Hockey Dryland Training Tile Review

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by Jeremy Rupke on August 11, 2010

As a hockey player it is important to practice shooting and stickhandling on a regular basis. The big problem that most hockey players have though is finding a suitable surface to stickhandle and shoot off of.

The biggest problem with shooting and stickhandling on pavement or asphalt is the increased friction. This friction causes the pucks to move slower, and flip all over the place (very annoying). The friction also causes your stick blades to wear out pretty quickly (costs a lot to keep buying blades, or sticks)

Shooting and Stickhandling Surfaces

hockey dryland training tilesA great solution is to find a nice smooth surface to shoot and stickhandle on. I have tried a lot of alternatives, but I find each cheap alternative will have a downfall in one way or another. I think that if you are serious about improving your shooting and stickhandling it is important to find a good surface to practice on.

One product that we have reviewed in the past was the hockey shooting pad we also did a video review of the roll-up shooting pad which I really liked. I think the roll up pad is the best option for a small area.

Dryland Training Tiles

We were sent a few boxes of training tiles from hockey shot for review. Here is some information about the training tiles from the hockey shot website (with our comments in brackets)

  • Slipperiest & smoothest¬†material available for stickhandling, hockey training tileshooting & passing! (we’ll see about that)
  • Each tile measures 18” x 18” tile (2.25 square feet) and are 1/2″ thick.
  • Comes with 2 beveled edge pieces for easy loading of pucks.
  • Tiles easily attach to each other. Assemble entire hockey flooring area in minutes! (more on this in the review)
  • Perfect for your garage, basement or driveway.
  • Tiles are strong enough for cars to park on, perfect for the garage. (Oh I have to test this out!)

Quality of Material

The tiles are very sturdy feeling, on the top they feel very smooth, and on the bottom they have a cross pattern across the entire tile. The tiles are not overly rigid, and it doesn’t seem like they would break or shatter with a slapshot (time will tell)

Setting up the Hockey Training Tiles

This was pretty easy, it took me a little while to figure it out, but I got it. I thought there was a special way to snap them together, but all you need to do is put the clip side over the ring side and then bash press them together.  Each box has 10 tiles, and the tiles measure 18 inches by 18 inches, I set each box up as two rows of 5 tiles.

5 boxes of hockey training tiles

I would say 5 boxes would be enough for most areas like a garage or basement. It gave me a lot of room to stickhandle and practice dekes. I also added a few more toys from hockeyshot to give me a bit more to do.

hockey training tiles

On the right side is the attack triangle which is a substitute for a defencemen, and on left side, in the corner, we have the pass master. The passmaster will feed the puck back to you if you pass into it. We also have a weighted hockey puck, and a Green Biscuit which is my favourite off ice puck! Check out the video to see them all in action

Stickhandling and Shooting on the Training Tiles

Stickhandling

I practiced a variety of moves on the shooting tiles, first I just did some basic stickhandling with a regular hockey puck, then moved on to quicker dekes, and toe drags. The tiles held up well too all of my abuse, I was darting back and foreth, moving the puck quickly in all directions and taking a few quick snap shots to finish the move off. The tiles did not come apart at all and most importantly, the puck did not get caught on any edges. I was really impressed at how smoothly the tiles fit together

Shooting

I was told that you can drive a car onto the tiles and they will not break, so they better be able to withstand the force of a stick while taking a slapshot (I tested both :D) With 5 boxes of tiles there was plenty of room to take a wristshot, snapshot, and slapshot. I took a bunch of slapshots and did not feel the tiles move at all, and there was no damage either.

Compared to other products

I really like the roll-up shooting pad which is 4 feet wide by 8 feet long and costs $99. With the roll up shooting pad you get the most shooting and stickhandling area for your buck.  A box of 10 training tiles costs $109.50 (use our coupon to get $10 off) and gives you 3 feet by 7.5 feet, but the big advantage to the tiles is that you can buy more down the road and increase the area.

Score sheet – Overall Thoughts

I think that these tiles definitely live up to expectations.

  • They were nice and sturdy
  • They fit together nicely with no raised edges
  • The puck and the Green Biscuit slid very well
  • Easy to set up

I would recommend these to anyone who has a garage, basement, or flat open area and wants to start a cool place to practice stickhandling and shooting. Only one question remains though…. can you drive a car on it, you will have to watch the video to find out!

