Therma Blade & Wayne Gretzky Unveil Heated Skate Blade
Therma Blade Inc. and Wayne Gretzky Unveil Revolutionary New Heated Skate Blade
Performance tests of the heated blades revealed benefits such as starting friction being reduced by 65% to 75%, sliding friction is lowered by 50% to 55% and vibration is reduced by about 50%. One example of an effect of these benefits was that the reduced blade vibration increased the player’s feel and control of their blade edges, players that tested the blades stated that they felt they could make tighter turns and that they were more confident in their cornering.
Physiological testing of Thermablade under controlled conditions show that players using heated blades display reduced heart rates and lower lactic acid production. Overall performance benefits indicate a physiological advantage over conventional skate blades as a result of increased stamina and reduced fatigue.