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Newb question about waxing.

post #1 of 5
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Hi everyone,

 

I am new to the skiing game, just started getting some backcountry gear together to make rock/ice climbing approaches easier in the winter (and to have some fun).

 

I read about all these different wax jobs for XC skis (kick wax for grip going uphill?) and likewise - wax jobs for downhill skiing (glide wax for extra slipperyness on the downhill?). 

Now I understand that there is no need for XC style wax jobs because I will be using skins, but do people wax their touring skis (under the skins) for extra glide on the downhill? I would like to maximise my downhill enjoyment, but it got me thinking that the wax might interfere with the skins when it is time to get back up the hill.

 

(PS: I am not talking about waxing skins to stop snow clumping).

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 but do people wax their touring skis (under the skins) for extra glide on the downhill? I


Yes.

 

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Originally Posted by zarb View Post

 I would like to maximise my downhill enjoyment, but it got me thinking that the wax might interfere with the skins when it is time to get back up the hill.

 

No problem with Swix,  Toko, Maplus CH waxes.   I have never used Zardoz liquid under a skin, and never plan to.

post #3 of 5

Yes, one hot waxes telemark and AT skis; just make sure to scrape off the excess wax after waxing.  I carry F4 rub on glide wax to apply if my skis start catching in the snow (sun affected snow, pollen affected snow).  If I know I will be doing some low angle touring or climbing I (and many others) will mix in or apply some grip wax as well to get around shorter distances when putting on the skins would be a minor PITA.  I wax my bc skis at least every 5th time I use them.  

 

I do  have "waxless" (patterned) bc skis that can be used with or without skins; I rarely glide wax these, even the ones with ptex bases, but I do frequently use Maxiglide to keep them from sticking or picking up snow.

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies.

 

I don't have patterned skis. I have the Black Diamond Aspect skis and am using a dynafit binding system.

 

Will any iron-on glide wax do? I just had a look at a few of the wax manufacturers, and there are so many different types/versions of wax...

The Swix website is really informative though when it comes to application. I imagine I will be watching a few of those movies in times to come.

post #5 of 5

I use a universal flouro glide wax from Tognar tool works; I'm sure many other waxes work just fine; the more sophisticated you get the more you match wax to temp and snow conditions; here snow conditions can vary every quarter mile and throughout the day, so I use a universal wax.  It is not hard to do unless you have to do it in below freezing conditions in an unheated shed (like me)--I take the skis in the house to let them warm up, then take them out one at a time to drip wax down and up and iron in.  Let cool for an hour or three.  Then scrape with a sharp scraper (dewaxing the metal edges first). Buff with plastic kitchen scrub pad.  Then I brush with a nylon and copper bristle brush.  Others do it much more professionallly.

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