I'm talking about a cheap, thin yoga mat. The kind you get at Five and Below.
Tired of paying 10-20 dollars for a gel lace pad? Want something a custom length or width or thickness? Cut up yoga mat is your answer. Bite pad too thin? Double layer it.
Want a nice pad for the bottom of your skate bag? Custom cut it from a mat.
Want a layer between your skates in your skating suitcase, and every thing piled on top? Yoga mat.
Want something on which lay out your gear in a dirty dressing room? Yoga mat!
Washable and easily replaced. Best $5 a skater can spend.
(UPDATE) and if you have Tuff Terry soakers (the ones with the ribbon on the bottom) you can put a strip of mat inside temporarily to give you a little more defense against a hard floor. (Take it out for storage)
(UPDATE) If someone walks off with your guards... You can also cut a strip of yoga mat about 3 inches wide and a foot long, fold it lengthwise put it around the blades and hold it on with rubber bands. It may do enough as a blade guard until you can get some new ones.
And you could also use it as a yoga mat!