Originally Posted by Missile
Excellent; very nice links and information; thanks very much. Am I correct in answering my own questions as:
1. No need to brush every time, just scrape.
2. If one has access to the hot box there is no need for multiple waxings
3. No use for colder wax for impregnation, only as a final layer before race
4. No comment on the contribution of using the skis to their final speed.
Cheers. Thanks again
1. Ya gotta brush every time. I converted to rotobrushing a couple of years ago, which makes things go faster. After you brush, buff the base with a white Beartek pad. I have 3 brushes, a horsehair/brass for opening up the structure before waxing, a stiff nylon for first brush after scraping, a soft nylon for final buff...but for training I usually just use the stiff nylon for everything.
2. See above, what the other posters said. Hot boxing is definitely going to cut down on the amount of waxings you do. The point is, if you can initially get a ski where you want it, it's going to be a lot easier to maintain in the long run. I saw an article in Ski Racing
lately where they were actually doing multiple hot boxings on each pair. I'm into maintaining my stuff and going fast, but I have other things to do in my life, so I try to strike a balance. BTW, if you think World Cup techs spend the summer surfing in Hawaii, they don't. They spend the offseason testing, waxing, testing, waxing...and testing and waxing again new skis, plus dealing with Mt. Hood and all the national team camps.
3. See what Alpinord said, above. I stand corrected, warm wax might not be the only way to go.
4. Not sure what you were saying in #4. I didn't get into overlays, which is a whole other subject. Overlays are expensive, and most racers will tell you that they really only help the ski break loose (break friction) at the top of the course where you are starting to pick up speed. But that's important, too, isn't it?
It's extremely cold and dry, most of the time, in the Rockies. I use mostly hydrocarbon, and usually only lo-fluoro for hot waxing. I like Toko red, graphite/moly, and occasionally yellow low fluoros as a top layer when it's warm enough and there's enough moisture. Remember, for speed events, you can generally wax a little warmer because of the greater friction. But when in doubt, in the Rockies, I go with warm base, blue top layer, and maybe no overlay. I have had good luck with Toko Helix warm (spray on fluoro) if I'm within the temp range. Only other thing I'll use when it's colder is Dominator R6, which seems to work.
As far as final speed, most people will tell you...and I agree...that structure is as important as wax. Most of the Atomics I've been getting have a fairly fine cross hatch pattern...and it looks like there's some linear in there, too...which is what I stay with. If you try to go with a coarse or even medium structure, in the Rockies at least, most of the time, you'll stick like glue.
My best Masters events are DH and Super G because I'm fairly solid but relatively short, so I can get down out of the wind. Also, I've been doing it for long enough and have had enough coaching so I have reasonable skills at gliding, dealing with terrain, and making long radius turns. Also I've been on the same venues for a long time, so I already pretty much know what the set is going to be like and how I'm going to ski it.
But structure...and yes, wax...is very, very important. And the investment you make in repeated waxing, hotboxing, scraping, brushing, etc., will, I promise you, pay off in training and on race day.
I'm a fairly conservative waxer, because of the cold, dry nature of the snow in the Rockies...but I always want to have what I consider to be close to the optimum without taking a chance on being too warm...which is far worse than being too cold. A couple of years back, for example, at a Masters DH at Ski Cooper, where I've run a bunch of times, we had a front coming in on Saturday after training. Some folks figured it would pass through, and some of us figured it wouldn't. I went cold, a good plan, because we ran an average of 8 seconds a run slower in cold, falling snow the next day. I skied pretty well, but I was glad I waxed cold. I made the top 8 or so in the men's overall, and beat a guy in my class...whom I had never beaten before, and who waxed warm...by 6.5 seconds in one race and 8 seconds in the next. If you're in doubt, wax cold. Words to live by...