Thermablades increase the layer of water between the skate and the ice surface. Because of this, a smoother surface with a decrease in friction and vibration is achieved. So each stride feels like fresh ice.
Normally, vibration from a skate stride causes leg numbness that impacts proprioception. With Thermablade reducing vibration and its numbing effects, the skater becomes much more sensitive to the edge-feel of his skates with significant benefit to agility.
Tests were designed to simulate the mass and weight distribution of a typical hockey player. The results confirmed that Thermablades reduced starting resistance by 65% to 75%. During gliding, resistance is reduced by 50 – 55%.
Further testing confirmed that Thermablade technology allows players to get a quicker start and skate faster while using less energy.
Testers have been excited about the quick starts and crisp stops – but the most immediate change they notice has been on their turns. Quicker change in direction and tighter radius on their turns with better speed retention provide an immediate boost to hockey players.
‘Quicker starts and increased speed with less energy.’