Stopping Stats

A comparison test of the 4Wheeler Braking System versus the conventional rear brake pad found on most inline hockey skates was set up. This test consisted of skaters moving along at various control speeds and then applying the braking systems until they came to a complete stop. The distances each skater took to stop were measured while using both the 4Wheeler Braking System and the conventional brakes and are shown below.

SPEED
4Wheeler
Conventional
IMPROVEMENT
RANGE AVERAGE
RANGE
AVERAGE
5 MPH
2.5-3.5
3
7-11
9
67%
10 MPH
9-11
9.5
19-24
20.5
56%
15 MPH
17.5-25
22
36-41.5
40
45%

TEST NOTES:
All tests took place on asphalt pavement.
Multiple skaters of varying ability were used.
A timed “speed trap” assured testing accuracy.
Each test was composed of five runs.
Distances were measured in feet.

Test Skater Comments:

JASON HOLMES: 5'8", 160 lbs. AGE 16
Jason excels as an inline hockey player and enjoys many other special achievements. He was especially suited for the test since he has not used either the traditional stopping device or the 4Wheeler system. Following are his impressions:

  • “This new style of brake is more effective and can stop much quicker than the original stopper. You have more control with the new system.”
  • “The power of the new system is revolutionary compared to the traditional stopper.”
  • “At first it was a little hard, but in about 10 minutes, I could stop with ease.”
  • “I would choose the 4Wheeler because it gives you more control over yourself when you are skating. Also, the traditional stopper will wear down if you use it too much, and the disc braking system can be used as much as you want.”
  • “This new system will cut down on injuries because of the control it gives you while you’re braking.”

JEFF PRIME: Height 6’, 195 lbs, and age 43
Ran Pro Beach Hockey 1998/2000, head couch US Women Inline Hockey Team (World champions 2004), Hockey Director for Coast 2 Cost Inline Center.

  • “Having never used either the stopper or disc system, I felt it much safer, stops in shorter distance, and easier to use”

CAMEREN PRIME: Height 5’9, 161 lbs, and age 16
Inline Hockey – club level six years – AAU National Champions 2005

  • “I definitely prefer the disc braking system because of comfort (safety) level and ease of stopping. It is better than the traditional stopper.”

ALEX GARCIA: Height 5’6, 170 lbs, and age 31
Ten years of hockey, one year of aggressive inline hockey and nine years as a hockey referee

  • “The balance is very good, smooth and easy stopping and very easy to learn. I hope it comes to the market.”