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Any Experience with Purl All-Natural Wax?

post #1 of 10
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After a recent scare with lymphoma, I'm not exactly excited about using a hyrdocarbon wax. And, if I did, I'd have to factor in the cost of a respirator.

Anybody tried the Purl All-Natural wax found at: http://purlracing.com/osc/catalog/de...e7 6c03e4e741
I know its new this year, I'm curious if anyone's tried it early seaon yet.

I ski mostly Copper off-piste, but I do thoroughly enjoy cutting up the groomers and the way back to the lift. I ski Atomic B5 Metrons.


OK Dan
post #2 of 10
If you are concerned about waxing for health reasons, you should take the same precautions natural or not. The source of the wax, synthetic or natural, does not change the chemical structure of the primary product. Also you should consider this, natural waxes could carry impurities that are unknown and/or vary from batch-to-batch depending on the source of the material used for that batch, whereas synthetic waxes are exactly what they say they are because they are made to be 100% pure.
post #3 of 10
Glad to see you are in remission or cured. Lymphoma has to be tough because no one knows what circumstances lead to the initial mutations that cause the cancer. Unlike mesothelioma (asbestos), melanoma (UV light), or lung cancer (carcinogenic particulates or organics), lymphoma has no specific risk factors. Once thing is for sure, you dodged the bullet. The next task is to not live your life around it. I had a melanoma. I take reasonable precautions, but I don't live in the dark.

Ordinary waxing of skis, does not expose you to any known risk increase for any for any form of cancer, especially if you are using simple HC waxes and don't heat them to the point they smoke. Waxing your skis is one of the simple pleasures in life, and you can enjoy it without concern of health risks, assuming you don't get burned. Take care of yourself, but keep these risks in perspective.
post #4 of 10
I'm more interested in the wax as it's devoid of fluorocarbons which will eventually break down and enter ground water supplies at the end of the season.

So, back to the original question: has anybody used Purl ski wax yet?
post #5 of 10
I haven't used Purl, but this summer, I bought a bunch of Ethica on sale at REI, so about 2/3 of my summer waxing was Ethica. I've only just started to scrape it off my skis, but the experience with those I've used thus far have been comparable to the conventional ones I did in the months leading up to the Ethica purchase.

The Ethica did seem to have an anomalously high melting point, which required me to change my technique some -- rather than drip a line down the whole ski, then run the iron the whole distance, I found that it worked better to cover the iron's surface with wax, then use that up, then cover it again, etc.
post #6 of 10
Better to crayon on the base a coat the best you can, then crayon a second coat but this time, soften the surface of the wax with the iron before you rub it on, then iron etc.
post #7 of 10
Crayoning the Ethica didn't work at all.
post #8 of 10
Hook up a bathroom fan with a dryer hose to the outside.
post #9 of 10
Originally Posted by alpinedad View Post
Crayoning the Ethica didn't work at all.
I would just be concerned about hitting the base with the wax on the iron instead of the base. It won't soften enough that you can rub some on right after touching it to the iron? (I never used it sorry)
post #10 of 10
Might work. I might give it a shot this weekend.
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