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cork vs. Wax Wizard?

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I am looking for alternatives for iron when on short ski trips. Are there any REAL advantages of Wax Wizard vs. simple cork for hard wax application?
The explanations on WaxWiz sounds a bit 'flimsy'. Both things are MELTING in wax due to friction. Am I missing something?

Paul
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The explanations on WaxWiz sounds a bit 'flimsy'. Both things are MELTING in wax due to friction. Am I missing something?
Yeah, the area of effect.

The WaxWiz has a much smaller contact area therefore the pressure on the area of effect is far greater for the same force applied by the tuner.

FWIW, I use snowboard-sized corks because I -can-.
Someone with smaller hands may want to use nordic-sized corks. Someone with arthritic joints or carpal tunnel syndrome or (???) may find either one prohibitive and the WaxWiz a godsend.
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I use a WaxWiz and can't say that it really "melts" the wax, but it does seem to spread it around well. It takes a decent amount of elbow grease. I haven't used a cork so I can't compare them.

I can say however that Mike DeSantis a former World Cup tuner and high end tuner still in the Boston area suggested it to me. I think he might be friends with Ray, so biased - but he does know his stuff.
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I am looking for alternatives for iron when on short ski trips
High-melt spray or liquid waxes do work very well, if by short trips you mean, not by air. Piece of cake in the parking lot or even on the hill. The liquids and sprays are more durable than rub-ons or crayoning solids. Creams/pastes are another option which do not saturate the bases with wax as much as liquids, but do better than solids/rub-ons......then cork (or not) to create friction heat to bump up the durability.

Check out the Maplus Wax Test to see what other EpicSki members discovered.
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