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romain_jaime 01-06-2005 08:56 AM

Thermo Blades
 
I was watching Sportsnet last night and they had a story on a new skate blade that heats up to make skating easier... Does anyone have a link to an article about these blades? I have googled it and nothing :help:

PanthersRule96 01-06-2005 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by romain_jaime
I was watching Sportsnet last night and they had a story on a new skate blade that heats up to make skating easier... Does anyone have a link to an article about these blades? I have googled it and nothing :help:

Well, T blades do that and reduce friction. They're the ones with the circle holes in the holder. I hear they are amaizing. I haven't used them though. Search T-Blade.

romain_jaime 01-06-2005 10:52 AM

Not the same blades, these ones have not yet been put out on the market. What it is is they heat up via a battery in the skate and liquify the blade with water for less friction.

mazmin 01-06-2005 10:57 AM

Sounds like a breakthrough of some sort. I wonder how it affects the ice in term of wear and tear?

PanthersRule96 01-06-2005 11:07 AM

I don't think it would affect the ice. When you heat it up, when you are skating, it's a split second you skate over each piece of ice and it's not like it's burning hot that it will dig into the ice. It reduces the friction. The T-Blade was based on this as it heated easier to reduce friction. This seems like a good idea but all blades get hot when you skate. If they're hot to start with they will probably glide much better. It seems a little much to have batteries in your skates though :dunno: . I think I'll stick with the LS2 holder LOL.

romain_jaime 01-06-2005 11:08 AM

They claim (as well as Gretzky who tested the blades for the company) that this new technology will reduce injuries, ice wear and tear, and make players have more energy late in the third period due to less friction.

P.S The skate will have number 99 on the heal

PanthersRule96 01-06-2005 01:25 PM

Bet they'll be super expensive. Although it does sound like a cool idea and should work. #1 problem IMO is the tearing up of the ice though. There has to be some way that the ice can be more resitant to the ripping up it takes leaving it smoother longer.

glimradnor 01-06-2005 01:58 PM

They will have a battery inside that will ensure the blad stays at 4 degrees celsius.
There was an article in the Edmonton Journal today, but I don't know of a link to an online story.

ceber 01-06-2005 02:44 PM

Somewhat related and interesting. Makes it sound like heated blades may not be the best idea though. The guy could be wrong, too.
http://www.exploratorium.edu/hockey/ice2.html

romain_jaime 01-06-2005 03:21 PM

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Originally Posted by glimradnor
They will have a battery inside that will ensure the blad stays at 4 degrees celsius.
There was an article in the Edmonton Journal today, but I don't know of a link to an online story.

Correct, I believe they said it was a lithium battery... Darn, I tried to get it off of the Edmonton Journal website but you have to be a customer that already purchases the journal to read the article.... :banghead:

Dark Knight 01-07-2005 11:26 PM

They're from NIKE .. i watched on TV.

bleedgreen 01-08-2005 02:52 AM

sounds good in theory, but its probably just a gimmick to sell more skates. i cant see it making a huge impact. just another reason to charge ya 400 bucks for a new pair of skates. im waiting for the model that actually skates for you.

romain_jaime 01-08-2005 12:37 PM

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Originally Posted by MaDdY
They're from NIKE .. i watched on TV.

Funny, the one I watched on Sportsnet said that they are still looking for a manufacturer and distributor for the skates.


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