How to prepare and choose race wax, presented by Swix
03.06.2018 | Nastar Editor
At this point your skis are dialed in for your last races of the year, all ready to go except for one thing… Wax! Now, it is time to get some wax into your skis to make them fast for race day. There are many different choices when it comes to wax… Hydrocarbon, Low Fluoro, High Fluoro, liquid waxes and solids, the list goes on.
Here is the basic info on wax and wax selection that will help you reach your goals at NASTAR Nationals.
Iron in base waxes- These waxes are the point at which you will be starting when waxing your skis. There are three types of race waxes you can choose to iron in your skis, CH, LF and HF.
These waxes come in a variety of 6 different hardness from SWIX to accommodate any condition for racing from warm to cold. These waxes are applied at specific iron temperatures listed on the packaging, once the wax cools, it is then removed with a plastic scraper and the skis are brushed to a clean polished finish.
- CH or Hydrocarbon- Hydrocarbon waxes are the least expensive race waxes, they bond easily with the base material and are easy to work with.
- LF or Low Fluoro- LF waxes are the first step into true race waxes. LF waxes have a hydrophobic element that repels water, making them a faster choice for racing.
- HF or High Fluoro- HF waxes are the most effective/fastest race waxes. HF waxes contain high levels of the hydrophobic element that quickly moves water under the skis. HF waxes are also the most expensive race waxes.
After the base race wax is applied, scraped and brushed, you can then select a layover, or top coat race wax. These waxes provide an additional layer of fluoro for maximum performance or to refresh the race wax between runs.
Top-coat or layover waxes come in several different temperature ratings and applications. You can choose from liquids or solids, which are basically the same product, but offer varying levels of durability.
The liquids are the easiest to apply, simply rub the product on the base of the skis, let dry and they are ready to go.
The solids require additional steps to apply… You rub the bar of wax on the ski, generate some heat with a small cork or iron it in, then brush (blue nylon) until the skis are polished. The heat generated by “corking” the wax into the base creates a more durable race wax… Therefore, the solid layover/topcoat waxes last longer.
Low Fluoro Liquids and Solids- Low fluoro liquids and solids are the most cost-effective selection for racing topcoat/layover waxes. The SWIX F4 Premium Line is a bargain at $35 dollars MSRP. F4 Premium comes in a Warm (25F Plus) or Cold (25F Minus) application, as well as a liquid or solid.
High Fluoro Liquids- These waxes are the best selection when every 10th of a-second counts. The SWIX HVC (High Velocity Cera) is a premium HF race wax, used at the highest levels of racing.
The HVC line comes in a Warm (28F Plus) and Cold (14F to 36F) application and at $220 MSRP, HVC seems expensive, but remember, you will get 10 to 15 applications out of a container. That boils down to a cost of around $17 dollars per application, not bad for the best race wax you can buy!
SWIX, in a joint effort with the Start Haus (Truckee, CA) will be providing complimentary race service sharping and liquid waxing at the NASTAR event in Squaw Valley. Start Haus will also have SWIX tuning and waxing supplies on hand for sale. Look for the SWIX tent in a convenient location.
Good luck at the races and look for SWIX wax recommendations as we get closer to race day!
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