Question Ski wax for backcountry

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by AndrewA, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. AndrewA

    AndrewA Well-Known Member

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    Looked at skis tonight, in preparation for early August Bogong trip - bases are dry.

    What do people use?

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  2. Ricardo64

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    LOL.... your waiting to wax NOW ... season's started LOL
     
  3. AndrewA

    AndrewA Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, "now" is 2 weeks away from trip. Filed ski edges tonight, so only bases need be done.

    I know I sound slack, but skis in good condition from last year Cup W/e on Bogong.
     
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    Swix Red -4 to +4
     
  5. Ricardo64

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    Go with Tele Whippets' suggestion ..Personally I wax before and after season
    After season with a general Base wax. as the season gets close I use a more specific wax to where I am taking my boards or kids skis.

    Never a scout ..always prepared
     
  6. teckel

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    Grip or glide?
     
  7. AndrewA

    AndrewA Well-Known Member

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    Glide. Gave up the sticky "grip" approach years ago. Is anyone still fiddling with klisters etc backcountry? They were horrible times - still got the legacy of some of those waxes on an old rucksack!
     
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    Glide or grip.....:eek::D:rolleyes:



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  9. Snow Blowey

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    Wouldn't worry about it. DOn and doff the skins a few times and they'll be stuffed again.
     
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    Agree imo will make sfa difference to your trip, not a major concern.
    If your worried just take them to your local ski shop for a basic wax job
     
  12. AndrewA

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    Found a 2cm cube of wax at home last night, and managed to melt it over 2 pairs of skis - makes me feel better! On reflection, it probably does make SFA difference to the up/down bit, but sometimes a bit of glide on the flatter sections is good ( similarly, sometimes some hairy crappy bases allow a bit of gentle uphill climbing, which is probably more useful)
     
  13. sbm

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    Any wax as long, as it's not rock hard -10 cold weather wax.

    The real tip for speed, is to hot wax your skins as well as your ski bases...don't dribble it, heat up the edge of the wax on the iron, and crayon it down the skins from tip to tail. Then a run or two of the iron to melt it all in. Don't scrape.
     
  14. AndrewA

    AndrewA Well-Known Member

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    Waxing skins? Doesn't that affect how they stick to the skis? Not heard of that before.

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    Uhhh...you seem to be thinking of the sticky side of the skin for some reason...You put glide wax on the furry side of the skin that glides on the snow...
     
  17. AndrewA

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    Ah. What a nimwit I am!

    Never really thought about skiing downhill on skins either.

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  18. Ziggy

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    A bit of wax helps glide on wet snow - even just liquid wax painted on and buffed. Do it at lunch time when the snow is turning to slop.
     
  19. AndrewA

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    So, bought sone swix lf8 red glide wax (180g) from EMC in Deepdene, Melbourne.....$75.....subsequently had a look on Fleabay.... Probs as cheap as you could get it anywhere!

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