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Glide wax for cold powder snow

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Can anyone recommend a  good glide wax for cold fresh snow? I often have to skate down a road long road (up to a mile) to return back in bounds form the side country on powder days. Often i will do this 10 or more times a day. I wanted a better glide wax for my fatties so it is not such a slog. I use swix universal cold right now. What's better? Thanks in advance.
 


Edited by tromano - 7/27/10 at 7:10am
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My favorite daily wax is the Briko-Maplus Race Base Medium. Available from Slidewright, an Epic Supporter. Superior Glide, great durability and excells over a very wide temp range. Many reveiws here on Epic.

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*Likes Maplus RB Medium for durability with good glide*

 

*Likes** Toko Dibloc* Blue for glide with decent durability * 

 

 

 

*LF

 

**(just ask skier_j      )

 


Edited by comprex - 7/27/10 at 8:46am
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First what is cold for you? :) -5c or -20c? For -5c it's not big deal to find fast wax. -20c is different. One of fastest options is 2/3 of HF blue dibloc (Toko) and 1/3 of HF yellow dibloc. It sounds crazy, but it works really good ;)

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My favourite go to wax is Maplus Purple which is a hard wax that holds up well in multi conditions. 

 

Here are a couple other tags from the side of this page that may be helpful.

 

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First what is cold for you? :) -5c or -20c? For -5c it's not big deal to find fast wax. -20c is different. One of fastest options is 2/3 of HF blue dibloc (Toko) and 1/3 of HF yellow dibloc. It sounds crazy, but it works really good ;)


 

He's in Utah.    (PowMow I'm betting).     On-slope /air/ temperature would be ~8-15F  or about -12C when he gets "cold snow",   the snow he gets being a lot dryer than -12c would be in the Alps.

 

 

 

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Typical storms here (if it a big one) will come in warm and wet and then 12 hours later will be very cold and dry I would say surface snow falling at temps between 0F and 10F is what I am talking about (-18C to -12C). 

 

I typically ski at Beaver Mt. It is in the same range (Bear River Mts.) as PowMow and very similar terrain and snow.

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Dryer it gets, better my combo works ;) So for temperatures you are talking about -12 to -18c, and with extremely dry snow, this would do really good. Now question is, if you need this so much, that it's worth buying HF waxes. If it's just fun, then in my opinion HF or even LF waxes are way too expensive, and normal non fluoro waxes will do just fine. For races, give this one try.

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*Likes Maplus RB Medium for durability with good glide*

 

*Likes** Toko Dibloc* Blue for glide with decent durability * 

 

 

 

*LF

 

**(just ask skier_j      )

 


Bought a 250g brick of Purple Maplus as well as some dibloc LF. Funny enough, it hasn't been too cold this winter, mostly warm, wet pineapple express type storms.

 

Haven't gotten around to using the dibloc yet. But th eRB Medium, I have been using.

 

Overall, I like it. My highly scientific tests show that performance is similar to Swix LF4 since it doesn't feel any faster.  Durability seems to be about the same as well. The big difference is how easy it is to work with. It seems to take about half the time scraping relative to the Swix LF4. Also the cost is less.

 

 

 


Edited by tromano - 3/2/11 at 9:45pm
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. It seems to take about half the time scraping relative to the Swix LF4. Also the cost is less.


Yep to all that. icon14.gif

 

That said, I prefer using LF4 for personal recipes including "blending" with products from other brands...like Hertel or Zardoz.  

 

The MRB-Medium is so well balanced in its durability and glide and wetting properties as it is, that blending it with the other things I usually blend with tends to destroy that balance.   

 

I also prefer using Maplus Race Base Hard for very changeable conditions, like corn that freezes up into solid reef an hour after sunset.

 

Speaking of which, I totally need more of the MRB-H liquid ...

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