Full disclosure I am an east coast Canuck with a couple of dings in my skis that need repair (should have waited for more snow before skiing certain areas of the hill).
Specifically, I am looking to repair a core shot on my old 4frnts and want a fix with some staying power. Having done a little bit of research I understand that the Ski Mender is best for deeper patches, but as a DIYer with only periodic damage to the base of my skis, I am not sure if it is the best tool for me. I am especially apprehensive as to how the gun would work when using metalgrip / p-tex repair string.
I have read mixed reviews for the Kuu p-tex iron. MEC's client reviews suggest it is mediocre but prone to overheating, while the reviews on this site are a little more positive (http://www.mec.ca/product/5008-973/kuu-pro-fix-base-repair-kit/). Frankly, although the Tognar one looks good (http://www.tognar.com/tognar-p-tex-base-repair-iron-120v-us-can/), this is the front runner in the soldering iron category (MEC is just down the street whereas Tognar is more expensive and looks the same). Any input as to how good it is?
Frankly the major strike against ski soldering irons is that I see no real difference between them and hobby soldering irons. Here are a few that look like they might work:
Anyways any information the board can offer is greatly appreciated. Sort of stuck at the splitting hairs phase of the research...
Thanks in advance