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Anyone know what was in the old silver ski wax, for warm temps and wet snow?

I've never found anything that works as well.

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mercury
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

mercury


Ah, that explains my level if insanity!  Thanks! 

 

Looks like some folks still sell some on eBay..

 

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I've got some, not sure i am willing to part with it though. Haha

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@ Scott13,

 

Noticed this post sometime back, but this is a very busy time of year for us, hence the late response.

 

I used this wax decades ago with some small degree of success and I am not certain what the additive was in Toko Silver, but typically silver waxes contained aluminum powder. There were also copper-colored waxes that contained (surprise) copper powder. The metal powders were found in soft, wet snow waxes, and their purpose was to act like heat sinks. Glide friction and solar radiation increase the temperature of the base and on wet snow this can cause a number of problems:

  • More meltwater forms, this causes more wet suction which leads to lower speed.
  • As the wax gets softer, its internal friction coefficient increases so lubrication is decreased.
  • If the wax gets too soft it is penetrated by the snow and the bases feel sticky, this is how Klister works to provide grip in wet snows for Nordic Classic skiing.

The metal powder in the wax absorbs some of the heat and this offsets, at least to some degree, the above negative effects. I know some people have fond memories of these waxes, but in reality this technology has been obsolete for years. There reason is that what we have today works much better; if it did not, silver waxes would still be the rage and in use.

 

For these warm and wet snow conditions my wax recommendation would be Dominator Butter and you can see a description of Butter at:

www.dominatorwax.com.

 

Happy gliding!

 

Tom

 

 

 

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