Hockey Training Tiles Video Review

In this video we test out the training tiles and show you how well the pucks slide, how to set up the tiles, and if we can park a car on them

Where to Buy the Training Tiles

I always get a comment on every review asking where to buy the product (even though I link to it about 5 times in the review) so I am making a nice big section called where to buy. You can buy the tiles on this page at hockeyshot

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Hi my name is Jeremy. I LOVE hockey and I am passionate about improving and helping others improve. My goal is to break every hockey skill down into easy to understand articles and videos. I explain everything step-by-step to help others improve. If you want to learn more about me you can read my about page. Thanks for reading and sharing!

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Reid Calvert November 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Can you put any type of cleaner or water on it to make it slide better?

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Gary June 29, 2014 at 11:41 am

Could you make a backyard or garage rink with these and use rollerblades? Also, Can Goalies go on it with rollerblades and can they slide and will it ruin the pads? Thanks

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Adalbort August 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Do the tiles damage a composite stick? Would it be wiser to purchase a wooden stick for stickhandling on dry floor?

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Connor April 28, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Can you use rollerblades on them

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Jeremy Rupke May 22, 2013 at 10:51 am

Yes you can, just make sure you have the right wheels

Charles Pierce February 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

are they better than ice to practice on?

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Corinne January 25, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Can these tiles be left outdoors? We want to set them up in the backyard but live close to the ocean so we have very salty, foggy air. How do these standup to weather?

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Jeremy Rupke May 22, 2013 at 10:51 am

Yes they will be fine outdoors, just keep them clean for maximum smoothness

Patrick September 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Hi, can you apply these over carpet?

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Jeremy September 26, 2011 at 6:29 pm

You sure can, I put a bunch of them down over the carpet in my basement.

Alec June 29, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I just got 10 of them and as I was putting them together, one of them didn’t fit at the middle. I keep trying to take them apart but I can’t. Is there an easy way to take them apart or is it even possible to take them apart?

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Jeremy July 10, 2011 at 1:08 pm

You have to start on the corner, pull up on one tile while pushing down on the other tile. You have to make sure you pull up on the right one though, if you pull/push on the wrong sides you can snap the tabs.

Tina May 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Jeremy, in your opinion which surface gives the closest feel to ice? – The Roll Up Shooting Pad, or the Hockey Training Tiles? Do you have any other pros and cons to share with someone who isn’t sure which one to invest in?

Thanks,

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Alex Daigle March 3, 2011 at 2:24 am

I was wondering if there was any retail stores in Canada that sells any of these products. And also are you Canadian?

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Craig Sissick November 12, 2010 at 8:48 am

do you think these sheeting could be used for goalie training, as in post to post slides etc?
thanks.

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Jeremy November 12, 2010 at 7:50 pm

They are fairly slick so I think you would be able to do that. For the best results you could use a slideboard. I have seen the G1 Extreme slideboard used for this purpose and I think a few NHL goalies use it.

Tim November 9, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Thanks for the review. I picked up 8 of these after watching your demo and am planning on getting 8 more as they work great and are holding up well — I also drive over them on a regular basis as they stay on the floor in my garage. Ice pucks slide nicely for shooting, but nothing feels more like stick handling on ice than the green biscuit or ice guy(pro puck) on these tiles. Thanks again

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Jeremy October 16, 2010 at 11:14 pm

I think you could, they are fairly sturdy. If not you could always put a rubber mat down for your skates and that would work.

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kylez24 October 11, 2010 at 6:10 pm

I really appreciate your review of these tiles. I am convinced that I want these! (when the funds are available, of course) My question is, do you think it would be possible to stand on skates on these tiles? So obviously not attempting to skate, but just wearing your skates to get the height and everything just right.

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Kit August 17, 2010 at 4:21 pm

I know you said in the video that you can’t skate on the tiles but what about with inline skates? I would imagine that the tiles are similar to the surface at indoor roller hockey rinks.

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Jeremy August 19, 2010 at 1:03 am

Yes you can roller blade on them, but you will need the right type of wheels

Joe November 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm

whats the right kind of wheels?

Jeremy September 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm

The indoor wheels are softer than outdoor wheels, so you would need a nice soft wheel.

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