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Thread Starter 

I'm ordering new skis online right now.  I'm a Newb with Newb kid. Do I need to buy some general all-purpose wax and other small things for general upkeep?  Might as well as long as I have to pay for shipping.  

 

What should I get, guys? Looking to complete my order ASAP. I am truly clueless...

post #2 of 8

I don't know if getting into tuning is something I'd have a newbie do.  It's just enough tension to learn how to ski.  Plus, tuning equipment is best acquired slowly or the expense might make you run the other way.  The vast majority of skiers NEVER tune their equipment.  The vast majority of Epic members consider that to be sacrilege.  

 

Before you get tuning equipment, spend the money on THE RIGHT BOOTS.

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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post
 

Before you get tuning equipment, spend the money on THE RIGHT BOOTS.


This.  Like, a million times this.

 

That said, I really enjoy waxing my skis, and decided to invest in some basic tooling at the end of last season (and a few tunes done by "pros").

 

My current Kit:

 

Toko T14 Digital Iron  <- digital is nice, and so is the super heavy base, you could go cheaper.

Artech Oval Brushes  <- stellar upgrade from "square" brushes

  • Soft Brass
  • Nylon
  • Horse Hair

Fiberlene Sheets  <- Get this.  Crayon on wax, iron on top of fiberlene, cuts 90% of the mess.

Lexan Scraper

Wax

  • Dominator Renew (Cleaning/base prep)
  • Dominator Zoom Graphite (Basic wax)

Diamond Stone Set (400,800,1200)

Gummi Stone

 

Two places I splurged relative to basic kit - the digital iron, and the "Oval" brushes.  I love the brushes.  They make waxing a joy, because the shape and, more importantly, the straps on the brush handle make it effortless. As for the iron, no guessing or worry about about temps, incredibly stable while waxing, comes up to temp fast.

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Woah.  Waxing gets fairly complicated. I had no idea.  I had thought I could add a little wax myself between tunings, but I guess it isn't that simple.  Perhaps I will initiate myself to the finer points of tuning and waxing a little later on in the game.  I guess I have enough on my plate for now.

Much gratitude to all who responded.  

 

I really hope I chose the right boots...

post #5 of 8
And he left out vises, a tuning table, roto brushes....
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by yellowmitts View Post

Woah.  Waxing gets fairly complicated. I had no idea.  I had thought I could add a little wax myself between tunings, but I guess it isn't that simple.  Perhaps I will initiate myself to the finer points of tuning and waxing a little later on in the game.   
Good decision. Wait to see how the ski bug 'takes' for you and your family before investing in maintenance. Truth is that you'll be fine with a shop wax a few times a season and a shop tune maybe at the start of the year, more if needed. That's already a lot more than most skiers do to take care of their gear.

Meanwhile, have tons of fun!
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Originally Posted by litterbug View Post

Good decision. Wait to see how the ski bug 'takes' for you and your family before investing in maintenance. Truth is that you'll be fine with a shop wax a few times a season and a shop tune maybe at the start of the year, more if needed. That's already a lot more than most skiers do to take care of their gear.

Meanwhile, have tons of fun!
Can't agree more. Don't invest in waxing and tuning tools. It's a waste of money unless you're a serious skier and competitive performance really matters for you.
post #8 of 8

Waxing does not need to be that complicated.  But definitely not something to worry about this season.  Also how often a tune is needed depends a lot on where and how your family is going to ski.  For example, on soft snow out west not much need to sharpen edges that often.  If skiing hard pack in the northeast, definitely helps to deal with the edges more often to keep them sharp.

 

There will be sales starting in late Feb.  Go skiing until then and save the shopping for later.

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