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New Volkl Shiros - wax help needed

post #1 of 6
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**Complete Disclosure - I am new at this**

 

So, I bought these babies around 6 months back. I read here about saturating the bases with storage wax, so I did around 4 coats of Swix CH10 Yellow. Now, I am going on a trip in 1 week in the search for powder and the weather forecast looks to be around -6 where I am going in the alps.

 

So my question is: what wax do I use, and in what steps? I have all the brushes, scraper, iron etc, so I am after some recommendations. On the wax front, I have (at last count):

 

 -  Swix Red CH8

 -  Swix LF7

 -  Swix  CH6

 

Is it enough to just hot scrape off the CH10, brush down, and then use the wax that most corresponds with the most likely temp?

 

Any help much appreciated!

post #2 of 6
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Is it enough to just hot scrape off the CH10, brush down, and then use the wax that most corresponds with the most likely temp?

 

 

Yes it is. With a ski like the Shiro you are looking for good glide, not .001 seconds in a course, just get close to the temp with a descent wax and go ski hard!

post #3 of 6

Here's a secret. Performing all that base saturation stuff on a powder ski is really just an excuse to drink beer in the preseason.

 

Guessing temperature this far out is also a crap shoot. I would pick your favorite color, or mix of colors, and call it a day. That said, it would be perfectly reasonable to use CH7 as the only wax all season long.

post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by lilledonmarco View Post
 

**Complete Disclosure - I am new at this**

 

So, I bought these babies around 6 months back. I read here about saturating the bases with storage wax, so I did around 4 coats of Swix CH10 Yellow. Now, I am going on a trip in 1 week in the search for powder and the weather forecast looks to be around -6 where I am going in the alps.

 

So my question is: what wax do I use, and in what steps? I have all the brushes, scraper, iron etc, so I am after some recommendations. On the wax front, I have (at last count):

 

 -  Swix Red CH8

 -  Swix LF7

 -  Swix  CH6

 

Is it enough to just hot scrape off the CH10, brush down, and then use the wax that most corresponds with the most likely temp?

 

Any help much appreciated!


When prepping a new or used ski, always start with a soft wax, then work up to harder waxes.  Soft waxes have smaller molecules.  They will go the deepest into the base.  Then the harder waxes have something to bond to.  If one goes to a hard wax first it will wear off very quickly and the base will burn from abrasive snow.

post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by lilledonmarco View Post
 

**Complete Disclosure - I am new at this**

 

So, I bought these babies around 6 months back. I read here about saturating the bases with storage wax, so I did around 4 coats of Swix CH10 Yellow. Now, I am going on a trip in 1 week in the search for powder and the weather forecast looks to be around -6 where I am going in the alps.

 

So my question is: what wax do I use, and in what steps? I have all the brushes, scraper, iron etc, so I am after some recommendations. On the wax front, I have (at last count):

 

 -  Swix Red CH8

 -  Swix LF7

 -  Swix  CH6

 

Is it enough to just hot scrape off the CH10, brush down, and then use the wax that most corresponds with the most likely temp?

 

Any help much appreciated!


LF-7 is rated at -2°C to -8°C

CH-8 is -4°C  to 1°C

CH-6 is -6°C to -12°C

 

(it says it on the package label).

 

I would lean to the CH-6 in terms of the projected temp.

 

Just scrape off the CH-10 as is, brush, and then use the appropriate wax

post #6 of 6

Try Holmenkol Beta mix Red -4°C To -14°C it works very well in almost all conditions, you will never really miss with it unless it is bitterly cold.

I know racers who use it almost exclusively and always have fast skis.

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