An amusing irony
: regarding tools versus gear, is that many skiers will go to great lengths and expense to purchase performance 'tools' for their feet, and great lengths to spend very little for 2nd and 3rd rate tools for their hands to take care of their expensive gear, trashed day in and day out.
: I've been no different, but once you use a nice tool, irons a case in point, and realize it'll do a better job, in less time, it's hard to go back.
A couple other comparisons not mentioned previously, for those not familiar with a ski or snowboard specific irons, are size, weight, shape and volume.
The 800w iron weighs just under 1lb/454gr, while the clothes iron just over 2lbs/907gr. Note the base shapes differences and the clothes iron takes up at least 3 times the volume, important for storage and traveling considerations. And again, you will incrementally save wax and expense using the 800w irons.
If you prefer blue, with the 20% EpicSki Supporter discount, it'll still be more than Dr. D's. If it was the same price, I'd be paying you to buy it.....which wouldn't be wise. Then again, maybe I could make it up in volume if I did.......hmmmm