I really don’t like waxless skis. Sure they are simple and work in difficult conditions, but they are slow noisy and they remind me of condoms: function, but no feel. Give me a well waxed ski any day.
Unfortunately, there are conditions where grip wax is extremejy difficult to use…. no grip or no glide are the options
I have a nice set of new Maplus kick waxes from Alpinord and tried the first one today:
Skis: US Team hand-me down Atomic race skis. Soft for the World Cup skier, just right for me.
Snow: +2 C Partly sunny, last nights new snow on a old set track, beaten down to a glazed nightmare.
I had hoped to try the blue or violet, but it was just too warm. Snow like this is what they invented skating and fish scales for.
I had the Maplus Yellow (rated for +1-+4 Centigrade) wax and some fancy Swix VR 70 (also +1-+4, with fluoros and silver magnesium powder) I tried the Maplus in a thin short layer, and it was fast, but sure enough, when I hit the hills, it wouldn’t grip. I would have to smear it out the full length of the wax pocket, and I thought I already knew the result: Adequate grip, poor, glide with frequent tripping when the ski gripped.
I waxed one ski with the Swix ,one with the Maplus. Waxing with a wax for warm snow wax on the trail is difficult---like smearing salt water taffy on the ski, and trying to spread it to a nice smooth layer.
The Swix went on a bit smoother, so I expected to trip over the Maplus globs. To my surprise, the Maplus had far better glide. The difference was so big one could hear it in the hiss the ski made over the snow.
Climbing I thought the slow Swix wax would have more grip, but no, the Maplus had all the grip I needed. I was skiing like I had a limp, The Maplus was just plain better.
The Maplus yellow costs $5.24, the Swix VR-70 $19.95.
I can’t wait to try the others.