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is waxing a pain?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
what is waxing like? I heard it's a pain. My skilom 141s have the non-wax system.
post #2 of 11
Waxing skis and snowboards is easy. I can't figure why people pay others to wax skis if they have access to a tuning bench.
post #3 of 11
I find that tuning my skis is sort of mental therapy. I enjoy it. But simple waxing is easy and quick. I also don't understand paying someone to do a poor job of waxing. Plus, you need to do it every few days of skiing, so it would be not only expensive, but inconvenient to constantly be going somewhere to drop off and pick up your skis.
post #4 of 11
What pain? Goes very well with a nice cold beer or two!
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
people said it was a pain. My waxless skis work well though.
post #6 of 11
Skilom, your talking about waxing XC skis which are very different than Alpine skis. Cross Country skis are difficult to wax because you need to make SURE that you have the exact right combination of kick wax and glide wax for the temperature/humidity/snow type or else your ski experience will be ruined. Alpine skis will slide downhill no matter what you use for wax. Some of the bears here have (reportedly) gone so far as to use scented candles to wax their skis!! Alpine ski wax just doesn't matter much unless you're competing, waxable XC skis need to be waxed correctly for everyday to just ski recreationally.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
that's why I got non-wax. So I don't need to go through the trouble of cross-country waxing.
post #8 of 11
Actually, waxable XC is not that bad. You get one of the wax company thermometers with the various colors on it, hang it outside, do your glide wax as usual and follow the thermometer for the kick wax.

Once you have that down, you can get fancy.

One big advantage of waxable XC skis is that you can repair and restore the bases to flat even after an asphalt escapade. Use of klister during freeze-thaw cycles and less clumping are other advantages.




(Atomic/Elan/Karhu)
post #9 of 11
I you live in Colorado swix extra blue will work most days and will work much better than any waxless ski. You only need waxless skis when there is new snow right at 0 degrees centigrade. You really need more than one pair. I have about 15 pairs of xc skis and use them all.
post #10 of 11
Is it a pain? Only when you burn yourself on the iron.
post #11 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnH
I find that tuning my skis is sort of mental therapy. I enjoy it.
I second that! Same feeling.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Skilom_141
that's why I got non-wax. So I don't need to go through the trouble of cross-country waxing.
Even with non-wax you should wax glide area of the ski from time to time with standard glide wax. This is especially important on non-wax skis as there is extra friction caused by non-wax camber during glide. So you need anything to improve poorer glide.

Actually, basic waxing of XC kick waxes is quite simple and just matter of try & improve. I would always choose wax skis over non-wax as I can use them in much more diferent conditions.

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Originally Posted by newfydog
I you live in Colorado swix extra blue will work most days and will work much better than any waxless ski.
Central Europe is very similar. Blue kick wax most of time. In total you are OK with a set of 3 basic waxes - Red, Blue and Violet. Most people actually don't ski in ice/water track requiring some sort of klister.
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