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Realistic difference in wax

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I understand, as a biochemistry major in college, the vast amount of research, materials, and science that goes into designing and making a wax. I understand that certain mixtures and materials are better suited for various conditions, etc. However, how much of a difference does it really make?

I'm pretty heavy into racing, have been for a few years now (around 8 now maybe). I used to never wax back when first starting out, just at the beginning and end of season. Once I learned more about the science of skiing, I tried to do it as often as possible / needed. Out of budget considerations, as well as just sanity, I started using the Dominator Graphite Zoom series of wax. Reasons I liked this particular brand and line of waxes was the lack of flouro (no damage to bases) as well as the lack of a temperature designation. I didn't like having to try and forecast the next days conditions or wake up at 2AM to be able to wax 4 pairs of skis for that days race and practice. To make up for the lack of performance I always rub on a little Swix FC (1S or 2S depending on the temp) right before a race run.

My question is, how much of an improvement would I honestly see from buying something like the entire line of Cera HF or LF waxes, waxing with those for the particular temperature, etc over what I currently do? Are non-temperature designated non-flouro waxes with a solid flouro overlay really that much worse then the full HF waxes to justify the immense jump in price? Any and all opinions on the subject are welcome.
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Entire line? I don't think I've ever met anyone that actually buys the "entire line" of any wax brand, and I've met some pretty silly people.

Certain products you will use far more than others. Ferinstance, my CH4 is so old its color is obsolete. I've never purchased HF4, and if you walk into a typical shop selling a "full line" of Swix products...fair chance you'll find HF4 packages that look different than the rest of the line because they've been sitting on that shelf for a year or two.

Preparation is key, but in your location there are definitely times when a good high flouro wax will easily and obviously outperform what you have been using.

I'm not sure why you think you need to wake up at 2am to select a wax well. Most of the time the 12-24h forecast will be quite good, and you know where the hill is, what the aspect is, what the snow should look like. If it is an unfamiliar hill you are headed to, you have to pump others for this info. Easier today than ever with all the tools available on the interwebs. Chances of getting the wax really wrong are low, and if you do, chances are most everyone else did too.
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