certified, ASTM DH Certified, or CE EN1078 certified helmets are allowed. If the athlete wears a MTB or MotoX helmet, goggles are recommended. The chinstrap must be properly fastened. Also allowed are hockey helmets approved by CE Certification, Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC), or Canadian Standards Association (CSA), with cage (maximum mesh size 9 × 5 cm).
• Shoulder protection
• Elbow protection/pads
• Gloves : The gloves must be covered by protective pads on top of hand and wrist and the palm of the glove must not be removed to permit the use of bare hands.
• Knee and shinbone protection
• Skates : Only hockey skates are allowed. No skates with sharp points or any other feature that might harm others are permitted. There should be a knob made of plastic or similar approved material on the upper back part of the blades. An athlete appearing at the start without the mandatory equipment will not be permitted to start.
In addition, it is recommended to wear:
• Neck protector
• Spine protector
• Throat protector
• Mouth guard
• Chest and back protection shield
Course Marshalls may examine any piece of equipment at any time, on the track or at the finish area, at their own discretion. If a participant is found to be lacking any piece of equipment at the start, he will be disqualified and ask to leave the track.