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Tracking my goals and progress as an adult figure skater

Review: Roaring Mouse custom-made skating leggings

Finding properly fitting figure skating leggings as an adult is a struggle. At 5 foot 8 and fitting between a UK dress size 14 and 16, it's been a real hassle finding any that give me enough coverage on my tummy and bum, whilst being long enough to hook over the top of my skates.

After trying a Large, followed by an X-Large in Decathlon skating leggings and finding them horribly uncomfortable, I turned to an adult skaters Facebook group in search of some recommendations. What I found (or rather, found me) was a fellow skater called Morrigan, who owns Roaring Mouse - an online skating and activewear store. She very kindly offered to make me a fully custom-made pair of leggings to my exact measurements in exchange for my thoughts and feedback (as she was still working on perfecting the pattern.)

So what did I think to my first ever pair of custom leggings?

Firstly, it's important to mention that as these leggings are made to order, I had to be really careful in measuring myself. Morrigan made this process really easy by supplying me with a form detailing all the measurements required, along with tips and tricks for taking them. I managed to take the majority of measurements myself, and had my mum double-check each one to ensure the leggings would be a perfect fit.

The form also had space to write whether you would prefer high, medium or low-rise leggings, and if they were to go over the top or fit inside your skates. As I'm quite self-conscious of my chubby tummy, I opted for high-waist leggings which hooked over the top of my skates.
After sending off my measurements I was incredibly excited to receive my leggings, and I didn't have long to wait as they arrived only four days later. I was blown away at how quickly they had been made and shipped, so top marks there! They fit like a dream the first time I tried them on, although Morrigan let me know I could simply send them back and she would alter them if needed. As I have a short body and a very high waist, I was so pleased to have leggings that were truly high-rise and came above my belly button, whilst the 7.5cm waist band held my tummy in gently but still supportive (not dis-similar to Bridget Jones style pants, without the trauma of getting into them!)

The first thing I noticed upon wearing the leggings was just how soft and comfortable they are. Manufactured from softest, fleece-lined Italian Lycra, they feel silky to the touch whilst being oh-so warm and snuggly inside. This is a massive bonus compared to regular leggings, as ice rinks are not exactly warm places!

In addition, I love how they make me feel. I'm not the most body-positive person and have always been really self-conscious of my small hips and bum (baggy arse leggings - the worst), but my Roaring Mouse leggings skim every curve and actually make me feel really sexy and powerful whilst wearing them. I wouldn't normally be caught dead wearing leggings-as-trousers, but I feel so good whilst wearing these that I haven't thought twice about wearing them around Meadowhall shopping centre after a skating session. I also have a penchant for wearing absolutely massive pants, so it's amazing that the leggings are thick enough to hide any VPL (and keep the world safe from my granny-pants obsession.)
I would never feel confident to post the above photo in any other pair of leggings

I am also very impressed at how water-resistant they are - I'd been so careful not to fall and get them wet during my first session of wearing them on the ice, only to drop a full can of Pepsi on myself whilst taking off my skates. Luckily, the material seemed to repel the Pepsi without any soaking through, leaving my legs completely dry (if a little cold afterwards.)

Skating in my Roaring Mouse leggings is an absolute dream. I didn't realise just how good they were until I wore my dungarees to skate in one day. I noticed the difference and restricted movement immediately and cursed myself for being too lazy to change out of them. I've made sure to wear my leggings to every session from then on! The only gripe I have with them is that because the waistband is so wide, it can sometimes fold over on itself after I've been sat down, but that's nothing that a little fidgeting around doesn't solve.

Overall, these leggings are absolutely amazing. They keep me warm, comfortable and dry on the ice, and give me the confidence to wear them off-ice too. I can keep them on all day without a single thought of wanting to rip them off and burn them, like I did my Decathlon leggings (they would leave angry red marks on my tummy from digging in so much, and I would feel physically sick at the pain.) There's no way I could go back to wearing anything other than these to skate in now, and I would love if they were available in more colours or with patterned panels.

I'd like to think that figure skating is an inclusive sport, where everyone is capable of making beautiful and graceful movements on the ice, regardless of shape, size, age or gender. Which is why I find it such a shame that it's so difficult to find affordable and good quality practice wear if you're not a slim, petite teenage girl. But luckily, Roaring Mouse has us covered with an array of floaty chiffon skirts and custom-made leggings, to keep us older, chubbier and non-standard sized skaters comfortable and confident, no matter what we're working on.

Roaring Mouse Custom-made Ladies Fleece-lined Lycra Leggings are available to purchase on Etsy now, and are priced at £55 plus delivery.

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