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post #1 of 10
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Since my dakine iron won't work with european voltages, will a cork suffice for wax application during my ski trip?
I typically hotwax about every 2 ski days but have never used a cork in my life. Also plopping a small cork and a bar of wax into my pack seems more convenient. Any pointers on cork-wax application? (I normally use the cerra-nova CH waxes with the iron)
post #2 of 10
how long are you going to stay? if you expect to wax more than once or twice, I'd honestly just buy a cheap iron from the supermarket or whatever.
other than that, there are some decent sprays, etc... I'll let the more experienced shop guys go on about that... wait, traveling with sprays???
post #3 of 10
Corking generates a friction heat, but you'll be needing a lot to match an iron. It also is useful for pushing wax into the base. A rub-on or paste might be your best bet, coupled with the cork, unless there is an inverter or other option for using your iron, or picking one up as samurai suggested. You can't fly with liquid or spray waxes.
post #4 of 10
You might check on a voltage converter. That way you could bring your US iron with you. We bought one at RadioShack a few years ago before a trip to Europe. I think it was about $20. Would be useful for your iron and any other small electronic devices you might want to bring and power/recharge.

If you get one, be sure it fits the recessed outlets that found in Germany and Austria this summer. Our older converter required a recessed plug adapter that we borrowed from each hotel during our stay. I tried finding one in varous stores over there but was unsuccessful until we were at the airport in Munich on our way back to the US. Spent some of our left over Euros on one for next time.
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by makwendo99 View Post
Since my dakine iron won't work with european voltages, will a cork suffice for wax application during my ski trip?
I typically hotwax about every 2 ski days but have never used a cork in my life. Also plopping a small cork and a bar of wax into my pack seems more convenient. Any pointers on cork-wax application? (I normally use the cerra-nova CH waxes with the iron)
You can get a container of paste for under $10.00, that and a polishing cloth will get you waxed in 5 minutes and last the trip and take up little room in your suitcase.
post #6 of 10
Can't you have liquid in spray bottle in your checked baggage?
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
Can't you have liquid in spray bottle in your checked baggage?
Must be in a clear zip lock bag and less than 4oz.
post #8 of 10
I thought that was for carry-on. I better check TSA regs before flying.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
I thought that was for carry-on. I better check TSA regs before flying.
It's the carrier fluid solvents they're worried about, in the flammable items category.

Of course, we know that Zardoz doesn't belong there.

makwendo99, try it at home. When you find a wax that crayons on well (Toko Universal Moly comes to mind)) and an -artificial- cork or two: Wax on, wax off...
(except at 3-4 times the speed of the Karate Kid, arms flapping like a demented rooster with a hummingbird fantasy, stopping every 10 seconds or so to scrape the clogged cork off on the side edge), you'll know you're having an effect when the buffed area takes on a oily sheen. There's usually a fair bit of excess; as what hasn't clogged the cork might be problematic in wettish snow, it's good to have some way to take it off. Coarse woven cloth rag, short-hair bristle hairbrush, non-abrasive Fibertex/Beartex, something.
post #10 of 10
Take one of these:
http://www.alpineskituning.com/raysway.waxwhiz.htm
They work very well and generate more heat than a standard cork.
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